Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: HarryMW
Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: Works (generally) well and fairly well manufactured too.
Disadvantages: Shocking deterioration of the battery and lack of processing power.
I had this phone for over a year and half if I remember correct but recently I upgraded to the bigger brother of the BlackBerry family with a Curve 9360 (FYI, highly suggested). This I have not looked back from. I am not a general advocate of change and that extends to when purchasing a replacement phone. I have very fond memories of this Curve model, probably because it was one of the first phones I had bought (that worked!) and it had a variety of gizmo's one could entertain oneself with.
The two main boggles I had with this model was the lack of processing power and the deterioration of the battery. About 6 months into having the phone and using it on a frequent but not "over the top" basis, the little egg timer began to pop up, dancing across the screen on what seemed to be a permanent loop. Even when the phone was just opening the phonebook for example or sending a text message it would take a couple of seconds before the phone would become responsive again. So... Problem #1 - Lack of Processing Power! Thankfully it seems that BlackBerry have recently addressed this issue in both hardware and their new operating systems.
My second boggle as highlighted above was the battery. Initially, the battery seemed to last for a minimum of 24 hours with light to medium usage, however, after around 6-8 months the durability of the battery began to decrease exponentially where it would run down within 4 hours after light usage, simply sending a text for example would seemingly exhaust it! Eventually I had to replace the battery with a brand new battery which worked for the appropriate amount of time however this did leave me annoyed that I had needed to buy a brand new battery in the first place. Considering RIMs foothold in the market, I would have expected better! So... Problem #2 - Battery Flat.
To conclude, the phone itself is nice and works for those who require a light(ish) phone for light(ish) working on. However, don't be surprised if after a few months it conks out on you as it did for me. The biggest piece of advice I can give with new users to this phone is download the latest supported operating system which is not necessarily the one the phone comes loaded with, these updates usually help with the processing speed at the least! Enjoy.
Summary: An overall good phone however there are some chip based flaws.