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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Like any BlackBerry, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 supports a whole slew of messaging options. Standards like SMS and MMS are onboard, as is support for multiple email accounts and BlackBerry PIN messaging.  Other preloaded IM clients are AIM, GTalk, ICQ, Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger allowing you to keep in touch with virtually anyone.

Email setup on the BlackBerry is about as perfect as it gets, we simply put in our email and password and that was it. Even with our uncommon work email we didn’t have to enter any server information. The push email arrived nearly instantaneously in our testing. With the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) the user can have up to 10 email addresses on one device.


Connectivity and Data:

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a quad-band GSM device which unfortunately features only EDGE data.  It somewhat makes up for the 3G omission with Wi-Fi, but those not near a hotspot will be left in 2G purgatory.  As mentioned earlier the 8520 does not have GPS, but we’d expect an 8510 that does at some point.  The browser appears to be the same reworked browser first found on the Bold.  It looks similar to the BlackBerry browser of old, but has some improvements that lead to a better experience.  For starters, the standard mouse curser has been replaced with an eyeglass and a simple press of the trackpad zooms in.  Rendering is better as well, and speed has increased though isn’t what we’d call fast, even over Wi-Fi.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

BlackBerry Desktop Manager handles desktop sync as always.  It is used to manage calendar, tasks, contacts and email synchronization with your desktop.  You can also use the data cable to load media onto the memory card, and Media Sync will allow for iTunes syncing of non-DRM files, like we’ve seen with other recent BlackBerries.


Multimedia:

The 8520 reverts to the 2 megapixel camera found on the original Curve, while ditching the flash.  It’s still a decent enough camera, with solid but not stellar results.  Both the camera and video interface is unchanged, and for an entry level model it’s more than sufficient.

Outdoor samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520



The media player is good and simple to use, but not overly loaded with features. It supports folders, and will sort your music by Artist, Album and Genres. It also supports album art and playlists, which the user can create on the go, and the other options are Repeat and Shuffle. Audio formats supported are MP3, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA and WAV, while the video formats are MPEG4, H.263 and WMV.  As you would expect videos look wonderful on the high resolution screen.  The included stereo headphones are pretty poor, but the 3.5mm jack means you can use any headphones you want.  With our higher quality headphones music sounded very good.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

Multimedia features of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Multimedia features of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Multimedia features of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
Multimedia features of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

Multimedia features of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520


Software:

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 runs on a 512MHz processor with 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, which leads to exceptionally smooth performance.  There is not much in terms of software beyond what we have come to expect from Blackberry devices.  The most notable of which is the DataViz Documents to Go package, and of course Brick Breaker.  Since there is no GPS, there is no Blackberry Maps.  Keep in mind that by the retail launch this may change, and we expect carrier customizations.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


optical trackball adds something different than that stupid normal one

posted on 25 Jun 2009, 13:56

2. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Nice use of some Andrew Bird on the media player!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2009, 14:35

3. Arielnyc2006 (unregistered)


When does this come to Tmobile?

posted on 27 Jun 2009, 13:00

4. legionsreturn (unregistered)


Why are you guys reviewing a PROTOTYPE unit as the final product????????? How could you possibly hope to have an objective or accurate review when the device HASN'T EVEN BEEN ANNOUNCED???????

posted on 03 Sep 2009, 06:21

5. adoras (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Hey guys! Xpax is out with the 1st ever prepaid blackberry and it’s ready for pre-booking now! Go towww.xpax.com.my/orderblackberry and pre-register for ur very own Blackberry Curve 8520!

posted on 07 Sep 2009, 07:38

6. adoras (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Finally a Blackberry that's affordable and it lets me post all the pics I take on my phone straight to my Flickr profile and my FB. No need to wait till I get home. You guys can pre-book the Blackberry Curve 8520 atwww.xpax.com.my/blackberry !

posted on 27 Oct 2009, 04:27

7. mjpower4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Looks plastic. Feels plastic. Rim what are you doing? Waiting on the new Bold 9700 and hoping for better multimedia handling as this may be my future handset depends on how it shapes eager for that review Phonearena..... Also looking at E72 which if it goes like a previous handset in the E71 it should be a long term winner

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 13:26

8. Negrielectronics.com is a scam (unregistered)


Ryan Negri is a scammer and a harraser
I know he is doing this to his customers and suppliers…this guy is really mentally unstable and harasses people.

I have done some research and came up with this site–please check it out.

negrielectronicsscam.myfreeforum.org/about3.html

go all the way towards the bottom and there is another link which shows you that he is being investigated.

I would never buy again from this guy.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 14:32

10. GadgetLover (unregistered)


I recently bought this phone having a fantasy to have a Blackberry. This phone might be value for the money but quite a lot of drawbacks
1. Battery dies rapidly, probably in 4 hrs time if WIFI is ON and if u have configured to receive e-mails then the phone batterey dies quite soon
2. Phone can be afforded but taking a BB plan with the service provider is much expensive. With Airtel, you would end yp paying 1100RS per month to have corporate email, yahoomail.... Which is quite expensive
3. Menu Button and Back button are quite irritating, might need to press little hard.

this phone is ideal if the Organization buys and provided the servce cost then its fine, otherwise it a HUGE LOSS

To be honest, not a great phone.

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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (152 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 512 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.36 x 0.55 inches
(109 x 60 x 13.9 mm)
3.74 oz  (106 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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