Last night, I switched from the BlackBerry Torch 9810 to the Curve 9320 after charging the later a while. I have been using it today and wanted to share a few first impressions.
Picking up the 9320, the first thing that hits you is how light the phone is. Very light. Almost too light for comfort.
But in spite of its light weight, it is a well-made device. Everything fits well and feels robust.
Next up is the display. At various intervals, I keep telling myself, “This screen is small!” Of course. Its only 2.44 inches across and I just dropped a 3.2-inch 9810 for it. Plus, I’ve got a 4.7-inch HTC One X beside it. Duh.
Small, yes. And low resolution at 320×240 pixels. It is very usable though, since all I can do with it is view. It is not touchscreen, so I don’t have to worry about entering text on it (though I have caught myself stabbing at the display every now and then). It is bright and quite legible in direct sunlight. At this price point, the display is more than adequate.
The QWERTY keyboard is standard BlackBerry Curve fare – keys raised and separated from each other. Very clickable. It is different from what you will find on Torches and Bolds, but it is BlackBerry and very good. I felt at home immediately typing on it.
A new addition is the dedicated BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) key on the left side. It has “BBM” printed beside it. Pushing it takes you to the BBM app immediately.
I had some apprehension about the performance, seeing that it runs on a 806Mhz processor. However, it turned out there was nothing to worry about. The Curve 9320 runs nicely.
Then I decided to see how it would behave if I joined a BBM Group. No sooner had I joined the Mobility group than the 9320 began to hang, lag and freeze – just like every other BlackBerry smartphone that I have used did.
Nicole and I had a chat about this today. She is of the opinion that since there are other BlackBerry users whose devices don’t hang when they use BBM Groups, perhaps it is an issue of app compatibiity. Perhaps BBM group and one of my apps just don’t see eye-to-eye.
That’s a possibility. But all apps running on my device are essential to my work, so BBM Group takes the fall.
I opted out of BBM group and this 9320 is flying again. I type and switch between applications so fast, it is almost unbelievable that this baby runs on only a 806Mhz CPU and 512 MB RAM.
I will be reporting back on battery life, the FM Radio and other device-specific features later. So far, so good. I am yet to miss my
Curve Torch 9810.