BlackBerry Curve 9370 review: A tough sell

Verizon's BlackBerry Curve 9370 has its charms, but also some snags that will be hard for some to overlook when it comes time to buy.

BlackBerry Curve 9370
Behind the back cover, the BlackBerry Curve 9370 has a GSM SIM card slot for world travel. Josh Miller/CNET

If you're strictly comparing the BlackBerry Curve 9370 to what came before, then the update for Verizon is an absolute knockout.

It runs BlackBerry 7 OS, and has a lovely 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of internal storage in addition to its expandable slot, and--a hidden bonus--it has a SIM card slot for easily transitioning the handset to a GSM network outside the U.S.

Unfortunately, the 3G-capable Curve 9370 has its drawbacks. It will prove too small for some, the screen isn't touch-sensitive, and for $100 for what is essentially a starter smartphone, those who aren't sold on BlackBerry can get a larger screen for the same price or less on Android and iPhone.

Watch the video, see the camera's photos, and read all the pros and cons in my full BlackBerry Curve 9370 review .

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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