A device from a Niche market, the Blackberry Curve 9380 gives a out-worldly experience to a Blackberry addict. Offering capabilities BB users wanted and dreamt of about a year ago. The Curve touch 9380 is a full touch Blackberry smartphone that runs Blackberry OS7, here is what we think about this device.
BB OS 7
The UI and the fonts are much improved over the past, Blackberry OS7 was built to work with touch screens and it works exceptionally well. Bharat demonstrates in the video that the curve is responsive and the touchscreen is a lot of fun to interact with. BB OS7 adds new visual and interface elements that make interacting with the phone a to easier. Liquid graphics engine enhance the way things appear on the screen and the elects look beautiful and vivid. The phone also comes preloaded with the new Blackberry messenger and App store along with Facebook Twitter and a few other social networking apps. This makes it a device that is ready to go once bought. We wish Blackberry would allow the use of these apps without the Blackberry network plan.
Build Quality and Design
From a BB users point of view, and i am one, the curve is at par with previous curve models. Infact the device seems a tad bit better when it comes to device feel and sturdiness. The bezel and buttons give it a nice look. The Curve 9380 is sleek and slim and is much nicer looking than any other curve in the past. The plastics are not weak and overall built of the phone is quite solid.
|Frequency||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100|
|OS||BlackBerry OS 7|
|Built-in Memory||512 MB on-board memory|
|Additional Memory||Expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card|
|High-speed Data||HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA, WLAN|
|Screen Size||3.2” HVGA+ touch screen
480 X 360 pixel resolution at 188ppi
|Secondary Screen Size||N/A|
|Screen Colours||16 million|
|Camera Resolution||5MP camera with flash, image stabilization,
4x digital zoom, scene modes, VGA video
recording (640 X 480)
|NFC||Operating Frequency: 13.56 MHz
Operating Modes: reader/writer,
|Music Formats||MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|Battery||GSM Talk Time: up to 5.5 hours
GSM Standby Time: up to 15 days
UMTS Talk Time: up to 5.8 hours
UMTS Standby Time: up to 15 days
Audio Playback: up to 30 hours
Video Playback: up to 5.5 hours
The Screen, Camera and Multimedia
The screen on the device is very vivid and the UI elements add to it, the display looks nice and is exceptionally suited to play videos. The camera is a plain 5 MP snapper without auto focus, the images may come out blurry in most cases, but those in which subjects are not up close or too far look good. The video quality is also VGA which is a big let down especially because much cheaper android phone now offer 720p at least.
Video playback is smooth and without jitters, Audio is loud and clear. The included earphones are not very impressive and struggle with bass, an improved earphone really enhances the quality of audio on this device. All the multimedia apps are designed to take full advantage of the touch screen.
Phone, Messaging and Battery
Call quality was superb with almost zero dropped calls, tight network areas struggle with BBM / Mail connectivity but no issues with phone calls. Audio on both sides of the call was clear and loud.
Messaging can be difficult on the keyboard especially if you come from a BB background. The touch keys are close placed and difficult to maneuver, if you come from an iPhone/Android platform you will find the layout of the keyboard awkward. The keyboard may take some time getting used to but is not the most difficult aspect of the device.
Battery life is fidgety on the device, sometimes offering good 5 hours of talk time and sometimes only 2.5 hours. The software is not essentially complete and updates are coming fast from RIM. Turning off Wifi and GPS improves the battery considerably, and also doubles the standby time. In either case the device should last unto two days without asking for a charge if you are a moderate user. If you are a messaging fanatic get ready to charge this phone daily, if not twice a day.
The Curve 9380 is a phenomenal improvement over previous gen curves. The responsiveness and the media experience is exceptionally good. For blackberry fans this bring a mix of Blackberry and iPhone with the look and feel of the interface and the touchscreen. However its not the best phone in the market especially at this price considering Dual Core Android phones are available for 20,000 Indian Rupees. This is only a great upgrade for those who love their BBM.
We Rate is 3.5/5