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BlackBerry Curve 8520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6352 reviews of BlackBerry Curve 8520. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The performance and size also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reception. There are some negative comments about the connectivity and GPS navigation.

usability, size, performance, portability, design

battery, camera, reliability, GPS navigation, connectivity

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (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. People really like the sound and design. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the GPS navigation and camera, while opinions about the screen and durability are different.

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

Jan, 2017

Consumer review by: (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 appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the camera and battery, and some have doubts about the GPS navigation and reliability.

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)

Jan, 2017

Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers really like the price and portability.

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)

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Tech Staff (techradar.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review

 

Will BlackBerry's entry-level smartphone lure you in?

Responsive ; Good usability ; Relatively cheap

Connectivity is lacking ; Corners have been cut generally

Perfectly reasonable as a cheaper entry into the world of smartphones, but you may want more

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 in pink: exclusive to Phones 4u - Pocket-lint

 

Phones 4u recently announced an exclusive pink BlackBerry Curve 8520. We braved blizzards and black ice to get our hands on one to bring you all the details.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 - Pocket-lint

 

Yes there are shortcomings with the Curve 8520, but it undoubtedly offers a BlackBerry experience to a wider audience

Price, BlackBerry email and internet service, keyboard, media keys, 3.5mm jack

Screen doesn't show off the OS at its best, build quality isn't fantastic, no GPS, not 3G

Engineered to a price point perhaps seems a little too clinical an expression, but with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 available on Vodafone (for example) for free on a £25 a month contract (for 24 months), that's no bad thing. In fact, it's excellent value...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Duncan Geere (pocket-lint.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 - First Look - Pocket-lint

 

As an entry-level device, RIM have produced a reliable device, but might have limited its appeal

Optical trackpad works, great keyboard, multimedia buttons mean easier access to music control, 3.5mm jack

Limited hardware specs mean some essentials are lacking

The naming of the handset seems to follow the trend of Curve 83xx devices, with the specs here remarkably similar to the 8320. Although the Curve 8520 isn't going to blow your mind if you're a seasoned smartphone enthusiast, someone who doesn't have...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520

 

The entry-level BlackBerry 8520 swaps the mini trackball for a new optical trackpad, and makes up for it small screen with an excellent physical keyboard.

Good price, Excellent QWERTY keyboard, Great email support

Lacks 3G, Light on features, Disappointing camera

Feb, 2011

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: (expertreviews.co.uk)

RIM Blackberry Curve 8520 review

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a wide screen with a full QWERTY keyboard beneath and a clever trackpad button that senses your thumb's movement.

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: Rosemary Hattersley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review

 

RIM (BlackBerry) is continuing its push into the consumer smartphone space with the launch of a BlackBerry Curve model that will cost markedly less on a monthly contract that previous models and that will also be available on a pay as you go basis.

All in all, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone is an impressive piece of telephonic gadgetry for the money. We've yet to have a chance to test out its battery life but based on all the other BlackBerry handsets we've tried, expect it to be unfazed bv...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Editorial Team (recombu.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review: In Depth

 

RIM has taken note of the consumer demand for inexpensive messaging phones and delivered several devices that bridge business and consumer worlds. Its latest budget offering is the BlackBerry Curve 8520…

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Mobile Choice UK (mobilechoiceuk.com)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 review -

 

Despite its svelte appearance, the QWERTY keypad will appeal to regular texters and emailers

We still await a camera on a BlackBerry that can be described as being ?above average

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1150
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):408
Talk time (2G):4.5

Call management

Call timer: 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
Front Camera: No
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear Camera Resolution:1600 x 1200 / 320 x 240
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2
Second Camera: No
Video capture resolution (max):320 x 240
Video recording: Yes
Zoom capability:5x

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Purple / Red / Violet / White
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:6.25
Display number of colours:65536 colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Display Type:LCD / TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: No
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touchscreen:No / Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes
Navigation key: Yes

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): 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
Speakers: Yes
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV9

Navigation

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

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:CDMA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP / 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

Operating system installed:BlackBerry OS
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: Yes

Processor

Processor family: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:1.39
Height :10.9
Weight:105 / 106
Width:6