Blackberry Curve 9380

Overall Rating

Blackberry Curve 9380The Blackberry Curve 9380 brings the touch screen to the Blackberry Curve line.  Gone is the standard Blackberry keyboard, traded for more screen space.  Running the Blackberry 7 OS designed to enhance touch screen operations, tap, swipe and virtual keyboarding.  The improvements over OS 6 are appreciated. It’s friendlier and more colourful than the default interface of previous BlackBerry OS versions, and retains the larger focus on touch interaction that OS 6 introduced. It’s friendlier and more colourful than the default interface of previous BlackBerry OS The Curve 9380 runs with an 800 MHz processor on board which is enough power for the Smartphone to multi-task efficiently.

The 9380 has a screen resolution of 480 x 360 pixels but with a larger screen size of  3.2 inches vice the 2.4 inch screens of the traditionally styled Curves.  The Blackberry Curve 9380 is a nice step up in the Blackberry Curve family with the larger screen for media applications.  People who prefer the virtual keypad over the traditional QWERTY keypad will enjoy all the back office benefits of a Blackberry, but without the physical keyboard.

Overview

The Blackberry Curve 9380 delivers smooth control and touch responses with its 800MHz core processor and 512MB RAM.  There is no noticeable size difference with this new Curve 9380 over the earlier Blackberry Curve mobiles so the feel is familiar.  At 98 grams, there is little weight difference either.  Blackberry’s RIM network provides access to messaging and browsing applications.  Other applications, free and paid are available through Blackberry World, the mobile’s app connection.  Here you can download and install entertainment, functional and social apps to run on the 9380.  The only lag area in responsiveness is the initial download and installation of the apps.  Connectivity is provided by quad-band GSM, 3G, and EDGE as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS capabilities.

The Blackberry Curve 9380 brings the world of touch screen navigation and menus to Curve users.  While the mobile still has the anchor keys and track pad at the bottom of the display, the on screen navigation through menus and home screens is quick and efficient.  The screen will rotate from portrait to landscape depending on how you wish to use the different functions or view media.  While the tactile keyboard is gone, the Curve 9380 will provide a portrait or landscape keyboard on screen.  The keyboard is much easier to use in landscape mode but will use over half the screen so you lose entry space at the top.

The Curve’s 5 MP camera has an LED flash, auto focus, geo tagging and image stabilization.  Images appear nice and clean with the auto focus and stabilization features compensating for human error.  The camcorder will record in only VGA, but will record at a full 30fps with nicely rendered video for viewing on the mobile itself.  With the landscape view available on the Curve, users can see more detail in their images and video over the old fixed portrait 2.4 inch screen.  The microSD card slot provides memory storage upgradeable to 32GB that can be available for pictures, videos and music.

Music and music videos both sound quite good from the Curve 9380 mobile’s speakers or stereo earphones.  The music player is intuitive with cover browsing and background music features.  With the Blackberry Curve 9380 data connections, both video and audio streaming are supported as well.

With the Blackberry Curve 9380 now on the market, full touch screen capability is no longer reserved for Torch users.  With the same size and form as the earlier Curve, there are many new features for the Curve user to become acquainted with in this model.

Features

Band: Quad-band GSM support, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Memory: 512 MB RAM; 512 MB Storage; expandable microSD card up to 32 GB
Connections: Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port; Wi-Fi: Yes, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA,
Display: 3.2-inch 480 x 360p colour, TFT, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Camera: 5.0 megapixel
Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 11.2 mm
Weight: 98 grams
Battery: Li-io battery
Battery Life in Stand-by Mode:  Up to 360 hours
Battery Life in Talk Time: Up to 5 hours 40 minutes

Pros

Blackberry OS 7
Touch screen interface
Camera features upgraded from previous Curve
Affordable

Cons

Virtual Keyboard
Apps download and installation lag time

Blackberry Curve 93804Moby2011-12-22 13:42:22The Blackberry Curve 9380 brings the touch screen to the Blackberry Curve line.  Gone is the standard Blackberry keyboard, traded for more screen spa…