BlackBerry Curve 8520 Specifications, Tests and Review

2.46", 320 x 240
Main Camera
2 Megapixel
Operating System
BlackBerry Handheld Software
1150 mAh

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Product Type BlackBerry smartphone
Form Factor Full keyboard
Aerial Internal
Height 109 mm Worse than 76 % of phones rated.
Width 60 mm Worse than 64 % of phones rated.
Depth 14 mm Worse than 69 % of phones rated.
Weight 106 g Better than 77 % of phones rated.
Body Colour Royal purple | White | Black | Ruby Red | Frost blue | Frost
Waterproof (Water-resistant) -
SAR Value 1.02 W/kg
Connector Type Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm
Micro-USB - 5 pin Micro-USB Type B

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a height of 109 mm, a width of 60 mm and a thickness of 14 mm. The weight of the phone is 106 g.

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DISPLAY BlackBerry Curve 8520
Display Type LCD display
Display Technology TFT transmissive
Screen Size (Display Size) 2.46" Worse than 84 % of phones rated.
Screen Resolution (Display Resolution) 320 x 240 pixels Worse than 68 % of phones rated.
Colour Depth 65,536 colours Worse than 76 % of phones rated.
Display Features Wallpaper

The screen size reaches 2.46" inches. Phones with smaller displays are easier to use with one hand. The experience is less pleasant compared to phones with large displays. However, if you're buying a phone for basic use and don't want, for example, a good gaming experience or a large screen for watching movies, this size should be good enough for you. The disadvantage of LCD displays is the relatively lower color contrast displayed, as the technology cannot display absolute black well. Also due to the higher power consumption, LCD displays are no longer as common in phones. Even so, some manufacturers still equip their phones with LCD technology. However, modern smartphones are already using OLED technology. The advantage of LCD phones is that they tend to be cheaper to build than OLED technology.

Display Resolution of BlackBerry Curve 8520 is 320 x 240 pixels. A higher display resolution is a prerequisite for a sharper image. The standard for mid-range phones today is a Full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 px. Cheaper phones, which usually have a smaller diagonal, have an HD resolution of 1280 × 720 px. Smaller resolutions can only be found in older models. Best phones, on the other hand, have a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 px.

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MEMORY BlackBerry Curve 8520
Internal Memory Size (Storage Capacity) -
User Memory 256 MB
Supported Flash Memory Cards (Expandable Memory) microSDHC

An additional option to increase the storage capacity of this model is to insert a memory card.

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CAMERA BlackBerry Curve 8520
Number of Main Cameras 1
Sensor Resolution 2 Megapixel Worse than 80 % of phones rated.
Focus Adjustment Focus free
Digital Zoom 5x Better than 64 % of phones rated.
Light Source LED light
Video Resolutions 176 x 144 (QCIF), 320 x 240 (QVGA)
Number of Front Cameras 0

The rear camera of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 has only one lens. Single lens is more typical for older phones or lower-end phones with lower quality cameras. The rear cameras of modern phones nowadays are usually equipped with two, three and sometimes even five rear camera lenses. The resolution of the main lens is 2 Megapixel. Higher resolution does not necessarily mean super high quality photos. Furthermore, it depends on the pixel size but also on other important factors.

Digital zoom in this case offers zooming up to 5x. Of course, the higher the lens value, the more distant object can be zoomed in. Nonetheless, the disadvantage of digital zoom is that the quality and sharpness of photo deteriorates when using it.

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BATTERY AND CHARGING BlackBerry Curve 8520
Battery Capacity (Battery Size) 1150 mAh Worse than 75 % of phones rated.
Recharge Time (Charging Time) 2.5 hour(s) Better than 51 % of phones rated.
Standby Time 408 hours Better than 63 % of phones rated.
Talk Time 270 minutes Worse than 80 % of phones rated.
Run Time Details Talk (GSM): up to 270 min
Standby (GSM): up to 408 hrs
Battery Technology Lithium Ion

The battery size of BlackBerry Curve 8520 is 1150 mAh. Nevertheless, battery capacity is not the only factor that affects the phone's battery life. For example - the size of the display, the performance of the processor, the use of data functions and, of course, the intensity of use of phone in general all have a significant impact on battery life. Standard for most smartphones today is a battery capacity of around 4500 to 5000 mAH. Phones with this battery size usually guarantee a phone life of at least 1 day. Older or cheaper smartphone models can then reach battery capacities typically around 2500 mAH and below. With this capacity, you may find that if you use your phone heavily, you may need to recharge your phone during the day.

Standby time is 408 hours and it expresses the maximum time your phone can last on a single charge when you are not actively using it. Talk time, or we can say battery life when making calls, then indicates amount of time your phone will last from a full charge if you are constantly on a call. BlackBerry Curve 8520 is provided with a talk time about 270 minutes.

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CELLULAR BlackBerry Curve 8520
Technology GSM
Operating System BlackBerry Handheld Software
Navigation A-GPS

The operating system in this case is BlackBerry Handheld Software.

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COMMUNICATIONS BlackBerry Curve 8520
Data Transmission GPRS, EDGE
2G Band 850 GSM, 900 GSM, 1800 GSM, 1900 GSM
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, HFP, HSP, OPP, SPP, A2DP, AVRCP, SAP, PBAP
WLAN Security WPA, WPA2
Communication Features Mobile Email client, Internet browser
Messaging Services AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM), Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, SMS, MMS

Basic connectivity standards also include Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, making it easy to communicate wirelessly with other devices such as headphones, tablets, speakers and smartwatches.

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MEDIA BlackBerry Curve 8520
Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA, ASF, AMR, MP3, AAC-LC, AAC +, eAAC+
Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, H.263
FEATURES BlackBerry Curve 8520
Phone Functions Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, vibrating alert
Ring Tone Formats WAV, MIDI, MP3
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty 32
Personal Information Management Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock
Additional Phone Features TTY compatible, multitasking
OTHERS BlackBerry Curve 8520
Included Accessories Power adapter
Compliant Standards AES, Triple DES, HAC (Hearing Aid Compatible)
Max Operating Temperature 50 °C
Min Operating Temperature 0 °C

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