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. I think this, along with its sleek curves and menus that transitioned seamlessly as I happily swished around on the touch screen, induced a stupor that convinced me to say something along the lines of “I’m never giving this phone...
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. It’s not the biggest or most powerful touchscreen phone out there. If you’re after something inexpensive that allows you to surf the web and check Facebook and that’s not an Android phone this will certainly satisfy.
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: It seems like there’s no stopping RIM from launching new devices. The latest to make it out from the Canadian firm is the 9380. Following in the footsteps of the Torch 9860 , the Curve 9380 is designed to try and offer as much with lower specs and naturally, at a lower price. Here’s what we thought. Form Factor It’s designed to look just like its bigger brother from the Torch family with a few alterations here and there.
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 9360, we love the overall look and feel of the Curve 9380. It's small and pocketable and while affordable, doesn't feel like a good phone was made cheap. The design is very i...
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 less processing power than the Torch 9860, the browser doesn't seem as snappy, Positioning Curve as the entry-level product family of the BlackBerry portfolio allows RIM to g...
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. If you want a touchscreen Blackberry device running the latest OS7 and do not intend to cough out a fortune, the Curve 9380 comes highly recommended.
Conclusion: The Blackberry Curve 9380 might not be for everyone, and certainly won’t be for business users who are used to rattling away long emails using a physical keyboard. For an end-user who wants a touchscreen Blackberry, you could play it safe with the Curve 9380 but even with a spiffy new OS upgrade the device doesn’t do much to make you want to spend more time with it. Add to that the disappointing battery life and you might as well stay with your current phone.
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). From that standpoint, Android offers better value for money, and the iPhone is unquestionably better, though that comparison is unfair.
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.
Curve Your Enthusiasm - BlackBerry Curve 9380 Reviewed
26 November 2011
Excerpt: The Curve 9380 is the first full touch-screen Curve from RIM. RIM is making slow progress towards upgrading their BlackBerry line up, and the full touch-screen display seems to be making its way through each BlackBerry line. But is the touch screen enough...