Mister Mobility's BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review

BlackBerry-Curve-9380
The BlackBerry curve 9380 is a full touchscreen device. It is one of those rare berries without a hardware keyboard. The 9380 is t all intents an purposes an identical twin of the Curve 9360. The difference is that the 9360’s hardware keyboard was removed to make way for a full touchscreen face.

Quick Specifications

  • 3.2-inch, 360 x 480 pixels, touchscreen display
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 800MHz processor
  • 150 MB internal memory + microSD slot (2GB MicroSD card pre-bundled)
  • BlackBerry OS 7.0
  • 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash
  • GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • A-GPS and NFC

Display & Text Input

Unlike its twin the 9360 which does not have a touchscreen, the 9380 is a full touchscreen Berry. This would mean different things to different people. BlackBerry OS works just fine on it. It is a good display, though not spectacular.

For text entry, this display was a problem for me. I find it difficult to type comfortably on anything smaller than 3.5 inches, and this was no exception. Of course, I have large fingers, so that is understandable. People with smaller fingers are likely to find typing on the 9380’s 3.2 inch display more comfortable.

Camera

The 5 megapixel camera on the 9380 is fixed focus and appears to be exactly same as on the 9360 too. It doesn’t sit among the best 5 megapixel cameras on the market. However, it is usable for your casual shots and videos. Just don’t expect anything spectacular.

Of course, BlackBerries have never been spectacular in the camera department. This is no exception.

General

The 9380 does what other BlackBerries do – email, web browsing, SMS, BB Messenger, etc.

There’s a music player, as well as a video player, and they work fine. The speakers are good in terms of audio quality and volume.

Viewing pictures and videos on the relatively large display is a joy, of course. You can see more, compared to what obtains on BlackBerry smartphones with much smaller displays. I was able to watch my video collection without the need to convert any of them.

Battery Life

I was expecting really poor battery performance because of the full touchscreen nature of the 9380. However, it didn’t turn out exactly poor. I found myself needing to charge the device before the end of the working day though. If you are an addicted BBM user, for example, keep your charger nearby always.

Performance

For the most part, the 800MHz processor delivered smooth performance with OS7 on this model. However, there were times when I felt some sluggishness in responses. The experience wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t 100% smooth either.

Again, the 9380 is mid-tier and the 800Mhz CPU is part of the compromise for the lower cost. The occasional slowdowns weren’t enough to make me want to tear my hair out though, but when downloading and/or installing apps from the AppWorld, things stood still for the most part. I simply had to wait for the download/installation tasks to complete before being able to do other things.

Conclusions

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.

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  1. Ayeni olusina April 21, 2012
  2. good April 21, 2012
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