Comparison - BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs BlackBerry Curve 9360
Written by Wahyudhi
Translated by Loh Ving Sung
06 December 2011 – We are looking at two BlackBerries this week, specifically the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360. Both are affordable alternatives in the Curve catalogue, and the 9380 is set to be unveiled in Malaysia soon, while the 9360 was available since October.
Both Curves are powered by the BlackBerry OS 7 and share a 5-megapixel camera. There is also 512MB internal storage with microSD slot that goes up to 32GB. The phones support NFC (Near-Field Communications) too, allowing you to transfer data and transactions with a touch of your phone. Similarly, both phones come with 800 MHz processors with 512MB RAM. You can navigate both phones with the built-in trackpads.
They have very different designs though – the 9380 is a full touchscreen candybar, while the Curve 9360 is much more similar to the BlackBerry’s trademark QWERTY keyboard and screen combination. We believe the 9360 is not intended as a successor, but rather as an alternative to the 9380.
With that in mind, the Curve 9360 comes with a 2.44-inch TFT screen (non-touchscreen), while the Curve 9380 comes with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. Physically, they are similar and are 11mm thick and weighs-in at almost 100 grams. The larger 3.2-inch screen on the Curve 9380 displays 360 x 480 pixels while the Curve 9360 2.44-inch screen displays 480 x 360 pixels, and from the specs sheet it is hard to tell which device comes with the better screen.
There seems to be more standby time on the BlackBerry Curve 9380 (15 days vs 12 days) but near similar talk time of 5 hours. There is HSPA connectivity on the phones, WiFi support and Bluetooth v2.1. No front-facing cameras on either of them, but they do support VGA quality recording.
There is a minor difference in terms of pricing, a mere RM 52 or four percent difference when we compare the Curve 9360 (RM 1218) against the Curve 9380 (RM 1166). So which one do you choose? We think that the Curve 9380 with its touchscreen, similar features and slightly lower price point is certainly an attractive option. But if you insist on a physical QWERTY keyboard with all the BlackBerry basics then look no further that the Curve 9360.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 (RM 1166)
HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.2-inch touchscreen candybar, 5.0-megapixel camera, 512MB internal memory + microSD (Up to 32GB), BlackBerry OS 7, NFC
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is powered by the BlackBerry OS 7 operating system and comes with 3.2-inch touchscreen. Furthermore, the Curve 9380 is powered by 806MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and comes with a 512MB internal memory with a 32GB microSD card. The Curve 9380 also comes with HSPA, WiFi, GPS, NFC, optical trackpad, and microSD slot. The phone is expected to show up in retail stores soon at RM 1166.
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BlackBerry Curve 9360 (RM 1218)
7.2Mbps HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.44-inch candybar + QWERTY keyboard, 5.0-megapixel camera, 512MB internal memory + microSD (Up to 32GB), BlackBerry OS 7, NFC
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is comes with BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard equipped with a 2.44-inch screen and with resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, and is powered by the latest BlackBerry OS 7. It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera, 512 MB internal memory and a microSD slot up to 32GB, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and NFC. The phone has an 800 MHz processor and a 512MB RAM. The Curve 9360 is retailed at RM 1218 and UMobile, Digi and Celcom are offering the phone with telco subsidies.
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