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Blackberry Classic, The Swan Song?

January 7, 2015


A few days ago, I was reviewing a senior BlackBerry handset, the Torch 9810, having in mind that there still is an area of consumers which settle with something modest and pretty basic that goes really easy on the wallet, being a few years old. Well, today I’m leaving the past behind for offering some well deserved attention to a recent release, the BlackBerry Classic, a new figure that aims to please the business class area of consumers. And not only that, as this fella would also be quite tempting for those of you who just feel the need of a decent smartphone that also sports a QWERTY keyboard, which is the ultimate “weapon” for ultra fast texting and makes every single on-screen keyboard run for the hills when it comes to that. The device also sports a nice 3.5 inches display, an 8 MP camera with digital image stabilization, 16 GB of storage, a 2,515 mAh battery and more. Follow the next review for more details.

In its retail package, the BlackBerry Classic is accompanied by a charger, a stereo pair of headphones, a microUSB cable for re-charging the device and making data connections and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card.

The BlackBerry Classic stands at 131 x 72.4 x 10.2mm and has a weight of 177 grams. In terms of design, the device is defined exactly by its name, keeping the old-fashioned appearance that consists in a (significantly larger) display situated above a great QWERTY keyboard. The handset is made from polycarbonate and features a dotted pattern on its back, thus rejecting fingerprints and offering a good hand grip. Even if the phone is kind of hefty for today’s standards, it sits very comfortable in your hand and is also easy to slip into pockets. Its build quality is excellent, highlighting the fact that we’re dealing with a premium device.

The BlackBerry Classic features a 3.5 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The image quality is excellent, with vibrant colors and very good contrast, thus delivering a great sunlight legibility.
Beneath the display sits a wonderful QWERTY backlit keyboard which is the greatest tool for texting. If physical keyboards are your cup of tea and you prefer them instead of on-screen ones, you’ll see that this baby is the best one around.

In terms of user interface, the BlackBerry Classic comes loaded with the BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, which is the latest and greatest software update, bringing, among other features, a personal assistant and some more color to the overall appearance. The platform supports Android applications, but not all of them and you’ll get access to them through the Amazon AppStore instead of Google’s. The interface is pretty friendly and you should get used to it in no time even if you’re a newbie. You have several customizable homescreens, an app drawer that displays your applications, quick toggles, a search feature which is a wonderful tool that allows you to look through your apps and other personal stuff. Your notifications are shown in the BlackBerry Hub. The BlackBerry Assistant which I was talking about earlier is very capable and can perform searches, make calls, send messages, emails and more.

At the hardware department, the BlackBerry Classic holds support for a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, having a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. Even though the handset features a pretty old chipset, it delivers a very good performance and won’t be bothering you if you don’t abuse it with a lot of tasks and the like.

When it comes to connectivity, the BlackBerry Classic is well packed with features and has support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, LE and EDR, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

For taking photos, the BlackBerry Classic holds on board an 8 megapixels snapper with autofocus which is accompanied by a LED flash in low light conditions and features digital image stabilization. The pictures produced offer some beautiful and accurate colors, a good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also doing a wonderful job and delivers some really nice 1080p videos @30fps.
Also on board is a 2 MP front-facing camera for making video calls.

The BlackBerry Classic also features support for some very capable media players, a document viewer and editor, a fast and feature-rich browser, an FM Radio, file manager and much more.

The BlackBerry Classic features a 2,515 mAh battery and will stay alive for almost three days under a moderate usage, which is quite nice and impressive.



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