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Blackberry Curve 9380 Hands On

Article by on Monday, 6 February 2012

The good people over at Blackberry have been nice enough to send us the new Blackberry Curve 9380 handset and unlike the other phones in the Curve family tree this one offers a touchscreen display.

To find out what we thought of the new touchscreen Curve read on…

The new Curve as stated offers a new 3.2″ touchscreen with a resolution of 360 x 480, doing away with the normal Blackberry qwerty physical keyboard.

The screen of the 9380 rotates when the devices is tilted which is a great feature allowing you to use the device in both landscape and portrait mode. This makes watching YouTube videos even better.

The touchscreen on the Blackberry 9380 is extremely sensitive and when first using the handset I found myself launching Apps that I did not want to, but after a short amount of use you soon get to grips on how to deal with it.

The device offers a thin form factor with the normal 4 built in physical buttons at the bottom, with the touchpad in the middle. On the right side of the 9380 is the volume rocker buttons and a dedicated camera launch button (this can be changed in the settings menu). To the left of the device is a micro USB port for charging and syncing the device. Unusually this is placed right in the centre on the left side of the 9380. As normal there is just the standard lock button and 3.5mm jack on the top of the device.

On the rear of the 9380 is the 5MP camera offering VGA video recording and also the camera flash. Built into the battery cover is also the NFC unit.

Connectivity wise like other newer Blackberry devices the 9380 offers WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G, microSD and GPS, as well as the for-mentioned NFC unit.

The device is almost identical in size to the 9360 with measurements of 109 x 60 x 11.2mm, making the 9380 a great size device to hold in the hand. The unit feels well made and strong with all the features and buttons being easily accessible with your thumb.

I was extremely surprised when first picking up the 9380 on how light it was, weighing in at only 98g the 9380 is one of the lightest smartphones that I have had the pleasure of using.

As with all new Blackberry devices the 9380 runs Blackberry’s OS7 which is a great improvement over previous Blackberry OS’.

Powering the device is a 800MHz processor which makes OS 7 run smoothly and quickly. However there is a noticeable lag when rendering webpages. Other applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Email and BBM all run efficiently though.

Battery life for the Blackkberry 9380 is stated to be 5.5 hours Talk Time and 15 days Standby Time, which on using the device is near enough bang on.

Media on the 9380 is surprisingly good with the 5MP camera taking good pictures and the LED Flash providing enough light when snapping pictures in low light conditions. Playing back YouTube videos is a great experience, with the screen offering crisp pictures and the sound being of an excellent quality even at loud volume.

Typing on the touchscreen of the device really did surprise me. The auto correction feature in my opinion is fair better to the iPhone 4S that is my daily phone, correcting words perfectly making typing quick and easy. The keys on the vital keyboard are spaced out exactly the same as Blackberry’s physical keyboards, so people moving from a physical keyboard devices should have no problems using the 9380.

Overall the 9380 is a great device to own and I could use it as my day to day device. It offers all the things that you want from a smartphone with the only slight drawback being the speed of the rendering of webpages. The 9380 comes in a great price of around £220 on Pay as you go on most carriers and free with a contract.

If your a Blackberry lover the 9380 will certainly not let you down.

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