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Anyone familiar with Research In Motion knows that the people behind BlackBerry have been busy working on the latest version of their OS - BlackBerry 10 - for the better part of a year now. And while RIM promise that BB10 will be their ticket back into contention, it's been quite a while for them without a new release. While the BlackBerry Curve is not a part of the BB10, it represents what got RIM into the game at all: a compact QWERTY messenger with to-the-point functionality and mature design. We're as curious as you to see what RIM have been able to do with their Curve lineup over the past half year. With the Curve 9320, RIM is looking to hold the fort while it gets its ducks in a row for the release of the BB10 lineup. In this case, holding the fort essentially means releasing a device with toned-down specs, which may still entice loyal users and stem the tide of their plummeting market share, if only a little. Let's take a look at what the BlackBerry Curve 9320 has to offer: The Curve 9320 is a notch below the Curve 9360, which was released around the beginning of the year, and the specs are far from impressive.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an entry-level smart phone that packs a 3-megapixel camera and the latest version of the BlackBerry OS. The inclusion of a dedicated BBM key suggests this phone is designed for messaging addicts, and you'll also find BlackBerry's popular instant messaging tool built into Facebook and Twitter, for instant sharing on the go. The Curve 9320 is available on a monthly contract with prices starting from as little as £7 per month. Pay as you go deals start at £130. The Curve 9320 is evidently aimed at the budget-conscious, first-time smart phone buyer, but it's genuinely hard to recommend a phone which runs on an operating system that's on it's last legs. If you're about to buy your first smart phone, it might be a much better idea to start familiarising yourself with Android or Windows Phone, which can both be found on cheap devices and offer more sophisticated features, and more intuitive interfaces. I imagine the main draw of this phone is that it offers BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on a budget, and if it's an important communication tool for you and you can't afford to splash your cash, you'll probably find this handset suits you well enough.
My last review of a BlackBerry (BB) was the much-hyped 9220, which, to be honest, was a bit of a let down. I was looking forward to this one, specifically because from what I had heard, this was what the BB Curve refresh really should be. Whilst sitting around in office with the 9220 (read our review), I remember discussions between team members about how that was really RIM's opportunity to shine, to hit a home-run, to
BlackBerry has come up with the lowest-priced entry level Curve yet in the shape of the Curve 9320 – and it's even got a dedicated button for BlackBerry Messenger for serious messaging fans. RIM has brought together its two most attractive features for mainstream users – a lower price and BBM – but is it enough to persuade consumers to go for a BlackBerry over similarly priced handsets from other makers? Social networking fans will appreciate the focus of the BlackBerry 7 OS, which features a Social Feeds app that runs both Twitter and Facebook feeds together. As well as that dedicated BlackBerry Messenger button, there's also a free IM app, which brings together a number of BBM-connected apps (these include Twitter and Facebook) and lets you post updates to BBM from these. There's an impressively comprehensive inbox – just as there is on the pricier BlackBerry models – which shows all your social updates, emails and alerts. The operating system is the latest BlackBerry 7.1 version, which offers five home screens, and can be populated with media apps, favourite apps, downloads, all apps and a frequently used apps group, which is updated automatically.
Taking on the budget smartphone market is getting tough these days, but RIM's new Curve 9320 is well-placed to achieve success.The new phone is a re-tooled version of the last iteration, the Curve 9300, and brings with it a very familiar design. The screen is a similar 2.44-inch effort, which sadly hasn't been updated from the qVGA offering we saw last time around. This means that things are a little pixellated, although the smaller size helps mitigate the effect.Buying guide20 best mobile phones in the world todayIt's odd that this isn't seen as the sequel to the Curve 9360, but the slick design and style of that phone (plus the price) put it more towards the Bold rangeWe've seen a variety of keyboards from the BlackBerry range recently, but the Curve style of separated, lozenge-shaped keys are back in full force, making it very easy to peck out a message.The slimmer dimensions of the Curve 9320 means it can be a little harder to tap out a message than on the swarthy expanse of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but it's still miles better than trying to achieve the same thing on a touchscreen.In terms of ergonomic design the Curve 9320 is pretty standard fare, with all the relevant buttons placed in easy to reach places.
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