BlackBerry Curve 9320: Hands-on
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is the successor to the popular and affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 and 9300. It offers up the comprehensive BlackBerry user experience and the latest BlackBerry OS has to offer, all wrapped up in a package that looks and feels like a new BlackBerry should. We’ve had some hands-on time with the latest Curve smartphone and were impressed.
The design is more refined with touches of metal accenting the edges of the device and the dimensions of the phone are all-round more compact and svelte when sitting alongside its entry level predecessors, yielding a more premium feel as a result. There’s an updated 3.2-megapixel camera complete with LED flash on the back.
The previously programmable convenience key on the left side has now been turned into a dedicated launch button for BBM, but can be customised.
Also the shiny plastic front back plate falls prey to fingerprints far too easily and users who consider BlackBerrys as fashion items may well find themselves forever buffering the back plate.
A RIM representative took some time to outline just what users can expect from the Curve 9320 as availability rolls out over the coming days:
Despite the fact that the 9320 is an entry level device (as denoted on RIM’s leaked roadmap), it offers up a comprehensive list of features that any BlackBerry user will appreciate.
Running the newly available BlackBerry OS 7.1, the Curve 9320 features a host of features that we’ve come to expect across the full BB range, including social feed integration, BBM and of course access to the 70,000 or so downloadable apps available from BlackBerry App World.
We’ve already established that the BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be widely available, across a range of carriers and at an impressively low price point, we’ll bring you a full review very soon.
Updated with modification to customisable
BlackBerry Curve 9320 in hand
Front view of the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (left) and BlackBerry Curve 9320 (right)
Rear view of the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (right) and BlackBerry Curve 9320 (left)
Note the new dedicated BBM launcher button the left side of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 (right) which replaces the convenience key on previous iterations of the Curve.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 (left) looks and feels noticeably thinner than the previous entry-level Curve.
BlackBerry Curve 9320’s headphone jack has migrated to the top at the expense of the media control keys, which now feature on the headphones lead.
BlackBerry Curve 9320 (top), BlackBerry Curve 9300 (bottom)
Left to right: BlackBerry Curve 9300, BlackBerry Curve 9320, iPhone 4S, HTC One S.