I was banging away happily this afternoon on the hardware QWERTY of the entry-level BlackBerry Curve 9320 that I am currently reviewing. The 9320 had

Lowly BlackBerry Curve 9320 renders quad-core HTC One X useless

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Curve 9320 versus One X

I was banging away happily this afternoon on the hardware QWERTY of the entry-level BlackBerry Curve 9320 that I am currently reviewing. The 9320 had barely left my hand all morning and afternoon.

I had just administered my little girl’s drugs to her (she stubbed her toe, got wounded, had to get it dressed and was given a set of prescribed drugs to take) and had picked up the BlackBerry again when my eyes caught the elegant looking 4.7-inch HTC One X lying on the bed beside me. Poor thing! I hadn’t touched it in several hours. The battery was still almost full.

Looking back, that has been the story of almost any device that happens to be unlucky enough to be with me whenever I have a BlackBerry available (oh, with the exception of the full touchscreen 9380, of course). The other device mostly just sits there doing nothing.

The HTC One X is a top dog, one of the handful of quad-core processor phones out there, and yet it takes a back seat to the lowly entry-level BlackBerry Curve 9320 – 806MHz processor and a tiny 2.44-inch display.

Ladies and gentlemen, the defining factor for me is productivity. I am a writer first and foremost. Churning out articles for Mobility blog and other media that I write for, responding to emails, tweeting, or doing instant messaging, the excellent hardware keyboard on the BlackBerry devices makes writing a breeze for me.

To be sure, the Curve 9320 is an efficient baby. For the most part, it works smoothly. There are the occasional stutters, but that’s forgivable on any device running an 800 Mhz processor and costing this little. The odd pauses here and there are forgivable. Totally.

You should see how my wife, kids and other members of the Mobility team watch in amazement when I do what I do on these keyboards.

Thank God for touchscreen technology and the amazing possibilities that they bring. But, oh dear God of heaven and earth, bless the man who first thought of putting a hardware QWERTY keyboard on mobiles. Thank you for the QWERTY keyboard!

Apps may be what makes productivity possible for others. I can deal with that. But Mister Mo must absolutely have a freakin’ QWERTY keyboard to be fully efficient on a mobile device.

I have my essential apps here – WordPress, DropBox, Twitter, WhatsApp, Gtalk and Yahoo Messenger. The built-in Office Suite is top-notch too, both for viewing and editing.

While the display is small, whenever I need to view a webpage that’s not mobile-optimised, BlackBerry Bridge is there to beam it to the 7″ display of the PlayBook. Awesome.

All the multi-core processing power, huge RAM, large displays and a gazillion apps are meaningless and mostly useless to me without a hardware QWERTY keyboard. In the Mo Universe, a lowly smartphone with an excellent keyboard will always outgun and outdo a much more powerful device without one.

Sigh. That’s why the One X is more of a status statement for me right now, while the Curve 9320 gets 95% of my work done. That’s saying something for the little guy.

  1. Haba oga!
    The title of this post is misleading na. When the notification email dropped on my phone, the first thing I said to myself was ‘imposicant’.

    Good to see that this wasn’t about processing power but personal preference in light of qwerty

  2. i have read lots of blog here without comments. most of them are impressive.

    now, i got to say something as a conclusion.

    THIS WRITER IS A FULL TIME FRUIT BOY, i mean a berry kinda guy who would always find one reason against the TAP, DRAG, SWYPE system with exemptions to his apple cousin.

    if i am wrong here, Gabriel shaze isn’t wrong too.

    anyway, the struggle has been between the ROBOTS and the BIG FRUIT at large, and between the ROBOTS and the CLUSTER FRUIT in Nigeria.

  3. … There are the occasional stutters, but that’s forgivable on any device running an 800 Mhz processor and costing this little. The odd pauses here and there are forgivable. Totally.

    Was that a mistake? Well there was no mention of price here or in the related article. It would really be good if you will let us into the price of this device.

  4. @Mr. Mo
    I just noticed that the next and previous post navigation button(link) are not available on the desktop version of the site. Please help us add them anytime you’re revamping the site as their none availability makes navigation a bit tardy.

