BlackBerry Curve 8520

BlackBerry Curve 8520

This mid-range handset offers a high-end experience, rocking a 2.4-inch display, backlit QWERTY keypad and RIM's all-new optical trackpad

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Editor's Review of the Curve 8520

Reviewed by Michael Gabriel on 8th September 2009

Celebrated for its sophisticated look and a set of modern features, the Blackberry Curve 8520 is part of the BlackBerry Curve's line-up of mobile phones consisting of the BlackBerry Curve 8310, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and the BlackBerry Curve 8320. Weighing 106 grams and measuring 109 x 60 x 13.9 millimetres, this mobile phone is packed with top-of-the-line features that modern users will appreciate.

A most recognisable feature of the Blackberry Curve 8520 is a TFT screen which has the full measurement of 66.04 millimetres. The wide display screen supports 65,000 colours and brings picture wallpapers, screen savers and other images to life with a 320 x 240 resolution. Situated right below the full colour TFT screen is a compact full QWERTY keyboard, offering an automatic lock and password protection features. To allow users navigate through the menus and features conveniently, this mobile phone offers a smooth operating trackball. To give it a more distinct appeal, users may assign this handset's calls, messages, alarms and other alerts with various MP3 and MIDI, and polyphonic ringtone selections.

A quadband Smartphone, this handset automatically switches coverage among the GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 network bands. It is pre-installed with an HTML Internet browser that allows users to explore the World Wide Web. Perfect for on-the-go users, this handset also supports Wi-Fi LAN technology, which enables users to go online in hotspots. This handset also supports sharing or transferring of files with its USB and wireless Bluetooth options. Powered by GPRS and EDGE technologies, this reliable mobile phone is guarantees reliable connectivity options and speedier data transfer rates.

The Blackberry Curve 8520 supports SMS or text messaging, as well as MMS or multimedia messaging services. It also allows users to access their e-mail with attachments through the wireless e-mail service. Moreover, users will also enjoy sharing messages with their contacts through the Instant Messaging feature.

This mobile phone also assists busy users with its scheduling and planning features. It comes with a phone book, a calendar, a to-do list, an alarm clock, and a document viewer that supports widely accepted formats. This handset is also integrated with support for BlackBerry Maps, which takes users to a safer and smoother travel to various applicable locations.

While looking polished and packed with practical features, the Blackberry Curve 8520 is definitely not all work. Users can enjoy snapping photos using the built-in 2-Megapixel camera of this handset, which is complete with 5x digital zoom and flash. This mobile phone also allows users to enjoy tweaking their photos to perfection using the customary camera settings option. This handset's wide screen also serves as the viewfinder for those picture-perfect scenarios.

In addition, this mobile phone also doubles as a video recorder to document memories that are worth keeping. Footages taken using this handset can be viewed in MPEG4, WMV, H264 and H263 video formats. To the enjoyment of music lovers, listening to songs is also a blast. It is equipped with a media player that supports standard audio formats. Adding to the entertainment aspect of this mobile phone is its support for games that may be downloaded from the Internet.

To fully enjoy these entertainment features, this handset comes with a set of dedicated media buttons that are found right on top of the QWERTY keyboard. These useful media buttons include forward and back keys, as well as multipurpose keys for play, pause or mute functionalities.

Users will enjoy using the handset to talk to their contacts for a maximum of 4.5 hours. This mobile phone also has a standby time of approximately 408 on a fully charged battery. Contacts, photos, videos and other data may be stored in this handset's 256 Megabytes of internal memory, which is expandable using a MicroSD memory card.

Users have contended that minor flaws of this mobile phone include the lack of an FM radio feature, and the absence of embedded games. This handset is also getting criticism because it does not offer a variety of design options. On the flip side, the Blackberry Curve 8520 is being applauded for its basic communication features, which are effectively integrated with its organiser options and entertainment features.

