Curve 8520 - £65
Why this smartphone is built for you
The BlackBerry Curve 8520
The Curve 8520 is the entry-level phone in the BlackBerry range. It is built to manage both your business and social life and is as adept with social networking as it is with your emails.
This phone has a QWERTY keyboard sat beneath a 2.46 inch screen that displays in 152 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Curve 8520 has a 2MP camera and can record video in up to QVGA (320x240). This phone does not have a front facing camera.
Performance is provided by a 0.5GHz single core processor and 0.3GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 14 out of 100.
The Curve 8520 has an estimated battery life of around 5 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1150mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Curve 8520 comes with 0.256GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage, however any apps downloaded from BlackBerry World must be installed to the devices internal memory, which is limited to 256 .
The Curve 8520 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit) and it has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. This phone does not have 3G.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter apps and comes preloaded with BBM, BlackBerry Maps and Documents To Go. Other apps, such as YouTube, WhatsApp, Spotify and LinkedIn are available to download from BlackBerry World along with all of the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
BlackBerry's Curve 8520 is a good introduction to the BlackBerry range. Its excellent messaging capabilities are, however, somewhat compromised by the phone's lack of 3G.