Every now and then I get asked to review something that I know will make the Teenager squeal with delight, so when I was contacted recently to see if we'd like to test drive the brand-spanking-new BlackBerry Curve 9320 I knew it was going to be one of those times. Of course I made the huge mistake of telling her that the phones were on the way and she
drove me crazy kept asking when we would get them, so it was a blessed relief when the parcel finally arrived!
We're a family of BlackBerry users - all three of us have them and the Teenager seems to be on BBM all the time - so this model is perfect for her with its dedicated BBM button. Anyhow, I'm not going to witter on because I'll let the Teenager take you through the highs and lows of the 9320:
I had been using the BlackBerry 8520 before this new one arrived, and it's so much better.
What the I liked about the 9320:
- it has a faster internet connection and is easier to use;
- the icons on the screen are more colourful and look much better compared to my old phone;
- the QWERTY keyboard is easy to use, and the raised keys mean I can type messages much faster than before;
- this model is slimmer than my old one and looks really good;
- the BBM key is genius, and means I can read a message quickly without returning to the menu.
What I didn't like: the battery doesn't last as long as I'd like it to.
So, as you can see the Teenager is very impressed with the new phone, although from my point of view it wasn't that much of a departure from my 9360 - it has the same pleasing styling, along with the excellent keyboard that I'm used to and a 3.2mp camera that gives impressive results.
The big plus for me was the introduction of the built-in FM radio. I admit to being a radio freak: I love having it on wherever I am, and it means I can now listen to the radio when I'm walking the dog (without using any of my data allowance.)
And, just in case you're into your social networking I believe you can also download the Facebook and Twitter apps *cough* although I'm far too busy to do that....
If you're concerned about your child's online safety, there's a new Parental Controls feature that's been introduced to allow parents and carers to restrict access to certain functions and features as and when necessary.
There's a lot to love about the BlackBerry 9320, and I think they've made it very appealing to teenagers and a young audience....but some of the, erm, more mature customers love it too.
The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is available from O2, Carphone Warehouse, T Mobile and Orange from free, price dependent on carrier. The Curve 9320 is also available from O2 for £149.99 on Pay and Go; on Carphone Warehouse on pre-pay for £119.95 (upgrades) and £129.95 on new connections.
Disclosure: we received the phones free of charge for review purposes, but the opinions are our own.