BlackBerry Curve 8520 - user opinions and reviews

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  • sujeet blackberry us
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this phone's battry is too poor & service also,
hanging problem &other lot of problem

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  • 2009-12-06 11:18
  • vG11
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my Dad's got the 9000 bold. is this much different?
whats the internet like?
most importantly though, should i buy this or the T-mobile Pulse??

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  • 2009-12-06 10:47
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im use blackberry curve 8520 in malaysia but i cannot use mms .network i use(MAXIS-HOTLINK) prepaid. how can i get setting . and can give me unlocking to use free internet

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  • 2009-12-06 05:22
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> In reply to Jana @ 2009-12-05 18:38 from fvVL - click to readHi, I recommend this BB to anyone of any age. This was designed for mid income/young buyers. I personally never had a BB before. The music player is great, the camera isn't the best in a world of 5/8/12 mpx cameraphones, but it takes good snapshots; easy access to social networks and IM's, of course through a data plan though.
You should check it out before buying it, usually kids these days go for eye-candy phones like the iPhone, touchscreens, but you should always try something out before buying it. I can say that this has everything you need, but if you need a good camera phone, then you would disagree. So play around with your options. If qwerty is what you need, then there are a few options for a teen: Nokia e63, e71, Samsung i637, and of course, Curve 8900 and 8520, among others.

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  • 2009-12-06 03:45
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I'm 13 years old and im thinking about getting this phone , is it for my age ?? and is it a good phone ?

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  • 2009-12-05 18:38
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> In reply to faisal @ 2009-12-05 02:57 from Mfx7 - click to readu have to open a photo and than press the options button and pick "recieve using bluetooth

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  • 2009-12-05 16:20
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i have 8520 but i don't like this phone because its bettery is too poor.

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  • 2009-12-05 14:30
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I was wondering since it only supports 2G networks, would that make much of a difference? I really want a BB and I want this one, but if it only supporting 2G networks makes a whole lot of a difference, then I guess I'll have to find something else...

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  • 2009-12-05 09:27
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> In reply to faisal @ 2009-12-05 02:57 from Mfx7 - click to readto receive a file via bluetooth simply press the B whilst in the media component scroll down and click receive using bluetooth,thats it good luck.

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  • 2009-12-05 03:39
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this model is my first bb
i enjoy it so far except it's bluetooth
i can transfer files to another phone without any problem but i cant receive anything via bluetooth so far and thats sux big time :(

overall this phone is awesome EXCEPT its bluetooth

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  • 2009-12-05 02:57
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The phone is light and look cheap, but actually feels good. If you need "tactile" feedback when pushing or clicking the buttons, then you'll love this. The track pad is pretty good once you st it to your personal settings, I set it to halfway, and I love using it.

This phone is meant to compete with the E63 and it does, I absolutely love the level of customization Blackberry offers - the screen isn't isn't as good the higher priced BB's, but i managed to download a video and play it back without any problems, and music playback was great for a business phone.

Basically, its supposed to be a cheap, fun BB for the younger generation, but it has all the tools the business world needs and thats what matters most, and it works like a charm.


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  • 2009-12-04 21:07
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> In reply to JRF @ 2009-12-03 22:53 from QxpX - click to readThe 8520 is carried by T-Mobile

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  • 2009-12-04 17:55
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hello everyone,
currently ive been using the superb iphone as my main phone followed by amazing nokia E63 as my 2nd phone..but nowadays my intention is to buy bb as my third phone..i prefer either javelin and gemini..instead of bold and tour although it has 3g..i love the design n also the sleek of this gadget..can any suggest for me which one is better?plus,if gemini and also javelin dont have a 3g ..it will run with what?gprs or edge?is it worthy buying this device?

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  • 2009-12-04 17:41
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> In reply to A.D. @ 2009-12-04 10:15 from miZk - click to readdude,who says this mobile is cheap than E71?who said dude?in my lovely country,malaysia..this phone cost around RM1199 and E71 is RM1200..its same dude..

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  • 2009-12-04 17:21
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> In reply to JRF @ 2009-12-03 22:53 from QxpX - click to readthe 8520 is for t-mobile and according to my reps at work att soon as well. The 8520 is the CDMA version which is only out for verizon right now.

