BlackBerry 8520 / 8530 Curve (Gemini) Review


The BlackBerry 8520 Curve, code-named “Gemini” once upon a time, is the first in a new family of optical trackpad-toting smartphones from RIM. Back in the days of the 8700, many old-schoolers cried foul when their beloved jog wheel was to be replaced with a trackball in the original Pearl 8100, but most welcomed the new input with open arms – after all, it was certainly worth a slight loss in precision for something way cooler, right? It didn’t take long for apps to take advantage of the multicoloured LEDs inside the Pearl, then manufacturers to pump out customized trackballs when those lights were replaced with straight white ones in newer models.

Aside from occasionally getting grit stuck underneath, the trackball had a good run on BlackBerry, supporting devices all the way through the latest Tour and Curve models. Now we’re on the brink of similar transition, this time with trackballs exiting stage left. Based on what we’ve seen of the upcoming Onyx, and supposedly the updated Wi-Fi Tour, the trackpad will be the new standard for BlackBerry, with the odd SurePress device thrown in for kicks.

Now, the BlackBerry 8520 isn’t what you’d call the higher-end of the Curve line, but the slick new design does carry it a long way. Hit the jump for the full review!

Update: The BlackBerry 8530 is now out on Sprint and Verizon, and though it’s largely the same as the 8520, it merits a few extra points. Check them out in the conclusion.

BlackBerry 8520 Curve

By Research In Motion ($129.99/free from T-Mobile)

  • 2.0MP Digital Camera
  • Video Camera Capabilities
  • Supports BlackBerry App World
  • 256MB Flash Memory
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Multimedia Player
  • Wireless Email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Phone
  • 4.29 inches (109 mm) x 2.36 inches (60 mm) x 0.54 inches (13.9 mm)
  • Battery: 1150 mAHr removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell, 4.5 hours talk time, 17 days standby
  • Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks

Slick new design
Trackpad fantastic

Poor camera
Mediocre display

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  • Matthew Fernandes

    The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a very trendy look. It has all advanced features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2-megapixel camera. People will be satisfied with excellent features like Quad-band world roaming, smart dialling, conference calling, speed dial, and text and multimedia messaging. Having this phone is an indication of high status.

  • Buba

    2.0 MP camera, 256MB flash memory …. Very good cell phone!

  • Rahul kadam

    Best phone is affordable range of 10,000 Rs. to Rs 15,000.

    Has vevrything required at the current age of cell phone trends

  • Dean

    Blackberry is the phone that i love most. Although there is many competition such as I phone and HTC, I still love blackberry

  • tricia etu

    BB is d best phone ever,I use curve 8520

    • Qt_pie_jody

       Is the sms settings different between them both?

  • Sandeepgurav09

    what is the diff. between bb curve 8520 & 8530 gemini
    pls make me understand

  • ahmar

    bb curve 8520 is my phone,, so much practical to use ds day its affordable! i like Blackberry 8520.

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