BlackBerry Curve 9360 review: Up and about

GSMArena team, 25 November 2011.
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Tags: BlackBerry, RIM

Good browser, but on small screen and no Flash

The web browser on the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is one of the best we have seen lately. Despite the smallish display, the browser still does an excellent job and will serve you well. It is fast, responsive, supports text selection, text reflow, mouse cursor, etc. The only thing missing is Flash support.

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The Curve 9360 web browser is great

When you start using the trackpad, you'll get a virtual mouse cursor and automatic panning and scrolling when you reach the end of the screen.

Multiple tabs are supported and switching between them is pretty easy - just click on the tabs key at the top right corner. Page rendering is near perfect, displaying almost every page like on a desktop browser.

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Managing bookmarks, tabs and some of the available options

Text reflow works like a charm, working everytime you zoom in or out.

Other than the missing Flash support, the handset provides probably one of the best user experience in browsing the web despite its smallish display.

Organizer

True to its business ethic, the Curve 9360 has superb time-management capabilities. Its organizer includes a decent set of applications and although some of them are hardly lookers, their usability cannot be called into question.

The calendar has monthly, weekly and daily view modes and lets you easily set up customized events. We have to admit that some event presets would have been useful but sadly the device fails to provide them.

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The BlackBerry Curve 9360 organizer centerpiece – the calendar

The phone comes with the full version of Quick Office pre-installed allowing it to view all kind of documents (incl. PDF) and edit Word, Excel or Power Point files.

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Both document viewing and editing is supported out of the box

The organizer package also includes a calculator with a built-in unit-converter, as well as a voice recorder and a Notes application. A handy To-do manager allows you to set-up and organize your upcoming tasks.

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The calculator comes with a built-in unit converter

The alarm application has only one alarm slot and fails to impress. It's quick to turn on but most of its settings can only be adjusted from the settings menu. There you can change the alarm tone, snooze time and the volume as well as the vibration intensity. Given the single slot limitation though, getting an alternative alarm clock app from the BlackBerry App World seems like the right thing to do.

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The BlackBerry OS 7 still offers just one alarm slot

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with a stopwatch and a timer. Both are accessed from the clock application and have the standard functionality.

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There’s a stopwatch and a timer

The clock also offers a bedside mode that turns off the status LED (unless you set it otherwise) and displays a large clock on the screen.

There are also a Password Keeper app, Voice Recorder, Memos and Tasks app to store your passwords, voice memos, text memos and tasks.

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Voice Recorder • Memos • Tasks

Finally, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes with Facebook and Twitter applications. You also get the native Social Feeds app that gathers all of your Facebook and Twitter updates in one place.

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Facebook app • Social Feeds native app

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