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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3185 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and design. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably, but the features and GPS navigation get less positive views.

responsiveness, usability, value for money, design, battery

GPS navigation, features

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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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Mobile Phone


BlackBerry's latest offering in the 8520 Curve is going to give all the other business handsets a serious run for their money, including the other BlackBerrys. It may lack 3G but fares quite well without. Form Factor Keeping in tune with ALL the new...

With a price tag of Rs. 15,990 (MRP all India) and Rs. 16,990 (MRP Maharashtra) through Airtel, the Curve 8520 is stirring things up in the mid range business mobile segment. It offers quite a lot for the price and manages to deliver quite well on the...

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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...

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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.



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BlackBerry Curve 8520


You don't often hear “Wal-Mart” and “BlackBerry” in the same sentence. But RIM's new Curve 8520 has been billed as the BlackBerry for the rest of us, available for just $50 at the country's largest, and decidedly mass-market, retailer. This cheaper...

Excellent sound quality; edits Microsoft Office attachments; trackpad simplifies navigation; Compatible with T-Mobile myFaves; quality photos

Small keypad difficult for direct dialing; EDGE instead of 3G connectivity; no preloaded BlackBerry App Store; can't change menu themes

Other than perhaps some missing style flourishes and the lack of 3G connectivity, the Curve 8520 is a real BlackBerry.

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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,...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 (black, T-Mobile, Refurbished)


T-Mobile is getting a bevy of smartphones this summer, and we're happy to see it (as are T-Mobile customers, we're sure). The carrier has recently launched the T-Mobile Dash 3G and the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, and the HTC Touch Pro2 is just around the...

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 features a responsive optical trackpad and dedicated media controls. The smartphone also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, and good call quality

Lacks 3G support and GPS. You can only save downloaded apps to the phone's main memory

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. While available directly from T-Mobile, Wal-Mart offers the better value on the smartphone.

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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, ...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520


RIM's standard Web browser is slow, but the trackpad makes it simple to scroll through Web pages and click on links. There are IM clients for AIM, Google Talk, Windows Live, Yahoo, and ICQ. Like all recent BlackBerrys, the Curve 8520 is an excellent...

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

The BlackBerry Curve 8520's powerful messaging abilities and slick trackpad are well worth the entry price—just make sure you live in an area with solid T-Mobile coverage.

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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...

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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,...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: No
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:320 x 240 (QVGA)


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver: No
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:QWERTZ/QWERTY Keyboard
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer



Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:65.536
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:BlackBerry OS / RIM
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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