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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and design. The performance and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reception, and some have doubts about the durability and GPS navigation.

usability, price, performance, design, portability

camera, reliability, GPS navigation, 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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 200 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 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 Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and portability. The price and screen also get good comments, but reviews are divided on the performance. Many are less positive about the camera and reliability.

usability, screen, price, portability, design

reliability, camera

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

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May, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Reviewers really like the battery and design. The size and price also get good views, whereas some have doubts about the durability.

usability, price, size, design, battery

durability

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

This summary is based on the products: BLACKBERRY CURVE 8520 Full housing + Replacement toolBlackBerry Curve 8520 Pink WiFi Keyboard GSM QuadBand Bar Cell PhoneBlackBerry Curve 8520 Violet WiFi Unlocked GSM QuadBand Bar Cell Phone

May, 2015

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

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.

Aug, 2009
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Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (expertreviews.co.uk)

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 review

 

The 8520 has an accurate trackpad button, good application support and is great for music, but lacks GPS and high-speed 3G.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Flora Graham (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

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.

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

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: (crn.com.au)

BlackBerry's Curve 8520 goes without GPS

 

If you can go without HSPDA or GPS, then the BlackBerry Curve 8520 could be the phone for you.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: Itskillinghaters (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

Overall this phone IS a good phone but doesn't last anymore then 2 and a half years but the touch pad is crap, it keeps getting stuck which means you either have to press it in and end up going onto something you dont want to, or you put a tinch bit of...

i've had it for 2 and a half years and i like the qwerty keyboard

the touch pad is rubbish and it doesnt stop jamming, it takes forever to load when you reset it, and it has no 3G or a flash on the camera plus the browser stops working after about a year

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: DeathToBarbie (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

I got my blackberry in september and it has never frozen or broken or anything like that. It is my first blackberry and i was recommended it by a friend. I love it and i am so glad i got it. The only thing apart from it having no flash, is that the...

Everything. The keyboard, the 3.5mm headphone hole. Everything.

No flash

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: Phoebe Bath (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

I have had THREE of this type of phone and here are the three reasons it broke: 1st. Screen went grey and white and broke for absolutely NO apparent reason. 2nd. Keypad stopped working and typed random letters. 3rd. Suddenly wouldn't let me get signal...

Fits into pockets well, smooth shiny and good trackpad.

Unreliable, slow, not great signal.

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Ben Hawkes (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

i had this phone for a month now , good at firtst , then sent back cause it froze....got a new one and its fine , high recommendations!

optical trackpad , facebook and bbm , easy to use

no gps , no 3G

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: natalie (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

i will never buy another blackberry!! i got my phone on boxing day 10 it has been sent away for repair 3 times it was then replaced with another 1 with has now broke, o2 are in the middle of setting me u with a completely diff phone as i will never use...

blackberry messanger

where do i start

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: xxcaitlinrose (cnet.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

Its a really good phone but I would have loved it even more if it had GPS and the camera was abit better, I think I should have checked the GPS before I bought it but nevermind. Im going to upgrade to pretty much the same phone as I love the design but...

Social networking upates, Emails, Easy to nevegate around once you get used to it :)

No GPS :( Cameras not too good in bad light and in average light it could be better

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:Freescale
Processor Number:MXC275

Camera

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

Configuration

GPS Receiver: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:QWERTZ/QWERTY Keyboard
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSDPA: No
Technology:GSM/PCN

Display

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

General Features

Design:Bar
Operating System:BlackBerry OS
Operating System Version:BB 7 AND BELOW
Operator:Sim Free
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes

Processor

Processor Brand:Freescale
Processor Number:MXC275
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