BlackBerry Curve 8520 review

Blackberry Curve 8520

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a low budget phone from RIM. It has featured music keys. Take a look at its main features:

  • 2.46″ 65K-color TFT landscape display of QVGA resolution
  • Comfortable four-row full QWERTY keyboard
  • Quad-band GSM support, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 2 megapixel camera with fixed focus
  • 512MHz CPU
  • BlackBerry OS v4.6 with responsive trackpad navigation
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Decent audio quality
  • Nice web browser
  • Office document editor
  • Smart dialing
  • Dedicated music keys
  • DivX and XviD video support

Full specs on the official site.

Under the display it has four control buttons and an optical trackpad between them. The QWERTY keyboard is very well built and you can type something very quickly; it offers a great user experience. Above the screen there are the ear piece speaker and the status LED. On the left side it has the 3.5mm jack, the microUSB slot and the convenience key which is set by default for voice commands but you can change the option. On the left side it has the volume keys and the camera shutter. At the top of the phone we can see the first ever dedicated music keys on a BlackBerry phone. The loud speaker is found in the same place as the music keys.

The display has 2.46 inches. It has a resolution of 320 x 240 and a pixel density of 163ppi. The display has 65k colors. The brightness and contrast are good but I can’t say the same thing about the legibility under sun light. The phone measures 109 x 60 x 13.9mm and weighs 160 grams.

The processor of the Curve 8520 has 512 MHz and it is powered by the BlackBerry 5.0 OS. The amount of RAM memory is 256 Mb. The phone can support a microSD card up to 32 GB.

The 2MP camera has fixed autofocus and an image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. As features it has white balance, color effects and image stabilization. The pictures quality is disappointing but you can’t expect more from a 2MP camera.

At connectivity it has 2G EDGE speed up to 236 Kbps but unfortunately there is no 3G support. This is not good if you buy the Curve 8520 with a Blackberry internet plan. The Wi-Fi connection has b/g protocols, Bluetooth is v2.0 with A2DP and the microUSB slot is v2.0 too.

At first sight the 1150 mAh battery looks to be small. But it can keep the phone in standby for 408 hours and in talk time for 4 hours and 30 minutes. It can last almost like the Bold 9700.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a nice look and it is good even for your children because they won’t make additional cost to the invoice because it doesn’t have 3G. Check good deals for it on


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