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Blackberry Curve 8520 Smartphone Wows UK Reviewers

Testers in UK have been impressed by the latest Blackberry smartphone - the Curve 8520 - that just came out of RIM's manufacturing lines.

The keyboard-equipped device was unveiled late in July and lacks the pearl trackball that is the trademark of traditional RIM smartphones. Instead, there's a trackpad.

It might lack the 3G connectivity and come with a 2-megapixel digital camera, it still managed to get the Telegraph's reviewer to say that it was "compelling" and that the newly-introduced trackpad is "impressively nimble, accurate and enjoyable to use".

The rest of the specification though is surprisingly good; it has a 512MHz processor - same as its big brother, the Curve 8900, a slightly bigger screen (2.5-inch vs 2.4-inch) with a smaller resolution (320x240 vs 480x360), a lesser battery life, a worse camera, no GPS, a thicker profile.

Recombu's review concludes by saying that the music offering was impressive and that it's a great thing that this Blackberry is not as expensive as the other ones. Still the lack of 3G was a turn off although this is compensated by the WiFi.

We managed to get the phone (opens in new tab) for as little as £16.67 per month on an O2 contract through Dialaphone via a special tariff called "O2 Bonus".

Our Comments

One has to wonder whether choosing the 8520 over the 8900 makes economic sense. Orange offers the Curve 8900, an arguably better smartphone, for the same price as the 8520 (£19.57 per month over 24 months) and it comes with the trademark trackball.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.