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After a few forays into the touch screen phone market, Blackberry have finally gone back to doing what they do best, keyboard phones. The Blackberry Classic is the Blackberry we’ve all come to know and love, but with bigger and better specs than ever before. If you’re a keyboard phone fan, then look no further, this is the phone that you want.
Why should you be excited? Keyboard aside you’re getting some pretty impressive specs, a decent camera, beautiful design, and some nice extras too, such as the ability to support Android apps. The Blackberry Classic isn’t a phone for everyone, but if you’re looking for that awesome keyboard phone, then this is going to be a great buy.
There is absolutely no doubt that this is a Blackberry. From its full physical keyboard to its square-ish shape and rounded corners the Classic is Blackberry through and through. The front panel is all black and chrome, and the back is nicely rubberised making the Classic sturdy and easy to hold- not to mention difficult to drop.
Looks aside you’re getting some great mid range specs here, with solid performance and a few nice bonuses thrown in for good luck. The Classic doesn’t have top of the line specs, but it does have decent specs, and an affordable price tag, which is what it’s all about.
For keyboard phone lovers, and Blackberry lovers, the Blackberry Classic is a blast from the past. It’s got all the Blackberry features that you love, plus some ramped up performance specs, and that makes it a great buy in our book.
Blackberry aren’t big on big processing power, which is why it’s kind of a surprise to see a sturdy 1.5 GHz dual core engine in the Classic. Combine that with a full 2 GB of RAM and you’ve got a mobile that’s more than speedy enough for every day tasks, and that’s very responsive to input to boot. Power wise, the Classic is far better than most comparable keyboard phone models.
As you’d expect from Blackberry, the Classic is running the RIM operating system, in this case RIM 10 (or Blackberry 10, we’re not sure which to use since Blackberry refer to the OS by both names). That means excellent office software compatibility, great messaging and emailing ability, as well as awesome scheduling ability too.
When it comes to performance we often find that we need to compromise if we’re looking at keyboard phones, but that’s really not the case with the Classic. You’ll be getting some solid speeds from the Classic, and there’s little to complain about here at all.
The Classic does have a touchscreen, it’s a 3.5 inch display that has 720 x 720 resolution (around 294 PPI). That’s not fantastic, but then most people don’t buy a keyboard phone for its great display. The screen is more than good enough for viewing video and pictures on though, and that’s what really matters.
In terms of keyboard, you’re looking at the classic Blackberry typing pad. Four rows of keys (flat, not rounded) in full QWERTY style. There’s a nice little trackpad as well, which makes on screen navigation a little easier. But it’s the keyboard that’s important, and you’ll be happy to know that unlike the newer three row design of the Blackberry Passport, the Classic has the traditional keyboard that you’re used to using.
Let’s be honest and say that Blackberrys aren’t designed for watching movies or web surfing, they’re designed for easy and fast messaging and for business use, and in this respect the screen/keyboard combination on the Blackberry Classic is perfect. Yes, you compromise on screen space, but what would you expect, since the manufacturer have fit a full keyboard in?
Blackberry don’t always give us the best camera specs, but the Classic has a couple of great little devices for once. There are two cameras on board. The first of these is a front facing camera, which gets an impressive 2 MP, so great for selfies, or maybe for video calling which is what it’s really designed for.
On the rear side of the hand set there’s an 8 MP camera, which isn’t as high resolution as we might expect at this price range, but is pretty fair nonetheless. You’re getting an LED flash, autofocus, HDR recording and face detection thrown in, as well as a nice panorama mode, so there’s no lack of camera extras.
No, these aren’t the best cameras on the market, but for Blackberry they’re good, very good. And once again, the Blackberry isn’t designed for the regular selfie crowd, it’s more of a business phone than anything else, and in that case, the included cameras are probably better than we would have expected.
There are a couple of things that are worthy of mention about the Blackberry Classic. And the first has to be battery life. One of the biggest benefits of not having a large screen is that the Classic’s battery simply lasts a whole lot longer than that of a touchscreen hand set. In fact you’ll get a massive 365 hours of standby and 17 hours of talk time on the Classic, which is excellent.
The second thing that we have to mention is the app problem. Yes, the Blackberry App store is a little low on choices, and that’s one thing that’s off-putting about buying a Blackberry. However, the Classic does now support Android apps (though not all of them), which means you’re getting the best of both worlds: the Blackberry you want with the app selection of an Android. Pretty cool, right?
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||131 x 72.4 x 10.2 mm (5.16 x 2.85 x 0.40 in)|
|Weight||177 g (6.24 oz)|
|- Optical trackpad|
|Type||Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||3.5 inches (~40.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 720 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|OS||BlackBerry OS 10.3.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary Camera||2 MP|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6|
|Java||Yes, MIDP 2.1|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player|
|- DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.264 player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document viewer|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 2515 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 348 h (2G) / Up to 365 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 11 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 17 h 10 min (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 70 h|
Okay, so keyboard phones aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if that’s what you’re looking for then the Blackberry Classic is a sure fire winner. With great performance, that added support of Android apps plus the full QWERTY keyboard that you want, the Classic is the perfect hand set for business customers, or even email and messaging addicts.
You’ll be getting solid connectivity too, with WiFi, LTE and Bluetooth. In terms of memory you’ll have 16 GB of built in storage, plus a micro SD card slot for up to 128 GB more, which should be more than enough for anyone.
So, what don’t we like? That’s tough. We would like more screen resolution, but as we said most people won’t be buying the Classic for its screen. We’d like a higher resolution rear camera too, but having said that, this is one of the best Blackberry cameras around. When it comes down to it, the Classic is a great little phone, and if you’re looking for something that’s affordable and that has a keyboard then there really aren’t that many better choices around.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.