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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 187 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the connectivity and design. The screen and usability also get good opinions. The durability and reliability get critical reviews, and there are some mixed opinions about the size.

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features, camera, GPS navigation, reliability, durability

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 33 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, screen, price, design

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

price, battery, design, usability

51% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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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

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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

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Blackberry Curve 8520 Review

 

Nothing rational seems to drive RIM's judgement when it comes to developing new smartphones. In a time when manufacturers are trying to attract more buyers with new features, exquisitely designed devices and eye-candy interfaces, the Canadian company...

Even though is a mid-budget smartphone, there are a few positive things about Curve 8520 worth mentioning. The full QWERTY keyboard, even if it wobbles and is made from a very cheap plastic, it may become comfortable with a little bit of training....

Not being able to setup an email account without a payed Blackberry Internet service is annoying. Overall, the device looks cheaper than its actual price. It doesn't offer anything new, and only a small fraction of what it needed to offer. Other...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

 

The Curve 8520 is a dream come true for those wanting the goodness of a sweet QWERTY keypad and Blackberry Messenger and their famous pop mail service, but not willing to pay above Rs. 20,000 for such a device.

Good QWERTY keypad, Value for money

Low camera/quality, No 3G connectivity

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a recently-released smartphone from T-Mobile USA. As the latest device in the Curve series, its hardware and software has been updated, and it offers a[...

New optical trackpad, Redesigned side keys, top music keys, Light, small form factor, uses same battery as previous generation Curves

No 3G support, Screen not as advanced as it could be, Keyboard hasn’t been improved from original Curve, is actually a step back from Curve 8900, Plastic back cover is susceptible to marks

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Review: BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

Earlier this month I wrote a review on the BlackBerry Tour 9630 and compared some of its features to the BlackBerry Curve. Well, now I have a chance to compare apples to apples by reviewing the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and comparing it with the BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

 

- Out of the Box Mac Compatibility: The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone is compatible with Apple® computers right out of the box. Sync contacts, calendars, and notes with applications you use most. Use BlackBerry® Desktop Software to enjoy an Apple...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 review

 

Price, BlackBerry email and internet service, keyboard, media keys, 3.5mm jack

Screen doesn't show off the OS at its best, build quality isn't fantastic, no GPS, not 3G

Engineered to a price point perhaps seems a little too clinical an expression, but with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 available on Vodafone (for example) for free on a £25 a month contract (for 24 months), that's no bad thing. In fact, it's excellent value...

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BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

The entry-level BlackBerry 8520 swaps the mini trackball for a new optical trackpad, and makes up for it small screen with an excellent physical keyboard.

Good price, Excellent QWERTY keyboard, Great email support

Lacks 3G, Light on features, Disappointing camera

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 review -

 

Despite its svelte appearance, the QWERTY keypad will appeal to regular texters and emailers

We still await a camera on a BlackBerry that can be described as being ?above average

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