Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: tasmin92
Blackberry Curve 8520
Date: 03/11/11, updated on 03/11/11 (12 review reads)
Advantages: Good features, easy to use, good size,
Disadvantages: The camera is not the best quality
I have owned the Blackberry Curve 8520 in black for a couple of months now and am very happy with it. It cost £120 from T-mobile, I previously had a Samsung on a T-mobile contract and didnt want to change my number so I brought the blackberry and then altered my contract so it included blackberry services.
It came with a 2GB memory card, a seperate sim, USB lead, charger, battery, a software disk, maunals on various different aspects of usage and standard blackberry headphones. Everything was present inside the box but I would reccomend buying a silicone case for it which costs around £5 from T-mobile and some screen protectors from ebay which I think are about £3 for 10 as they do chip very easily.
I have insurance for both the phone and the contract combined and it is £20 for the year which is a good price but it can only be used once in a year so you would then have to pay another £20 for another year.
The phone itself is a good size, 60mm across, 14mm width, 109mm height and 106g in weight so it fits easily into a pocket or a small bag, my friend actually carries hers in her bra. The QWERTY keyboard is perfect for me as I have small fingers but I do know people who have had to get rid of the phone as they struggle with typing due to the small size of the buttons.
You'll need to begin charging the phone before it can be used which takes a couple of hours and I can usually get about 24 hours out of my phone before it needs rechharging but I use my internet and blackberry messenger a lot so if you don't use your phone as much it will probably last a lot longer.
It does take quite a long time to turn on because of updates but once I had got mine started and had set the clock ect I had instant access to blackberry messenger and all services including the internet although this may have something to do with mine being a contract sim as my cousin has had her blackberry on pay-as-you-go for a few weeks and still cannot get them to work so it is worth making sure you ask about things when you are buying the phone.
The phone has quite a lot of features including; internet, GPRS, bluetooth, mp3 and video players with quite a load volume, handsfree, voice dialling and Java along with some other things. It comes with 4 games preloaded onto the phone and is very easy to connect to your email or facebook accounts.
It is very easy to customise things on the phone and I spent a good couple of hours changing the settings on when I wanted to be notified with new messages ect, ring tone volumes, menu, font size and type and many other aspects. You really can change pretty much anything. I leave mine open but my cousin has hers set up with a password so everytime it locks you need to enter it, it also needs to be entered to view messages or pictures so this is good if you need the extra privacy. I have only just realised that to change the shortcuts on the home screen you just need to go onto the menu and move the shortcuts you want onto the top line of the menu.
The email feature is very good and if I open or delete an email from my phone it will mirror this on the computer, the only thing would be to not connect any email account that recieves a lot of junk mail as you recieve everything to your phone.
My only criticism with this phone is that the camera is not very good, it is 2megapixels and has a standard zoom but no flash and pictures will be fuzzy unless the subject of them is absolutly still. Also, if you like using your phone to take funny pictures then this is not for you as the only camera options are black and white, sepia or normal. There is a picture editor but it doesnt do much other than zoom, rotate and crop. However, when you take pictures it is very simple to upload them onto a computer, send them with mms or blackberry messenger or just upload them onto them internet straight from the phone.
I have not personally encountered any problems at all with my phone and am very happy with it, I love the maps feauture as although it is not as detailed or quick as a sat nav I have used it a few times whilst out to find my way.
The user manuals are easy to read, understand and it is easy to find the answers or solutions you require because of the layout although you probably won't need to refer to them very often as the phone itself is very very simple to use.
I would reccomend this phone if you are looking for a basic blackberry, I think it is brilliant but someone who may want something slightly faster or more technical would be better off with one of the newer or more expensive models.
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Summary: The basic blackberry but I love it