On a hideously wet and windy morning in the Central London, we were met by an oasis of calm and pleasantness at the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9360.
After we stuffed ourselves with blueberry muffins and lukewarm coffee, we were shown the new Curve and its probably best if we stick with the calm and pleasant theme, when describing our response to the new device. Don't get us wrong, this is a plucky little phone and will tick the boxes of many a person around the world, but the affordable smartphone is designed to be just that, 'affordable' and because of that we were never expecting to be blown away.
Ok, so we're being a hard on the little fella. The fact it comes with the latest BlackBerry 7 OS is a major plus point and once we got our hands on the curvy phone the experience was impressive. Web pages loaded quickly enough (via wi-fi), the optical track pad was nice and receptive, the QWERTY keyboard was amply spaced for a relatively small phone and the 2.4in 480x360 HVGA screen was razor sharp when we watched the Cars 2 trailer on the device. BlackBerry have added a nice touch to the Curve with a bit of future-proofing as they have included NFC (Near Field Communications) to the phone. And although this is a cliche I personally dislike, the fact that it's not got a touchscreen like its big brother the Bold 9900 is a bit like Marmite, you either love it for that or hate it. I hated it - maybe because I am too used to the 'see it, touch it' smartphones? But even in the short-time I had with the phone I leaned to tolerate its non-touchiness reasonably well.
Other calm and pleasant themed features include; 512MB built in memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD), a 5MP VGA camera, fully integrated social media including Facebook 2.0 and BBM 6, GPS, Wi-Fi and erm… that's about it. The new BlackBerry Curve ladies and gentlemen, calm and pleasant.
Big cheeses at BlackBerry talk us through the 9360's features.
The tracker-pad was nice and receptive, we're not to sure about the big glass case though.