Quick Review: the BlackBerry Curve 9320 Smartphone
In September 2012, I decided it was time to upgrade my cell phone. I had a basic one and while it was very durable and had served me faithfully for the past few years, I wanted a phone that had more capability. I eventually chose and bought a BlackBerry Curve 9320 Smartphone.
I decided that I would write a little about the phone and my experiences with it so far.
What's in the Box
The Curve 9320 came with the following items in the box:
- the phone itself
- USB Cable
- Two plug adapters
- Quick Start guides
The USB cable doubles as a wall charger – it comes with two plug adapters that are attachable. One is for 220 (European) voltages and the other is for 110 (North American) voltages – this is great for when you’re travelling overseas and need an adapter that would work with the local electric current.
The charger cable is also a lot less bulky than those that came with previous Blackberry models.
This phone is a lot slimmer than some of the previous Curve models, such as the 8520 for example. It also doesn’t have as many rubberized areas (the 8520’s sides, top and majority of the back panel were rubber – these were easily damaged.)
One problem I’ve had so far with my BlackBerry is that when used outside on a sunny day, the glare makes the screen very hard to see. I often find myself having to use a hand to shield the screen from the direct sunlight and even then text and photos are very difficult to see. The best bet is to simply avoid using it in direct sunlight as much as possible.
The QWERTY keyboard is easy to use, and I’ve found myself being able to type very quickly on it. I also like having the two Convenience Keys on the side of the phone, and I have them programmed so that I can instantly bring up the camera or BlackBerry Messenger by pressing one or the other.
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The phone can be charged with a cable that can be used in a wall outlet (using the adapters included in the box) or via USB port on a computer.
Long battery life is a pretty important feature to me – I like devices that can go for a while without needing to be charged. I ran a little experiment with my new phone – I fully charged it, then proceeded to heavily use it for normal tasks such as sending and reading emails, checking social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger and Internet browsing. I found that the battery lasted for nearly an entire day before it indicated that the battery was getting low (it does this by having an almost drained battery icon in orange). Even when the battery icon is on orange, you can still get a lot done! I am very happy with the battery performance.
Operating System, 3G Capability and Storage
The 9320 runs the “updated and improved” BlackBerry OS 7.1. This operating system is very easy to use and you can customize it to your choosing. It also makes for multitasking (I can leave one application to go to another and my last location on the first app is automatically saved)
However, I find that sometimes the phone ‘sticks’ for a few seconds before running smoothly again. This is not a major problem, at least to me, but it can become a little irritating if you’re scrolling down a webpage and this happens.
The phone has 3G capability and I’ve found that browsing on the internet is a breeze. I also receive notifications from Facebook and my email almost immediately.
The Blackberry comes with some internal storage of its own, but it’s not a lot – I ended up buying a 4 GB memory card for it, and I find that this serves me wonderfully. I can put on quite a lot of music and pictures on it without worrying about using up too much space. However, the 9320 can hold up to a 32 GB memory card.
The Curve 9320 comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera, and photographs are of a pretty decent quality. I took a test photograph (which is shown below) of a classroom. As you can see, the photo is a little grainy, but it is still very handy to have.
The quality is pretty good, and the phone even comes with built in flash and different modes to set for when you’re taking pictures (these include Auto, Portrait, Face Detection, Sports, Landscape, Party, Close Up, Snow, Beach, Night and Text – pretty impressive for a cell phone camera!)
The Bottom Line?
Overall, I am very happy with my Blackberry Curve 9320. I can (and do) use it for so many things. I am able to connect and communicate with people whenever I want instead of having to wait until the next time I use a computer.
It is the first smartphone that I’ve owned, and I am loving the experience so far!