BlackBerry 9360 in Test

RIM keeps the door open for phones without touch screen. Curve is completely button controlled and comes with version 7 of the BlackBerry system.

Since Nokia began phasing out Symbian lands most Swedish smartphone buyers in either the Android or iphone camp. The battle for third place is far from settled, and BlackBerry is becoming an interesting challenger to Windows Phone.

Curve 9360 has all the classic Blackberry attributes — display in landscape format, a rounded qwerty keypad and good quality feel. BlackBerry is hardly the first choice if you are looking for a mobile that delivers maximum value for money, but Curve 9360 is much kinder price tag than its predecessors.

So what features are missing? Touch screen, we do without this time and cell phone has a little slower Internet connection and processor than BlackBerrys top models. Nevertheless, one cannot dismiss Curve 9360 as a budgetlur with old technology.

As soon as you loosen the shell to mount the battery and SIM card you can see an example of that Curve 9360 is at the forefront. Embedded in the back cover, see an nfc-antenna. Multiple services using the technology is in its early days and it is not impossible that both mobile payments as smart wireless accessories that take advantage of nfc support in Curve 9360 gets started in earnest in 2012.

Comfortable buttons

Compared to the flagship 9900 is Curve slimmer and lighter, but the buttons still have good sense and the cell phone is very comfortable to type – as long as you stick to the language without rings and dots over letters.

The BlackBerry does not have buttons for Swedish characters and has the most complex solution for entry of aao. The screen is only 2.44 inches, but it is high definition in relation to the size and therefore provides a razor sharp image. A difference for touch screen phones with thick gorilla glass is that the image is “close to the surface” and it allows the colors and the angle of view can almost compete with oled screens at the same time that readability is good outdoors.

Below the screen are a series of hefty feature and call buttons, but unfortunately, Curve no ordinary four-way button. Instead, the BlackBerry staked everything on an optical d-pad as it sweeps over your thumb. Control button makes it possible to navigate in all directions and move a pointer in the browser and click like on your PC, but at the same time, it is simple to browse the long lists, and it requires a bit more of the fine motor skills to end up right.

Unlike other

BlackBerry OS is neat and well thought out, but have only small similarities with other systems. Compare to version 7 of last generation, so is the graphics totally updated and store App World is available from the start. Unlike Windows Phone and Iphone, you can still install java software and apps from sources other than the official store, but it’s a big boost to have all gathered with single sign-on and reliable payment solutions.

App World opened for Swedish users as recently as the spring of 2011 and it shows on offer – the only apps with Sweden-related that we can find is SVT Play, Spotify and navigator application Wisepilot.

The lack of apps for the Swedish internet banks are the biggest shortage, but there had of course been nice with more local content regardless of category. When it comes to American services like Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and Evernote is supply complete and the apps are really high quality.

BlackBerry ID necessary

To get started with your phone, you have to first register a Blackberry ID via a Web page at the same time enable the service with the operator. But BlackBerrys special internet service, you can either email us or use the App World. BlackBerry does not use common apn settings for internet access, but has its own technology with encryption and compression. It can save money when travelling abroad, but at the same time, you must select the specific plan with BlackBerry support.

A Blackberry ID holds up to 10 email accounts, but unfortunately, you only make the settings from your mobile phone. To configure email isn’t quite as easy as on the Android or Iphone, but the BlackBerry is more adept at identifying these settings if you are using other services than large dragons like Gmail or Hotmail. Because the settings are synced with the account of the BlackBerry so you only need to sign in with your Blackberry ID to get started with a new device.

Emails and messages have a clear widget on the home screen. A print showing the latest headlines quickly and it is easy to get through to your Inbox. Where are all the conversations – whether it’s sms, email, Facebook or BlackBerrys own Messenger and pin system. To collect everything in the same flow may sound messy, but it’s easy to filter content for example, if you only want to see text or jobbmejl.

Mobile sites difficult

The browser is fast and loading full-sized pages without problems, but many mobile sites work worse on the Curve than on other mobiles with the corresponding screen resolution. Images are not scaled to the correct size and the sites seem to be hard to tell if I am using a computer or a mobile phone.

Flashstödet is limited, but the browser is able to identify rss feeds and it’s easy to add bookmarks or send an address message via Blackberry button. Curve 9360 has a good music player and a standard headphone jack. Memory cards and stereo headset included. FM radio is missing in our test specimens, but the function is to be found in the hardware and according to BlackBerrys website, the radio will come to life when the update to version 7.1 is available.

“On the other hand”

Jonas Ryberg: A phone without a touchscreen, with a price tag of almost 3 000 SEK feels a bit strange. But RIM had perhaps been able to slip through with their Curve if it wasn’t for the failing in an important test: the shrimp sandwich. That is, it does not fix the Swedish characters in a smooth manner and I think that one can demand from a mobile phone that says it will be good for email and Messaging.

 

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