Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Curve 8520
Member Name: petes_123
Blackberry Curve 8520
Advantages: Optical trackpad, short cut features
Disadvantages: slow 2G internet, can't download the newer IOS,
Blackberry Curve 8520 Review:
Simple and easy to use smartphone;
This Phone's typing capability is made up with a QWERTY keyboard making it simple to type quickly. The phone first came out in two different colors black, and white; The 2.6 inch LCD screen is decent and sizeable though the 320 x 240 pixel resolution is not that great. The optical track pad is very responsive to touch and it is also flat on the smooth surface making it easy to use like an scroll pad on the laptop.
There are sets of shortcut icons on the blackberry home screen; rather than clicking a few icons to get to your destination the shortcut feature is quite useful when accessing stuff in a hurry.
The Curve 8520 has a 3.4mm jack input awkwardly placed on the left; to the 3 rubbery side buttons which accesses the camera, volume and voice commander a automated voice that says "say a command", for example you say "message" the blackberry accesses the messages by it self with out you clicking anything - a great short cut feature this phone has.
Listening to music; there are a set of helpful music keys on the top of the phone, replay, pause and skip. On the top there is also a speaker; a high quality speaker spiting out that basely dub step. The phone has a low 256mb memory but you can put a SD card in it.
The downside of having the Curve 8520 is you cannot download the latest IOS system; newer models have and no update what so ever for this type of model. Not having 3G on this phone is quite a pain; when streaming videos on the internet it will either not load or just buffer into the entire video but the phone is Wi-Fi enabled so you can connect to your own broadband or Wi-Fi hotspot, searching on the engine the blackberry does a great job on loading webpages online depending on what network you are on, not to mention you can unlock this device to any network except three which is an bummer.
The communication on this smartphone is great, you can download an app called BBM; this app enables you to chat to your people instantly by sending a request via thier pin code or accepting someone else's request. The only part I don't like about this service is that you have to pay a fee of £5 to get a month's access to this service, but there is another option; there is an app available on the blackberry store called what's app (it's free!). Now this app automatically adds people who are on your numbers contacts list who have downloaded this service, the thing I like about this app is users who are on apple and android can also download this service enabling you to chat to them. Also there is no set fee for using this service.
Blackberry app world let's you access the latest apps that are available on the market, there are plenty of apps available but not like what apple and android have. You can purchase free apps to paying apps with an minimal price of £1.80.
The previous curve 8900 model had flash and focus which this particular model did not have. The camera on this phone is an low 3.2 megapixel but still produces a clear cut image.
What contents are included in the box?
You get the usual manuals containing warranty information, setup ect, you also get equipped with an long usb cable, charger, headphones a cd to install software on your laptop/pc
Conclusion: This is definitely a great phone. I do recommend this to anyone looking for a simple mobile packed with many great built-in features, with the Qwerty keyboard. But you will have to stay on the originally operating system and that 2G. You can find secondhand devices on the market for £40+, which I think, is value for money.
Summary: Great device for communicating in an instant, a must buy for anyone looking for an low priced phone.