BlackBerry Curve 9380: Death by touch screen [Review]
21 June 2012
Excerpt: When the BlackBerry Curve 9380 arrived, it sat quietly on my desk for about five minutes, just looking beautiful. The soft light from the nearby window hit its silver edging and the screen in a way that made it look like it was gently glowing.
Conclusion: Given its price point we think that the BlackBerry Curve 9380 will do really well. It offers a similar level of functionality to the more expensive BlackBerry Torch 9860, but for a smaller price tag, bundling NFC capabilities in for good measure.
Pros: Visually rich user interface, Slick design and feel, Great price
Cons: Video camera isn't amazing, Limited apps from BlackBerry App World, Not the best virtual Qwerty
Excerpt: Curve 9380 Video Walkthrough Filmed live on location at BlackBerry headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, in this video you'll get a good first look at the touchscreen BlackBerry Curve 9380 as CrackBerry Kevin and the Curve 9380 Product Marketing Manager walk through the phone.
Pros: The first touchscreen Curve!, Affordable, Feels good in the hand, Looks great - a nice evolution to standard BlackBerry touchscreen design, JM-1 seems to deliver pretty solid battery life, BlackBerry 7 features are nice - voice search, digital compass, etc., Like its full qwerty sibling the Curve...
Cons: Buttons built into the screen look nice but are a bit hard to press, No HD video recording or autofocus on the camera, The super slim volume up/down and convenience key buttons are a little too minimalistic, Battery door is tricky to get off, especially if you don't know how to do it, With 400MHz...
Conclusion: The 9380 does everything you’d expect it to do. However, it wasn’t designed to be outstanding at any of them. Most mid-tier devices are not either, so that’s not a bad thing. It comes with the terrain.
Excerpt: Review: BlackBerry Curve 9380 The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the entry level full-touch smartphone offered by Research In Motion. When this was first announced in Jakarta, Indonesia, people were surprised because they were probably expecting a full-touch Torch but not a full-touch Curve model.
Conclusion: I think the biggest problem that the 9380 has is that it doesn’t really have a target market, or even a clear place in the BlackBerry lineup. Allow me to explain. First-time smartphone buyers would probably be comparing the 9380 to budget Android smartphones (maybe even an iPhone 3GS too).
Excerpt: Quite clearly, RIM is focusing on the touchscreen phone market this year. Phones with touchscreens and QWERTY keypads as well as touchscreen only devices are now available in the Curve range as well. And we think it is a good value for money device. Read on to know why.
Conclusion: Overall, the Curve 9380 is good… but only when compared to older Blackberries – otherwise, it doesn’t hold a candle to even other budget Android smartphones. But if your company relies on Blackberry’s services, it’s better to have this phone than something else.
Conclusion: It's horses for courses, but if you don't want the bulk of its larger cousin, the Curve 9380 offers a slick little package with a decent range of features so long as you're not expecting especially high performance.
Pros: Slim and sleek styling, BlackBerry 7 OS
Cons: Screen not too sharp, onscreen keyboard a bit cramped, processor shows occasional signs of lag, awkward hard buttons, not a great selection in BlackBerry App World
Summary: The Research in Motion (RIM) brings you its first 'all-touch' offering with BlackBerry Curve 9380. Does the keyboard-less phone have what it takes to impress the business users? KYMI finds out.