Good call quality
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is an interesting foray in the touchscreen-only jungle by RIM, which probably meant to create a decent consumer-oriented budget device with its services staples. Yet when you get rid of one huge advantage for BlackBerry aficionados, which is the physical keyboard, and replace it with an on-screen one plastered over a wimpy 3.2-incher, eyebrows are bound to be raised.
Bright, colourful screen
There's definitely the potential within the BlackBerry Curve 9380 for it to be a good smartphone, and for many BlackBerry addicts on a budget, hungry for some touchscreen action, it could serve well.
Frankly, we'd rather have the BlackBerry Curve 9360 within the BlackBerry range, but if it's a touchscreen phone you want in this price bracket, we'd go for the iPhone 3GS, thanks to its slicker operating system.
Visually rich user interface
Given its price point we think that the BlackBerry Curve 9380 will do really well. It offers a similar level of functionality to the more expensive BlackBerry Torch 9860, but for a smaller price tag, bundling NFC capabilities in for good measure. It's not the biggest or most powerful touchscreen phone out there. If you're after something inexpensive that allows you to surf the web and check Facebook and that's not an Android phone this will certainly satisfy.
Decent camera and messaging capabilities
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 betrays its lower end leanings with a fairly low resolution screen and underpowered processor, but it's got a decent camera and messaging capabilities. The lack of content on BlackBerry App World will be a frustration for some however. While it will make a welcome upgrade for existing BB fans, the Curve 9380 hasn't really enough on offer to distinguish it from similarly priced Androids.
In virtually every sense, the Curve 9380 is a downgraded Torch 9860. While that Torch was a decent effort from RIM, the design brief doesn't transfer as well to a cheaper device. That doesn't mean I think it's a particularly bad phone though. At its current Â£200+ price tag, it isn't great value for money, and that is why I wouldn't recommend buying it (at that price anyway); while it does everything it should, it still doesn't really impress in the wider view of things:I think the biggest...
The Curve 9380 bears a price tag of Rs.20,990. In our opinion, that's just a tad more on the steep side, especially for a Curve series handset. While the handset itself proved to be reasonably versatile and handled itself quite well overall, the current price is, again, just a little too much. Nevertheless, if you're not willing to shell out Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,000 more for the Torches or the Touch and Type Bold handsets, then you should consider this one.
Distinctly usable despite the small size
Seen by itself, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is a pleasantly competent smartphone. It can accomplish most common smartphone tasks without fuss. If you like tiny phones, it may even be enough to convince you to skip the Android equivalents if you're not a fan of their quirks -- certainly if you're the kind who can kill the batteries on other small phones or find Android too complex. We know a few who bought small Android phones only to trade in for something else soon afterwards.
Generous 8GB memory
If you were to take the BlackBerry Bold 9900 out of the equation and judge the BlackBerry Bold 9790 on its own merits, you could quite confidently say it's a cracking little phone. We're not massively excited by it but, geek-speak aside, just the specs alone make it worthy of a Â£350/$450 SIM-free price tag.
Enhanced email and data security with BlackBerry Internet Service
Price is the biggest thing the Bold 9790 has in its favor. It's the affordable option in the premium line. One that's not supposed to compete with the flagship but help RIM widen their demographic and get a foothold in emerging markets.
The 9790 is a natural upgrade from the Bold 9780 but you can throw in a few Curves there as well for flavor. It should be a good option too for loyal RIM users who fancy a transition to touchscreen but think the Torch line is taking it too far.
The BlackBerry 9790 is another solid, keyboard-equipped smartphone from RIM, with the very welcome addition of a touchscreen. Its keyboard is decent, screen quality good and interface nice to use. As a budget alternative to the Bold 9900, it does what's required. However, the small, low-resolution screen and still deathly slow uptake of apps mean it trails behind most equivalent phones by some distance.
Excellent battery performance
The role of the Bold 9790 is clearly to provide a bridge between the Bold 9900 and Curve 9360, which is quite a tough job. While the Bold 9790 is well built, it looks unremarkable, lacking the the generous screen, fantastic keyboard and premium build of the Bold 9900, although it's portability will be an advantage for many people.
Poor touchscreen interface
The £350 price tag of the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a major sticking point for one of the most basic smartphones on the market. The £99 Android contenders like the Huawei Ascend G300 beat the BlackBerry Bold 9790 in all areas.
