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BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry Leap

from  $99.99+
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64 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
64

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

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

There are several things to like about the BlackBerry Leap, including its long battery life, surprisingly good camera and the productivity afforded by BB10 OS. The handset isn’t withoutissues, though. It can be cumbersome to use due to its size;its 720p display is of substandard quality;and even some of the most popular apps aren’t available on the BB10 platform directly. And, almost unforgivably, the phone makes do with aging internals, making it identical on the inside to the two-year-old BlackBerry Z10. Frankly, it’s impossible to recommend the Leap over cheaper handsets with superior specifications and more consumer-friendly platforms. As a work phone, the Leap will more than cut it, but if you’re looking for a personal device that isn’t solely for keeping up with email, you can do better.

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Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Versatile 8-megapixelcamera
  • BB10 OS is a great productivity tool
Cons
  • Bulky compared to other5-inch phones
  • Poor-quality display panel
  • Outdated internals
  • Weak app selection
64 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
64

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

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

64
 

User Reviews

80
Tethys
Great budget device if found for under $200. A real, no-frills workhorse at...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
71
Average Critic Score
 
70
ZDNet
The Leap is likely to provide what you need from a business smartphone, particularly when it comes to handling email. But the real test ... is whether you would want to use it for work and play. Thanks to the lack of native apps, this smartphone is unlikely to make that Leap.
 
80
CrackBerry
Despite whether or not you personally decide to pick one up, the BlackBerry Leap is a pretty solid and very capable device that comes at a reasonable price, it just so happens that BlackBerry had to make a few compromises to make it all come together.
 
60
NDTV Gadgets
Even if the Leap is only ever considered a secondary phone and only ever used for work, BlackBerry still wins. That's enough to sell products, and is enough to keep BlackBerry relevant.
 
70
The Register
Where the BlackBerry Leap does start to look very attractive is as a fleet phone. ... the Leap was created for just that reason: BlackBerry’s corporate customers only have two new QWERTY keyboard models on offer and some staff prefer a full touch. This fits the bill.
 
70
Digital Trends
The newest all-touch BlackBerry maintains the status quo.
 
80
Mobile Syrup
It’s got a better screen and much-improved battery life, but few Z10 owners are going to see this as an upgrade. Instead, it’s meant for a new generation of BlackBerry users ... comfortable in the reality that it may just be the perfect second smartphone.
 
70
Engadget
Frankly, it’s impossible to recommend the Leap over cheaper handsets with superior specifications and more consumer-friendly platforms. As a work phone, the Leap will more than cut it, but if you’re looking for a personal device that isn’t solely for keeping up with email, you can do better.