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I think I’ve realized why the company is called Research in Motion — it never seems to sit still and new BlackBerry models pop up faster than weeds. The latest edition is the BlackBerry Curve 8520, which hits T-Mobile in the U.S. and carriers in the […]

blackberry-curve-8520I think I’ve realized why the company is called Research in Motion — it never seems to sit still and new BlackBerry models pop up faster than weeds. The latest edition is the BlackBerry Curve 8520, which hits T-Mobile in the U.S. and carriers in the UK on August 5th. That just happens to be my birthday, and if I didn’t already have two phones, I might have put the 8520 on my wish list thanks to these features.

  • Quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM support
  • 802.11g Wi-Fi with support for T-Mobile’s UMA, or unlimited hotspot calls
  • 256MB of RAM plus a 1GB microSD card included; support for up to 32GB of expanded storage
  • GPS, Bluetooth and a new 512MHz CPU
  • 2-megapixel camera with video recording capability

About the only item I see missing is support for speedy HSDPA, which is the same limitation in the Curve 8900. That omission makes this more of a budget ‘Berry, although there’s no official price listing just yet. It’s worth noting that RIM is touting “out of the box Mac compatibility,” so I have to wonder if BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac is coming sooner rather than later.

  1. “About the only item I see missing is support for speedy HSDPA…”

    Forget HSDPA, this isn’t even a 3G handset.

    Why anyone would buy a 2G smartphone in this day and age is beyond me…

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  2. 2 MP camera – no thanks. This one’s a bargain basement offering at best.

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  3. Blackberry.com does not list this as having GPS. Do a compare against a Curve 8900 and you’ll see it is not checked.

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    1. Roy, you’re absolutely right: no GPS. I was looking at the product page and saw several features down at the bottom and GPS was included: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrycurve8500/curve_features.jsp

      I now see that these were generic features for BlackBerry devices in general. I’ll get the post corrected. Thx!

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