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BlackBerry Curve 8520

Posted
Mar 18, 2009
Market status
Released
Release date
Aug 3, 2009

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T, T-Mobile

Pros

  • Full hardware keyboard for text input

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (152 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (0.125 GB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (2 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

BlackBerry Curve 8520 is somewhere in the BlackBerry lineup between the Curve 8300 and the Curve 8900. The handset is equipped with a 2MP camera, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi and a QWERTY keyboard.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.29 x 2.36 x 0.55 inches (109 x 60 x 13.9 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.74 oz (106 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)
  • Features:
    • Full keyboard

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.6 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 240 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 152 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 33.04 %

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Software Features:
      • Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 512 MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 0.125 GB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 1150 mAh
  • User replaceable:
    • Yes
  • Talk time:
    • 4.50 hours
      the average is 14 h (838 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 17.0 days (408 hours)
      the average is 16 days (389 h)

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Phone features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Computer sync
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Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 01 Jul 2009
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        L6ARCG40GW link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 1.22 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.83 W/kg

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as BlackBerry Gemini


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