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BlackBerry Curve 9320
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Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Great keyboard
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to use core features

Cons

  • Screen resolution is very low
  • Poor selection of apps
  • Very limited for multimedia and web

Key Features

  • 2.44in, 320 x 240 pixels screen
  • BlackBerry OS 7.1
  • 3.1MP camera with LED flash
  • MicroSD slot
  • Manufacturer: Research In Motion
  • Review Price: £140.00

Design

RIM's prospects at the high-end of the smartphone market may be balancing on a knife edge but when it comes to budget handsets it's still going strong, and its latest addition, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a good example of why.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is the company's cheapest ever handset, with it already available for under £150, and for free on £15pm contracts. However, it still packs in a number of useful upgrades over its predecessors the 9300 and 8520.

You wouldn't guess there was all that much new here judging by looks alone, though. It's every bit the classic BlackBerry in terms of styling - it's black with silver trim and the front is split between the screen and keyboard. Same old, same old.

Simple though it is, it's still a reasonably smart looking handset that feels well made too, particularly when it comes to the quality of the keyboard and other buttons. Yes it's all plastic and the glossy black back and screen in particular will scratch fairly easily but then that's somewhat par for the course on a budget handset, and a case will keep it protected. What's more with this being a non-touchscreen handset, the screen should take less punishment.

Features

Looking a little closer, the key differences compared to previous handsets come to light. One of the most obvious is the headphone socket, which has been moved from the left side to the top, making the BlackBerry Curve 9320 much easier to put in your pocket with headphones attached. The left edge is also home to a dedicated BBM button, giving you instant access to your friends' chit chat. Another addition is that of an LED to accompany the camera.

These new features join an otherwise typical arrangement of physical features, with volume, play/pause and camera buttons on the right edge, microUSB on the left and the screen lock up top. Under the battery cover there's also a microSD slot for expanding the storage. There's no microHDMI, though, not that it'd be much use on a phone of this calibre.

As the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a fairly modestly sized phone (dimensions of 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm) all these features are easy to reach, so one handed use is a cinch. At 103g, it's a couple of grams lighter than the 9300, and is about a millimetre thinner too, but otherwise they're identical, bulk wise. This does make it a fairly chunky phone by today's standards – compare it to the 11mm of the 9360 even – but it's still more than pocketable.

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ewhitelaw

May 18, 2012, 6:21 pm

This is not so much a review but I was wondering if the Blackberry Curve 9320 will fit covers from the Blackberry Curve 9300? If anyone can help that would be great. Thanks!

Well Spoken Waffle

May 23, 2012, 2:02 pm

they won't - it's slimmer than the 9300, so covers would be loose fitting. also the headphone jack wouldn't be accessible.

Manan

August 26, 2013, 2:02 pm

how much is the rrp?

bal-E

October 31, 2013, 8:54 pm

@ @ D moment it useful cos its downside was that i was not a 4G device.

its still cool tho.

Zoe Coppock

November 26, 2013, 3:00 am

Is the 8320 touch screen?? i didnt hear the video properly so i didnt get all features

unhappy

June 12, 2014, 6:31 pm

possibly the worst phone i have ever owned. completely unreliable; crashes in the most inconvenient times, restart takes too long, internet is severely poor, and temperamental when phoning people (i sometimes can't hear the other end). its pretty much a useless phone and i'd find the nokia 3310 to be 100x more reliable.

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