Blackberry Curve 8520 Review

Blackberry Curve 8520

RIM provides a good balance of quality and affordability with the Blackberry Curve 8520, featuring the optical trackpad. With this entry-level smartphone in five interesting colors, RIM blends together great design and performance. A closer look reveals the following:

Blackberry Curve 8520 Design and Quality

The Blackberry Curve 8520 has the traditional Blackberry look, similar to the Curve 8900. Above a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.64″ screen is situated. The screen resolution is low for a RIM model at 320х240 pixels, but the screen is more or less clear (with some pixelation) and QVGA is average too. There is a plastic feel to the Blackberry curve 8520. However, the outer edges of the phone have a soft-touch finish, giving a good grip to the device while enhancing its appearance. On the left of the phone is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB charging port whereas the right contains the volume rocker. The optical trackpad is placed right in the centre, surrounded by four buttons: Talk, Menu shortcut, Back and End.

Blackberry Curve 8520 New Additions

A major addition on this device is the optical trackpad that replaces the trackball navigator. This trackpad is very responsive, making the scrolling experience so much better. Further, customers can also adjust its sensitivity via the Settings, Screen/Keyboard Menu.

Another addition is the set of dedicated media keys on top of the device. They are very convenient to queue up tracks and play/pause while using the media player. Moreover, the play/pause button acts as a mute button while on calls.

Blackberry Curve 8520 Specifications

Measuring at (109х60х13.9) mm, Blackberry Curve 8520 is slightly thicker than the 8900 but roughly weighs the same at 3.7 oz. It has 256MB onboard memory with support for microSD cards to expand memory further.

Blackberry Curve 8520 Features

Blackberry 8520 has OS 4.6 which has been revamped with some modern icons and a more polished look. For first time users this layout can be quite confusing but it just takes a little time to get used to.

The phonebook is organized simply and allows almost unlimited storage. Organizer, Tasks, Voice Note Recorder and other basic features are also present.
A lot of messaging options can be utilized on the phone and email can be easily accessed on Blackberry Curve 8520. With Blackberry Internet Service, upto ten email accounts can be accessed.

This phone also comes with quadband world roaming facilities. Blackberry App World is also preloaded, but one can only save apps to the phone’s main memory.

Blackberry Curve 8520 Keyboard

The QWERTY keyboard of the Blackberry Curve 8520 is quite similar to the 8900. Here the buttons are smaller and packed in closer.

Blackberry Curve 8520 Camera

The back of the phone houses a 2MP camera. This camera comes with a 5X digital zoom but without flash or autofocus.

Blackberry Curve 8520 Battery

The battery life of this device is quite good. With a talktime of upto 4.5 hours and a standby time upto 17 days, this device could be charged every 2-3 days for average usage.

Blackberry 8520 however lacks GPS, unlike the Blackberry Curve 8900 and is not a 3G device. Neither does it have a high screen resolution. However, for those looking at a lower priced Blackberry, this device, offering some good basic features, can be seriously reconsidered.

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One Response to Blackberry Curve 8520 Review

  1. Eyelash Elsver June 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

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    replaces the trackball navigator. This clue pad is actual responsive,
    authoritative the scrolling acquaintance so abundant better. Further,
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