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.
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.
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. With the Curve 9380 you get a compact, pocketable, lightweight smartphone with all the core functions ...
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...
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