Blackberry 8520 trackball

 

With the new 8520, BlackBerry is targeting mainstream users rather than those who would traditionally buy a smartphone. This is reflected in it's price as the handset will be available for free on £25 a month contracts or alternatively pay as you go users will be able to get their hands on it for around £200, which is pretty cheap by smartphone standards.

The 8520 will look instantly familiar to anyone who's used one of BlackBerry's Curve handsets, except for one new addition. BlackBerry has chosen to introduce its new optical trackpad on this phone. This replaces the company's iconic, mini trackball, or 'pearl' as RIM liked to call it.

RIM's representatives have indicated to us that this new trackpad is likely to be used across all new Curve devices mainly because it has no moving parts and so is less prone to dust and dirt. This being so, it really needs to deliver the goods. We've been fairly unimpressed with optical touchpads on devices like the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger , but thankfully the one on the 8520 is in a totally different league. It's a pleasure to use as it's both accurate and responsive and really we didn't miss the old style track ball at all. You can also adjust its horizontal and vertical sensitivity to customise the speed at which it zips around icons on the screen.

Blackberry 8520 trackball

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We're so convinced you'll absolutely love our repair service that if for any reason you are not entirely delighted with your repair, we're willing to offer a 30 day, risk free money-back guarantee. If you are not entirely delighted with the repair then you can return the device to us within 30 days of receipt for our team to reassess. If after this process you are still not 100% happy then you may request a refund. we can honor that with a 100% refund.

With the new 8520, BlackBerry is targeting mainstream users rather than those who would traditionally buy a smartphone. This is reflected in it's price as the handset will be available for free on £25 a month contracts or alternatively pay as you go users will be able to get their hands on it for around £200, which is pretty cheap by smartphone standards.

The 8520 will look instantly familiar to anyone who's used one of BlackBerry's Curve handsets, except for one new addition. BlackBerry has chosen to introduce its new optical trackpad on this phone. This replaces the company's iconic, mini trackball, or 'pearl' as RIM liked to call it.

RIM's representatives have indicated to us that this new trackpad is likely to be used across all new Curve devices mainly because it has no moving parts and so is less prone to dust and dirt. This being so, it really needs to deliver the goods. We've been fairly unimpressed with optical touchpads on devices like the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger , but thankfully the one on the 8520 is in a totally different league. It's a pleasure to use as it's both accurate and responsive and really we didn't miss the old style track ball at all. You can also adjust its horizontal and vertical sensitivity to customise the speed at which it zips around icons on the screen.

RIM's BlackBerry App World isn't the only way to get mobile applications onto your BlackBerry smartphone, but it's one of the most convenient. As the official BlackBerry storefront, there are certain advantages to using RIM's App World. Programs are easy to find by browsing through categories or searching--and only those apps compatible with your phone model will show. You're able to View reviews and see screenshots before committing to an app; you can add your own 2 cents' worth once you've installed the program in question.

While RIM manages no return policy, developers have the option of publishing trials, so you can evaluate a premium application before you purchase. At this time, the only way to purchase apps is through a PayPal account. We'd prefer more options, like linking a credit card with the app store, or using carrier billing.

Apart from that, RIM got one important element right. The My World tab on App World logs your purchases and freeware downloads, making it easy to redownload apps you've uninstalled, and to reinstall all your apps anew if you change phone models.

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