February 25th 2014 7:16 am


A love letter to BlackBerry fans and few others


Saying that the BlackBerry Classic isn't for everyone is like pointing out that snow is really quite chilly and oxygen is a lovely thing to breathe. It's so obvious that it barely means anything at all. What the Classic is, though, is a mostly reliable device, so long as you're willing to put up with its many, many quirks. I toted the thing through the thrumming hellscape that is the CES show floor, and I was grateful for its comfortable keyboard and its constant flow of easily glanceable messages. But did I feel so much as a pang of regret or longing when it came time to put the Classic back in its box?

Take a wild guess. Everything I needed to get my job done and beyond (even with stringent corporate IT policies in place) was available -- and ran better -- on my iPhone and Android devices. In the end, the Classic is a device with its heart in the right place, but a head stuck in the past. Unless you've been on this roller-coaster ride since the good old days, or you're a sucker for a good underdog story, leave this thing on the shelf. The rest of the world has moved on, and you probably have too.

Critic reviews

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User reviews

3 reviews
Engadget Feb 10, 2015

The BlackBerry Classic hearkens back to the good old days ... Alas, with inconsistent performance and an app ecosystem that takes plenty of getting used to, the Classic is still best suited for absolute die-hard productivity hounds and long-standing BlackBerry devotees.

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The Wall Street Journal Dec 23, 2014

It lives up to every bit of the BlackBerry’s original purpose. This is the best phone to get if you need a real physical keyboard to plow through emails, manage your calendar, browse the Web…and not much else.

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CNET Dec 17, 2014

If you're willing to trade screen size for a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies.

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PC Mag Dec 17, 2014

The BlackBerry Classic is a great voice and messaging phone that can't deliver on the range of online services most people need.

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phoneArena Dec 23, 2014

Pricing is favorable for this classic looking ‘Berry, but don’t sleep too tightly yet because it’s a throwback that modern smartphone owners who have never used a BlackBerry, might literally throw back to wherever they bought it from.

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The Telegraph Dec 17, 2014

There’s a huge amount to like in the BlackBerry Classic. It will make you more productive. It feels serious. And it doesn’t look too bad either. But in part you’re more productive because there are fewer distractions, and therein is the root of the problem.

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phoneArena Dec 24, 2014

I can only recommend the BlackBerry Classic to two groups of people: 1. Die-hard BlackBerry fans who simply won't use any other device; and 2. People who seriously — and I mean seriously — live and die by blasting through their email as quickly as possible.

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adityan adityan

I was a BB fan. I always wanted the trackpad. And finally its here. Guess no room for complaints, right? Wrong! While BB has finally delivered what they took away from its users, the time taken to restore functionality, has cost them dear. I have sampled other devises, got used to touch screen;...

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Tethys Tethys

The keyboard is superb and is your best bet in 2015 to handle emails and messaging on the go. Switched out from a Galaxy, and even with Swype it doesn't come close to the performance and thumb ergonomics needed to process 10+ emails a day. I get how having all the apps in the world is nice, but I...

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