BlackBerry 8520 Curve

AKA: BlackBerry Gemini

Available at: Fido, Rogers, Virgin Mobile

7/10 AVG.
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The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. - Bonnie Cha, CNET  
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Specs summary

Screen
2.6"

The BlackBerry 8520 Curve's screen is 2.6 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
512MHz

There is a 512 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 17 days standby time, 270 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Very practical keyboard and four days of battery life

from Digital Versus (over 4 years ago)

If you don't need an entirely touchscreen phone, but do want a great physical keyboard, good battery life and a chance to try a BlackBerry without breaking the bank, then the Curve 8520 is a great choice. The design isn't that exciting, and surfing the web without 3G can sometimes be painful. The photos... More

  6/10

If you’re not too concerned about surfing the web and want something reliable, this Curve 8520 should be something to consider

from Mobile Syrup (over 4 years ago)

If you’re not too concerned about surfing the web and want something reliable, this Curve 8520 should be something to consider. You can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD card and can play all the music you want. Sound quality is decent, but nothing to write home about. In addition, as all... More

Affordable, multimedia keys, compact, slimline device

from What Mobile (over 4 years ago)

BlackBerry’s latest email/smartphone device is an affordable model featuring an optical trackpad to replace the traditional rollerball, along with a QVGA resolution display and 2-megapixel camera. The top of the phone now has three multimedia keys for play/pause, fast forward and rewind, for use with... More

  8/10

It has nearly all the features of full powered devices

from CrackBerry (over 4 years ago)

Overall I'm impressed with the Curve 8520. At this point I can't say I would use it daily due to my needs (and wants), but as I said previously I only wish it were around a few years back when I could have put it to the test. For me the deal breaker is jumping back to the lower resolution screen. The... More

Upgraded features and more modern styling

from MobileBurn (over 4 years ago)

The BlackBerry Curve 8520, from Research In Motion, turns out to be both an excellent smartphone and a pretty darn good deal, as well. But with a price point only 13% below that of the Curve 8900, which features an autofocus camera and a high-resolution display, its hard to say if its as good of a deal... More

Responsive QWERTY keyboard makes email very easy

from The Guardian (over 4 years ago)

The optical trackpad is a nice departure from BlackBerry's usual trackball, and when it comes to email the myriad of menus give way to single clicks, but this is a BlackBerry device so you'd expect it to get email right. It's the interaction between apps and device where things start to fall apart and... More

Phenomenal battery life and superior PIM functionality

from PhoneDog (over 4 years ago)

Described by many in the tech circle as the "BudgetBerry," the BlackBerry Curve 8520 represents a renewed push by RIM to appeal to first-time smartphone buyers. Scrappier than its BlackBerry siblings, one can immediately notice the cheap build quality, but as a result, the Curve 8520 offers a level of... More

  8/10

Inexpensive device with a cool optical touch pad for on-screen navigation

from Phone Scoop (over 4 years ago)

Here you will find a video tour of BlackBerry 8520 Curve.

The first BlackBerry to use an optical trackpad, which replaces the trackball navigator

from CNET (over 4 years ago)

As an entry-level smartphone, the Curve 8520 lacks some of the bells and whistles of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900, such as GPS and a high-resolution screen, but it delivers on the core features and offers great performance. In addition, the smartphone features a sleek design that includes a new optical... More

  7/10

8520 is the worst phone Ive ever had.

(over 3 years ago)

8520 is the worst phone I've ever had. I have replaced it 6 times in 8 months. Certain letters on the keypad stop working and on the last 2 which I've each had for a week, the battery runs out in less than an hour. Fido won't take responsibility for the crappy phone they sold me and... More

  1/10

This phone is junk

(over 3 years ago)

I know it's my own fault, I should have done my research and I didn't. But this has got to be the worst Blackberry ever made. It has nothing to it, basic smart phone necessities, nothing special. I'm on battery #2, the phone constantly freezes and dies quickly. The camera blows....I know... More

  4/10

I miss the trackball!

from Amazon (over 3 years ago)

Had the older model of this phone (with a trackball instead of a pad) and loved it. Great phone and easy to text, which is the feature I use most. New phone has the same basic feel and the keyboard is great, but the trackball is gone! Maybe I'll get used to the new setup, but for now, I'm... More

  8/10

8520 is terrible

(over 3 years ago)

I got locked into a 3 yr contract with this terrible blackberry. I've already had to replace it 3 times, that's right I'm on the 4th one in less than 30 days. It crashes, freezes, half of the apps don't work on this model, there is no gps, and no 3g ... what a rip off. I thought i... More

  4/10

Gr8t blackberry

from Phonedog (over 4 years ago)

Pro: Excellent blackberry!! BAttery life last 24hr+ Con: Does not have GPS. does not have 3G coverage for tmobile users you cannot access your tmobile account from your phone. Using experience: 3 months overall blackberry did a great designing the phone ,but left out key elements that i believe all... More

  10/10

GREAT BB!

from Amazon (over 4 years ago)

I just bought this BB and let me tell you it is great, the features in this device are very nice.. First at all I have to tell to those who says this device looks with a lower quality because it is cheaper that your are SO Wrong!! it looks classy and modern, the black one that I own. Although the... More

  10/10

Great Entry Level Blackberry - 3G is Still Missing

from Amazon (over 4 years ago)

I've been a long time AT&T costumer. I thought I could live without having an actual keyboard when it comes to texting, but after a week without my Sidekick Keyboard - I decided to ditch my Samsung Eternity for the Blackberry Curve 8520. I was hesitant about purchasing this smart phone because... More

  8/10

Great Entry Level Blackberry - 3G is Still Missing

from Amazon (over 4 years ago)

I've been a long time AT&T costumer. I thought I could live without having an actual keyboard when it comes to texting, but after a week without my Sidekick Keyboard - I decided to ditch my Samsung Eternity for the Blackberry Curve 8520. I was hesitant about purchasing this smart phone because... More

  8/10

More bang for your buck with this new Curve (minus some key features) 3 1/2 stars...

from Amazon (over 4 years ago)

Why are all BlackBerrys so expensive? Why can't we get the latest model in a reasonable price? The BlackBerry Bold was $299 with a two-year contract when it was first released on the AT&T network. The new Tour is $199 (with mail-rebate ) in both Verizon and Sprint. The Curve 8900 is $149... More

  8/10

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