User Reviews

Based on an average user rating
Reviewed on 4th May 2011
by Natalie , Lincolnshire

I got the purple Blackberry 8520 for Christmas and its great! I only use a phone for texting really, but since getting this one I've been able to check my emails and go on Facebook straight from my phone. I have also put all of my music on it which means I no longer have to use my ipod too. Great phone!! 5 stars!

Reviewed on 27th December 2010
by Anthony , Surrey

The Blackberry Curve 8520 is an interesting phone. It is interesting because it is bringing the smart-phone market into a much wider audience because this phone is both suitable for teenagers and adults alike! The phone works moderately quickly but does have moments where it slows down dramatically and requires a full reboot. Sometimes it also turns to a white screen of death in which it stops working. The phone comes with a good quality pair of headphones which produce a good quality sound. However, overall, this phone is cheap, easy-to-use and very multi-functional and its only drawbacks are software freezes and lack of 3G.

Reviewed on 27th December 2010
by chrriss88 , Leeds UK

You get that full smartphone experience, the best email service on the planet, one of the best keyboards you can set your fingers on and Wi-Fi saves you data minutes.
Plus features like Facebook, Twitter, eBay

Reviewed on 22nd December 2010
by Lou , Perth Scotland United Kindom

Simply amazing phone, sleek, light, organized and at a low price, this is the phone any teen or business man or woman would love! intriguing features such as BBM, blackberry app world, and thousands more available for download! A great camera, and mind blowing software.

Reviewed on 20th December 2010
by Matthew Keith , Phoenix AZ

The Blackberry Curve 8520 works well for business applications, but if you are wanting to be more connected with friends and social networks I suggest an Android based phone.

Reviewed on 19th December 2010
by pawel wojtowicz , reading

I thought nothing can beat Iphone, but this one surely does.

Reviewed on 18th December 2010
by Arron Cumings , Exeter, UK

An entry-level BlackBerry Curve, with a new-fangled Trackpad to replace the annoying trackball on previous Curve models. The 8520 offers a full QWERTY keyboard, mobile e-mail, a basic camera and a media player, plus good memory and connectivity. But it cuts corners with the display, camera and lack of high-end features that are common in many smartphones. Good for the money.

Reviewed on 16th December 2010
by Andy Rittler , McKinney, Texas

The Blackberry Curve 8520 is certainly faster than its predicessors, but as with most reviews it faces in the new smart phone world it is inhibited by its 'great-for-email' OS. Even with OS5 it still lacks the customization that may in the now app-driven community desire. Even with the paid apps, the user is apt to be left wanting. With Android and iTunes, posting apps with little or no cost what-so-ever, it is hard to see how Blackberry will keep up with the desire for so many users wanting to give their phones that 'œpersonalized' feel. While no question Blackberry poses the security that many corporations desire, Android has posted some promising challenges to the RIM operating system.

Reviewed on 15th December 2010
by Jordan Banjo , Walthamstow, London, UK

Overall the phone is ok. It's very hard to understand at first but once read the manual it's easier to get the hang of. It's got a nice stylish look and comes in various colors. The BBM is really the heart of the phone and what makes it a good phone; however there are many other applications which are really interesting and fun to use. However the phone is quite slow and doesn't have touch screen. Overall the blackberry 8520 is a good phone which is popular in today's market.

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BlackBerry 8520 Specifications

BlackBerry Curve 8520


109mm x 60mm x 13.9mm


106 grams



Size: 2.46 inches

Resolution: 320 x 240


Keyboard: QWERTY

Scroller: Optical trackpad

Operating System

BlackBerry OS



Internal: 256MB

External: microSD up to 32GB


CPU: 512MHz




Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g



Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack

Data: Standard microUSB

Quad Band

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900



Bluetooth 2

A2DP for wireless stereo headsets



2.0 megapixel camera

Video Recording



Social Networking Features

Twitter and Facebook Widgets

Email Access



Battery Capacity: 1150 mAh

Talk Time: 270 minutes

Standby Time: 408 hours



Audio supported formats

Playback: MP3, AAC, WMA

Recording: Supported

Video supported formats

Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264

Recording: Supported

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