Performance and Conclusion:

Callers were pleased with sound quality on the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520, giving us an 8/10 rating.  On our end they were noticeably worse; there was a ton of background static, they sounded very distant and hollow and in general we had a hard time understanding them.  Battery life has not been rated yet, but given RIM’s history and especially from an EDGE device we’d expect a generous talk time.

Overall the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a fine device for what it is.  It may not be the finest in fit and finish, but it brings the best Blackberry features to a low-end device.  The size and weight are good, the display is ample and the optical trackpad brings a bit of innovation.  RIM has some work to do on the Curve’s performance, but if they fix that we don’t see why this device won’t be very popular.

The review unit was provided by Negri Electronics.com

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Video Review:



Pros

  • Best in class keyboard
  • Good size and feel
  • Optical trackpad is good after you get used to it

Cons

  • Sound quality on our end was awful
  • Plastic components may not stand up to time as well

PhoneArena Rating:

7.8

User Rating:

8.5
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