Posted by: ShackledMuse on May 17, 2010
Being the winner of the BlackBerry Curve 8520, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the device. I'm a teensy bit of a phone fanatic even though I never had a smartphone before and I thought I might need to have a degree to set the phone up, but that was not the case at all. I usually try to do something without reading the manual first... Silly I know, but hey, there's a reason for my madness.
The Email Setup was a breeze, and I had all my mail accounts synced within seconds. May I just point out it takes seconds to set up once you have a BoltOn BlackBerry Bundle. It took me a bit longer to realize I needed one and where to purchase it, but once that blonde moment passed, everything else was peachy.
The BlackBerry Curve is mainly designed for e-mail usage, 10/10 for the ease it provides when handling your mail. Emails are forwarded to your mobile the moment its received, giving the options of replying, forwarding, opening links, etc. If your mail ends up being distorted, you have the option of viewing it online.
Next, I went on to customizing the phone, fonts and colours and such. There's such a wide variety of themes out there! Not all of them free though, and I have issues with some of the free themes. I'm yet to find one that actually has a decent menu layout, as some of the icons dont show up when you change themes, but I guess thats a different matter.
Unfortunately, there are no 3G goodness, but EDGE doesn't give me any problems at all.
(Haven't had a chance yet to give the Wi-Fi features a test drive, but watch this space) But really now, I have a laptop if I wanna browse media rich websites.
- www.discoverblackberry.com for ring tones, applications, games, and accessories.
- www.shopblackberry.com for asseccories.
- www.blackberry.com/ownerslounge for more info about all the features
Also, I can't go without my social networking highs, next step was to get the phone facebooked, twittered, and all the sparkles that go with it. I discovered, while browsing till early in the AM, that there are innumerable BlackBerry apps available. Want to learn Spanish? Download it. The entire Bible and Quran, its there. Recipes, E-Books, PayPal, you name it. Search it, download and there you go. Free data service goes down well for insomniacs like me. lol.
Not only is the Facebook application so much easier on the eye than plain old FacebookMobile, the best feature by far is that you can upload (and tag!) photo's straight from your BlackBerry.
Which brings me to next favourite feature of a phone to me.
There are phones with better cameras out there. There is, however, nothing lacking with the quality of images taken. Take Picture, Set Picture (as caller ID or background image) Rename Image, Delete Image or Send Image (as email. as MMS, to facebook or twitter). Zoom in and out. You can edit the white balance, the picture size (1600 X 1200; 1024 X 768 and 640 X 480), Colour effect. Really, what more do you need for taking pictures on the go?
In fact, we went to Brightwater Commons this weekend, to play some adventure golf. The BB went with, and there's now a new album on facebook, complete with the photo's I took, uploaded AND tagged with my BB -----> http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=176089&id=608350875
The Trackpad and Keyboard
The curve has a optical trackpad, a little square pad, move your finger over it and the cursor moves. I read bad reviews about the trackpad and screen, also that the 8520 pales in comparison to the 8900; that the screen sometimes lags or the cursor doesnt move at all. I had no problems whatsoever, and its so much better than using arrow keys or a trackball. (I'm so used to it already, that I slide my fingers over my old Samsung arrow keys, instead of pushing it. Force of habit.) From now on, ALL phones should come out with a trackpad. Yes they should.
Now before I go on, please bear in mind that predictive text on your ordinary mobile phones turned me into some type of speed typing demon - heck I can type out an entire message of more than 500 characters without peeking at my fingers and still maintain eye contact with whomever I'm talking to. So I had my doubts about the functionality of a mobile QWERTY keyboard.
Oh my word. I'm never going back to any other form of typing, ever! The keys might appear small, but they dont give any problem at all. Type with caps, use punctuation, symbols, numbers, its all there, on one little compact keyboard. Hardly any spelling mistakes made.
And the rest
- Media player with convenient buttons located at the top of the device, to skip between tracks, without interfering with my emailing.
- Word on the go, sheet on the go (spreadsheets)
- Slideshow on the go.
Apparently, you can phone someone too.
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Size Dimensions 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm
Weight 106 g
Display Type TFT, 65K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.46 inches
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
- Dedicated music keys
- 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 256 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB
Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels
Video Yes, QVGA
Features OS BlackBerry OS
CPU 512MHz processor
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM
Games Yes + downloadable
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- Voice memo/dial
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1150 mAh
Stand-by Up to 408 h