Apr 26, 2012

The Blackberry Curve 8520 Pep Talk: Entertainment and Final Thoughts

Discussion on the Blackberry Curve 8520 continues, this time, I’ll be covering its full Entertainment Apps, Camera and my Final Conclusion on the phone. If you would like to read my previous articles on the phone, First Impression can be access HERE and the second article HERE.


Like most of the smartphones in the market at the moment, the Blackberry Curve 8520 also have apps that entertains users; a music player, a video player and 5 free games, but unlike others, it was seemed left out when it comes to music or video interfaces. They looked uninviting and uninteresting that Blackberry makers wouldn’t want users to play video and music on it. Though they provide a little functionality (unlike Windows Phone) where users can play around with the music settings like equalizer, bass boaster, etc., but they did not provide any pre-set settings and leave it for the users to discover for themselves. Playlist can also be created directly to the phone.

Music Player supports MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV files while the video supports MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV and DivX or Xvid. You can never expect fast rewind or forward response for the phone as it only runs 512 MHz CPU speed.

Games, simple yet entertaining, at least RIM squeeze a little fun on it rather than going all out with its boring business demeanour. Free games include World Mole, Bricks game, Texas Hold'em King 2 – a poker game, Sudoku and the Klondike solitaire.


2MP is all it has without flash or fancy features and taking average still pictures in broad daylight nor low resolution QVGA videos. If you’re taking casual photos to share around friends via social networks then this might suite you best since its low resolution images will be uploaded easily. Just don’t try taking images in the dark.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been reading my previous article on the phone, it cannot denied that I despise the phone because of its system rooted problems and set-up. I specifically mentioned system rooted because the problem cannot be changed easily thus users have to adjust to it. Well, it shouldn’t be the case, phones must adapt to human needs and wants and not the other way around.

I cannot also understand why with the phones price point and package, the phone lags behind in all aspects and that there were tons of wonderful phones in the market within the said price points or even lower that offers a lot more. I wouldn’t want to think that they’re just fooling people, so the best way they can do is decrease the phones price.

Given all this, it’s not a good idea for people to buy this phone especially if they were used to easy to use interface from competing systems. This phone is difficult to learn, and confusing to operate, you don’t really want to be stuck on a phone that will make your mobile life miserable. But if they are going to drop the price of the phone by half, then I’ll give it a go. They need to compensate users with its subpar interface.


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