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BlackBerry Curve 9380 review

A touchscreen BlackBerry Curve at last

There's not much of a bump to the media capabilities of BlackBerry devices in OS 7, though they were overhauled in BB OS 6, so it wasn't really necessary.

A trip to the Media folder on your BlackBerry Curve 9380's Home screen will find you the Music app, Pictures app, Videos app, Music Store and a podcast app that appears as All Episodes in the menu for some reason.

There's no onboard storage to speak of, so you'll need to stick in a microSD card if you want to add some songs and videos.

The Music app isn't particularly elaborate, but it's easy enough to find your way around, and it has the usual sorting options: artist, album, song, genre and so on.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

Album artwork is incorporated throughout - where available - as well as on the Now Playing screen, which also displays the artwork of the next and previous tracks as part of a carousel that you can flick through.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

The playing controls are at the bottom of the screen, with shuffle and repeat options at the top.

The whole app responds quickly and fairly fluidly, although it's hardly an exciting entry. There's a nice option named Explore Music Apps that takes you to the Music section of the App World, where you can pick up apps such as TuneIn Radio to add more musicality to your device.

The Music Store app is actually just Amazon's MP3 store when you open it, but this is no bad thing. There's a great range of songs at reasonable prices - what more could you ask of a digital music store?

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

If you add your own music, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 supports MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC, among others.

For video, you're a little more limited on this smartphone, with MPEG-4, H.264 and WMV pretty much all that's supported. Well, H.263 is as well, but most people will gloss over that part.

Impressively, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 supports 720p video playback, and although it's obviously massively scaled down, it plays quite smoothly and looks good on the screen. You notice pixelation far less when the image is moving, and the screen is bright with nice colours, so video isn't bad at all for a small, lower-end device.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

Like the Music and Video apps, the Pictures app is on the simple side, but it's fairly responsive, enabling you to swipe between photos without photos without causing performance problems.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

You can share your photos over email, Facebook and Twitter from the Menu key, although there are no built-in editing options.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.23 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyCurve
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model9380
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)98 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density188 ppi
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameCurve 9380 Smartphone
Processor Speed806 MHz
Processor TypeTavor
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-39091-029
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

First-ever all-touch BlackBerry Curve display

All-touch display

The 3.2" all-touch screen is packed with pixels for a crisp, clear display and responds quickly whether you're tapping, swiping or zooming. So it's easy to quickly skim and scroll through your apps and icons, or zoom in on your friends' newest Facebook pics.

Stylish and sleek

The curved, all-touch design creates a smartphone that's not only great to look at, but also feels just right in your hand.