BlackBerry Classic review: Oldschool QWERTY & Outstanding Performance
Get in the Classic, a handset that’s really recognisably BlackBerry and which turns away from the iPhone-aping direction that in 2014’s Z30 entered. The BlackBerry Classic hearkens back to the great old days, when a strong QWERTY key-board and a thick design turned phones into full-blown company partners. The screen is likewise square however touch-enabled, aimed more for spreadsheets than Candy Crush, while the key-board below follows the Q10’s lead by conjuring up the spirit of BlackBerrys past.
It is noticeably BlackBerry, which might or might not be precisely what you’re searching for from a smart phone. It’s not as non-traditional as the Passport introduced a number of months earlier, and it does provide something various to the Q10 through the energy belt: 4 shortcut navigation keys and a touch-sensitive trackpad.
There isn’t really a lot to be stated about the Classic’s 3.5-inch square screen; it’s bright enough to utilize in direct sunshine, and colors are plenty dazzling, too. Call, Menu, Back and End can manage everything from jumping back a screen to using default actions, depending upon the context. In regards to specifications you’re getting a 3.5-inch, completely square 720 x 720 pixel display screen, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm 8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage (with a microSD card slot readily available for broadening that by approximately 128GB if needed).
The BlackBerry Hub (a slide-out panel that provides tantalizingly fast access to all your messages) remains to be the very best part of the BB10 experience. There’s an 8MP auto-focus electronic camera around the back, with an LED flash and 1080p video recording abilities. Around the front you’re restricted to a two-megapixel video camera and 720p video for those selfie shots (and essential bussiness video calls). Those specifications are noticeably ho-hum however it’s considerably less expensive than the top-end smartphones these days as an outcome: you can choose it up for $449 (around AU$ 550) in the United States, £349 in the UK and $499 in Canada.