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BlackBerry 8320 Curve review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The BlackBerry 8320 Curve currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 111 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Blackberry 8320 Curve is the latest iteration of the once AT&T exclusive 8300, but with at least one major improvement.

The 8320 uses a wonderful new technology called UMA or Unlicensed Mobile Access, which allows the user to make WiFi calls seamlessly and without the need for a separate VoIP account. This makes the use of WiFi even more attractive than it already was since the user does not need additional applications in order to enjoy the benefits and savings of WiFi.

There is a fee associated with UMA through cell providers such as T-Mobile, Rogers and AT&T who usually require you to pay fees starting at $10/per month for Hotspot service. However, keep in mind that calls originating as UMA are billed for their duration as such and at no additional expense, even if you leave a WiFi area and the phone switches back to GSM. This, combined with unlimited domestic WiFi calls, and the $10/per month fee is a bargain for heavy users.

Ergonomically the Curve offers the spaciousness of older Blackberries, with a 35-key Qwerty keypad with a white backlight and keys that are well designed for easy, fast typing. The 8320 Curve is available in both Titanium (gun metal gray) and Pale Gold (champagne).


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
312 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

In conclusion, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320 and the T-Mobile @Home service work well together when your home/office and its WiFi network fit properly. You might still experience the random dropped call when leaving the house, but the vast majority of time the system works very well. But if your hom...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Wired

Sporting smooth lines similar to other Curve models, the compact 8320 feels sturdy and solid in hand.

- Roger Thomasson, Wired
CrackBerry

I really want to like this device, but I’m not so sure that enough of the bugs have been worked out yet. My primary reason for getting the 8320 was to get improved coverage at my house. With the UMA going in and out all the time, I’m not so sure I have achieved that. I think T-Mobile jus...

- David Boyd , CrackBerry


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Screen Size
Unknown

The BlackBerry 8320 Curve's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1100 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 17 days standby time.

8320 Curve Specs

Overview
Release date September 25, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.6 W/kg
Body: 1.13 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Pale gold, Sunset red, Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.0 x 6.0 x 1.6 cm (3.9 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 111 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Trackball
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Curve

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