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Blackberry Curve 9320 review

You won't believe that this is the cheapest Blackberry Curve handset yet
Mon May 14 2012, 17:58
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Product Blackberry Curve 9320
Website UK Blackberry
Specifications 806MHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 2.44in 240x320 display, 3.2MP camera with LED flash, microSD slot supports up to 32GB, microUSB port, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, stereo FM radio with RDS, 1450mAh battery, Blackberry OS 7.1, 109x60x12.7mm, 103g
Price £130 on pay as you go


THE BLACKBERRY CURVE 9320 is Research in Motion's (RIM's) cheapest Blackberry Curve yet, but this isn't at all obvious judging by its well-built design, up-to-date software and overall functionality. The Blackberry Curve 9320 is well positioned for success, but we can't see it tempting teens away from their budget Android handsets.

Design
The Blackberry Curve 9320 doesn't change the rules when it comes to design, with the curvaceous plastic casing that's found on all of RIM's similarly named handsets. However, with its metallic trim around the edge and rubberised touches the phone feels nice and study in the hand, although its glossy plastic battery cover is unlikely to protect the handset from scratches.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Design

In terms of physical buttons and ports, the Blackberry Curve 9320 doesn't rewrite the rule book. However, the 3.5mm audio jack has been moved to the top of the phone, making it much easier and more functional to connect a pair of headphones to the handset. There's also a dedicated Blackberry Messenger (BBM) button on the left-hand side of the Blackberry Curve 9320 that instantly launches RIM's popular instant messaging app. We didn't really see the point of the key, but this will no doubt be a major plus point for the firm's teenage target audience.

Other buttons include odd-looking volume controls, a lock switch and a customisable shortcut button, which comes pre-loaded as a camera key.

Screen and keyboard
When it comes to the Blackberry Curve 9320 screen, it becomes more apparent that this is a budget phone. That's not to say the screen is terrible - it's a 2.44in 320x240 display that is vibrant enough to please the eye, even though some app icons are rough around the edges. Our main gripe is the screen's lack of touch sensitivity in this era when almost all handsets feature a touchscreen; we kept frantically tapping the display by accident. Of course, those who are used to using a Blackberry Curve 8530 or 9300 won't find this an issue.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 keyboard

The keyboard, on the other hand, is typically great. The Blackberry Curve 9320 follows RIM's tradition of boasting excellent typing hardware, and it made sending emails and updating our social networking status an absolute breeze. It's worth noting, however, that the buttons are much smaller than those found on Blackberry Bold models, so those with chunky digits might want to steer clear.

 

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