Sorry - but GSM Arena really disappointed me with this review :(
I think the main issue is that you guys don't understand the Blackberry - something I did not expect. The phone gets bashed left, right and centre for things that really aren't of importance to the Blackberry user. Who cares if this phone has no FM radio or the screen is smaller than the Nokia's of HTC. And if you have one, you WILL get the BIS because that's why you're purchasing it in the first place.
Changing to Blackberry means you're changing the way you look at what is important on a phone. I've seen the 8520 in action and it's an amazing piece of hardware that - contrary to what the review says - has SUCCESSFULLY got RIM into a new market segment.
Surabaya, Indonesian, 23 Dec 2009my friend have bb Gemini white edition, but i preffer to choose Blackberry onyx...I think BB 8520 has a good feature-price ratio. On other hand, everybody know that 9700 is better than 8520. In simple word.. you want more, you pay more. It is up to your budget.
rama, 24 Dec 2009When you say that you're a little skeptical whether one handset can convince the masses that B... moretrue, a lot of teenager in Indonesia use Blackberry, but the sad thing is they mainly use it only for chatting and accessing Facebook. Or even worse, there are some people that only use it for sms/telephone. Is that tech savvy? I don't think so. Wasting money? Absolutely.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2009Yes, it does support DivX. I had one without sound, one without images, and all the other ones... moreOK, last question then.
I need a phone for browsing net over wi-fi, sometimes viewing word or pdf files, listening to music, watching some short video clips etc. I do like hardware qwerty keyboard because I text a lot and it seems to me like a great upgrade over standard num pad.
What I do NOT care about is 3g, mails, mms, camera.
So which one should I pick: E63 or BB 8520 (without BES/BIS plan)?
muchacho, 23 Dec 2009Hello GSM Arena, Are you sure BB 8520 supports DivX? I was actually surprised because I rea... moreYes, it does support DivX. I had one without sound, one without images, and all the other ones (about 10 up to now) working just flawlessly. A superb entry point to the BB universe.
Hi just want to comment about configuring Gmail - I have downloaded Gmail Mail App from Gmail website with my internet Package in Dubai and it sync perfectly fine. Of course the encryption and other features are not there but Gmail App notifies when u have new mail which can be configured in the settings - [GSM Arena Wrote - Business level encryption and syncing options cost, we agree, but a device has questionable value to common users as long as they cannot set up a Gmail inbox without a BIS account.]
This device is selling like hot pancakes at Phones 4u. Thank you RIM.
which one should i go for ??
1) Blackberry curve 8520
2) Nokia E 63
Guys pls help me out
Im a teenager im not a geek i am borderline amazing lol but im not stupid(when it comes to life however i may be in school work) and im not smart so where does that put me
anyway in the past 6 months ive had 3 blackberry's cause once i had one i decided i wanted another i started off with the 8800 still love it then in spetember i bought a curve 8310 then 2 weeks ago i got the 9700 i still use them all i just chose to use one every week just gonna say this i came from a motorola Q9h which ment i needed a bigger qwerty keyboard so ni went for the 8800 but if your a first time blackberry person then either the pearl or curve
had my 8520 a couple of months and love it to pieces, my only comment would be that my case has started to come apart, i work for a mobile retailer and we've also had a couple come back for the same reason so its good but could be better!
When you say that you're a little skeptical whether one handset can convince the masses that BlackBerries are now as much about pleasure as they are about business, then I think I should really comment on this..
In Indonesia big cities shopping malls, it's very common to see kids and teenagers carry two-three mobile phones with them, the standar GSM (usually a Nokia), a CDMA phone (for cheaper airtime), and a Blackberry (for chat and social network). So I believe the majority of BB user here fall to younger generation, simply because they are more tech-savvy than the older.
With the introduction of Curve 8520, RIM surely reads the market and creates a perfect entry level to its product line. Here, it's just like selling sweets, with appealing price tag, option of 12-months installment, BIS daily price plan from the operator, many wouldn't resist the treat, including me. :)
my friend have bb Gemini white edition, but i preffer to choose Blackberry onyx...
Hello GSM Arena,
Are you sure BB 8520 supports DivX? I was actually surprised because I read a lot of reviews and watch many videos on this phone over the internet, and none of them mentioned it before. If it's true I'm certainly going for 8520 instead of E63 since both are available for the same price in my carrier's offer.
[deleted post]@GSM Arena Admin You do deserve a kick on your ass for a super late review of this Blackberry Unit. When you are one of the best websites user do not expect such long delays..
Newz Beeter late than never.
2 megapixel camera with fixed focus
Hey, RIM, I don't want to take pictures of flowers with a Blackberry but I NEED to take photos of documents and stuff. At least a chep auto focus would be regular. Fixed focus, no way.
jajajaja your comment not that many teens have a bb in there pocket.... you haven't been in PTY, PANAMA, everyone have one and probably 90% of the people that have it dont use it for business, just for fun and talking with friends (im one of them).
Nice review but I still prefer the 8900.
Thank you GSM Arena for the review, the best one on the internet. The 8520 is one of the phones that I own.
BlackBerry does so many things right, and the Unlimited Blackberry Subscription make the 8520 the best value for money smartphone in the world at the moment, and because of it's size and track pad this is my default BlackBerry, and I use it almost exclusively.
It does not have an FM Radio (my only real complaint, but hopefully by next year BlackBerry will include that in their phones)