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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

This is really the BlackBerry Curve 9320's bread and butter. RIM established its reputation with fantastic email delivery, and even though it's under relentless attack from Apple, Google and Windows competitors, it's fiercely defending itself in this quarter.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Push email is the name of the game here. Be it BES (which you'll have if this is a corporate smartphone) or BIS (which you'll have if it's a personal handset you bought from a retailer), setting up email couldn't be easier, thanks to the wizard that pops up when you first use the BlackBerry Curve 9320.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

You can customise how you want it to look and have your emails separate from BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), or from your SMS, or throw the whole lot together into a consolidated inbox. Twitter and Facebook messages will join in the party too if you invite them!

It's not any different to what we've seen before, but once again everything just seems to work. And you can add as many third-party solutions as you want: from Windows Live Messenger to WhatsApp and Google Talk.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

With all of these third-party clients, it's hard to know which one to use as your primary messaging method. Which is why RIM has been rather helpful and included a dedicated BBM shortcut key to the side of the BlackBerry Curve 9320.

Maybe it's feeling rattled by the increased take up of WhatsApp since it became cross-platform, but this is one of RIM's big selling points to the youth market. Not only is BBM popular with them, it's also highly encrypted (just ask the Met Police, who came up against said encryption during last year's London riots) and RIM is keen to keep pushing this as hard as it humanly can.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

BBM's had a couple of tweaks in the BlackBerry Curve 9320 that deserve a special mention. For example, avatars are now animated (that'll keep the kids happy) and you can also send voice files over the service. But perhaps the most exciting aspect is just how it now links to other social media services.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Yep, Facebook and Twitter: we're looking at you. Although they're three separate services, it's nice to see that they can now work together with BBM - for example, updating one's Twitter status to also cover their BBM status.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

In fact, the Social Feeds app enables you to update multiple statuses in one go, which is really helpful. And BBM is integrated with everything from BB Music to Foursquare, and even the Bible app. In fact, when you log into BBM, it gives you a list of all the apps currently in the App World that will work with it. Good work.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

As for tapping out those status updates, well typing on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is passable, but we can't say we were thrilled. We compare the keyboard to the likes of the BlackBerry Bold range, which are perfect, but the small tinny keys don't give you the same satisfying feeling.

It's not that the keyboard on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is bad, because it isn't at all, but it's not the best out there. For occasional emailers and small hands, though, it shouldn't pose too much of an issue.

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.