Product Type: Blackberry mobile phones
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Blackberry. You either love them or hate them!
Member Name: thedomino
Date: 17/04/13, updated on 17/04/13 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, compact, looks good
Disadvantages: Short battery life, lack of apps
Six months ago I decided to give this blackberry a go. I'd decided to swap my iPhone to save some money, and I thought the 9360 would give me everything I needed from a phone.
I knew when I got this phone that it wouldn't give me half of the features that I could get from an iPhone, but i guess it doesn't pretend to be an iphone. The appearance of the phone itself is slick, it looks good in both black and white. You also immediately notice how light and slim it is, which is great for carrying around in your pocket, seeing as some of the other smartphones are getting seriously big nowadays, such as the Samsung galaxy range. Unfortunately for blackberry these are some of the only positive things I can write about the phone.
Whilst the lightweight and small size is appealing, blackberry have clearly cut back on what goes inside the phone, such as the battery. On a full charge this phone barely makes it to the end of the day even with little usage. As time goes on, its getting worse and worse. If you go away anywhere overnight, you're definitely going to need to pack your charger!
The interface of the phone isn't too bad, though completing certain actions as seemingly easy as deleting an email become extremely tiresome, due to the long winded menus. Using 3G, the Internet browser is far from the fastest I've used, though it is capable of running videos through youtube with reasonable quality. I've had an unusual problem when using wifi, in that when called whilst I'm connected to wifi, I cannot hear the person on the other end of the line, which suggests the wifi is disrupting the 3g signal, as when i turn wifi off and call them back, the line is fine again. If this is the same on all other 9360s it is a big fault. The phone also tends to crash a lot, with apps freezing and taking time to respond when you move through menus. This seems to get slower and worse over time (bear in mind I've only had the phone for 6 months)
The camera quality isn't the worst on the phone if you just want to take a few pictures to show your mates, and it does have a flash. It is however lacking a front facing camera unlike most smartphones, so video calling is off the menu. With the option to expand the memory upto 32gb using micro sd cards you can take plenty of videos and pictures, without having to worry about running out of space.
Now, with any phone, it's not really what's on the phone as standard that shows how good it is, it's the apps you can download for it that really convince you of it's usefulness. The apple App Store and android App Store have thousands of useful apps to download. For reasons unknown, the blackberry 'app world' is utterly appalling...most popular services and video streaming sites have not even bothered to make apps for blackberry presumably due to lack of popularity in blackberry products. Even if you can find a recognised app such as angry birds for example, you are charged a minimum of £3 for the privilege, compared to 69p on other app stores. I had hoped that with the new blackberry z10 being released and thousands of apps now being made available for it, I would be able to benefit from them...alas blackberry have shafted older blackberry customers by making apps separately for the z10 in the hope that we all upgrade. It's annoying to see adverts everywhere for smartphone apps that make things easier, only to find that they're available on all app stores other than blackberrys. Of course if you're satisfied with just facebook and twitter, you're all set.
Blackberry have always used their blackberry messenger 'BBM' as a key selling point, giving you the ability to send messages for free to other blackberrys that have added you as a friend. This selling point really is by the by now, as probably more than 90% of users have unlimited text deals on their contracts or even pay as you go.
For those of you who merely want a phone that is proficient at calling and texting, the 9360 does just fine, and it's useful for those who dislike touch screen phones, so long as you have nimble fingers. However, if this is all you want a phone for, you might as well save some money and just get up the loft and find your old Nokia 3210 as this phone really doesn't offer much more. At least you can get 'snake' on the old Nokia!
I have a year and a half left on my contract for this phone and its already begging me to put it out of its misery. Blackberry need to concentrate on sorting out their App Store and making sure their phones have more life in them! Until then, avoid blackberry and opt for android or iPhone.
Summary: Blackberrys app world drowns any positive that this phone could ever offer
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