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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

Our Verdict

A quality handset in places that will do well with the intended targets - but don't expect anyone to swap an iPhone for it.

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Great price
  • Slick operation
  • Decent camera
  • Well-placed keys

Against

  • Chunky design
  • Slightly poor web browser
  • Outdated OS
  • Low resolution screen

If you've detected a little negativity in our review, you'll not be surprised to learn that we are not overwhelmed by the BlackBerry Curve 9320.

Yes, it has some nifty little features such as the Media Server capability, the Wi-Fi hotspot and FM radio, but it lets itself down in other areas with a not-so-brilliant screen, poor memory allocation and pants video recording.

That's not to say it's rubbish, because it's not - some bits, such as the messaging capabilities and battery life, really are fantastic. It's just you get the feeling the BlackBerry Curve 9320 has tried to spread itself too thinly, but it's now down in the very lowest BB price bracket that can almost be forgiven.

We liked

It's great to see RIM thinking ahead and including new elements such as an FM Radio, wireless hotspot connectivity and even DNLA. It shows these things can be done and aren't exclusive to top-end handsets. And if they're two things you'll be using the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for, it'll pay for itself in the long run.

We disliked

But the phone lets itself down in so many other ways. Why can't RIM create a browser that works as well as other smartphones? Why does it spend so much time including pointless scene modes but omitting something as obvious as autofocus in the camera?

Once again you just get the feeling that RIM got 90 per cent of the way to developing a great phone, then the workers clocked off for the day and management marked the handset as 'ready to ship.'

Final verdict

What we like about the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is that it's honest. It's not trying to be better than it is and is quite happy to portray itself as a budget smartphone with a few little extras.

And for the people it's aimed at, those who want a phone that makes calls, sends texts/emails and has a good battery, it comes up trumps. Web browsers and cameras are nice to have, but won't swing a sale here. So on that basis, it gets a thumbs up.

And now we have the powerful sub-£100 price bracket. It's very impressive for a phone of this capability, and willl surely see it fly off the shelves - meaning it matches up to the likes of the Huawei Ascend G300.

We would recommend you buy the BlackBerry Curve 9320 now it's got the lower price point - but don't forget about the sumptious BlackBerry Curve 9360.

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
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.1
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density164 ppi
Height109 mm
Width60 mm
Depth12.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
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.