The BlackBerry Curve 9360: Something Cheap and Cheerful

News   •   Jul 29, 2012 07:00 BST

Let’s face it, there are too many smartphones out there to choose from and if you’re not a social media buff or a gadget queen then what do you choose? Many of us have forgotten that a smartphone is still meant to just be a phone. Very few of us actually use them as phones as they’re more like personal organisers, media devices and miniature laptops.

However, BlackBerry has always been at the cutting edge of offering medium-grade phones that are usable. That’s right, that’s why so many businesses have company mobiles that are made by BlackBerry. The Curve 9360 is one such model that is easy to use, simple to get around and can organise your life in seconds. You’ll feel hard done by from the size of the screen but after a few days you soon get used to it. Of course, if you want a larger screen device then get a laptop – chances are you’ve got one already and use it for work too. The BlackBerry is basically an extension of the laptop and your work. It’s a portable device that lets you keep track of things.

However, if you’re after a stunning smartphone that has MP4 playback better than most DVD players and an HD screen that would shock most LCD TV makers, then the BlackBerry isn’t for you. If you want a 99 gram smartphone that is sleek, small and slides in your suit jacket or small purse then the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great choice. It’s why RIM are still selling millions of handsets every year. They aren’t pretty but with the QWERTY keyboard they trump many smartphones’ screens.

The 2.4” TFT screen is tiny compared to those from Samsung such as the latest 4.8” Galaxy S3 screen, but it runs on an 800MHz processor that feel faster than the figure suggest because it doesn’t have to power a huge, power-hungry screen. There is a 3.5mm jack, internal memory up to 512MB and a microSD card slot that takes it up to 32GB of storage space. There is NFC connections as well as microUSB ports and it can run on EDGE and GPRS. There is a WiFi option, which will please many a businessperson that stops in McDonalds carpark to log onto their emails and of course, 3G is available which is a little slower but it means you can have your business with you while you’re on the move.

The 5.0MP camera isn’t too bad and not far off the best that’s out there right now, and it comes with LED flash and image stabilisation too. VGA video recording is also available for those work’s nights out to capture the moment when your boss does something they shouldn’t. As well as a multimedia player, support systems for a myriad of documents and files, satellite navigation and of course, you can telephone and text people, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is pretty good. It comes in pink, black and white, and is available on a range of networks which you can see on Mobile Phone Checker.