Expert Review of Blackberry Curve 8520
Blackberry has been working hard to leave an impression in the Indian mobile industry since a very long time. But the highly priced elegant business phones manufactured by RIM (Research In Motion) do not meet the demands of the buyers entirely. So, with new plans, Blackberry is back yet again. This time with something that is easier on the wallet. With Bold completing the task assigned to it, the weight now lies on the shoulders of Curve. Blackberry Curve is the latest range of phones launched by Blackberry. It is priced pretty decently and with this, Blackberry has moved a step further from its tag of “business oriented” phones. Blackberry Curve 8520 is fitted with music buttons which was definitely a shocker for everyone. The change of game plan was a necessity with sales of Blackberry falling drastically. The manufacturers have been facing the ups and downs for a long time and it was high time to show the world something different. Blackberry, known for its high priced business phones, recently launched Blackberry Curve 8520 that is priced quite decently. Blackberry has been working upon its Bold series to keep the spark alive and now its time for Curve. Blackberry Curve 8520 has been bundled with various Blackberry features and the cost reduction has been effectively. This entry-level smartphone is a proud launch of RIM and is expected to boost the sales of Blackberry.
User Interface and UI functionality
One of the major problems associated with Blackberry is that they hesitate to bring freshness. Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini runs on the old Blackberry OS 4.6, just like its elder brother Curve 8900. There are no changes made in the operating system and everything looks just the same. The icons and the sub-menus look dull and boring. The whole music keys idea might just be a candy floss for the teenagers because after looking at the “corporate-looking” screen, teenagers might just not be fascinated. The home screen has 6 shortcut icons and the sound profile can also be changed directly from the home screen. The track pad used in the Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini is excellent and offers fast and zippy response. The track pad is works perfectly well and is very efficient while navigation. The phonebook and messaging looks very basic but has a lot more to offer. The price reduction has mainly affected the screen. Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini is fitted with a 2.46 inch QVGA screen, which has a resolution of 320 X 420 pixels. This 106 grams phone measures 109 X 60 X 13.9 mm in dimensions. The all-plastic body and battery cover works just fine but does not fit in the Blackberry standards. The four row QWERTY keyboard and the music keys are the best part. The QWERTY keypad is very easy to use and the keys are well spaced. Overall, considering the low cost of the phone, Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini does fine job here.
Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini is bundles with various multimedia features. The audio quality of the phone is like a typical Blackberry, good but not better than most of the phones. With the inclusion of music keys on top, everyone obviously expected a better multimedia response, but that is not the case. The music player is same as it was previously and not even one change is made in it. The music keys on top have been a welcome addition. Naturally, the music player can be minimized to play in the background and there is no indication of the current song on the home screen. The video player is not disappointing and does a fine job. It comes with DivX and XviD support and MPEG-4 and WMV formats are also supported. The image gallery is acceptable with no changes from before. The image gallery was never too attractive but has no flaws either. Gallery offers thumbnail and list view of images and you can view the photos even in landscape mode.
Pictures and Video quality
Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini comes with a 2-megapixel camera with a camera resolution of 1200 X 1600 pixels. The camera quality is poor. When opting for a huge brand name such as Blackberry, you obviously expect a lot more than this. A 2-megapixel camera that too with such a bad quality is just not fine. The placing of the camera button is not right you have to dig through the menu to find a few available customizable options. With such a camera, what would you expect while recording videos. It records QVGA videos in 3GP format, which is really disappointing.
The track pad makes the browsing experience wonderful. Navigation and zooming is very efficient while using the track pad and the QWERTY keypad enhances the browsing experience. The QVGA resolution doesn’t fit while working on a full screen. It lacks text reflow and zooming takes a second or two.
Internal and External Memory
Blackberry Curve 8520 comes with just 256 MB internal memory, which is definitely not enough to store songs, pictures, videos and much more. Although, Blackberry has provided an option to expand memory using a micro SD card. The external memory can be expanded up to 32 GB.
Applications and Gaming
Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini has five pre-installed games, which is enough for a “Blackberry”. These are Bric Breaker, Word Mole, Soduko, Texas Hold’em King 2 and Klondike Solitaire. Other games and apps can be downloaded from the Blackberry App World, which has a huge collection of games and apps.
Blackberry Curve 8520 is fitted with a standard lithium-ion battery of 1150 mAh. The battery offers a talk time of about 4 hours 30 minutes and a stand by time of about 408 hours. The battery does a fine job even after a long time of its use.
Connectivity offered by isn’t too great either. Lack of 3G is a major blow for the buyers. The phone offers Wi-Fi connectivity but most of the things such as BBM work on Blackberry Internet Plan only. Besides this, it has micro USB port, micro SD card slot and Bluetooth v2.0.
With so many shortcomings, Blackberry Curve 8520 is not a handset to recommend. Instead, Nokia E71 and E63 would be a better choice. These two phones have a better build and offer much more than the Blackberry. A better camera, 3G and GPS are some of the additions.
Blackberry Curve 8520 Description
BlackBerry Curve 8520 is powered by the BlackBerry OS 5.0 operating system along with the 512 MHz processor. The device comes with a 2.46 inch screen that gives a resolution of 320 X 240 pixels along with 65K colours and works at a pixel density of 163 ppi. The device comes with their vintage QWERTY keypad along with a Touch-sensitive optical trackpad that is use to interact with the device. As far as the dimensions of the device is concerned, BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a length of 109 mm, a breadth of 60 mm and a height of 13.9 mm. The device weighs 106 grams and comes with an internal storage capacity of 256 MB. The device allows the user to further expand the memory up to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card slot. The memory capacity allows the user to keep a large collection of data without worrying about the memory space running out. There is also the facility of a music player that allows the user to listen to their favourite musical tracks that are compatible with the formats MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV. The music can be heard through the loudspeakers or through the earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a 3.5 mm jack. There is also the facility of a video player that makes sure that the user gets to enjoy his/her favourite videos that are compatible with the formats MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV.
Numerous data connectivity features are offered by the device including the GPRS and EDGE facility. The GPRS feature lets the user keep track of the desired location making sure that he/she never gets lost. Then there is the bluetooth facility that allows the user to connect with other devices and transfer data to that device or receive data from it. The Wi-Fi gives access to wireless Internet that allows the user to surf the web and download videos, music, games and images. The USB port allows the user to charge the device and exchange data with it as per their convenience. There data exchanged may include music files, videos, games and images. The device is powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 1150 mAh that allows the user to operate on the device for long hours without their entertainment being cut short. The battery also allows the user to get a stand by time of 408 hours and a talk time of 4 hours and 30 minutes.