    Thanks

    PS: I apologies for posting this here

  5. @Gabriel Shaze, same thought exactly. I ran here immediately the article dropped into my mail box. For some reason I couldn’t get to open up the entire article then.

    Mr Mo, this is more of your personal preference esp on the input method side. I can’t be caught with a blackberry device when gaming, music, browsing and a lot of video watching are daily affair. I will definitely go with your One X.

  6. Belushi,

    Mr Mo, this is more of your personal preference esp on the input method side.

    Everything is personal preference.

    I can’t be caught with a blackberry device when gaming, music, browsing and a lot of video watching are daily affair.

    See? Your preference.

    For music, browsing and video, I have the PlayBook, which excels at media consumption. Same problem solved differently. My preference 🙂

  7. Since I’ve installed Swype (not Touchpal or any similar swipe apps) I’ve found my productivity has gone up loads. A lot less fumbling around with typing via touchscreen (something Mr Mo does not enjoy!)

    Today I was twiddling around on someone’s Curve 9320, and the thing that I wish remained from the Curve 8310 is the keypad – typing on those keys can be annoying!

  8. @noni, was it the beta version that you installed? I haven’t been using Swype for a long time. Decided to go and download from their website but only met a beta available.

  9. Ajadi, my point exactly! Was stupefied when someone tagged it a low-entry blackberry device. 45k low? My Galaxy sl cost 49k and both devices are not on par in anyway. That device is overpriced. #I.M.O

  10. Jenuwa:

    You are comparing Samsung and Blackberry. You do know that an entry level, or low entry iPhone costs about twice as much as the Galaxy SL right? Different brands, different pricing.

    The phone is an entry level device in the Blackberry line up. The author is comparing the price with other Blackberry phones. Entry level Androids are way cheaper of course.

  11. in my opinion, this device is massively over priced, like jenuwa pointed out a better spec’d samsung galaxy is well worth the price compared to this bb. And the iphone and entry level has no place in the same sentence, the iphone is a luxury device, the tier thing is a price point classification to me. And this bb should be classified as mid-range.

  12. I’m guessing its called a budget bb in relation with the more expensive OS 7 line up….and if I’m correct, the first bb that comes preloaded outta the box with the OS 7.1 update thus the radio functionality

  13. martinkem:

    Wow! I guess all the products in the Blackberry lineup are massively overpriced then. The 16 GB iPhone is not entry level since it is a luxury device. Samsung has a better build quality than Blackberry and is a better phone. Blackberry Bolds are overpriced, Galaxy Tabs aint.

    zsch:

    “I’m guessing its called a budget bb in relation with the more expensive OS 7 line up” – This is absolutely right. Some people need to realize that and compare BB prices. Blackberries are not cheap.

  14. @Glenda this device is massively overpriced as are all blackberry phones. Iphones are made with premium materials so the pricing is understandable yet on almost every blog that mentions the iPhone, the consensus is that its overpriced. Is the plastic on this bb also better than the ones on lumia 610? This is one of the reasons RIM is struggling. They can’t seem to understand that their phones are no longer considered premium. Given a choice of the galaxy and this phone, the overwhelming majority will pick the galaxy. RIM’s pricing is faulty! Enough said

  15. Besides, there’s no entry level iphone. All iphones are premium devices built with the most expensive materials.

  16. Pls ignore my previous comment that was a mistake……other users have spoken my mind.

  17. zsch has got it right, and some of you are still quibbling over terminology. You can’t compare an entry level Blackberry to an iPhone or entry level Samsung Android phone – different market, different base prices.

    Did they say “entry level Blackberry comparative to the Samsung Galaxy range”? No, it’s comparative to other Blackberry branded phones running OS7. It’s like comparing apples and oranges and saying they are the same fruit.

  18. Efe:

    There are no entry level iPhones? I consider myself an owner of an entry level iPhone 4S. The cheapest in the 4S lineup is the entry level. It is just a term dude. Even Lexus or Mercedes Benz are luxury brands yet they have entry level variants. There is always an entry level when the products have variants.

