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.
Good hardware design, fast gaming, flexible main menu, forward-facing camera
As the first dual-core processor equipped smartphone on the market, the LG Optimus 2X was sure to garner a lot of attention no matter how good or bad it turned out to be. Thankfully, the phone is quite good, though that might have little to do with its processor.
The 2X features some very nice user interface updates and comes equipped with 3 fun, and presumably processor hungry, games that are sure to keep Optimus 2X owners pre-occupied.
Records and plays Full HD 1080p video
You won't be able to conclude right away that the spartan-looking handset you are holding in your hands is the first modern dual-core phone, when you handle the LG Optimus 2X. It doesn't have a flashy design, or 2X written all over it. You might start getting a hint when you see the option for recording 1920x1080p video in the camera interface, but that's about it.
It wasn't that long ago we were calling the LG Optimus 2X a superphone, but it hasn't really lived up to that billing.The geek cred of the hardware is undeniable, but it doesn't lead the pack in the same way when it comes to software.
It falls down at a few of the hurdles it seems especially designed to handle as well, such as playing our loaded 1080p videos. Recording 1080p was also disappointing, eroding some the Optimus 2X's unique selling points.
Superb build quality
The LG Optimus 2X is an excellent phone. Its styling is lovely, it packs in oodles of high-end hardware and thanks to its Android OS, it's hugely versatile. However, LG has made a few too many slip ups for it to really hit the top spot. Nontheless, particularly thanks to it being a bit cheaper than the competition, if you're looking for a true smartphone powerhouse, it's well worth considering.
Some of LG's customisations are nice
In terms of sheer power the LG Optimus 2X currently outclasses its rivals. Our experience has likely suffered because we are so early into the life of this device - a tweak here and there may smooth out the experience and leave you with a device that is not only stable, but hugely capable with it
Good multimedia features and an HDMI port
Its look is not particularly modern, but it feels great when held in hand. This LG model offers an exceptional screen and a pleasant on-screen keyboard. With its performances and multimedia options, Optimus 2X offers a lot more than the average. It is one of the most interesting models for consumers who want to save some money by not purchasing a top smartphone model, but a mid-range device which actually offers more.
Buttery smooth and lightning fast
The LG Optimus 2X is a seriously powerful piece of kit. We love the 8-megapixel camera with it's settings and Full HD recording, and we love the HDMI-out option. It's not without its flaws; call quality is iffy and you will want to watch the battery. It also remains to be seen how well the 2X will compare long term - if you're undecided about which dual-core Android phone to go for we'd advise you to wait for now.
Super thin, feather-light - but can it rival the new dual-core brigade
Sitting alongside the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Black is a top-end smartphone, slipping in at just over £ 400, attempting to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Apple iPhone 4 for the smartphone crown, but with considerably fewer features and less processing power than its LG stablemate.
Menus open slightly slower than expected, apps launch after a pause and the touch input is short of being perfect.
The LG Optimus Black P970 is an Android 2.2.2 (Froyo) smartphone with a custom skinned UI. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and a PowerVR SGX530 GPU and has 512MB of RAM along with 2GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB through microSD.
NOVA display for improved readability
The LG Optimus Black is a higher-end Android phone featuring a NOVA display for improved readability in bright sunlight. Running Android 2.2 with access to 150,000 apps, this is a powerful smartphone with a 1GHz processor, fast data access and plenty of battery power and memory. More powerful than mid-range Android phones, yet lacking the speed and features of the latest high-end models, the Optimus Black is worth considering if you're on a budget but don't want to compromise too much.
The model seems to be nice despite some stability issues
There is no complaint regarding the communication quality. Ringtones are loud, but a vibro can be missed at times. The sound is good during the conversation as well. Interlocutors will always hear you well.
The model seems to be nice despite some stability issues. They are not vital for the majority of users. Some amends can be made if you give up on preinstalled Facebook and Twitter clients. Unfortunately, you cannot replicate the trick with the camera, which is slow anyway.
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