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Review: BlackBerry Curve 9370 for Verizon

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You know the drill here. BlackBerrys are masterful messaging machines and offer solid tools for email, SMS, BlackBerry Messenger and so on.

Whether you're a corporate user or a Gmail user, the 9370 handles Exchange, POP3 and IMAP4 accounts with ease. Users can add up to 10 different email accounts to the 9370. It can display HTML email with no problem and swiping left or right on the trackpad will take you to the next/previous email. Options abound, and there are simple controls to perform actions such as replying, forwarding, and so on.

The SMS/MMS client offers threaded messaging, which are defined in text bubbles. Adding any sort of media to outgoing messages is a breeze.

BlackBerry Messenger 6.1 is on board to allow for PIN-based messaging. BBM lets users interact with one another from within select connected applications. RIM has been upgrading this app aggressively and added more features, such as support for animated avatars, the BlackBerry Tag (NFC-based contact sharing), and in-depth control over user profiles.

As for other instant messaging, Google Talk, Windows Live, and Yahoo are supported. AIM isn't. If you add a Gmail account to the 9370, the software automatically sets up Google Talk, which is pretty cool. Ditto for Windows Live or Yahoo email accounts.

On the social networking front, the 9370 comes with official Facebook and Twitter applications pre-installed. Each works well enough to keep users in touch with their circles of friends, family and colleagues. The social networking apps are also integrated into the contact app and messaging functions, making it easier to communicate.

There is also a Social Feeds application that streams status updates and posts from Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk, Podcasts, and user-defined RSS feeds. If you'd like to consume all your social networking in one spot, this app lets you do it.

 

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