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BlackBerry Classic

68
Engadget
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The BlackBerry Classic hearkens back to the good old days, when a solid QWERTY keyboard and a dense design turned phones into full-blown business partners. 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.

Pros
  • Its physical QWERTY keyboard is still aces
  • Lots of good software touches
  • BlackBerry holdouts will love the throwback design
Cons
  • Finding (and installing)apps can be tiresome
  • Hit-or-miss performance
  • Can't remove the battery
  • Mediocre camera
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Scores

Engadget

68
 

User Reviews

50
Balasubramaniam Adityan
I was a BB fan. I always wanted the trackpad. And finally its here. Guess no...read more
100
multimbral
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
KM LW
The keyboard is superb and is your best bet in 2015 to handle emails and messaging...read more
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66
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

87
 

Display

66
 

Battery life

86
 

Camera

65
 

Ease of use

80
 

Design and form factor

83
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Media support

60
 

Durability

80
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

58
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
80

Engadget

80
 

Critic

80
 

User

Not yet scored
 
84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

User

79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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Engadget

80
 

Critic

80
 

User

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84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

User

79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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