- Bonnie Cha , CNET
The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance.
Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)
Very practical keyboard and four days of battery life
If you’re not too concerned about surfing the web and want something reliable, this Curve 8520 should be something to consider
Affordable, multimedia keys, compact, slimline device
It has nearly all the features of full powered devices
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 main thing to keep in mind is that the 8520 isn't necessarily an "upgrade" for current users, but designed as an entry level device for new users or those on a budget. It has nearly all the features of full powered devices like the Curve 8900, Bold and Tour, only with some slimmed-down specs. A... Full review
Upgraded features and more modern styling
Responsive QWERTY keyboard makes email very easy
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 where RIM still has a lot of catching up to do with Apple. The Curve 8520 is BlackBerry's new "entry-level" phone – though it is likely to appeal most to corporate users looking to save money – and it's free on Vodafone for anyone willing to sign up to a two-year contract at £... Full review
Phenomenal battery life and superior PIM functionality
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 durability that other BlackBerry devices can't provide. Despite its shortcomings in the design department, the device is quite functional, offering OS 4.6, a full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, and RIM's new trackpad. As a new device appealing to a group not previously sought af... Full review
Inexpensive device with a cool optical touch pad for on-screen navigation
The first BlackBerry to use an optical trackpad, which replaces the trackball navigator
8520 is the worst phone Ive ever had.
I miss the trackball!
8520 is terrible
More bang for your buck with this new Curve (minus some key features) 3 1/2 stars...
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