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From a technical and innovation standpoint, RIM's current product lineup is running on fumes. In an era when all that keeps the company going is the existing goodwill of its most dedicated users and a vault of cash reserves, it can't afford to release products that further alienate its customer base and tarnish its reputation. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an outright disaster. While it offers a handful of improvements over the Curve 3G, it does little to keep pace in the highly competitive budget phone arena, where devices such as the Motorola Atrix 4G retail for a similar $29. Even dedicated BlackBerry users should avoid the Curve 9360 at all costs -- it can't match the performance, feature set and overall quality of the Torch 9810, which sells for just $20 more. If RIM intends to keep the Curve franchise alive, it must deliver compelling solutions that will excite consumers. If it's unable to do so without encroaching too much on the Bold's territory, then it's time to make both devices one and call it a day.

Critic reviews

7.2
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.9
  • Display
    7.6
  • Battery life
    7.6
  • Camera
    5.7
  • Ease of use
    5.6
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.1
  • Media support
    8.3
  • Durability
    7.9
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    4.8

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User reviews

7.0
9 reviews
5.0
Engadget Jan 26, 2012

The Curve 9360 fails to keep pace with other consumer smartphones. It's woefully inadequate for all but the most basic communication needs.

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8.0
CNET Oct 31, 2011

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 makes a great entry-level offering for those already in the BlackBerry camp.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 7, 2011

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 is no longer a standout smartphone, but it's a solid budget device for the BlackBerry faithful.

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7.0
CNET UK Nov 17, 2011

The BlackBerry Curve 9360's design is sharper than a Savile Row suit and its Qwerty keyboard is better than ever. If you can endure the phone's failings, this offers an affordable entry into the BlackBerry brigade -- just check out the Android competition first.

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6.0
Wired UK Nov 30, 2011

It's unlikely to win new converts to the BlackBerry way, but if you're already a fan, the Curve 9360 has plenty going for it, including its quality QWERTY keyboard, sleek casing and decent 5-megapixel camera.

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9.0
TechRadar Jan 9, 2012

The fact of the matter is that RIM really needs something to help it out right now following the debacle of the last few weeks. ... And in our view, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is most definitely going to help it along the way.

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8.0
phoneArena Oct 3, 2011

Not all of us can afford to experience RIM’s latest and greatest offering, but for those looking for something reasonable without sacrificing too much of the experience, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 proves its worth – especially in its pricing.

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8.0
GSM Arena Nov 25, 2011

Comfortably compact and impressively slim, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 looks good and works hard to meet your needs.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Dec 28, 2012

The Curve 9360 is a major pain to use for browsing normal websites due to its lack of touch input and small, low resolution display, so if you're looking for a phone to spend a lot of time browsing normal sites there are several budget Android models that would better fit the bill.

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9.0
CrackBerry Sep 1, 2011

If you need a nice looking, yet tough device to get the job done and are not looking to break the bank -- the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great choice! No doubt.

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7.0
IntoMobile Sep 27, 2011

As always, BlackBerry excels in messaging, be it e-mail, social networking, instant messaging or otherwise, but if you need anything more than that, be it in the way of apps, battery life, camera quality, or screen size, there are plenty of more palatable options at the entry-level.

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8.0
axhng axhng

This might be a Curve, but don't let its name fool you. Its a perfectly capable smartphone, and BlackBerry experience. In fact, its one of the BBOS 7 device with the best battery life despite having the smallest battery. Though i would have loved an auto-focus camera, but its frankly not a deal...

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6.0
skylerklew skylerklew

The revamp on the physical design of the Curve 9360 is thin, sleek, sexy, and elegant. The Curve is also a relatively affordable phone that serves its function. It is a refreshingly delightful improvement from the previous iterations of this model. Though the physical design is more appealing, it...

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8.0
bluequartz bluequartz

Ignore that it's running on a 'dated' OS and has a small non-touchscreen. BlackBerry OS 7 is still quite a workhorse, and the optical trackpad makes up for the latter: the upside being you can hold this phone all over without worrying about 'accidental presses'. A small and well-thought-out...

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