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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review

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Browser and Connectivity:

There is no Adobe Flash rendering in the browser on the Curve 9380, so you will only be enjoying Flash-based ads thanks to Flash Lite - we know you want it. A RIM exec commented on the lack of Flash support that "You need dual-core processors to render Flash in the way that we would want to do it. The processing power isn't there yet." RIM's also not there yet with dual-core phones, so you have to learn how to be happy without Flash.

The browser of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
The browser of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
The browser of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review

The browser of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380


The browser is also not a speed king, with checkered boxes appearing often when you scroll quickly through the page, or zoom in by pinching in fervor. The optical trackpad in the home key does help to find and click on very tiny objects on a website with a mouse pointer, but it’s more of a gimmick than something you’d regularly use.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 sports quad-band GSM support and tri-band 14.4Mbps HSDPA, with frequencies depending on the region it is sold at, as well as the usual Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. It can also have NFC, depending on the carrier, but there is no FM Radio, if that’s a dealbreaker for you.


Camera:

The camera interface is pretty simple yet functional, with most options like the flash and scene modes situated at the dock on the bottom with large fat buttons making them easy to toggle. The 5MP camera with LED flash doesn't capture enough detail, there is copious amount of noise, and the pictures turned out soft, maybe because of the fixed-focus camera, meaning that you can forget about close-up shots as well. The colors and contrast, however, are representing well the original scene, so the pics are good for occasional Facebook sharing. Indoor shots came out very noisy, while the flash did a poor job of illuminating the scene from about 5 feet distance.

Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review

Outdoor samples made with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380


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The Curve 9380 records VGA video at 30fps, unlike its more expensive brethren with 1GHz CPUs which do 720p now. The video is nothing to write home about in terms of definition, and in our case it did 25fps on average, but detail is fine, with the contrast and colors of the actual environment accurately represented.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Sample Video:




To enter camera mode, you have to press the BlackBerry key, which serves as context menu button, and choose “Video camera” from the crowded settings list.  For some strange reason you also can't start and stop the video capture with the camera key, because you will instantly switch to pictures mode, but have to use the on-screen button instead, or the home key, if your hands are in gloves.


Multimedia:

The music player on the Curve 9380 is pretty functional and looking good in the meantime – your songs are categorized by artists, albums and playlists, plus album art and captions can be displayed, if available. You can’t just tap on the progress bar to advance or rewind within a song, you have to move a slider, which is quite tiny to grip, especially for larger fingers. The loudspeaker volume is decent, but the sound is a bit flat and tinny. On the other hand, the music player supports the lossless FLAC format, which is a pretty good feature to have.

The handset supports not only the usual MPEG-4 video files, but also DivX right out of the box, which is a good thing since the 14500-strong application store is not that rich in decent video players offered for free. Xvid support is hit-or-miss, some did play, some didn't. Other than some Xvid files, we found the Curve 9380 to play videos up to 720p with no issues.

Music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Music player - RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
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posted on 01 Feb 2012, 07:36

1. ricking (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


I'VE always liked bb love the bbm, love touch screen would consider going back but not until HUGE IMPROVEMENTS!!!

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 05:39

2. Birds (Posts: 1007; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I just hate when I scroll all the way down and spoil the review. lol

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:56

3. quique (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


The reviewer missed a very important feature. Blackberry touchscreen phones offer physical hard buttons for phoning and hanging up a call. For people that use the phone primarily to place and receive calls and need GPS and only occasional browsing, (such as real estate agents and contractors), this is a huge benefit over Android and apple phones. When using an Android phone, during a call, the screen dims or turns black. In order to hang up on a call, you need to fire up the screen & find the dialer. In a Blackberry touch screen, you simply push the red button at the bottom right corner.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 10:31

4. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


^ when you use an IOS or Android powered phone. Yes they dim the screen. But when you pull the phone from your face the screen brightens and turns back on. And all you have to do is hit the end button.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 23:03

5. quique (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


Agree, providing that another app does not hog the screen. I use both. There is no doubt that there are many benifits to using Androids and Iphones for browsing, multi media etc. Having said that, if your primary use is phone, being able to push a hard button to answer and hang up calls even when the screen is Black; or the phone on the car seat; without having to look it is a huge huge plus.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 23:51

6. jaysvent26 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Key buttons has poor components. I got a replacement thru waratty claim but in a few days the same problem i encountered. :(

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 10:04

7. quique (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


This is sad and a poor reflection on Blackberry. It was renown for it's quality. I hope they continue to deliver robust units. The upgrade to O.S 7.1 is a step in the right direction. I have no doubt that we will see great units comming our way in the near future.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 00:56

8. shivg55 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I have purchase BBCurve9380 3 months before but there is problem of heating i have already gave it to service center and got after 15 days but problem still running.. it's very worst cell.. i will never recommended....

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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 480 pixels (188 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 806 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.44 inches
(109 x 60 x 11.2 mm)
3.46 oz  (98 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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