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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.

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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
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
Tethys
The keyboard is superb and is your best bet in 2015 to handle emails and messaging...read more
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
AT&T
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen, Qwerty keyboard (Capacitive [finger]) (4 rows)
Predictive text
Yes
Navigation type
Trackball

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2515 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (f/2.2) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Bluetooth
4.0

Media

Media playback
Yes

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
Yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Display

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (720x720)
Pixel density
294 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (MSM8960)
CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes