by May 30, 2012 0 comments

Snapshot Price: Rs. 17,225
Key Specs: 800MHz BlackBerry OS7, 512 MB RAM, 1230MAh battery, 3.2 inch capacitive screen 360x480p, 5 MP camera with LED flash, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 3.5mm jack, weight 98gms
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Blackberry 9380 is the first phone in the Curve series which has a touchscreen. It looks similar to the BlackBerry Torch but is a lot sleeker; weighing just 98gms, it fits comfortably into one's palms. It has a 3.2-inch capacitive touch display placed above physical navigation buttons. The display offers rich visuals even though the screen resolution is only 360x480p. The device boasts of the new BlackBerry OS 7 with 512 MB RAM and 800 MHz processor, and a 5 MP camera with an LED flash. The camera output is decent but under low light its quality deteriorates. At 800 MHz, the processor doesn't provide a reason to complain.

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The touchscreen is very responsive, especially when you type using the virtual keypad. The interface has multiple home screens. The battery life is disappointing though with just 5-6 hrs of backup on rigorous usage and 1-2 days on standby. For connectivity it has 3G, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth and a proprietary USB port for charging the phone as well as data transfer. The speaker impresses with fine sound and on video playback, the combo makes the handset more appealing. At Rs 17000, it's a decent buy, however, you may also look at Samsung Omnia Windows phone as an alternative.

Bottomline: It isn't the most economical BlackBerry but is certainly one of the best value for money smartphones available.

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