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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display Display is great for a budget smartphone, its pixel density makes other midrange smartphones look weak even great!
  • Battery life Small 1000 mAh can still stretch for a day given the smaller power draw great!
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use Optical trackpad is surprisingly a good replacement for touchscreen good
  • Design and form factor Simple design great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Small, slim and light, hard to find a smartphone that is as pocket-able as this. great!
  • Media support No comments so-so
  • Durability No comments good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Let's face it, BlackBerry OS 7 will be put into a long retirement... so-so
Detailed review
Ignore that it's running on a 'dated' OS and has a small non-touchscreen. BlackBerry OS 7 is still quite a workhorse, and the optical trackpad makes up for the latter: the upside being you can hold this phone all over without worrying about 'accidental presses'.

A small and well-thought-out smartphone doesn't get any better than this.