BlackBerry 10 handsets from RIM are set to hit the market later this year and look set to impress, at least if our BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handset hands on review is anything to go by. RIM is still sticking with its BlackBerry 7 line of handsets in the time being however, and they got up close and personal with its latest budget social-centric model, the BlackBerry Curve 9320.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 feels very light thanks to its 103g weight and the chassis manufactured of matte rubber-feel sides and black plastic cover feel pleasant in the hands, though you will be often polishing fingerprints off of its rear. The standard volume and camera buttons grace the BlackBerry Curve 9320’s right side, but there is as well as a new BBM hotkey on the left, firing up RIM’s immensely popular messaging service faster than the time it takes to type out a rapid lol.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 has a 2.44in display screen that falls aptly in line with its entry-level status no touchscreen tech here, however RIM’s Track Pad remains as liquid as ever. The 320×240 resolution pales greatly to the pin-sharp screens of the HTC X, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 4S, but those handsets are plenty of hundreds of pounds more pricey and it does still produces respectable colors.
Today, most of the mobile users want a smart and high-definition camera in their mobile handset. In order to cater to the camera needs of the consumers 3.2 mega pixels cameras have become the order of the day imaging-wise and we are a little disappointed that RIM didn’t smack up the sensor by another couple of megapixels. Still, the shots taken by the 3.2 mega pixel camera integrated in to the mobile are first rate for sharing with friends over BBM, Facebook and Twitter while on the go. There is as well as a flash for low-light conditions, positioned far away from the lens, though they didn’t get chance to check out low-light performance.
An 806Mhz single-core processor paired with 512MB RAM manages to keep the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system functioning smoothly from what we saw, though we will require more time to properly put it through its paces. BB 7.1 OS’s new browser is also liquid and fast, and browsing through menus and apps is a stutter-free experience. You will be desirous to nab yourself a micro-SD card to load up on media however, as there is only 512MB of onboard memory storage space.
The keyboard of BlackBerry Curve 9320 follows RIM’s practice of outstanding typing hardware. Although the keys are somewhat smaller than those found on the Bold models, seasoned CrackBerry addicts ought to have no trouble whipping out messages on the Curve 9320’s keys, which are satisfyingly clickable and placed apart. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 looks set to be a solid budget handset for social butterflies toting a packed BBM, Twitter and Facebook friends list. Features like a dedicated BBM button and a giant one, 450mAh battery offering seven hours of talk time and 30 minutes of music playback will also appeal to users looking for first rate features at a low cost.