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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

The BlackBerry Curve 9320's camera does what it says on the tin. It's cheap and cheerful at 3.2MP - which was a great resolution to have back in 2007, but is not the best on the market these days by any stretch of the imagination.

There's only one snapper, and that's round the back. And while we're all too aware that it's not always about the number of megapixels but so much other stuff too, there's no way of disguising that the camera on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is average, at best.

We are pleased to report at least that that it also comes with an LED flash, which is something all too often left off cheaper phones. Thanks RIM.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Pictures taken come out just as you would expect. If you're going to take the odd snap of the dog chasing its ball or the kids at school sports day then you'll be fine. If you're looking for something that will replace your DSLR, you'll be disappointed, but we don't imagine you'll be considering the BlackBerry Curve 9320 if that's the case.

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Pictures are more suited to viewing on the phone's screen and sending via MMS than printing onto a canvas and sticking above the mantelpiece.

Once again, RIM appears to have gone all out to give us a plethora of scene modes to cover any eventuality. But in doing so, it's forgotten the most basic element - autofocus. Presumably, RIM assumes that anybody who buys a cheaper BlackBerry smartphone will be taking lots of photos in snow, beach and sports scenes but isn't too bothered about them being focused properly. Come on RIM - sort it out.

For the shaky handed among you: the good news is that the BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with image stabilisation in the options (turned off by default.) The bad news is that it's pretty hopeless, and you're best ignoring it.

Basically, what you are getting here is the same camera software that you got on the BlackBerry Curve 9360, but with an inferior lens. There is absolutely nothing here to boast about, unless you're an occasional snapper.

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The flash illuminates photos well, but pictures can end up looking very washed out.

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Due to the lack of autofocus, getting a lock on any form of text is impossible.

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Using the beach scene mode, colours can appear vibrant in good light, but you can still see jagged lines around some edges.

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Fast moving objects such as cars demonstrate a slight blur on photos, but it's passable. Unfortunately, in cloudy conditions, even in daylight, images can look very grey and dull.

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.