BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

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

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If you're coming to a smartphone for the first time and are doing it because you want to use the internet heavily, we can't say we recommend the BlackBerry Curve 9320 as a major browsing device. Don't get us wrong - it's not bad for surfing. It's just very pedestrian.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Yes, it is a lot better when we compare it to the Curve range of BB4 and BB5, but that's not saying much, because they were truly awful. The experience you get on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is what you would have expected on a top-end phone maybe four years ago.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

Firstly, it's a little slow at loading pages. Not so much that you'll fall asleep, but maybe enough to encourage a little yawn. Remember, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 has a single-core 806MHz processor, and loading webpages is one of the most taxing things you can throw at it.

Many sites, including the ones we checked (Media Guardian, TechRadar and so on) load the mobile versions by default. But when you try to load the desktop versions, it starts to struggle. One page on the Guardian desktop site took 25 seconds to load over Wi-Fi. The text was ready after 15 seconds, but scrolling around made it lag because the browser was still loading up other processor-hogging elements on the pages.

As for 3G, add at least another 10 per cent onto those times. We did this not to be unfair on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and show it up, but to demonstrate how poor it is at loading big web pages. It's important, since not every site has a mobile-friendly alternative.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

The other issue is the resolution. We know it's a budget smartphone, but the BlackBerry Curve 9320's low pixel density just makes pages look a little cheap and nasty. In terms of browsing, it's exactly the same experience as the Curve 9360, except with an inferior screen, which means it is not as pleasurable to use.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 review

RIM has updated how bookmarks work - so instead of getting them in a list format, you get little thumbnails of all of your sites. The same goes for your history.

But don't go looking for Flash. It's missing here. Not that that's a big deal these days, and it's actually just as well given how long the BlackBerry Curve 9320 takes to load non-flash pages. You'd be there all day.

Don't read too much into our criticisms, since this is clearly a phone aimed at those who are new to the smartphone arena or are just going to be doing a bit of light, occasional browsing. And for checking train times or browsing new mobile sites, you really won't have any problems.

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.