With their fantastic usability, great build quality and unbeatable email access, BlackBerry smartphones are among the best you can buy. O2 stocks a comprehensive range of the top BlackBerry handsets and two of the latest and greatest are the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790, so we’ve put them head-to-head to help you choose the right one for you.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Screen
Both the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Bold 9790 from O2 feature touchscreen functionality, but which device is right for you depends entirely on whether you want the largest screen or a smaller, yet sharper, display.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the best choice if a large screen size is most important to you, as it features a glorious 3.2-inch display with a 480 x 360 pixel resolution, ideal for viewing your photographs, videos and web pages.
However, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is no slouch either. Its smaller 2.45-inch screen is just as bright and vibrant and the display features a sharper 640 x 480 pixel resolution, making images crisper than the Curve 9380.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Dimensions
In terms of size and weight, there is little difference between the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790, with both offering a highly portable design ideal for carrying in your pocket all day, wherever you travel.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 measures a sleek 109 x 60 x 11.2mm and weighs just 98g, making for an eminently portable smartphone, while the BlackBerry Bold 9790 measures just 110 x 60 x 11.4mm and weighs in at a mere 107g.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Interface
The user interface is where the major difference between the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Bold 9790 can be seen, as while both devices can be controlled by touch, only one features a full hardware keyboard.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is designed as BlackBerry’s first touch operated Curve device. As such, it is entirely controlled by the 3.2-inch touchscreen display so all texts and emails must be typed using the onscreen keyboard.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790, on the other hand, features a full 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard along with its touchscreen, for faster and easier typing. Although this means the screen is not as large as on the Curve 9380.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Storage
When it comes to storage, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Bold 9790 are very different in terms of default capacity, although both can easily be upgraded to provide exactly the same amount of storage.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 features 512MB of on-board storage out of the box, while the BlackBerry Bold 9790 features 8GB as standard. Both devices can support up to 32GB of storage, however, by adding a MicroSD card.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Camera
As for camera functionality, there is no difference between the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790, as both handsets feature a 5-Megapixel camera with flash, continuous auto-focus and Image stabilisation.
You can also record high-quality video up to a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels on both handsets, letting you capture your most treasured memories in both photos and videos, ideal for sharing with friends and family on Facebook.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9790: Battery life
Both the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790 are ideal for the busiest lifestyles, as each provide fantastic battery life that lets you work for longer without needing to get home or back to the office to recharge.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 offers up to 5.8 hours of talk time from a single charge, with a standby time of up to 15 days. And you can also enjoy as much as 30 hours of music playback and up to 5.5 hours of video playback.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 offers a very similar result, offering as much as 5.3 hours of talk time and a standby time of up to 18 days, while you can also enjoy 33 hours of music playback and a fantastic 6.3 hours of video playback.
With such fantastic and comparable strengths, when assessing whether the BlackBerry Curve 9380 or the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is best for your needs your choice of handset will come down to a simple question of usability. In short, do you need the benefits of a full QWERTY keyboard or don’t you?
With both devices packing stunning screens, great usability, fantastic battery life, ample storage and an ultra-sharp camera into their slim and light chassis’, either make a great choice whatever your needs. And with the unbeatable pedigree that comes with a BlackBerry device, neither will ever let you down.
Both the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790 are available now from O2, with prices starting at just £13.50 per month, so why not visit O2 now or pop into a store near you, to try out these great touchscreen smartphones and see which will be best for you?