RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone
Although this latest device doesn't feature a touchscreen, there is a newly designed touch sensitive navigation button, situated in the centre below the screen. This takes the place of the Pearl, one aspect of the BlackBerry we've become accustomed to.
This optical trackpad is successful at re-inventing a way to navigate around the BlackBerry - allowing you to scroll smoothly through menus. Like the Pearl, you can press down on the trackpad to select an item. For those people who have been using a BlackBerry with a Pearl, it may take a little time to get used to the experience, but soon you'll find it's more responsive.
On either side of this navigation feature, there's the usual BlackBerry key that pulls up a content-specific menu, depending on which app you're using, and a back key on the right hand side. On the outer edges, you'll find call answer and end buttons. All four of these keys are recessed, giving the Curve 8520 a super-sleek finish.
However, this sleek, shiny finish does come with a foible. The outer casing attracts more fingerprints than any other BlackBerry, so you'll be wiping away smudges from dawn until dusk.
The keyboard is a joy to use. The keys may be small, but they're also slightly tilted, and raised, so your fingers can find them without much issue.
One thing that will really strike you about the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the feather-weight load when it's in your hand or pocket. At just 106g, it's the lightest BlackBerry yet. It's also slim and perfectly formed, ensuring your pockets won't be bulging.
Inside the BlackBerry, there's nothing missing to cause concern. Even Wi-Fi is onboard, although you may miss the 3G capabilities when away from a hotspot. EDGE does make an appearance, although that's not much faster than GPRS.
Multimedia is this device's main game. The camera is only 2-megapixels without a flash or autofocus, but dedicated music keys along the top allow you to access tunes in a jiffy.
A whole IM folder allows you to chat to your friends or colleagues using BlackBerry Messenger, AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger or Windows Live Messenger with the apps already on the handset. It's a shame there's not just one app that can sign you in to all of these at the same time preinstalled, but downloading BlackBerry App World will eliminate this issue, with a whole variety of apps at your fingertips.
The 2.6-inch screen is just as large as on the higher-end devices such as the Bold, and even with its lower-resolution screen (320 x 240 pixels compared to 480 x 320 pixels), it's equally as crisp, vibrant and clear.
The interface isn't anything new, sticking to the simple icon-based BlackBerry look, with customisable shortcuts at the bottom of the screen and large, clear icons in the main menu.
The Documents to Go suite of apps is preinstalled, allowing you to view Word, Excel, PDF and image files on the move. You won't be able to create documents though - this is a feature reserved for the premium version of the application.
What is stunning on the BlackBerry 8520 is the battery life. Unlike any other BlackBerry we've tested, the handset only needed charging once every three days. Although this isn't surprising with the lack of 3G and GPS, it is surprising coming from a BlackBerry, renowned for their abysmal battery life.
the Phone is a must buy and is extermely easy to use definately recommended
Blackberry Curve 8520 Smartphone
I purchased this phone last year, the thing i was drawn to was the fact that it was a smartphone, totally opposite to my old nokia supernova i had before. Instead of using the browser on my nokia to access websites and email on the go, i wanted a phone that would let me easily access all websites just like a computer instead of waiting ages for the browser to load etc.
The clever thing about smartphones are that they are just like a compact laptop, with the blackberry curve you can click on web browser and as i have set my homepage to google, its just like being on your computer. Depending on the signal you have, i find 2 bars of signal or above enables me to access pages pretty fast, with minimal loading time which is really good.
By buying a smartphone i thought i was comprimising the camera and media facilities, yet, i was pleasantly surprised with these features of the phone. The 3.2 megapixel camera produces pictures of outstanding quality in my opinion on the screen, and they seem to be true to colour and the sharpness is good, you can also use the editing features, to change the photo from normal to black and white & sepia, as well as changing the quality and size of the photos.
The blackberry curve 8520 media centre enables you to use wireless luetooth stereo headphones or speakers to listen to music. You can shuffle songs or listen to playlists too and also lets you watch videos, in addition, if you go onto youtube on internet browser, you can watch videos just like you would on the laptop which is really useful.
The phone also features easy access buttons for the media player on the top of the phone, which even lets you mute phone calls with the 'mute' button. You can sync itunes playlists with your blackbery too, and has easy media sharing which is simple ans straight forward to use.
The navigation is very easy to use with the optical track pad, you can also change sensitivity of the track pad to make iteasy for you to use.
OVERALL the main advantages i find include the ammount of space and memory there is to store photos and music, ease of access to internet and ability to sync windows live messages, texts and emails to the message section of the phont, ability to download a lot of apps, a fair few free too, for useful things such as train times, flickr,myspace, facebook, even calorie counting! The simplicity of the menu and easu to use functions.
