Conclusion: All in all, we’re impressed with the BlackBerry Curve 9230. The fact that this lower mid-range BlackBerry comes loaded with all the connections you’d expect from an Android phone is reassuring. The OS browser is a pain to use, the app selection isn’t great and the Huawei Ascend G300 does offer more for less, however with its keyboard and messaging prowess, it’s definitely on the money for a certain type of user.
Pros: Low-cost, Well connected, Good keyboard
Cons: Terrible web browsing, Fixed focus camera, Poor app selection
Excerpt: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has traditionally followed the strategy of offering customers a wide range of devices—ranging from top-end ones with touchscreens and bells and whistles, to cheap, low-end ones that are still great basic messaging smartphones. And in price-conscious markets like India, the strategy has paid RIM rich dividends, with Indian customers lapping up the Curve 8520 and its slightly better equipped sibling, the Curve 9300.
Conclusion: It's been quite a while since we last reviewed a BlackBerry handset. Android and iOS have dominated the market for the past couple of years and it's hard to see where exactly a business-centric QWERTY device can fit in. That said, it's hard to ignore the fact that BlackBerrys still have a following - the Curve 9320's high daily interest at the time of writing is a testament to that.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 2.44" 65K-color TFT landscape display of QVGA resolution (320x240), Full QWERTY keyboard, Optical trackpad, 806MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, GPS with A-GPS connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1, 3 megapixel fixed focus, VGA video recording, BlackBerry OS 7.1, Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 32GB), 2GB card preinstalled, 1450 mAh battery, 3.5 mm audio jack, Excelle...
Cons: BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to enjoy all phone features, Bland text-only submenus, Fixed focus camera, No HD video, Glossy back panel prevents good grip, easily greased up
Summary: 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.
Review: Blackberry Curve 9320 - Scores over Curve 9220
12 April 2013
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a elegant phone with simple design and safety measures. The BBM service offers great performance as always. Instant Messaging, BlackBerry App world and many such applications do justice to this new Curve series phone. However, lack of front camera and low processor and RAM can give users poor experience. We give this phone 3.5 star rating.
Excerpt: As with every smartphone these days, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is aimed at social networkers. To this end RIM says the Curve 9320 is blessed with good battery life and connectivity, as well as 'social-centric' features that include a dedicated button for BlackBerry's popular BBM instant messaging service.
Conclusion: A compact, friendly smartphone with all the email, social networking and productivity features of a more expensive model
Pros: Superb universal inbox, increasingly integrated BlackBerry Messenger app, great all-round social integration, high-end QWERTY keyboard, well over a day of continuous use
Cons: Occasionally sluggish processor can’t handle heavy duty multitasking, mediocre camera is less and less forgiveable, increasingly pedestrian design and capabilities compared to other smartphones on rival OSes
Conclusion: RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone delivers a few new features the likes of FM Radio, Battery Saving Mode and Mobile Hotspot functionality to the Curve feature table. BlackBerry Curve fanboys will appreciate the fact that this device runs on the latest firmware from the Canadian firm’s stable, as well as the convenience of the BBM shortcut key.
Pros: Brings FM Radio functionality, mobile hotspot functionality; runs on latest BlackBerry OS; grip-friendly and pocketable design; excellent physical Curve keyboard; convenient BBM key; great battery life and snappy 806 MHz CPU.
Cons: Small display that offers less so-so resolution; VGA video recording ability as opposed to HD-Ready (720p); competition has more appealing operating system and better stocked application stores.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Curve 9320 wants to be as successful with the youth market as previous models proved to be a few years ago off the back of celebrity endorsements, clever marketing and Gossip Girl product placement.
Pros: Great battery life, Classic keyboard, BlackBerry 7.1
Cons: Lack of storage, Low screen resolution, Old-fashioned design