BlackBerry Curve 8520 - user opinions and reviews

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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
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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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I got this phone however it was blue color and T-Mobile was written down!! Is this a new model or what?

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  • 2009-12-03 17:34
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> In reply to Shetul @ 2009-12-03 10:16 from 050Q - click to readI don't think it's a problem. See, I have BIS and this allows the phone to be connected to the internt (push email, facebook updates, app updates) and it's constantly connecting. Plus I use wifi for youtube, msn messenger almost all day, and facebook just as long. Wifi runs the battery faster, as does Bluetooth. If you don't need them, turn them off. Right now I'm using the EDGE connection to read and answer in forums. So by the end of the day I have 1 or 2 bars of battery. So, yeah, heavy use leaves you with no battery.
But, if you don't do all of that, then you might need to change it. If you just bought it, let it run out of battery and charge it, let it run out again and then charge it again, at least for the first week of use as this will help the batter work to it's full potential. At least I've been told.
Good luck!

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  • 2009-12-03 16:53
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-12-02 14:56 from MWWq - click to readHi, I think we may have misunderstood something. MSN is a web site that allows access to news, weather and other information. You can access your hotmail/msn/live.com inboxes and (from what I've seen recently) you can log in to your messenger and chat. While you should be able to access internet with wi-fi (msn.com and others) you won't be able to use the Windows Live Messenger app that you download from BB's App world. I downloaded it on my gf's 8350i and when she tries logging on it says that the service (BIS: internet, chat and social networking) hasn't been activated for her device, even through wifi. My Gemini came with one month free of BIS so I could use the messenger.
If you want access to hotmail you can through wifi. But you can't use messenger (app), setup 10 personal emails (yahoo,hotmail,gmail) on the device for push email without BIS.
For websites and sending emails through a web page you should be able to use wifi.

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  • 2009-12-03 16:42
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> In reply to scamutza @ 2009-12-02 20:00 from pk$P - click to readYou're welcome! I'm always ready to help ;)

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  • 2009-12-03 16:25
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Battery run to low mine work only one day...
is any one having same Problem?

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  • 2009-12-03 10:16
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-12-02 14:18 from 3sEm - click to readi agree its the best blackberry i had, its value for money. but cant use the enterprise server stuff because they say it needs a data plan--why BB? anyways its their strategy

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  • 2009-12-03 09:43
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-12-02 14:56 from MWWq - click to readWifi is just the connection to the internet itself. Once you have internet connection you can already access msn or any website. No need to get data service just look for a spot in your area where there is wifi which is usually in coffee shops.

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  • 2009-12-03 08:43
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Just had my BB two weeks ago and twa's satisfyingly perfect! Though I had a hard time receiving files via bluetooth. Wait, how long did your BB battery lasts? mine is 3 days, no internet browsing. Im just curious, i think its battery consuming even though im not browsing the net at all. Bout yours? need your answers. Thanks!♥

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  • 2009-12-03 08:13
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Does this fone comes with view/edit office document application? GSMARENA didn't mention about it.

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  • 2009-12-03 06:28
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once you go black(berry) youre wrecked!!!

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  • 2009-12-03 04:43
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