Summary: T-Mobile and RIM have taken the wraps off of the , an attractive smartphone that won't break the bank. While this budget BlackBerry does cut some corners (you won't find GPS or 3G support on this smartphone), you still get top-notch messaging and access to .
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?
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.
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
8 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...
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
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