RIM is all set to launch the first full touchscreen phone in Curve series. The curvaceous 9380 falls into the category of relatively cheaper BlackBerry touch phones that will give you the best of email support, BlackBerry Messenger connectivity, as well as the unmatched BB Music experience.
Curve 9380 is a well-built device with glossy finish that looks identical to BlackBerry 9360. Appears to be extremely thin, the 3.2 inch phone with capacitive screen will fit into your pocket easily. Body of the phone might give you a plastic-like feel and glossy back side will give it a classy look. You will find an optical trackpad and four push buttons along the bottom of the Curve 9380. Camera key, volume rocker key, and a micro-USB port are present on sides of the phone.
The full touch Curve 9380 has specs similar to the recently launched Curve 9360. The phone too runs on OS 7.0 and has 800 MHz processor. What the new Curve lacks in is the low RAM i.e. 512MB, which might not give you the desired speed & performance.
The 5 megapixel camera backed by LED flash will definitely get you some decent clicks. The phone is said to have EDOF (Extended depth of field) technology, also known as full focus, which might spoil the joy of taking close-up shots.
Rest of the features are similar to what you will find in other BlackBerry OS 7.0 phones. The Curve 9380 has NFC support, an improved BlackBerry browser, and Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery (earlier Curve had 1000 mAh battery).
The Final Word
The all-touch device from RIM is packed with fairly impressive features and it's expected to fall into mid-range phones category. It's a certainly a delight for Curve lovers who are addicted to their device but are bored of the form factor. In the last one year RIM has shifted its focus to designing business oriented multimedia phones for everyone and BlackBerry Curve 9380 is one such example, which is expected to do fairly well in the market.