The BlackBerry Cure 9320 is a mid-entry QWERTY keypad device from RIM that comes running the BlackBerry 7.1 OS. The screen measures 2.44-inches diagonally, a memory that comes in at 512MB RAM, and has up to 32GB of storage. The Curve 9320 also have a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, image stabilisation and geotagging. Also on board is built-in Wi-Fi, FM radio and GPS.
Like a lot of BlackBerry handsets, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an exceptionally made handset. The Curve 9320 features delightfully sleek lines and brushed metal touches around its curved back. It’s one sexy little smartphone.
Its messaging where the BlackBerry Cure 9320 really comes to the fore. First off you’ve got the full QWERTY keypad, which BlackBerry remain masters at. Typing out long emails, texts and instant messaging is a pleasure. the keys are a little small, but they soon grow on you.
You can also display your BBM instant messages separately from your SMS messages to help divide your conversations, or should you prefer, get your Twitter and Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and WhatsApp messages in on the action too.
One of the plus points of using BlackBerry devices seems to be battery life. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 will keep you powered up for around two days, so its battery life won't suddenly leave you hanging.
Unfortunately surfing the web could do with a little more firepower. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 does a decent job of it, but performance in this area just feels like it’s missing something. the Curve 9320 will also struggle to load up the desktop versions of various websites - so you won’t always get the full web experience when trawling the internet on the move. And that’s on Wi-Fi. It gets even more cumbersome on 3G.
Camera performance, for a phone at the cheaper scale is acceptable, but you won’t want to do too much with your snaps besides share the odd one on Facebook. The lack of autofocus leaves its camera trailing way behind other snappers.The same can be said of the VGA quality video, which produces basic quality video that won’t match up to more recently announced smartphones, but remains decent for the odd impromptu video clip.
Blackberry Maps has also been long superseded by better navigation apps elsewhere such as Google Maps and Nokia Maps on Apple, Android and Nokia phones.
The bottom line
If you’re looking for a smartphone on the cheaper end of the scale, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 offers plenty of features such as apps, instant messaging, and Wi-Fi web browsing and makes a good job of it. For those not on a budget, there’s better out there.