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BlackBerry Curve 9380 review

A touchscreen BlackBerry Curve at last

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

The latest batch of BlackBerry phones, including the Torch 9860, Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Curve 9380 here, feature a much-improved browser as part of BlackBerry OS 7.

It's faster than ever before, helped along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G mobile internet connectivity. The fact that the BlackBerry Curve 9380 picks up signal so well helps it keep good 3G speeds in particular.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that page loading speeds haven't really been affected by the reduction in horsepower from the higher-end OS 7 handsets. There's little speed difference from the Torch, and it's actually not that much slower than powerful handsets such as the iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE for many sites.

That's not to say the whole experience is rosy, sadly. The responsiveness is all over the place, for a start. Sometimes pinching to zoom responds fine, while at other times it's extremely slow and juddery, or the site suddenly disappears while it redraws and then reappears in a different place to where you were zooming.

Things like text reflow work well, and help to mitigate the blockiness of text on the 360 x 480 screen, but still tend to be a bit slow - you can double-tap on a column of text and end up waiting for a couple of seconds before everything catches up.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

The browser has plenty of features, though. You can have several pages open and switch between them using a carousel at the top. It's not quite as slick as on the more powerful handsets, but it works well enough.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

From the Menu key, you can search the page, bookmark a site, add the site to your Home screen and share the page in numerous ways, including BBM, email, Facebook and Twitter.

BlackBerry curve 9380 review

There's no Flash support, but that's probably a wise move considering the meagre power of the CPU.

Although the page loading speeds on the BlackBerry Curve 9380 are rather impressive, it's an extremely poor browsing experience overall, and the blame lies firmly with the serious touch-responsiveness issues.

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.