BlackBerry Classicby BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry Classic
  • BlackBerry Classic
  • BlackBerry Classic
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
66%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Keyboard enthusiasts will feel right at home composing emails on the Classic; even after all these years, BlackBerry still rules physical keyboards on smartphones.
  • Support for running Android apps opens the door for those who want more than a workhorse.
  • Battery life lives up to the bar set by BlackBerry.

CONS

  • The Amazon App Store's app catalog isn't the most expansive, forcing users to fiddle with finding and installing apps outside of trusted sources.
  • Photo quality from the camera fails to impress even the most casual of photographers.
  • Performance is often slow and sluggish, with apps taking too long to respond or open.
The BlackBerry Classic pays homage to the traditional BlackBerry form factor, with a modern twist. The Classic runs BlackBerry 10, which features touch controls and the ability to run Android apps. Tucked beneath its 3.5-inch screen is the company's iconic keyboard for hammering out emails while on the go. The backside of the Classic features an 8MP camera, but more importantly houses a battery capable of providing 22 hours of battery life according to the Canadian company.
NameBlackBerry ClassicPRIVZ30Passport
ManufacturerBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerry
Techwalla Score
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List Price$323$699$240$700
70%

The Appstore’s existence legitimizes Android apps on the BlackBerry, and while Amazon’s tighter curating leaves out a good 75 percent of wha…

The Appstore’s existence legitimizes Android apps on the BlackBerry, and while Amazon’s tighter curating leaves out a good 75 percent of what’s available on Google Play, most of the popular apps are there.

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70%

As for the display, it can't hold a candle to the latest and greatest screens on other handsets, but it does the job and won't let you down.

As for the display, it can't hold a candle to the latest and greatest screens on other handsets, but it does the job and won't let you down.

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70%

Software remains the platform's weakness, and while it does support Android apps, you're largely limited to whatever's available on the Amaz…

Software remains the platform's weakness, and while it does support Android apps, you're largely limited to whatever's available on the Amazon Appstore

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70%

It is, every inch, the BlackBerry keyboard you know and love.

It is, every inch, the BlackBerry keyboard you know and love.

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68%

In the end, the Classic is a device with its heart in the right place, but a head stuck in the past.

In the end, the Classic is a device with its heart in the right place, but a head stuck in the past.

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50%

From a performance perspective, the Classic is a massively infuriating mix of crazy fast and insanely slow

From a performance perspective, the Classic is a massively infuriating mix of crazy fast and insanely slow

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It's got a 3.5-inch square screen, a hardware keyboard, and no apologies whatsoever.

It's got a 3.5-inch square screen, a hardware keyboard, and no apologies whatsoever.

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For former BlackBerry users, the Classic will feel like reuniting with a long-lost friend

For former BlackBerry users, the Classic will feel like reuniting with a long-lost friend

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That pretty much makes it the best keyboard in a not-exactly-crowded field: a bit like being the best gramaphone player on the market.

That pretty much makes it the best keyboard in a not-exactly-crowded field: a bit like being the best gramaphone player on the market.

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On one occasion the Classic slowed down to such a crawl that I felt forced to remove the battery and reboot the device.

On one occasion the Classic slowed down to such a crawl that I felt forced to remove the battery and reboot the device.

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It’s smooth without being speedy, and the first-party apps work well with little lag (but paging between apps or jumping into a new screen w…

It’s smooth without being speedy, and the first-party apps work well with little lag (but paging between apps or jumping into a new screen with a large amount of text and elements to paginate can have a short but noticeable delay of a few tents of a second).

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