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BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

RIM proudly boasts that the BlackBerry Curve 9320 has the "longest lasting battery yet in a 3G Curve model." That's a pretty bold claim to make, but we think there is a valid point here.

It's almost as though it read our BlackBerry Curve 9360 review, where we expressed utter disbelief at the 1000mAh capacity.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Here, RIM has fitted the BlackBerry Curve 9320 with a stonking 1450mAh power pack. That's even 220mAh bigger than the company's flagship device, the BlackBerry Bold 9900. And more than an iPhone. Wow.

We have to take our hat off to the Canadians here. This is one of the best batteries we have ever used on a smartphone. Nothing will come close to the monochrome BlackBerry phones of old that lasted a week per charge with medium use, but this is the nearest you'll get with a 3G device.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

We took our BlackBerry Curve 9320 off charge on Friday evening at 6pm. We left Bluetooth on, used email a fair bit, did a bit of internet browsing (20 mins max), took a few photos and made a couple of calls. We also browsed Facebook and Twitter using the dedicated apps.

We weren't consciously trying to save the battery, and we didn't need to. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 kept on going until Sunday evening before we got the low battery warning. With very heavy use, you'll still get a full day, which is pretty good going.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Connectivity-wise, GPS, Bluetooth (with A2DP), HSDPA/HSUPA and Wi-Fi (up to 'n') are all there.

One omission we are surprised about is NFC. BlackBerry seems to have bought into Near Field Communications more than any other manufacturer. Although this is a cheaper handset, NFC was included on the Curve 9360, leading us to believe RIM is aggressively pushing the technology. Seems a bit strange, but since NFC hasn't really taken off yet, we're not too disheartened.

As previously mentioned, media can be transferred between the phone and your PC or Mac via some excellent sync software.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Other inclusions are BlackBerry Media Server, which is RIM's DLNA solution. For the uninitiated, it means you can basically stream media from your phone to a compatible TV or machine. For example, we played our music stored on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 to our PS3, which then pumped it out via the TV speakers. It was really easy to set it up, and if you have Wi-Fi you should have no problems at all.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Speaking of Wi-Fi, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 also comes with the wireless hotspot option included. It means that as well as receiving a Wi-Fi signal, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 can also transmit one, using your 3G connection to turn your phone into a hotspot.

The upside is that you can share your connection with one or more machines when you're out and about. The downside is that your network may see dollar signs when you do so, so be cautious.

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.