Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: swizzy92
Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: Great sociability
Disadvantages: low battery life, easily susceptible to some breakages, poor camera quality
I have purchased two of these phones and to begin with i was quite impressed. I like the simple design along with the lightweight feel the phone has when you hold it. Another good point about the phone is the screen quality, I admire how clear it is. The blackberry messenger feature is also very good if you like to socialise but you can find this on all blackberry phones. The phone also comes with some great earphones which I have found are very durable and have great sound quality with a good degree of comfort. One more good feature about the 8520 is the fact that it is extremely easy to upload files such as music and photos to and from the phone using the USB cable provided with the phone. The internet browser is also a good feature as it is simple and easy to use. Finally I have never experienced any major cracks or scratches on the phone at all so i believe the outer casing is very hard wearing.
There are however more bad points to this phone than there are good. I would start by saying that the battery life is not at all of good quality. If you listen to music a lot or surf the web extensively then you will not be impressed with the battery life. The phone also has a very poor quality of camera. Most photos I have taken with the blackberry are quite blurry. There is also no flash on the phone so you will find it extremely difficult to take pics in poorly lit conditions. I also have many problems with the trackpad, as dirt and dust becomes trapped beneath it and prevents use of the trackpad, therefore most features of the phone. I have found that the only way to stop this is by scraping a sewing pin into the cracks around the trackpad and removing the dust. This can damage the interior workings of the phone. Sometimes I also find the phone has a mind of its own and it actually turns off and restarts itself. It also turns off the music I am listening to on occasions for no apparent reason. One bad thing about the internet browser is that it can be very slow but this may depend on your network provider.
Summary: overall a decent budget phone if you are just looking to socialise with a mobile