Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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A very serviceable phone
Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: petinho
Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: Durable, great apps, easy to use, blackberry messenger, price
Disadvantages: Gaming, lack of touchscreen
It is clear upon receiving a Blackberry curve 8520 that the phone is of a high quality. It feels very sturdy in your hand and is of a good size ensuring it is not easily lost or overly heavy or large. Blackberry as a brand cater well to businessmen and women using and this phone is no exception offering email and blackberry messenger meaning you are never out of touch. This functionality when coupled with the excellent qwerty keyboard (be warned the keys are a little small) make typing a breeze.
However, one of the major drawbacks of this phone is the lack of a touch screen making it incompatible with a number of the best games on the app world such, as fruit ninja, restricting your gaming opportunities to the ever reliable Brickbraker. Be warned if you enjoy your games this blackberry cannot compete with the ever present iphone or the galaxy range from samsung. This is not its main function, nor what it was designed to achieve, but is a setback none the less as an alternative dedicated gaming machine (psp, ds etc) is neccesary if you wish to stay entertained over long periods of time.
The networking possibilities of the phone are brilliant with twitter and facebook easily supported (although facebook can be a little glitchy forcing me to reach for a laptop when receiving an important notification) and a number of useful apps at your fingertips from the app store (google maps, ebay etc). These functions are comparable with any phone I have encountered making the curve excellent value for money if a functional phone for communication is what you need.
One of the major advantages of this phone for me is its durability (I am notoriously clumsy), as it has survived several knocks and scrapes after falling out of pockets or being dropped. The back seems to be slightly delicate as it easily falls off on my phone leaving the battery exposed, but this is only a minor concern.
Overall this is a good, solid phone for those looking for a phone to communicate, whether for business or social purposes. It is everything you would expect from blackberry and has the added advantage of being hardy and long lasting. It may lack the wow factor for some but for the price it's hard to complain.
Summary: A great phone for the purpose intended.
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