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  • 2009-12-04 15:26
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> In reply to Anonymous @ from HHHH - click to readthats sounds great..will contact you.....

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  • 2009-12-04 14:38
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> In reply to A.D. @ 2009-12-04 10:15 from miZk - click to readHi A.D

Great detailed feedback....

Am not too keen for nokia .... its only when all other smart BB phones falls into the high range above 20-21k .... i feel like giving a try to nokia but def not with all this bugs n issues... also spendg less now would give me later down the year chance to try many other stable options... i would hav picked up 8900 but trackball, no 3g at tht high cost made me ponder upon 8520...

BB 8520 is aval at Rs. 14900, would now pick up that only ...and use it for a longer term .... also i was wonderg if 8530 comes sooner to india then that would be really good ... 3g , maps etc ... but am sure as it would be with cdma operators n they gonna charge higher for the handset....

let me know if thrs any creaky noise of frame when pressed from the front side...i read in some review..

thanks again for the detailed info..

Take Care

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  • 2009-12-04 12:15
  • wdMb
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Navin,
As for your 1st query: Software / Firmware upgrades are usually released based on the criticality of problem. So as some review suggest that E72 has major OS issues in terms of frequent restarts, etc. I would expect it to be out no sooner than by Jan end.

Like you I too was interested in the E72 before but the endless wait only made me wiser and instead of going for stupid, overhyped phone like E72 I chose a smarter decision of going for a BlackBerry Curve 8520.

I am extremely happy to make that decision as I was counting on nokia goofing the E72. Lately nokia has really been bad with its phones in terms of build quality, OS, servicing etc. And the huge delay in release only confirms the same.

I agree E72 is much more loaded as compared to BB Curve 8520 but, you need to understand your usage requirement. I had n no. of Nseries phones and hardly took any pictures. For music I only stick to my Sony Video n Mp3 player. What I needed in my phone was Calls, Txting and Internet surfing.

BB Curve 8520 primarly focuses on these functionalities and no phone out their can beat it at this coz the whole purpose of creating a BB was for these kinda customers...

I am sure you have read about how E72 sucks at optical navikey / trackpad and even E72 owners admitted to BB having the best trackpad...

Camera in BB is just an add on nothing to brag about...

Screen is phenomenal and again E72 owners wished they did not have to put up with a $hitty screen that E72 has. (even though it has 16m colors)

Music player of BB is excellent and you can see that being compared to E72 in the gsmarena review.

BB Curve 8520 is all plastic n might feel cheap for people who have used E71 / other costlier BB's.. But hey itz value for money. 5,000 INR cheaper than E72 and a whole lot cheaper than other BBs

OS of 8520 is flawless since itz all Java. No Symbian $hit goin on here so no restarts no hangups...

Processor speed is 512 Mhz as compared to 600 Mhz of E72 but I would say it works faster than E72 coz it has lite Java OS, no flashy animations or any of that childish stuff... (That's why nokia is re-designing Symbian OS and shifting to Maemo OS in later of 2010)

BB Curve 8520 is a 2G phone... not a 3G like E72... But 3G in India is gonna be launched with private operators like AIRTEL (my fav) only in Dec 2010. So whats the use of any 3G handset??

All n all for the price and the offerings BB Curve 8520 will always be the smart userz choice over a stupid flashy show-off phone or a show-off guy...

I would advice you to buy Curve 8520 and stick with it till Nokia E72 stabilises in terms of OS issues, bugs and price, if you are such a nokia fan.

As for me I am shifting camps to BB... Can't leave without it.. Infact I would have written this whole opinion from the desktop in front of me but I chose to do it via my BB Curve 8520...

That's how addicted it has got me :)

Hope this helps to make the right decision...

Cheers,
A.D.

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  • 2009-12-04 10:15
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> In reply to JRF @ 2009-12-03 16:42 from Qxpu - click to readthanks a lot for ur comments. by msn i meant the messenger :) i may still buy this phonr cause i am in love with it hhha

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  • 2009-12-04 00:50
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> In reply to 8520 user @ 2009-12-03 17:34 from m2hB - click to readNo, it's just the T-Mobile branded version. It can be either the 8520 or the 8530, one is EDGE (8520) and the other is 3G (8530). Don't know which one is carried by T-Mobile.

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  • 2009-12-03 22:53
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