The Blackberry Curve 9320 represents the most affordable RIM handset ever. RIM seem to be holding their place in the mobile phone market but resulting from countless cheap android handsets competition is quite tough. Let’s explore the new Blackberry 9320 and see if it’s worth its weight in plastic.
Blackberry 9320 Physique
In terms of appearance the Blackberry 9320 looks the same as all the other Blackberry Curve’s before it. Measuring 109 x 60 x 12.7mm it’s a snug device which makes for easy texting and its petite body easily fits into your pocket even if you are wearing skinny jeans.
Made with Black shiny plastic the device is a finger smudge magnet but that’s easily remedied with a wipe from a sweater sleeve.
On the left-hand side of the Blackberry Curve 9320 you’ll find a Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers, along with the BBM key which allows for fast access to instant messaging. On the right side you’ll find the camera key which launches the phone’s 3.2 megapixel camera in the press of a single button – great for capturing fleeting moments.
What’s inside the Blackberry 9320
Under the bonnet of the Blackberry Curve 9320 you’ll find an 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM with 512MB of internal memory. The memory is expandable via the use of an SD card. It’s not the fastest Blackberry on the market but on the same note it’s not the priciest either.
The 9320 camera does not have autofocus but the picture quality is good to say the least. Video is captured at 640 x 480 pixels so don’t expect to record the next big blockbuster on the Blackberry 9320 but you can expect video good enough for YouTube and the likes!
The 800Mhz chip handles most tasks with ease although if you are multitasking you may find the Blackberry 9320 becomes a little lethargic.
As with any device that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, screen size is sacrificed. And it’s no different with the 480 x 360 pixel, 2.44 inch screen on the 9320. But it’s a fair call because BBM is what really distinguishes Blackberry from its Android counterparts and BBM is about typing. If you have ever used the type-pad on a cheap android you would understand the value of a full QWERTY keyboard. Navigation on the Blackberry 9320 is performed via the touch-pad and no, there is no touch screen because you can’t have your cake and eat it.
As with any Blackberry OS 7 device you get the benefit of an integrated all-in-one inbox for your emails, Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, Google and Twitter feeds. Because of its integration into the social media realm, the Blackberry keyboard is so ‘key’ (pun intended) to each RIM device. And it is because of its strong Social benefits that devices like the Blackberry 9320 are so popular with younger generations. No other manufacturer has managed to encompass social media quite as effectively as RIM has.
On the side the Blackberry 9320 has volume control buttons and play/pause button making it quick and easy to control the music you want to listen to, even without having to look at the screen. If you like using your Blackberry as an MP3 player you’ll be glad to know the RIM have moved the headphone jack from the side of the device to the top which means its’ probably less likely for your phone to get stuck in your pocket if it starts ringing when you’re listening to its radio. Yep, that’s right it also has FM radio!
You can expect a generous 24 hours of battery life from the Blackberry 9320. This is quite substantial when all things are considered in this modern smartphone era. Most budget Androids last about half that time. The Blackberry 9320 battery life results from a combination of the large 1450mAh battery, the small (non-touch) screen and the modest 800Mhz Chip.
Blackberry 9320 Deals
After all is said and done its quite clear that The Blackberry 9320 lacks any real bells and whistles but since it’s an entry level phone the real question is; what’s missing? The Blackberry Curve 9320 has everything you need and a little bit more too. For the asking price of about $/£ 130 it is a real bargain and one that you’ll find hard to beat.
If you get your 9320 SIM free, UK residents can get a Blackberry specific SIM only deal or a free PayG SIM card over on Comparisim.com. That way you can use RIM’s free Blackberry internet services (BIS). US residents will need to order there SIMs directly from their provider. Alternatively if you get your 9320 on contract you’ll automatically get a BIS SIM with it regardless of where you live. But with prices as low as 130 bucks there’s hardly much point in contracting this one.
Please comment below to let us know what you love about your Blackberry 9320 if you have one of these cheap yet cheerful little beauties.