    RIM’s pricing is faulty? All Blackberries are overpriced? And you used the term “massively.” I am not a big fan of Blackberry but those are hasty conclusions without basis.

    Are you sure you know what you are talking about?

  19. “Besides, there’s no entry level iphone. All iphones are premium devices built with the most expensive materials.” – so untrue.

    The entry level iPhone 4S are the ones with 16GB of storage.

    Sources:
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20118265-248/sprint-sells-out-of-entry-level-iphone-4s-models/
    http://www.razorianfly.com/2011/10/05/iphone-4s-entry-level-pricing-confirmed-in-australia-canada-france-germany-and-uk/

    Entry level does not mean cheap. It means the cheapest or the product with the lowest spec in a line up.

  20. I normally laugh at those dudes who say Touchscreen smartphones will soon eclipse hardware QWERTY, unless you carry it as a status symbol, productivity wise, the later will always carry the day!

  21. @ Glenda – then that would be the iPhone 3GS – it’s the lowest spec iPhone that Apple are selling at the moment.

  22. Noni:

    I was referring to the 4S line up. My point is, a premium/luxury product could be entry level. I am sure you get my point.

  23. @john onwuegbu, that’s strictly based on personal preference.

    Why do you think RIM will be bringing out an only touch screen bb10 device first?

  24. @John Onwuegbu:

    I normally laugh at those dudes who say Touchscreen smartphones will soon eclipse hardware QWERTY, unless you carry it as a status symbol, productivity wise, the later will always carry the day!

    What does the term eclipse mean to you? Maybe we should consider people in the USA largely unproductive because RIM’s Blackberry has less than 10% market share there. Or rather, the smartphone world is transitioning into becoming less productive since that statement is largely and progressively becoming a fact worldwide.

  25. @Glenda, in this context, entry level means a mobile phone of a certain price range. A price range which is affordable to the very lowly in the society. Something like the Galaxy pocket or the asha series.

    Besides the basis of saying blackberry phones are overpriced is in comparison with other similar phones. Everybody complains that BB porsche is expensive but we all agree that iit’s meant to be premium because premium materials are used. Can you explain why the average Blackberry phone is as expensive or even more expensive than phones of better specs and similar build quality?

  26. @Glenda, am sure you have been on this blog for a long time. If there’s one thing people have against blackberry, it is the price. Just go through old posts and see. So i am not the only one. The consensus here is that BBs are overpriced.

    Notice i didn’t have a problem with Mr Mo calling this phone an entry level blackberry. What i have a problem with is the price of this phone compared to other brands. It is an entry level bb quite all right but it is overpriced.

  27. @Glenda
    with all the proof u have presented I think u are right on the use of the term ‘entry level’ I have always associated that with being cheap and well worth the features it sports but I guess that term means something more than what I thought it was

  28. Efe:

    You are talking about entry level “smartphones.” This article is about the “lowly” or entry level “Blackberry.” The price is not what hinders people from buying a Blackberry. They just prefer Android, iOS or other mobile OS.

    I see a lot of people buying BB Bolds so I do not think that price is the number one factor. They could have gotten a Galaxy Note or HTC One X which are cheaper. You really have to experience what RIM has to offer in terms of service to appreciate BBs.

    I am not a big fan of Blackberries but I would not say all their products are overpriced. If I were to choose between a similarly priced BB and an Android phone, I’d go with Android.

  29. @Glenda, I didn’t disagree with the language of the article. Mr Mo’s term is appropriate. Am responding to the comments. Almost everybody agrees that it is too expensive for the specs it has. Trust me, I have used Blackberries extensively so I know what I am talking about. Are we talking about the hardware or its services? Don’t forget that BB users have to pay monthly for the services they enjoy. Services which other platforms provide.

    You talked about people buying BB bold. Yes, in Nigeria people are crazy about BBs mostly for lack of a better idea. Show the same people your android phone and they wonder why their phones are so expensive. In most other countries, people are dumping their BBs fast.

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