BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

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If there's one thing you can rely on BlackBerry smartphones to give you, it's good contacts integration. RIM obviously believes the mantra: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Contacts is part of the operating system that hasn't been changed on BlackBerry handsets for yonks. In fact, it's identical to that offered in BB6.

But it's a belter - and even if it is a little dull on the surface, it's an extremely functional solution.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Getting names and numbers on there is simple. You're spoilt for choice - with BES/BIS, Google Contacts integration or just plan old-fashioned PC/Mac syncing. It all works, and thousands of contacts will take seconds to populate.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

For the stalker or OCD-sufferers, you can put any bit of information you require inside a contact, ranging from date of birth to anniversaries, address, phone, email details plus custom information if you want to keep a note of their cat's name.

Contacts are listed with thumbnails. It's very thorough - and, dare we say it, a little too thorough, since hardly anyone will have the time or the patience to sit and fill in every last field. Still, nice to have the option.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Calling a person is as easy as it gets - just type their name in from the home screen and smart dialling kicks in, or find them via the contacts app. You can also add shortcuts to people to dial on your home screen, a feature that our iOS-loving friends still miss out on, unless they want to go around the houses using third-party apps and web shortcuts. In your face, Apple!

When in a call, you get the usual options, such as hold, add participant and so on. There's nothing new here. Keep in mind, the only calls you can make are voice-related, since there is no camera up front for video calling, despite this being a 3G device.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Call quality was great. The sound from the ringtone could have been better and sounded a bit tinny (we're very fussy) but at least it meant that the speaker was able to blast out calls loud when we placed the BlackBerry Curve 9320 on a desk.

Against the ear, we had nothing to complain about, and the BlackBerry Curve 9320 managed to hold onto a signal as well as any other RIM handset we've ever used.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product NameCurve 9320
Processor Speed806 MHz
Product LineCurve
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-44518-010
Manufacturer Website Address
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.