The Blackberry 9320 was one of their low end phones which was launched in May 2012 amidst a background of the company which was called RIM, at the time, losing its market share and looking at ways of regaining it.
The 9320 took the Blackberry back to its roots as it incorporated a simple QWERTY keyboard, a squat, chunky design, no touchscreen and the focus was on the use of BlackBerry Messenger as its unique selling point.
The 9320 was aimed to be a low cost phone and as such it did not offer all the capabilities of some of the other phones. The basic specification detailed a 2.4in display, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of storage space for apps. This was quite sufficient for most uers of the day.
The Blackberry 9320 came in four colours and is a relatively light phone to use - ideal for fitting into smaller pockets, etc.
The 2.4 inch display was relatively small and when compared to the other full screens being used by manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, it was definitely very small.
That said, users did say it was easy to use but the use of such a small screen meant that it was not possible to see nearly as much as was possible on competing full screen smartphones.
Another downside of the phone was that the keyboard was small and this made it difficult to use without hitting the wrong key on occasions.
In terms of the camera offered a 3.5 megapixels which could take reasonable images, but it was not nearly as good as other smartphones of the day.
However the camera did have a flash as well as a geo-tagging facility, and video could be recorded, although an SD card was needed for this as a result of the storage needed.
| Blackberry 9320 Vintage Mobile Phone Specifications
|Technology||2G (GSM, GPRS, EDGE), 3G (UMTS)|
|Dimensions||60 x 109 x 12.7 mm|
|CPU||806 MHz, 1 core|
|Memory cards||microSD, microSDHC|
|Display||2.44 inch TFT, 320 x 240 pixels|
|Battery||1450 mAh, lithium ion|
|Camera||2048 x 1536 pixels with LED flash|
|SIM card||Mini-SIM, 2FF (one SIM card position)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b, g, n|
|USB||USB2.0, micro-USB connector|
|Positioning||GPS & AGPS|
|Mobile Technologies||GSM, GPRS (Class 10), EDGE, UMTS|
|Bands||GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS: 800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
Overall, the phone was not particularly well received as it was well behind the competition in terms of real capabilities. However the Blackberry 9320 was relatively low cost and was able to perform well in many ways, and of course it had the Blackberry messaging service.
At this stage, RIM, owner of the Blackberry series of phones was finding the marketplace very hard as it had lost the lead to other competitors and it was seeking to hold on to customers using the approach it had aways done, rather adapting in a more robust manner.
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