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BlackBerry Curve 9320 - Performance, Interface and Verdict

By Edward Chester



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Another big improvement on this handset compared to previous budget BlackBerrys is the processor. Clocking in at 802MHz, it's more than 200MHz faster than the 9300, and it's backed up by double the RAM (512MB). The result is a phone that feels reasonably nippy. You're very seldom kept waiting while moving round the interface and opening basics apps like Facebook and Email. It's only more demanding apps, graphically rich websites and games that'll regularly leave you having to wait for things to load.

All this said, this device can't work miracles and comparing to faster BlackBerrys such as those from the Bold series does expose a shortfall in speed, even if you may not notice an issue using the phone in isolation.


Perhaps the biggest surprise of this phone is that it's the first to ship with the company's latest BlackBerry OS7.1. This brings a new hotspot feature for sharing your phone's 3G connection over WiFi along with battery life and performance improvements over OS7.0, which itself had already introduced a host of extra features and tweaks over the OS6.0 and OS5.0 of previous budget Curves.

It's all familiar and easy to get your head around, though there's still an over reliance on menus – it can sometimes feel like you'll never get back out from the depths of some multilayer menus. Compared to the likes of Android and iOS this feels positively archaic, though somehow it still feels natural on a BlackBerry.

Of course the biggest overarching interface issue is the lack of a touchscreen. The optical trackpoint in the centre of the row of navigation buttons works very well but there's no denying that a touch interface is more intuitive and often quicker. But that's the price you pay for having a good quality keyboard – you don't get both at this price.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Messages

As ever with BlackBerrys, the key to this phone's appeal is its messaging abilities. The integrated inbox pulls in messages and alerts from the likes of your email, Facebook and Twitter, so you only need visit one place to catchup on everything. There's also the classic flashing red led that lets you know when a message has arrived, and of course the instant messaging service, BBM is on hand. Indeed, for many this will likely be the main appeal of this handset, especially given it now integrates nicely with Facebook and Twitter.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Facebook

When it comes to other core phone tasks such as contacts management, calendars and such like, the low resolution screen, lack of touchscreen and general interface design means it doesn't exactly excel at these things but you get by.

When it comes to those smartphone extras, BlackBerry has made a good attempt to make this phone capable straight out the box with a host of preinstalled apps including Facebook, twitter, London Underground map, eBay, Natwest banking and Foursquare, but there are a few holes. For instance, you don't get GoogleMaps, with BlackBerry Maps instead on offer. It's okay but simply not as good.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Underground App

Dive into the app store and there's a growing but still small selection of apps. At least given the screen's dimensions and resolution the lack of games feels less of an issue.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Camera

One surprise on the multimedia front is the camera. Despite being only 3.15MP and having fixed focus, it actually produces some quite nice snaps. Its low light performance in particular is excellent compared to most budget models.

The final little flourish from the handset is that it sports a larger battery than its predecessors - some 1450mAh compared to 1150mAh. The result is a phone that lasts and lasts. At least two days solid use should easily be obtainable.


There's no two ways about it, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 isn't a phone that will excite many of you. Its screen is small and low resolution and the selection of apps on offer is fairly poor. But, if you're in the market for an upgrade to your old budget BlackBerry or you just want a capable messaging-oriented smartphone with a great keyboard then this phone is well worth a look.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Camera 7
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 5
  • Usability 7
  • Value 7
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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.


August 26, 2013, 2:02 pm

how much is the rrp?


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


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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