The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is one of the latest and more affordable RIM smartphones in the market today and has been available via Rogers in Canada since early last month. The LG Shine II, meanwhile, comes with a 2.2-inch mirror-finish LCD display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity, and supports up to 16GB memory. This latest fashionable slider from LG is slated to become available for retail on November 22nd for $119.99 after a mail-in rebate is applied on 2-year contract. The BlackBerry Curve 8520, on the other hand, is still listed as coming in “the next few weeks” but is confirmed to retail for just $99.99 (after rebate).
The Curve 8520 certainly looks like the better offer between the two thanks to its lower retail price, but for those looking for 3G connectivity while on the go, the LG Shine II is a very interesting alternative albeit lacking the QWERTY keypad goodness that RIM phones are known for.