BlackBerry Curve 9360 Price in Singapore, Features and Tech Specs

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Price in Singapore, Features and Tech Specs: We take a look at the BB OS 7-packing BlackBerry Curve 9360 and give you our first impressions. Read on for the full details.
Design and construction
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 belongs to the new generation of BlackBerry handset that Research in Motion released to the market a couple of months ago. These new devices, the Curve 9360 included, all run BlackBerry OS 7 for their operating systems and have been endowed with components under the hood that will make them at part with the competition and consequently more competitive in the smartphone market.
In terms of its design and aesthetics, the Curve 9360 doesn’t deviate much from the usual allure of the Curve family except for the fact that the handset is a lot thinner that its older siblings. The handset has dimensions of 109 x 60 x 11 mm and weighs in at a mere 99 grams. It may not be as thin as we would want it to be after getting spoiled with the ultra-slim handsets from other manufacturers but the Curve 9360 definitely packs that old school BlackBerry build quality.
And though it might be a bit wide on the hips, the Curve 9360 has a very sleek profile that makes it look very classy and at the same time contemporary. It might tips the scales at just 99 grams but no one can deny the fact that the Curve 9360 is a very well built handset.
The usual buttons and ports litter the edges of the Curve 9360. First off, we see the volume rocker of the handset with its mute key in between the volume up and volume down keys adorning the right edge of the device along with the Curve 9360’s convenience key. The left edge of the handset on the other hand houses its microUSB port which is use for charging or syncing the handset and the top edge of the handset contains the lock button of the Curve 9360 along with its 3.5 mm audio jack.


Under the hood
As mentioned earlier, the Curve 9360 is included in the line of devices that Research in Motion gave better specs sheets to be more competitive. Though the Curve 9360 doesn’t get a QualComm SnapDragon chipset and the whole shebang that this chipset brings, it does get a Tavor MG-1 processor that runs at a clock speed of 800 MHz. It might not be as powerful as the BlackBerry Bold Touch’s 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor but the CPU of the Curve 9360 is able to handle tasks thrown at it pretty well. We’d say that the performance of the processor of the Curve 9360 is almost at 75% of the Touch’s so it’s not so bad, really.
No solid news though whether the Curve 9360 packs a dedicated GPU to rely on in handling graphical concerns but the processor of the device has 512 MB of RAM at its disposal. This combination has been optimized for BlackBerry OS 7 and we see the user interface of the handset to be very smooth and the overall performance of the device very snappy. As for storage space, this is where the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is found lacking with just 512 MB of internal storage.
The limited onboard storage though is pretty much a non-issue since the Curve 9360 packs a dedicated expansion slot that can handle microSD cards of up to 32GB. The capacity of the microSD card that is included in the retail package of the Curve 9360 is carrier-dependent but we expect to see at least a 2GB card in there.
The display and other features
As for its display, the Curve 9360 packs a smallish 2.44-inch screen with a 360 x 480 resolution and pixel density of 246 ppi. Given the bump in resolution from the older Curves’ 320 x 240 displays, the screen of the Curve 9360 is very bright and vibrant and the colors just seem to come alive on the handset’s display.
Right below the display are the physical buttons of the device with the optical trackpad of the Curve 9360. With the optical trackpad in play, you can be rest assured that navigation of the user interface is as smooth and as easy as possible. Further below, we see the QWERTY keyboard of the Curve 9360 that is basically its crowning glory. The keys provide good tactile feedback without being overly clicky and with the spaces in between the keys, typo errors are kept to a bare minimum when using the Curve 9360’s keyboard.
As for its camera department, the Curve 9360 only has one shooter to boast of. It is a rear-facing camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels. It comes with just an LED flash but no autofocus is there. The camera is capable of capturing pictures up to 2592 x 1944 pixels. It is also capable of geotagging your image files for better picture organization. It also has a video mode that turns it into a VGA video camcorder if you need one.
The bottom line
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 was designed to be a higher-spec’d member of the Curve family and RIM succeeds in giving it an impressive specs sheet that is housed in a very sleek, very elegant and very classy frame. And the most attractive part of the Curve 9360? Its price.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 450.00

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