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BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic

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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.

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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
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).

Scores

Engadget

68
 

User Reviews

90
Kgone
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
Tethys
The keyboard is superb and is your best bet in 2015 to handle emails and messaging...read more
100
multimbral
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
66
Average Critic Score
 
70
CNET
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.
 
80
The Wall Street Journal
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.
 
70
phoneArena
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.
 
50
The Verge
Here is your purchasing decision: you shouldn't buy this phone.
 
70
The Telegraph
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.
 
60
phoneArena
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.
 
60
PC Mag
The BlackBerry Classic is a great voice and messaging phone that can't deliver on the range of online services most people need.
 
70
Engadget
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.