Sunday, May 8, 2011


BlackBerry Curve 8520 Specification

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone neatly fits in your hand. A full QWERTY keyboard makes typing and sending messages easy, and comfortable. The bright screen displays over 65,000 colors, providing a great viewing experience.

This is probably one of the good looking phone ever. Features, functions and performance is also very good.

Even though this is bit old I encourage everyone to purchase this coz it looks nice and u can use it for another 2 to 3 years without any do.

Unless you plan to subscribe to blackberry services, its just another cell phone, an expensive one. Its camera SUCKS and it quality is only as good as that of most VGA cameras. You cannot use Internet without using blackberry services.

BlackBerry Curve 8520 SpecificationIts also pity that it doesn't support 3G or HUSPA; also the camera's a bit of a disappointment (at 2MP quality for stills/QVGA quality video recording) however, it's great for media, with dedicated music controls and a music organizer (genres/artists/albums) etc. Fortunately, it's brilliant for social networking i.e: Face Book.

The services, although available on prepaid can cause you quite a grief if there is insufficient balance in your account at the time of renewal. They are automatically deactivated and you have to get them activated again after recharging and that can be a pain. You better find out about the services and their cost before you make the decision. If you stay with Nokia you will get 10 email accounts instead of 5 with blackberry.

If you are prepaid customer, Internet pack from your service provider (on prepaid) will not work with Blackberry.

Deleting your event log will make your blackberry faster. To do so, Press ALT+L+G+L+G and press BlackBerry menu and click clear event log that's it! Your Black berry is faster.

Here is a summary of BlackBerry Curve 8520:

  • 1. Cheapest blackberry with the most loaded features you can get.
  • 2. Very Light (it's made out of plastic)
  • 3. Great internal storage for such cheap price
  • 4. Good speaker! believe me it is actually good for music listening. 3.5mm jack, get your favorite earphone now and plug it in.
  • 5. Better battery power (spec-wise, real time use-wise) on CERTAIN OS version (but obviously not the 4.x.x.)
  • 6. Track PAD ! believe me. I am tired of people swearing sh*ts about Bold 9000's trackball and such.
  • 7. OK camera. This cheap blackberry gives you adequate camera function. Video...let's just say I give 6 out of 10.
  • 8. If you use recording that much like me, I actually love how sensitive the microphone is! one time I record a song (voice+ acoustic guitar) and it's done with very minimum noise.

Some of the major downfall is that,  It is made out of plastic. So for some guy some where somehow it appears cheap (but it IS cheap). Non-upgradable to OS 6. Well, Would not make sense selling the other more expensive model if they support this. And if you consider yourself "hardcore" phone users, there's a chance you would swear upon this plastic blackberry, but if you just calm down, replacing some keys isn't that expensive actually. But , handle your BlackBerry Keys well.

Camera is also a bad point because some of you might want to take good picture one day among a year and you cant do it with this phone. But dude, on normal condition, actually the camera works fine, you can keep swearing off the -no auto focus and no flash- factors though.

No 3G. But I put this on the last. Because 3G provider in my country sucks it doesn't even feel like we have one. This one has EDGE and it feels pretty good IMHO.


  • 1. Always get the official blackberry handheld, if you're getting the used one, Google on what to check on the machine before you passed the money to the seller.
  • 2. Browse the App World. Trust me, you don't need 1 million apps to run a phone! 10 - 20 is what you will most likely use till the day you throw the phone away for something else.
  • 3. BACKUP your phonebook and messenger data, on the memory card, with PC Suite (or something else they call it), online, and via 3rd party such as Google Sync, Plaxo, etc. I call this being a smart user, whose phone is already smart.
  • 4. When you buy the accessories, choose well. If you spend too much on buying screen protection, silicon case, and something else. I had to say you should consider to use the money to upgrade to a better blackberry device.

Technical Specifications:

  • Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight : 106g
  • Screen Type : TFT 65K colors
  • Resolution : 320 x 240 pixels, 2.46 inch
  • Sound: Alert Sound MP3 ringtones
  • Vibration : Yes
  • Speakerphone : 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Phonebook Memory: Unlimited, Photocall
  • Call records : Yes
  • Card slot : microSD, up to 32GB
  • Internal Memory : 256 MB
  • GPRS : Class 10
  • EDGE : Class 10
  • 3G : No
  • WLAN : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth : v2.0 with A2DP
  • Infrared : No
  • USB : microUSB
  • Camera : Photo 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, Video : QVGA
  • Secondary photo : No
  • Software : BlackBerry OS
  • CPU : 512MHz processor
  • Messaging : SMS, MMS, Email, IM
  • Browser : HTML
  • Games : Yes
  • Radio : No
  • GPS : No
  • Java : Yes
  • Applications : MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, Organizer, Voice memo/dial, T9
  • Battery Type : Li-Ion 1150 mAh
  • Standby : 408 h
  • Talk time : 4 h 30 min


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