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Critic reviews

6.9
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    6.6
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Camera
    6.6
  • Ease of use
    6.2
  • Design and form factor
    7.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    7.8
  • Durability
    6.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.6

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User reviews

6.2
31 reviews
8.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 7, 2009

The Curve 8520 is a very good choice for any first-time smart phone buyer or anyone looking for a well equipped smart phone on a budget.

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7.0
CNET Aug 5, 2009

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance.

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7.0
PC World Oct 23, 2009

Though it lacks high-speed 3G support, the Curve 8520 smartphone is a solid messaging and multimedia device.

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7.0
TechCrunch Aug 6, 2009

It’s a budget BlackBerry that skimps on aesthetics, but manages to offer a lot of “must have” features that BlackBerry users have become accustomed to from other devices.

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5.0
Gizmodo Aug 6, 2009

It's not that it's poorly built—the construction is plenty sturdy, like all good Fisher Price toys. But it's like RIM took the excellent Curve 8900 (which is also on T-Mobile for $30 more) and re-designed it for a very sophisticated 6-year-old.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 13, 2009

The Curve 8520 will appeal to those who want access to push email through BlackBerry's excellent service and should appeal to those who want to improve the accessibility of email on their phone, be it for personal emails, work emails or both.

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7.0
CNET UK Aug 13, 2009

With the BlackBerry Curve 8520, RIM has done a good job of creating an affordable phone with all the right features, although you might miss 3G connectivity. Just make sure you get it in black.

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6.0
TechRadar Aug 23, 2011

Overall, the Curve 8520 is a nice little handset. It's a shame that some of the materials used aren't of a higher standard, but it offers good usability and a cheap entry point into RIM's impressive BlackBerry range.

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6.0
GSM Arena Dec 22, 2009

With so many shortcomings and so little nice surprises to offer in return, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 isn't an easy handset to recommend.

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7.0
IntoMobile Sep 4, 2009

It’s still a stand-up BlackBerry, and will handle e-mail, music, basic browsing and the odd application just fine, just don’t put your expectations too high for anything beyond that.

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9.0
mrtav5 mrtav5

The Curve 8520 is very close to a Curve 8310 so it took me literally no time to adapt. Only thing that changed places is the top mute button, wich is now in the center of a three media keys row, so now I can change tracks whithout having to take it out from my pocket. Thats nice for folks who use...

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7.0
jjgould94 jjgould94

I have this phone in the CDMA version, and really my only complaint would have to be the signal strength at times. Comparing the phone to some other Sprint phones, and even other Blackberry's, the phone doesn't get the same reception. But this is only a problem in fringe service areas,...

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6.0
anacaona anacaona

I hate BlackBerry. But being a communications addict, being locked out of BBM eventually drove me bonkers (very widespread in the Caribbean, thanks in large part to Digicel's domination of cell phone market). Using this phone was tolerable, especially considering my introduction to the smartphone...

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