All these touchscreen smartphones can be tricky and annoying to man-handle for everyday tasks, and certainly if you use your smartphone for work or sending long emails and texts. That’s why Blackberry smartphones are the choice for business mobiles as they have a full-size QWERTY keypad so you can type and write messages quickly and easily. While some might feel that the OS Blackberry 7 is a far cry from iOS and Android, it’s more than capable for the job.
For social use, the Blackberry Curve 9360 comes complete with Twitter and Facebook integration as well as it being a hub for all of your communications. However, the Blackberry is more for business and serious use than playing on games and messaging friends. Let’s look at the features that it packs:
- GPS tracking including Blackberry Maps
- An 800MHz processor with 512MB RAM
- 3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth capabilities for phone calls and music
- NFC capability
- 1000mAh battery gives good talk and standby time
- WiFi, 3G and GPRS are all available as standard
It’s 3mm thinner than the old 9300 and at just 99g it’s one of the lightest smartphones on the market. Despite being so thin and lightweight, it never feels like a child’s toy or too flimsy in your hands. Depending on how fast you type, you might have to hold onto it tightly but if you are using a Blackberry Curve 9360 for business you can easily slot it in your jacket pocket and not have an unsightly imprint that you would with an iPhone.
Should you need it, there is a 5-megapixel camera that can also record at VGA quality. It doesn’t have autofocus but it resists shake and produces very good images. The battery may be smaller in terms of capacity but the onus seemed to be more for design and having a slim-look to the phone rather than it staying uncharged for weeks on end. Most businesspeople will use their phones a lot and will most likely be near a charging unit either in the office or using a hands-free kit in their company car so the battery life isn’t that much of an issue.
There is a microSD card slot so you can up the memory if you need. When it comes to personal organisation the Blackberry Curve is by far the best PDA-type smartphone out there. There are a myriad of functions and features to help keep your life on track and your business activities working smoothly. Obviously, Blackberry Messenger is included which is perfect for chatting to colleagues and messaging clients on the move, as well as email and text messaging being also available it’s not just a PDA with a phone and a camera attached. You can browse the web and download a multitude of apps so you can personalise your phone to your specifications.
If you can’t get to grips with full touchscreen smartphones and need a QWERTY keypad then your best option is the Blackberry Curve 9360.