Summary: 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.
Conclusion: Other than perhaps some missing style flourishes and the lack of 3G connectivity, the Curve 8520 is a real BlackBerry, with all the BlackBerry bells and whistles we’ve come to expect. Did we mention it’s just $50 at Wal-Mart? Excellent for both verbal and non-verbal communication and with plenty of entertainment and expansion options, the myriad-use Curve 8520 is an insane value, even if bought through T-Mobile at its regular price.
Pros: Excellent sound quality; edits Microsoft Office attachments; trackpad simplifies navigation; Compatible with T-Mobile myFaves; quality photos
Cons: Small keypad difficult for direct dialing; EDGE instead of 3G connectivity; no preloaded BlackBerry App Store; can't change menu themes
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a solid phone and we found little to dislike. Really, it's hard to imagine a "poor" BlackBerry-- RIM's products are always solidly functional. It looks good in black (you know what we think of the "frost" color), and is sturdy and stable. In fact, it's more stable than the Curve 8900 was at release.
Pros: Good battery life, durable, great trackpad.
Cons: Lesser features than the BlackBerry 8900 for not much less money.
Summary: 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 $48.88 at Wal-Mart--or one cent at Amazon.
The latest BlackBerry Curve smartphone ditches the trackball for an 'optical trackpad' and adds multimedia keys
Good Gear Guide.au
18 August 2010
Summary: The lack of 3G and GPS and a poor display are downsides, but the excellent optical trackpad and user interface make the BlackBerry Curve 8520 a decent smartphone. This entry-level BlackBerry isn't for everyone, but budget users who are willing to sacrifice some features for a lower price should consider the Curve 8520.
Pros: Optical trackpad, external multimedia controls, compact and lightweight frame, 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons: No 3G, no GPS, poor display, bulging rubber keys require a firm press, lock key removed, keyboard could be improved
Conclusion: BlackBerry’s latest email/smartphone device is an affordable model featuring an optical trackpad to replace the traditional rollerball, along with a QVGA resolution display and 2-megapixel camera. The top of the phone now has three multimedia keys for play/pause, fast forward and rewind, for use with the integrated media player. The handset also includes Media Sync software for the PC and access to BlackBerry’s AppWorld store.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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
Cons: No 3G, No camera flash, Low-end, 2-megapixel camera, Purple version is hideous, No GPS