HOWEVER the disadvantages are, for me that the screen scratches easily, i have had mine for half a year and have about 4 scratched on the screen, so i would strongly invest in buying several film screen protectors, as the last thing you want is to have the screen covered in scratches! Another disadvantage i would say is, personally i synced my email with the blackberry and got notified every time i received an email, yet this lead to me getting sometimes 20 or so notifications just frommy email within a day, which got very frustrating so now i don't have my email synced to the blackberry, i just use hotmail on the browser, also i find that you have to hold the off button down for too long for it too turn off, yet it also turns on exceptionally fast. Main disadvantage is ease of scratching the screen but if you get a protector this won't be a problem.
Overall i love this blackberry, and I would reccommend it to anyone!
Control music and multimedia with dedicated media keys found atop the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone. Skip over songs, pause music to talk, or repeat your favourites over and over.. You can even mute phone calls with the easy-access mute button.
Access what's important with trackpad navigation. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you scroll through menus, icons and info by gliding your finger over it. Press and click to select an item and navigate to where you want to go.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone neatly fits in your hand. A full QWERTY keyboard makes typing and sending messages easy,and comfortable. The bright screen displays over 65,000 colours, providing a great viewing experience.
Discover a world of possibilities and apps for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone at BlackBerry App World™. Get breaking news,and the latest scores. Track the markets, stay on top of Hollywood gossip, enjoy live radio or just play games.
Take photos or videos and upload them to photo sharing apps like Flickr™ Uploader or social networking sites like Facebook® and MySpace® . Send them to friends with MMS, messages, BlackBerry® Messenger or other instant messaging apps.
With the upcoming release of BlackBerry® Desktop Software for Mac you will be able to sync contacts, calendars, and notes with applications you use most. Use BlackBerry Desktop Software to enjoy a Mac experience on your BlackBerry smartphone.
I bought this phone for my 16 year old daughter and she is delighted with it. The phone certainly looks good. It is well designed, light and feels good in your hand. The qwerty keypad is easy to use and makes texting so much easier. I can see why other manufacturers are adding them on their latest models.
Although the 8520 is one of the cheaper Blackberry models it comes with a wealth of features which are more than enough for most users. This phone comes with a trackpad instead of a trackball which makes scrolling around the screen and Apps very easy. There is one touch access to the internet, facebook, twitter as well as email. I liked the ease of setup. There are comprehensive menus for everything. As someone who pays the bills I also liked the option to set my local wi-fi as preference. This means the phone accesses my local wireless router for data transfer, facebook etc, whenever my daughter is in the house and O2's mobile internet when she is out and about. It does this automatically saving on her data allowance. My local wi-fi is also a lot faster than mobile as the 8520 can utilise wirelss g speeds.
I have been able to compare this phone to a touchscreen smartphone as my son recently bought an LG Optimus GT540. This is an Android phone which can do all the things I have mentioned about the Blackberry 8520 including the wi-fi. The LG can also be flipped on its side to create a touchscreen qwerty keypad. My son prefers his LG because he likes the larger touchscreen. My daughter prefers the Blackberry because she likes the real keys and the way it handles.
Apps for the Blackberry are accessible through Blackberry Apps world. Android phones use Google Apps. Both have both free and paid Apps.
I wouldn't like to say which is best as it comes down to personal preference. I I like the larger screen of the LG but the Blackberry is easier to use and feels better in your hand.
I had not really considered a Blackberry for myself before but having seen and used my daughters 8520 I have become a convert. I really like this phone.
The only slight drawback is the 2mp camera. This is fine for uploading to facebook etc, which you can do directly from the phone but it is not ideal if you want a decent photograph. Having said that if you want a decent photo you should really use a decent camera but then again you usually have your phone with you and not the camera. This particular 8520 was bought as a replacement for a Sony Ericsson K800i which has a great built in 3.2 mp camera for a mobile phone.
I'd definitely give the 8520 the thumbs up. It's a lovely phone and its features are very accessible and easy to use.
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Affordable BlackBerry with some very nice features!
BlackBerry phones have been known to produce unreal technology, It's like having a mini personal computer, but its a phone!
The new BlackBerry Curve 8520, is affordable, reliable and includes some great features such as a Qwerty Keyboard, trackpad and a digital camera, however the camera has no flash and was only 2MP (sad face).
-Easy to use keyboard
-Great design (colour black seems to be the most popular...I can see why!)
-Digital camera not flash and only 2MP
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