BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review: Not What You’d Expect

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Introduction

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is RIM’s first ever-released Curve with a touchscreen. The Curve lineup is usually an expression of RIM’s understanding for a budacquire phone and this one supposedly, doesn’t create a difference. It should attract customers with a lower entry price while offering the full BB Operating System (OS) 7 experience.





BlackBerry Curve 9380

The recent Curve 9380 is basically a downgraded Torch 9860 – it has a less-capable processor and smaller and low-res display. Both gadgets see similar too, but the Curve's pricetags makes up for the differences.

So, let’s hold a see at the Curve 9380 full feature list, followed by potential deal-breakers as we saw them.

Key features:

  • 3.2" 16M-color TFT touchclassy screen of HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (360 x 480 pixels)
  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support and tri-band 3G with HSDPA
  • Single-core 800Mega Hertz (MHz) processor
  • 512Mega Bytes (MB) RAM
  • BlackBerry Operating System (OS) v7
  • BlackBerry’s proprietary email service and data security
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n connectivity
  • GPS receiver and BlackBerry maps preloaded
  • 5 megapixel fixed-focus capturing camera and a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash
  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) video recording @ 30 fps
  • 150Mega Bytes (MB) of inbuilt storage
  • 2GB MicroSD card pre-bundled
  • Four physical buttons at the bottom
  • Optical trackpad
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • DivX and Xvid video support
  • Office document editor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Smart dialing
  • Ultra-quick boot times
  • Solid build quality

Main disadvantages:

  • BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to like all the phone features
  • No physical QWERTY keyboard (a potential deal breaker for a BlackBerry)
  • No videocalling and no front facing capturing camera either
  • No Flash support for the web browser
  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio
  • Screen has no haptic feedback
  • Poor audio quality and loudspeaker performance

As you can see, most of the listed drawbacks of the recent Curve are typical BlackBerry. So if tyou are even thinking about getting any of RIM’s phones, you’ve probably already accepted to live with those – the mandatory BIS plan for emails and data traffic as well as the poor variety of apps and the high App World prices.






BlackBerry Curve 9380 live pictures

So, the Curve 9380 offers the latest BlackBerry experience on a cheaper price and without losing much of its appeal. The BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7 on this Curve is as capable and quick as on the Torch 9860, the main incompatibility being the lack of HD video recording.

Our traditional hardware tour starts correct after the jump.


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