Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Budget Blackberry well worth it!
Blackberry Curve 8520
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: Cheap, Push office emails, Blackberry messenger
Disadvantages: No 3g
I already have a Bold 8900, but I got this phone when I switched companies at Q3 2010. In summary, I think it is a useful tool to have if you need to be connected on the go. However, if you're in the market for something that plays games and applications, I would recommend you go for the iPhone or android phones. Blackberries are strictly for business users.
The format of the curve 8520 is similar to its predecessor and also the Bold models with a QWERTY keyboard. I guess they call it the curve because of its slightly curved in edges. On that note, I might as well mention that the phone only supports EDGE (no pun intended). And for a phone this days that does not support 3G it is a major letdown. But if you can see past this, then you're fine.
Price wise, it is a budget model and if you're looking for a smartphone that can push your office emails, this will only cost you about 100 pounds (after converting, based on the price I got it in Malaysia). The package of the phone comes with the body itself, USB cables, earphones, user manuals and installation CD's. Pretty basic stuff.
The difference between the Curve and its previous models is its trackpad. Some love it, some don't. Personally, I find it easier to navigate using the trackball on my old Bold. But again, this is a small issue and does not affect the overall performance of the bold.
The interface of the phone should be something you are used to if you're a usual Blackberry user. 5 shortcuts on the face. The menu has your basic features such as options, messaging, applications, media and settings amongst others.
When it comes applications, don't expect to for anything spectacular. You have preinstalled a few games like Texas Hold em Poker and Sudoku. However, the graphics on these are nothing compared to what you will get on the latest applications.
For social media applications, you have preinstalled Yahoo and MSN messenger to keep you connected on the go. Also, the best thing about Blackberry is the BB Messenger, where you get to message your friends also using Blackberry for free. Amazing!
Also, when you connect your blackberry to your laptop using their Desktop Manager, you get to use it as a modem and connect to the internet if you're on the go and can't locate a wifi spot.
Obviously, the main reason why you would want this phone is its internet mail connectivity. If you're using office mails like Lotus or Outlook, configuring it to push your mails to your blackberry should be easy. In addition, it also is able to push multiple mail accounts. So you can also add your personal mails from Yahoo and MSN to your phone.
If you're looking for a budget Smart Phone that can push your office mails, this is a great option for you.
Summary: Great budget smartphone