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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

BlackBerry Curve 8520

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User Interface:

By now there are several devices running 4.6 (or the touch equivalent 4.7) but it is still a beautiful UI with modern icons and a more refined look overall.  Functionality, however, remains basically the same as past OS versions.  There have been some minor adjustments and tweaks to the categories, but anyone who has used the BlackBerry OS before will find themselves right at home on 4.6.

The layout is for the most part straightforward, but for a new user can still be intimidating at first glance.  Since every program has its own icon the user is inundated with 17 icons on the main menu, some of which are merely folders which lead to more icons.  It is cleaner on the Curve 8900 which was cleaner than the 83xx, so progress is being made.  It can be overwhelming for a first time BlackBerry owner, but once you use it you realize that the OS is very customizable and on the whole RIM’s approach is much better than, say, Windows Mobile (TouchFLO 3D aside.)  Its constant request for confirmation is very Windows Vistaish and quite frustrating; to close out of the setup wizard took four steps, for example.

Like the 8900 and 8350i we’ve experienced no hang-ups with the software.  There is no hint of the issues reported with the Bold and Storm (which runs the 4.7 OS, a touchscreen version of 4.6.)  Users will be happy to see that their stable BlackBerry has returned and can go back to focusing on business instead of if their device will crash or not.  There were some rumors that the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 would be running the new 5.0 OS, and since our unit is a prototype it may very well still, but for now it does not appear to be the case.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520has a beautiful user interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520has a beautiful user interface - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520
has a beautiful user interface


The phonebook is simple and straightforward - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review
The phonebook is simple and straightforward - RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

The phonebook is simple and straightforward

There isn’t anything new about the phonebook, which is a good thing.  It’s as simple and straightforward as ever, and you can store virtually an unlimited amount of contacts.  Each contact can hold three email addresses, two work phone numbers, two home numbers, a mobile, pager, fax and “other” number as well as a space for a BlackBerry PIN number.  There is a slot for both a home and work address, as well as dates for anniversary and birthdays. Contacts can be sorted by user definable categories, each entry can have a custom ringer and picture ID, and there is a section for a webpage and notes.

Users can search directly from the main screen by typing in either the first or last name, and as you start to type a number in the phone application the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 matches it with the contact list. When an entry is highlighted from the main contacts view the user can hit the send button to initiate a call. If the entry has multiple numbers it will bring up a popup window where you can select which one you want to call.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

Again, nothing new here.  Like the phonebook, the calendar function is very robust. It can be managed either on your phone or on your PC, and when paired to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) it can be remotely managed and synced over the air. Creating an appointment is simple, and options such as reminders and recurrence are present. Appointments can also be marked as private for added security.

Other basic PIM functions are available, such as Tasks and a Memo Pad. Tasks is very basic, but reminders can be set and they can also be grouped into categories. The Memo Pad is a basic notepad, no bells and whistles. A Voice Note Recorder is present for taking notes on the go, and a basic calculator is also available.

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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.


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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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.6 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (152 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Single core, 512 MHz
0.1 GB 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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