Worse still, the keyboard toting Nokia Asha 201 costs around £60 and does a similar job, showing the challenge that faces all future BlackBerry phones ahead of the end of year overhaul of phone hardware and BlackBerry OS.
Responsive platform performance
Not all of us can afford to experience RIM's latest and greatest offering, but for those looking for something reasonable without sacrificing too much of the experience, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 proves its worth especially in its pricing. At $79.99 with a 2-year contract, it's easy enough to afford on almost any budget, but more importantly, it's able to provide us with that rock solid BlackBerry experience that it's high-end siblings offer as well.
Slim and good-looking
We think it says it all that when writing the pros and cons, we were overloaded with pros and struggled to think of cons to list. Yes, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a budget device compared to the premium Bold 9900, but we can't help thinking that considering the cost of it, it's actually a million times better value for money.
An outright disaster
From a technical and innovation standpoint, RIM's current product lineup is running on fumes. In an era when all that keeps the company going is the existing goodwill of its most dedicated users and a vault of cash reserves, it can't afford to release products that further alienate its customer base and tarnish its reputation. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an outright disaster.
Based on its specs, the Curve 9360 is an entry level smartphone that may appeal to BlackBerry fans, or those looking to upgrade from a feature phone. Although it does not boast high-end features like the Bold 9900, it will probably be an attractive proposition if paired with the right carrier plan.
Svelte design and solid build
The Blackberry Curve 9360 is a well built, user-friendly device that performs the key Blackberry features like Messaging and Email very well and with a redesigned interface, new svelte design and better camera features, it's certainly superior to the 9300.
However, it's not the fastest, most powerful phone out there, to keep up with the rivals, a touchscreen would have been ideal and (something we always seem to be saying about RIM phones) app choice is still disappointing.
New user interface and OS
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great mobile phone to have. However, it lacks any real changes outside of its speed and functionality. The phone still maintains the same Curve look although it's more secure and more polished than older models. The new user interface and OS are worth a look as BlackBerry moves from OS 6 to 7.
The Curve 9360 will serve well as a messaging device. However, considering its asking price of Rs 19,200, it should have had a touchscreen. In sum, if your company is sponsoring a BB phone for you, get this one - you'll appreciate its slim looks and new UI. On the other hand, if you're going to spend your hard-earned money, get the Nokia E6, which humbles the 9360 on every front and yet manages to cost almost Rs 3000 less.
A full Qwerty hard keyboard
On this evidence, BlackBerry's lower end Curve range is moving steadily up the capability ladder and if you're a fan of BBM it's well worth a look. If you're unlikely to fall for the charms of BBM, then there's growing range of budget Android handsets, with plenty more apps, which may have more appeal.
BlackBerry OS 7 runs very smoothly
The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the entry level device in RIM's new lineup, but it serves to point out what is wrong with RIM. In the midst of bleeding market share to Android and iOS on the strength of the operating system, RIM has chosen hardware as their new rallying cry. The Curve 9350 is a good entry level phone, but it unfortunately still runs the same basic OS that the Curve 8330 did three years ago, and at $79.99 on contract the phone is well overpriced.
Slim form factor is perfect for pockets
RIM proves that you don't have to have an Android or iOS phone in your pocket to go the smart route, but you'll definitely be on the lower end of the coolness scale among your hipster friends. But if your work requires that you be on a BlackBerry, or you need an inexpensive but robust little phone to get the job done, the Curve 9350 is worth investigating. While the camera and connection options don't put it on the cutting edge, it should serve you very well as a business and personal device.
High pixel densitiy screen
Porsche Design P'9981 is a smartphone from BlackBerry. The phone with the futuristic QWERTY keyboard was formerly known as the BlackBerry Knight. The handset will be available from Porsche Design stores and there is speculation that the price tag will be a very Porsche-like $2,000. So what are you getting for that stack of 20 C notes? The device offers solid construction, for one thing with a forged stainless steel frame, leather back, and a sculpted QWERTY keyboard.
App selection not good enough
The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9881 is clearly an overpriced fashion handset that does little to truly justify its Â£1275 price. However, there is a charm to its build and styling that does make it stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the keyboard is superb and there are some nice extras included in the box. Ultimately, though, it's the BlackBerry part of the partnership that lets it down.
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