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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

RIM's latest attempt at a cheap-as-chips smartphone

Can we get a 'Hallelujah?' We think we deserve one! Because after several reviews moaning about the same old apps being included with BlackBerry handsets, we finally have some new ones. OK, so the old ones are there too (the likes of BrickBreaker and WordMole) but there are a few additions. We were thrilled to see Tetris and Uno included for whiling away the morning commute, although they are only trial versions.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

There's a really good smattering of other apps too to serve a variety of tastes. From OK! Celeb News to Sky Sports Football, ESPN Goals, eBay, NatWest and a London Tube Map. These are all bits you'd be able to download from the App World anyway, but it's nice that RIM has included them out of the box to get you started.

For social junkies, as we mentioned earlier, there is some Twitter and Facebook love, as well as stalkers' favourite, FourSquare.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Unfortunately, the App World is still hideously overpriced and under populated compared to offerings from Apple and Android.

However, don't forget there are alternative app markets such as Handmark and GetJar, which have been around for years and have some titles at better prices. The common misconception of lots of phone users is that they're locked into one store. But you can shop around. And you probably should.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

GPS lovers will be thrilled to know that BlackBerry Maps is on board (note the sarcasm) and we heartily recommend you just download Google Maps instead.

Quite why RIM continues to ship this useless piece of mapping code is beyond us, but we imagine in these times of austerity, it is at least keeping somebody in a job.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY
TouchscreenNo
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, UMTS, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyCurve
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model9320
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)103 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.1
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density164 ppi
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth12.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time432 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameCurve 9320
Processor Speed806 MHz
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-44518-010
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

A BlackBerry experience for everyone

Stay closer to what really matters on the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320. The best-in-class QWERTY keyboard makes messaging quick and effortless; while the fast BlackBerry web browser and 3G connectivity let you search more of the internet whenever you want. Sharing your discoveries is simple too, with your email, social networks and BlackBerry® Messenger just a couple of clicks away.

Your social life at your fingertips

Connect with friends in an instant. Hit the dedicated BBM™ key to chat, send pictures and share the latest news1. Plan a night out with a group message, or chat privately one-to-one. You can even see when your message has been delivered, read or if someone is replying - it's the next best thing to chatting face-to-face.