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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8071 reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the screen and design are overall positive. The portability and size also get good comments. Comments about the connectivity and durability are different, and some have doubts about the GPS navigation and reliability.

usability, size, portability, design, screen

battery, camera, reliability, GPS navigation

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (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. Comments about the sound and design are overall positive. The price and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the GPS navigation and camera, while there are mixed opinions on the screen and durability.

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

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (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 mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive comments about the GPS navigation and reliability. There are some mixed views about the camera and battery.

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)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (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 really like the price. The portability also gets good feedback.

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)

Dec, 2018

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

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

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 (laptopmag.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile)

 

With the BlackBerry 8520, RIM has created a well-rounded smart phone for an unbeatable price. Offered through T-Mobile for $129 but sold at Wal-Mart for just $48.88 (and Amazon.com for one cent) this smart phone features the same excellent keyboard and...

Aug, 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 : 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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1090 / 1150
Battery performance:1090 / 1150
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):408
Talk time (2G):4.5

Call Management

Call timer: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes

Camera

Auto focus:No / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: No
Camera Resolution:1600 x 1200 / 320 x 240
Digital Zoom:2 / 5
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera resolution:1600 x 1200 / 320 x 240
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: No
Video capture resolution (max):320 x 240
Video recording: Yes
Zoom capability:5x

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Purple / Red / Violet / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Display Diagonal:2.46
Display number of colors:65536 colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Display Type:LCD / TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: No
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes
Navigation key: Yes

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MP3, WMA / AAC+, eAAC+ / AAC+, eAAC+, MP3 / AAC, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, WMA / AAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA
FM radio: No
Image formats supported:BMP / BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF / JPG
Speakers: Yes
Video compression format:H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV9
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.263,H.264,MPEG4 / H.263,H.264,MPEG4,WMV9

Navigation

GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:CDMA
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP / A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP, SSP / A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SSP / A2DP, DUN, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP, SSP
Bluetooth version:2.0 / 2.0+EDR
Data network:GSM
Security algorithms:WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g

Other Features

Java technology:No / Yes
Music player: Yes
Operating frequency:1900/1800/900/850 / 850/900/1800/1900
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Standby Time:408
Talk Time:4.5
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar / Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call: No

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB port:Y

Processor

Processor family:Intel / Intel XScale
Processor frequency:0.512

Software

Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal memory:256
Internal storage capacity:0.25

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Display:TFT
Networking features:GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Video

Video call: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.547
Height:4.29
Weight:3.7 / 3.74
Width:2.36