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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review
Voice quality in the earpiece was good, as we are accustomed to with BlackBerry handsets. We could hear the voices loud and clear, while on the other side they also confirmed that what we say comes out clean, and with strong volume.
 
The 1230mAh battery might seem with a relatively small capacity for today’s standards, and indeed, the Curve 9380 is quoted for the below average 5 hours and 40 minutes of talk time in 3G mode.


Conclusion:

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is an interesting foray in the touchscreen-only jungle by RIM, which probably meant to create a decent consumer-oriented budget device with its services staples. Yet when you get rid of one huge advantage for BlackBerry aficionados, which is the physical keyboard, and replace it with an on-screen one plastered over a wimpy 3.2-incher, eyebrows are bound to be raised.

There is just no way that the suit and government types will be typing on the Curve 9380 like on the markedly easier BlackBerry physical portrait keyboards, which are RIM’s trademark for the world. RIM might be shooting itself in the foot here, as it doesn’t have many competitive advantages over the more popular Android and iOS now, just the wonders of BBM, BIS and the legendary BlackBerry security, coupled with the excellent keyboards, and one of those advantages is missing on the Curve 9380, because the screen size is so small.

Average users, on the other hand, have so much choice in the segment the Curve 9380 is striving for, that grabbing precisely this handset out of the pile seems a bit of an utopian hope for RIM, if it meant the 9380 as a consumer-oriented device. They’ll see a handset with stiff side keys, entry level screen, processor and video capture. Yet they’ll be asked to pay the “BlackBerry premium”, which will likely steer them away from the Curve 9380.

For its price you can get phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, a much more capable munchkin with a way better camera, screen resolution and Android applications galore. If you are into typing lengthy emails, you can grab the HTC Desire Z for even less money, with its excellent physical keyboard and crafty design. If you are longing for that legendary portrait keyboard, the oldie BlackBerry Bold 9780 has it for only a tad more.

In case you want something markedly different, like Windows Phone, you can check out the Samsung Omnia W for the same money, with a 4” Super AMOLED display and good Microsoft Exchange email support.

Yet if you absolutely must have the BlackBerry services in a trendy touchscreen-only device, the Curve 9380 is indeed a budget way to do it, provided that you don’t plan on a lot of typing. If you do, you'd better splurge a bit extra, and get the Torch 9860, which offers the same experience, but on a more bearable 3.7” display, plus you get faster processor and 720p video recording.

Software version of the reviewed unit:  7.0.0.482

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Pros

  • A full suite of BlackBerry services
  • Good call quality
  • DivX video playback support

Cons

  • Pricey for the specs, yet unappealing to the typical BlackBerry user
  • Stiff volume rocker and camera keys
  • Fixed-focus rear camera and no front-facing cam
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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: 1001; 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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