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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6332 reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the design and portability. The performance and size are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reception, while there are some negative opinions about the connectivity and GPS navigation.

usability, size, performance, portability, design

battery, camera, reliability, GPS navigation, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the sound and design are overall positive. The price and portability also get good views. The GPS navigation and camera get less positive opinions, while comments about the screen and durability are mixed.

usability, portability, price, design, sound

performance, reliability, battery, camera, GPS navigation

73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Curve 8520 Sim Free Smartphone - BlackBlackBerry Curve 8520 Sim Free Smartphone - Black

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1264 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. The GPS navigation and reliability get negative opinions, and the camera and battery get mixed reviews.

usability, price, portability, performance, design

reliability, GPS navigation

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry 8520 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi--International Version with No Warranty (Black)BlackBerry 8520 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi--International Version with No Warranty (Black)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the price. The portability is also appreciated.

portability, price

67% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry 8520 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, International Version with No Warranty (Black)BlackBerry 8520 Unlocked Phone with 2 MP Camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, International Version with No Warranty (Black)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Lite

 

With the Bold almost reaching perfection in the BlackBerry arts, new horizons need to be explored to keep the spark alive. The tall task to pioneer new territories (in BlackBerry terms anyway) falls on to the Curve 8520. The new Curve has a price tag...

2.46" 65K-color TFT landscape display of QVGA resolution ; Comfortable four-row full QWERTY keyboard ; Quad-band GSM support, Wi-Fi connectivity ; 2 megapixel camera with fixed focus ; 512MHz CPU ; BlackBerry OS v4.6 with responsive trackpad navigation...

Many features are unusable without a BlackBerry Internet Service account (plan) ; BlackBerry OS offers basic text-only submenus ; Mediocre camera performance and features ; No FM radio ; No 3G support ; No TV-out functionality ; Music keys are stiff...

The new Curve has a price tag that's easier on the wallet and - coming from a BlackBerry - that's a welcome change of game plan already. But what makes this here Berry a shocker is… wait for it… music keys. Last time we checked features like that were...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Robert S. Anthony (pcworld.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile)

 

Mixing social networking and entertainment features with the familiar BlackBerry-brand business-centric tools, the lightweight BlackBerry Curve 8520 ($130 with a two-year contract; price as of 10/22/09) is a solid but underpowered addition to Research...

Useful dedicated media keys ; Responsive trackpad

No 3G data support ; Browser had trouble with some Web pages

Though it lacks high-speed 3G support, the Curve 8520 smartphone is a solid messaging and multimedia device.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

With the BlackBerry Curve 8520, RIM has done a good job of creating an affordable phone with all the right features, although you might miss 3G connectivity. Just make sure you get it in black.

Flat, responsive trackpad, QWERTY keyboard, Good social-networking apps with more available on the BlackBerry App World, 3.5mm headphone jack, Dedicated music keys, Black version is attractive, Rubber trim

No 3G, No camera flash, Low-end, 2-megapixel camera, Purple version is hideous, No GPS

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile)

 

Research in Motion refines its formula with the svelte BlackBerry 8520, an entry-level smartphone with one of the best keyboard and trackpad combos in the business.

Sleek form factor and accurate trackpad are genuine improvements. Near-perfect keyboard. Excellent value (providing you buy it at Walmart).

Very weak reception. Still no 3G or GPS.

Multimedia and Conclusions The 8520 is a decent media device. MP4 and AVI videos—including a 2-hour movie—played back perfectly smoothly. That's a benefit of the fast 528 MHz CPU. Music tracks sounded chalky and midrangey over a normally good-sounding...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Todd Haselton (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile) - A Review of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile)

 

Sleek, lightweight design, Trackpad works well, Dedicated media keys, Supports calls over Wi-Fi, Very good attachment support

No 3G data, Low resolution display, Operating System: BlackBerry OS 4.6, CPU: 512-MHz Freescale Argon, Bands: GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, Data: EDGE, Memory: 256MB flash, Expansion: microSD up to 16GB, Display: 2.4 inches 320 x 240 pixels...

Up front is a 2.5-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Pricier BlackBerrys have higher-res screens (480 x 360). This difference is especially noticeable when browsing the Web (see below), but the LCD on the 8520 is fine for e-mail,...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile) Review

 

The Curve 8520 is a very good choice for any first-time smart phone buyer or anyone looking for a well equipped smart phone on a budget. It doesn't make sense to pay $129 for this device through T-Mobile, but it's a great bargain if you pick it up for...

Sleek, lightweight design, Trackpad works well, Dedicated media keys, Supports calls over Wi-Fi, Very good attachment support

No 3G data, Low resolution display, Mediocre browsing experience

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Nilay Patel (engadget.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets pre-reviewed

 

We've been dying to know more about that crazy BlackBerry Curve 8520 with the optical trackball in place of the usual spinner, and the crew over at CrackBerry's finally posted their pre-release review. Overall, it seems like a nice enough phone, ...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Joni Blecher (letstalk.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

The latest BlackBerry Curve has a few new design elements that set it apart from its siblings: namely there's a track pad in place of the track ball and dedicated music buttons at the top of the device for easy control over the music player. Simply...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

 

Traditionally RIM has catered to the higher end, but with their push into the consumer market the need for an entry level model was inevitable. Meet the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520, previously known as the BlackBerry Gemini. It offers a good form factor,...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (etechreviews.net)

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 – for first time smartphone buyers

 

Intrinsically speaking, RIM BlackBerry phones have always catered to the upmarket users but it was inevitable that they would make an attempt at the mainstream consumer market soon. RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an outcome of such an endeavour and this...

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: No
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Navigation

GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM
SIM card capability:Single SIM