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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

If you think we were slightly negative about the BlackBerry Curve 9320's camera, hold that face. We're the same about the video recording facility too.

As before, you will encounter absolutely no problem if you're just planning on using the phone to shoot the occasional mini-movie for MMS or email. Anything more and you will be disappointed.

The video isn't bad - it looks OK on the screen but, again, the resolution just makes the experience look a little more shoddy. It's good old fashioned VGA quality, at 640 x 480. Again, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're in 2007. An MMS-friendly size is also on offer, at the expense of quality.

BlackBerry Curve 9320

There are various scene modes included just like in the camera app (although fewer of them) and image stabilisation rears its head here again but, also again, we couldn't really see what it offered.

There is a video light, but annoyingly you have to decide if you want to have it on or off before you start shooting your video, which is irritating - especially if you're moving around between light and dark or maybe shooting in twilight. You have to stop recording to toggle it on and off, which can ruin videos.

Annoyingly, there is what looks like an icon at the bottom of the screen for you to turn the light on and off. But unfortunately, it's just a notifier, letting you know if your light is on or off (like you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the back of the phone) and is just a waste of screen real estate. It's annoying and shows that RIM hasn't really thought this whole bit of the OS through.

Most people won't notice or mind, but we did, and it irked us.

Another issue is that you have to put a memory card into the BlackBerry Curve 9320 to be able to shoot video. That's because you only get 512MB of storage. Retail units may come with a memory card included but our review device didn't, so it may be worth checking before you buy.

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.