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Do you believe in coincidences? Because it’s happened to me today. Firstly I was offered a BlackBerry Curve 9320, brand new, still-in-the-box, sealed, yes I bought it. Secondly, this time last year I did a review of the Curve 9320. Finally, the Curve 9320 was released last May,now is that coincidence or what!

So when I reviewed the Blackberry Curve 9320 last year, I had not joined BeginnersTech and the site that I wrote the review for closed down. But I kept my reviews up in the clouds and when I looked, there it was waiting for me to pull it down from Google Drive. With those coincidences in mind we have decided to “revisit” the Curve 9320 review. The original release date as it happens was this time last year, it seems only natural to do this revisited review now.

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Reading the review, it seems that I was pleasantly surprised with the phone, a budget alternative to the Curve 9630. But i have today’s technology in my head and wow, how it has moved on in a year. Although not very long in the mobile world, I hasten to add.

With all of this talk about the new BB10 OS and the internal politics at Blackberry, Name change,it’s easy to forget that the manufacturer is still churning out phones in the hope that people will buy one.

Now that BB10 has arrived, with the BB Q10 (Sold out in many stores), Z10 running the OS, we still have BB7.1 smartphones to enjoy – especially on this little handset, the BlackBerry Curve 9320, which is pocket friendly in terms of both price and physical size.

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So let’s look at this, year old, brand new phone. Sounds a little bit contradictory.

While BlackBerry has been busy pumping out impressive touchscreen handsets such as the Bold 9790, Bold 9900, Curve 9360, Q10 and of course the Z10, it’s keen to make sure it doesn’t alienate those who would be drawn in by its cheaper – yet just as cheerful – Curve budget range. And the BlackBerry Curve 9320 – just like its bigger brother the, BlackBerry Curve 9360 – fits that mould well.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 looks like a Curve of old,(8300). It’s sleek, you can have in either black or white and brushed metal tones and has a curved back, which really fits in the hand well – almost as though it’s been moulded with that in mind. It was one of the first things we noticed when we took it out of its packaging. I must say the white one with the grey rubberish band going all the way round does look good.

At 109 x 60 x 12.7mm and 103g, it’s a bit thicker than the Curve 9360, and 4g heavier, and certainly feels rounder and more chunky. The precise edges are gone.
It’s clearly aimed at the younger generation and those who are coming to a smartphone for the first time with little regard for aesthetics.

The front holds the screen, which is a fairly basic 320 x 240 pixel job measuring 2.44 inches. The 164 ppi density won’t blind you with its greatness, but it does the job reasonably well. We used to view this as amazing on devices of old. Now, we feel more hard done by.

Also, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 isn’t touchscreen but you do get BlackBerry’s signature optical trackpad beneath it to navigate. This is surrounded by the four standard BlackBerry buttons (call, menu, back, hang up), and they’re all mechanical rather than touch-sensitive.
The actual keyboard is typical BlackBerry styling, with small keys that give a satisfying, tiny click when pushed in.

Round the back, you’ll find little of interest other than the 3.2MP camera and LED light. The actual rear of the phone is made of shiny black or white plastic. We couldn’t help feeling it looked a bit cheap, but thankful the shape of this phone fits the hands so well. If not, this shiny rear would be taking a dive straight to the floor.
Up top, you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack and an unlock button. There are no dedicated media buttons but there is a dedicated BBM button on the left, which is something we’re not used to seeing. That’s accompanied by the charge/sync port.

The right-hand side has the volume buttons and convenience key, which is set by default to fire up the camera. Both can be easily changed to open your app of choice.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is one of a number of handsets in the BlackBerry Curve range, including the Curve 9360, Curve 8520. In the Curve family you have a good choice of handsets.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is free on contracts from as little as £10.50 per month, and is now priced at around very palatable £11.95 on Pay As You Go which makes it a good first timer mobile. Just take a look at this video, relevant but made last August by CrackBerry.com

So has it stood the test of time albeit one year on, well according to Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone and VirginMedia, it’s a steady seller with parents wanting a budget priced phone for their Kids, plus VirginMedia are giving you free insurance which is great selling pitch to the parents.

And one last thing, it comes with a 2GB SD Card.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini