Excerpt: The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is easy to use as a prepaid cell phone , a text messenger and an entertainment tool, and it's easy to integrate with your personal computer and existing email accounts, so we picked it as our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner.. This pay-as-you-go phone has a distinct advantage over other smartphones – the cell phone is a relatively recent model from what has been a long and successful line of BlackBerry phones.
Pros: BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a reliable phone that features a full QWERTY keyboard and excellent options to keep your contacts, messages and schedule organized.
Cons: The BlackBerry Curve uses a trackpad button to navigate around its relatively small screen.
the BlackBerry Curve 8520
BlackBerry Curve 8520
has several elements that position it to a younger market segment -- the rubber outlay around the phone, the updated call and end keys, and the music keys are all evidence of this. Though notable, these are not the stand-out features of the phone.
The optical trackpad is a big step forward for BlackBerrys.
Excerpt: You don’t often hear “Wal-Mart” and “BlackBerry” in the same sentence. But RIM’s new Curve 8520 has been billed as the BlackBerry for the rest of us, available for just $50 at the country’s largest, and decidedly mass-market, retailer. This cheaper Curve certainly looks like a BlackBerry, acts like a BlackBerry, and has multimedia apps like most modern cellphones. But it only works on T-Mobile’s EDGE network, not the faster 3G backbone.
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.
Pros: Sleek lightweight design, Trackpad works well, Dedicated media keys, Supports calls over Wi-Fi, Very good attachment support,
Cons: No 3G data, Low resolution display, Mediocre browsing experience
The latest BlackBerry Curve smartphone ditches the trackball for an 'optical trackpad' and adds multimedia keys
Good Gear Guide.au
24 June 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
Summary: The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is not going to wow you with its features or by having some of the latest and greatest widgets bolted on, but as a solid smartphone that should meet all the most common needs of today's office worker RIM has done an excellent job with this phone at a price point that should please a lot of budgets.