Unfortunately for the Curve 9320, RIM has decided to go back to a QVGA screen, and one with only 56K colors at that. It's a disappointment considering the BlackBerry Curve 9360 released last August featured a HVGA+ screen with 16M colors. Nevertheless, what's basically a rather poor screen in terms of resolution and contrast managed above average viewing angles and outdoor legibility.
You can check out its performance in our traditional display tests in the below. More information on our display test is available here.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|LG Optimus Black P970||0.27||332||1228||0.65||749||1161|
|Apple iPhone 4||0.14||189||1341||0.39||483||1242|
|BlackBerry Curve 9320||0.44||405||935||0.61||590||967|
|BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900||0.29||403||1376||0.47||618||1304|
We took a closer look at the pixels on the 9320 screen with our digital microscope. Check it out:
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 under a microscope
The Curve 9320 is a nice phone to look at and handle. Ergonomically, it is sized right, and texting can be done comfortably with either one or both hands. If you have larger fingers, then it might not be as easy for you to hit the keys, as they use relatively limited space on a fairly compact handset. That being said, their tactile response is very good, so you definitely know when you're pressing something. Apart from the smudge-prone back panel, the phone is excellently compact and business-like.
On the next page, we take a look at the BlackBerry OS 7.1 software package on the Curve 9320.