Blackberry Classic Review : A Delight for Qwerty Lovers

BlackBerry has always been known for its QWERTY smartphones and they are back with another QWERTY device – Blackberry Classic. With this device company is trying to attract the old BlackBerry fans and new users who are looking for a powerful smartphone with QWERTY keyboard. So should you buy this device? And is it worth buying? Read on to find out.

Unboxing

Here is an unboxing video of the BlackBerry Classic showing various items you get with the device.

Retail Box Contents:

  • BlackBerry Classic
  • micro USB to USB cable
  • Charging Adapter
  • Earphones
  • User manuals

Design & Build Quality

The phone measures 131 x 72.4 x 10.2 mm which makes it easier to hold as compared to BlackBerry Passport but at the same time it weighs 177 grams which is bit bulky. The phone has steel frame with plastic body. It has a 3.5 inch display which has a resolution of 720×720 pixels and has a corning gorilla glass 3 protection.

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The display has good touch response, viewing angles and brightness levels. The text and images look sharp but 1:1 display is not good for playing games or watching videos. But then the target audience for this device is different and the company is not targeting users who are mainly use their smartphone for entertainment purposes.

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Above the display you have an earpiece, BlackBerry Branding and a 2 megapixel front facing camera for capturing selfies and for video calls.  Below the display you have  an optical trackpad along with call, end, BlackBerry menu and back buttons. The phone has a standard 4 rows BB keyboard, the keys are well spaced out and easy to use.

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At the top of the device you have a 3.5 mm audio jack, power/lock key and two microphones.

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You have two speaker grilles with a centrally located micro USB port present at the bottom. Since the speakers are present at the bottom they don’t get blocked or covered when the device is kept on a table or bed.

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The phone does not have a removable back panel and you will find an 8 megapixel camera along with LED flash at the back. The phone has a textured back which has a slight rubberized finish.

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On the left side you have a SIM card slot and a micro SD card slot. Both the slots can be opened using the pin provided in the box. The phone supports Nano SIM, so in case you have a micro or normal SIM then you need to get it converted to a nano SIM.

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There is a volume rocker with a button to activate assistant voice functions on the right side of the device.

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Overall, Blackberry Classic has good build quality and it resembles the BlackBerry bold devices in terms of design. The steel frame and textured back gives this device a premium look and feel. QWERTY keyboard lovers will certainly love the device.

Hardware & Performance

BlackBerry Classic is powered by a 1,5 Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor along with 2GB of RAM. The phone comes with 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded by using a microSD card of upto 128 GB storage. The phone cane play most of the video and audio formats without any issues.

We didn’t face any kind of lag or slowness while navigating through the interface. Although there was a minor delay while launching the applications specially the Android Apps. Talking about the connectivity features it supports 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS.

Software

The phone runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 out of the box. This is the latest BB OS and it comes with lot of changes and improvements. Also, now the Amazon Appstore comes pre-installed on the device so it is much easier to install the Android Apps on the device.

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Just like any other BB 10 OS device, the interface consists of 3 parts – hub, active pane and the app panel. The Hub contains all your notifications at a single place, active pane can be used to  access all the recently opened applications and the app panel consists of all the apps installed on the device.

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Users can easily navigate through the interface either using the touch screen or via track pad. When you are using the track pad to navigate you can notice that the selected controls or fields get highlighted. The interface also supports BlackBerry shortcuts, for example R key can be used to open reply message. Overall, the software present on the device will only excite few users.

Camera

BlackBerry Classic comes with 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The camera app offers Panorama, HDR, Timehift and burst mode. It can capture images in 1:1, 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio and it also supports full HD video recording. Here are some sample images captured using the back camera of the device:

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Overall, the quality of captured images is pretty good and the front camera also captures decent quality selfies.

Battery Life

The phone comes with a 2,515 mAh non removable battery which provides a great battery backup. The device easily lasted for an entire day with heavy usage. With moderate or low usage the device can provide a battery life of around 1.5-2 days.

Conclusion

BlackBerry classic is available in India for Rs 31,990 which makes it a bit expensive device if we look at the specifications. The device has good QWERTY keyboard and great battery life. So, if you are looking for a device with physical keyboard or if you want to upgrade from your old BlackBerry bold device then it can be a great choice.

Pros:

  • Good QWERTY experience
  • Great Battery Life

Cons:

  • Average performance
  • Bit Bulky

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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