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T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 goes on sale today



The T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 is incredibly cheap at Wal-Mart. For only $48.88, on a two year, you get a high-powered smartphone that looks really slick. The device is also available in the T-Mobile Store for $129.99, but I can’t imagine why someone wouldn’t just go to Wal-Mart.

Now, a lot of you are probably saying “but it doesn’t come with GPS.” Well this goes back to something we’ve said several times on BlackBerry Cool: you may not love every device from RIM, but there is always a device for you.

The demographic that will be picking up a Curve 8520, is likely someone new to the smartphone market, and not quite used to email on a phone, but loves to text message. This phone will be perfect for this individual.

Check out our review of the prerelease device, and we’ll have the official review up shortly.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 review, pics and comparisons



The T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 is slated as a low-end BlackBerry Curve, and it will definitely suit the intended market. While Power Users are going to yawn, early Pearl owners are going to want to upgrade to this device, especially because we’ve heard it’s going to come in some beautiful colors.

Before reading this review, as usual it’s not a commercially available device and therefore may not be the device you pick up from T-Mobile.

The 85xx Series Devices

The BlackBerry 8520 is a new-generation Curve and while the xx20 is the only device in the series so far, it surely won’t be the last. In the coming months (year), we can expect a rollout similar to that of other BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry 8510 will have GPS and the 8530 will be CDMA.

About the OS

The 8520 that I’m using is running OS, which seems to be the consensus around other sites who have got their hands on the device. While OS 4.6.1 is decent, it isn’t the OS 5 that we’ve all been waiting to use. Because this is a pre-release device, it could possibly ship with OS 5, which would be a dream come true.
Click through to continue reading a review of the BlackBerry Gemini 8520

BlackBerry Onyx to come with a trackpad - new device strategy?



The BlackBerry Onyx has been spotted with a trackpad. Although the Tour 9630 does not have a trackpad, the BlackBerry Gemini 8520 does. This could mean that RIM is thinking of making all devices post 9630 come with a trackpad.

Is this the death of the trackball? I hope so. BlackBerry users have had to replace a ton of trackballs because they get dust/sand in them or they just simply wear out. This new strategy could mean longer lasting devices.


BlackBerry Gemini 8520 from T-Mobile in black and white


Ronen from BerryReview picked up the news that the upcoming BlackBerry Gemini 8520 will be shipping from T-Mobile in both black and white.

Back when I bought the iPhone 3G (don’t give me that look), I made sure to get the white version. Not because I thought it necessarily looked better, but because they made white the limited edition. It would be great to see more limited edition BlackBerry colors and cases being released.

The 8520 is shaping up to be an interesting device. With a cool new optical trackpad, it don’t matter if you’re black or white.

Stay tuned for the full review of the 8520.


T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 spotted in ultra low rez


blackberry gemini

Simon found a pic of the BlackBerry Gemini that is incredibly frustrating in its poor quality. If you’re sitting there looking at an unreleased device, here are a few tips:

  • Steady hands - Yes, it’s a sweet BlackBerry device that isn’t on the market, but shaking hands makes a blurry photo.
  • Megapixels please - At least 5 of them.
  • Angles - We need to see the front, back, side and top.

I have to give it to Kevin, he’s done the best job to date giving us some high rez images of the 8520. From that review, we see that the Gemini 8520 features rubber side keys, top-mounted media controls, and an optical pad replacing the classic trackball.

We’re expecting this to be an introductory smartphone device with a fairly low price point. Release dates aren’t exactly set yet, but we’re likely looking at an early August launch. Looking forward T-Mobile users?
More of those high rez BlackBerry Gemini 8520 images after the jump