BlackBerry increase the Curve with the 9320

9 May 2012

Today, BlackBerry announced the Curve 9320, a stylish new smartphone that’s just the ticket for first-time users.

RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9320 might not be the high-spec and highly anticipated BlackBerry 10, but this feature-filled smartphone is an excellent choice for entry-level users looking to buy their first smartphone, or owners of previous Curves that are looking for an upgrade.

Social connectivity plays a strong role in the functions of the Curve 9320, with the dedicated BBM key bringing instant access to RIM’s mobile social network. Facebook and Twitter apps come preloaded, as does Social Feeds 2.0, a consolidated view of updates from multiple social networks, new sources and social apps.

With fewer bells and whistles than the upcoming Blackberry 10, basic functionality is at the heart of the Curve 9320, which has the the best keyboard in its class for quick and easy typing and the longest battery life, with up to seven hours of talk time.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 operates on BlackBerry 7.1 OS, the fastest BlackBerry OS to date, and, though it’s a step up from the Curve 9220 in speed and functionality, it’s very similar to its predecessor with 3G connectivity, a built-in FM radio, built-in GPS, and an integrated camera – although this version comes with a flash.

Pricing and availability for the new Curve 9320 have not yet been released, but anyone looking to become a first-time smartphone user might want to keep an eye out for this one.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.