RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 vs RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650

Reasons to consider the BlackBerry Bold 9650

3.5G, RIM BlackBerry OS 5.0
App store Includes the BlackBerry App World BlackBerry App World vs None Almost the same
Screen PPI Higher PPI screen 249 PPI vs 150 PPI Around 70% crisper display of text, images and video
Network Faster max data speeds HSDPA (7.2 mbps) vs EDGE (0.384 mbps) Higher theoretical max data transfer speeds over cell networks (around 19x faster)
Camera resolution Slightly higher resolution camera 3.2 MP vs 2 MP Take photos with 60% more detail for larger prints
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen 360x480 vs 240x320 Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Bluetooth Slightly newer bluetooth support 2.1 vs 2.0 Typically faster data transfer and lower power consumption connecting to other bluetooth devices
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

Reasons to consider the BlackBerry Curve 8520

2.5G, RIM BlackBerry OS
Weight Lighter 106 g vs 136 g More than 20% lighter
Standby time More standby time 17 days vs 13 days More than 30% more standby time, less frequent charging
Size Slightly smaller 60×109×14 mm vs 62×112×14 mm Around 10% smaller
Screen size Slightly larger screen 2.7"" vs 2.4"" More than 20% larger screen


Common Pros and Cons

Compared to recent cellphones

Pros Cons
Keyboard Have full keyboards
QWERTY keyboard
compatibility-score Works with many headphones
Multitasking Neither can multitask
When you switch apps the previous app is closed
Touchscreen Neither have touchscreens
No touching, keys and/or pointer only
Accelerometer Neither has an accelerometer
No motion detection
FM Radio Neither have built-in FM Radios
Won't pick up any radio stations
Wifi Slower wifi than average
802.11g (54 mbps)
Processor Less powerful processors than average, less snapiness and responsiveness
BlackBerry Bold 9650Qualcomm MSM7600, 528 MHz
BlackBerry Curve 8520Unknown, 512 MHz
Numeric keypad Neither has a numeric keypad
Its often harder to dial numbers with a touch screen or keyboard

Compared to recent smartphones

Pros Cons

We're not aware of any interesting pros shared by these two products.

Camera resolution Capture low resolution images
BlackBerry Bold 96503.2 MP
BlackBerry Curve 85202 MP
Screen resolution Low resolution screens
BlackBerry Bold 9650360x480
BlackBerry Curve 8520240x320
Screen size Very small screens
BlackBerry Bold 96502.4""
BlackBerry Curve 85202.7""
Internal storage Less internal storage than average for storing music, photos and movies
BlackBerry Bold 9650512 MB
BlackBerry Curve 8520256 MB


RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650


Which phone do you like, and why?

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