ABUMPYCURVE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

In the ef­fort to strengthen its mar­ket share in In­dia, Re­search-in-mo­tion has re­cently launched a new set of de­vices. Of the three, the Curve 9380 is yet again an all-touch de­vice that has ditched the QWERTY key­pad. The 3.2-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is bright and easy to nav­i­gate around. Although typ­ing us­ing the on­screen key­pad has im­proved dras­ti­cally, we still ended up typ­ing wrong al­pha­bets. Pow­ered by an 800 MHZ pro­ces­sor, it comes with 512 MB RAM and runs on the BB OS7. It smartly han­dles per­sonal and of­fi­cial email ac­counts and the so­cial net­work­ing feed brings all Twit­ter and Face­book up­dates un­der one hood. How­ever, for data con­nec­tiv­ity—be it for email or brows­ing—the user has to sub­scribe to a spe­cial data plan. Wik­i­tude, a mo­bile aug­mented re­al­ity ap­pli­ca­tion, comes pre-loaded on this de­vice. And for back­ing up data, the Black­berry Pro­tect is on­board. It can come handy while switch­ing be­tween two Black­berry smart­phones. At 98 gm, the new Curve is re­ally very easy to carry around. It qui­etly slips into the pocket and is equally com­fort­able to hold in the hand. A num­ber of Black­berry smart­phones have the Near-field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (NFC) chip and a 5MP cam­era at the back, and this one isn’t an ex­cep­tion. As for the bat­tery backup, it is de­cent and goes through a whole day.

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