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8320 Blackberry

For the busiest among us, the best smart phones are those that combine all forms of communication in one device, and the 8320 Blackberry was one of the first to make that happen.

Still a top rated smartphone, when it was released in 2007, the Black Berry curve was a giant step up from the original curve—primarily because of its WiFi capabilities, which allow UMA calling. In other words, all calls made within the wireless hotspot do not count as minutes on your phone plan. And the WiFi feature also opens up the world of e-mail, Web browsing and even instant messaging.

But WiFi was not the only new feature. The pocket smartphone added a spacious, full QWERTY keyboard that makes texting easy. It allows for SMS and MMS—which means text as well as videos, audio and pictures can be sent and received from the phone. And that keyboard will come in handy when users integrate their (up to 10) e-mail accounts.

For your enjoyment, the blackberry 8320 curve boasts a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and a media player that supports MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA audio formats as well as MPEG4, H.263 and WMV video formats, and at 3.9 ounces is one of the lightest advanced phones available (4.2 inches high by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch deep). Ringtones can be polyphonic/MIDI and MP3. There’s a vibrate mode and LED indicator.

Considered one of the top rated smartphones, the BlackBerry 8320 curve is easy to setup using the wizard that pops up on the 320 by 240 pixel, full-color screen once the phone is initially turned on. If users have additional problems, they can check out online tutorials via the BlackBerry or service provider’s Web site.

The 2.5 inch diagonal display also makes use of top-of-the-line light-sensing technology. If the phone is outside or inside, in a bright place or dark place, the backlighting in the screen and keyboard will adjust accordingly. And the font style and size and display colors can be modified at any time.

Stand-alone, the phone has a 64 MB memory, but additional space can be added. Call waiting, call forwarding, call barring and caller ID are all features on this pocket smartphone. The Lithium Ion battery life gets up to 240 minutes. Standby time is 17 days.

Voice features include speaker phone, voice activation, smart dialing, conference calling and speed dialing. The 8320 Blackberry has Bluetooth technology. There are default browsers and instant messaging plans are available, as well as a variety of other applications a user might choose to try instead such as Opera-Mini or Yahoo and AIM. For the business-minded, the phone also has organizer and corporate data access capabilities.


This version of the Black Berry curve seems only to have missed a few minor features, now available on the newest version. It cannot record video and does not have GPS capabilities. BlackBerry maps will likely be able to get directional needs taken care of, however.

There’s a mute button located on the top as well as volume control on the side for easy adjusting. The trackball located on the center of the phone allows for easy navigation in any direction. Press it in to select something on screen.

The phone is currently offered with T-Mobile and Wirefly. One of the best smart phones out there, it ships with reference guides, a USB cable, a travel charger, a wired stereo headset and a belt holster. The phone comes in titanium or gold.