Average of 12 scores (from 21 reviews)
Reviews for the BlackBerry Classic
Source: Tech Advisor
This is a hard product to score. If you want a smartphone with a keyboard, and you want it purely for messaging and calls, with a little web-browsing thrown in, the BlackBerry Classic is the perfect device at an excellent price. A five star product. But general smartphone users will be frustrated by the relatively low power, and the paucity of screen space. If you are a BlackBerry fan, you will love the Classic. Otherwise there are better deals elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: Gadgets Now
If you’re a die-hard BlackBerry purist and you’ve been waiting patiently to see the Bold lineup make a comeback, the Classic is the QWERTY keyboard-toting, throwback business phone you’ve been waiting for. It’s just as practical as the massive Passport, but it’s actually pocketable and BlackBerry 10 packs in plenty of nifty features. It’s not for everyone though, and its physical keyboard eats up valuable screen real estate, while software keyboards have come leaps and bounds. At £350, it’s not bad, but it won’t set the world on fire - don’t expect it to beat out the latest flagship Android blowers or the iPhone 6, either.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
If you are buying a phone for content consumption, then I think you have already made a decision. Yes, the BlackBerry Classic is not for you. It is a very good option for those looking for a solid messenger phone. I prefer the Classic over the unwieldy Passport. There's no doubt that the Classic is a very good handset. However, considering that the Q10 with similar hardware is now available for Rs 24,000, the Classic's Rs 31,000 price tag seems unreasonable.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/19/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% display: 70% mobility: 60%
It’s hard to recommend the Classic to anyone but the most diehard BlackBerry fanatics, and in fairness, they’re a bunch of people who already know they’re in love even before they lay eyes on this product. This is a phone, though, that really should have turned up a couple of years ago when Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip was new, in 2012 when it was recent, rather than early 2015 where it feels old and depreciated.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Saying that the BlackBerry Classic isn't for everyone is like pointing out that snow is really quite chilly and oxygen is a lovely thing to breathe. It's so obvious that it barely means anything at all. What the Classic is, though, is a mostly reliable device, so long as you're willing to put up with its many, many quirks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2015
If you’re looking for a new ‘Berry then the Classic will fit the bill perfectly, but if you want a new device that can take on the rest of the current smartphone market, we’d suggest you look elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Pocket Lint
The BlackBerry Classic undoubtedly achieves its aims. This is every bit an upgrade of the Bold, exhibiting the same strengths, broadening the experience and offering more for the BlackBerry user. Of the recent BlackBerry launches, the Classic is the keyboard device we'd most want to use, which is a definite positive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Under KG
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/08/2015
Source: GSM Arena
Passing final judgment on the BlackBerry Classic depends on one's perspective about what a smartphone should do. The handset is an excellent business device, but a long way behind the latest iOS and Android smartphones in terms of features that will appeal to regular users. With the above in mind, we must concur that BlackBerry has done a good job with the Classic. The device is targeting the corporate crowd and will tick the right boxes for its members. It is superbly built, comfortable to use, seriously looking, and full of productivity features, wrapped into a responsive, highly secure OS environment.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/02/2015
Source: Reg Hardware
Ruthlessly aimed at persuading enterprises to upgrade their thousands of Bold users, the BlackBerry Classic is a powerful tool in its own right. It also adds a welcome bit of diversity to the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/31/2014
Source: Laptop Mag
The BlackBerry Classic is like going to a Rolling Stones concert: you'll hear some good new stuff, but you're really there for the greatest hits. For BlackBerry diehards whose old 9900s are falling apart, the Classic will be a welcome upgrade. You get a familiar and comfortable physical keyboard, strong security and long battery life, plus new goodies like BlackBerry Assistant and a smarter hub.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: T Break
The Classic surely grew on me over the course of a week and the smaller screen didn’t matter as much as it did when I first picked it up. That being said, I can’t see the Classic becoming my one and only primary phone but if you’re someone that carries two phones, I can’t think of anything better than the BlackBerry Classic as your secondary device.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 80% performance: 65% features: 80% workmanship: 85%
Source: Phone Arena
After years of trying to reinvent itself through various formed smartphones meant to be up with the times, as well as a new start with a totally different platform, BlackBerry finds itself in an unpredictable position – one that’s unquestionably more unstable than not. Failing to capture interest amongst consumers, who have migrated to other opposing platforms, the Classic comes off as nothing more than nostalgia. For the diehard BlackBerry user, it’s that productivity-centric device that helps users to stay busy and active when they’re away from the office, but as a consumer-end product, it fails to spark interest.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 65%
Source: Pocket Lint
For those waiting for a keyboard device, we think the Classic will be popular. In the enterprise world, where the Classic is pitched, it could come as a welcome relief for those with an aging Bold, Curve, or who don't like touch. For "professional consumers" here's a device that's business focused, designed to keep you communicating.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/17/2014
The BlackBerry Classic is currently available for pre-order from BlackBerry's ShopBlackBerry.com website for $449. It is expected to ship in mid-December. Unfortunately, the version that BlackBerry is selling is not compatible with Verizon Wireless or Sprint in the United States. Individual wireless carriers are expected to announce their specific release details soon, though, and Verizon or Sprint-compatible versions could become available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2014
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 7/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 86%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
Source: Connect - Heft 3/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 82%
Source: Pocket Navigation DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/22/2015
Source: Futurezone.at DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/13/2015
Source: Area DVD - Heft 2/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Model: Returning to its roots of a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic has all the right curves and features. Design is flawless with the iconic 35 key tactile keyboard supplementing the beautiful square touchscreen. The edges are rounded for comfortable in hand usage while the back is fully textured for superior grip. The 178 g device comes with a 3.5 inch 1:1 aspect ratio screen with 294 ppi.
While the screen real-estate is not something to shout about, the physical keyboard supplements the need for an on-screen one. At the heart of the BlackBerry Classic is a Qualcomm MSM 8960 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Users can increase storage up to 128 GB using a microSD card if needed. The BlackBerry Classic runs on BlackBerry 10 OS and comes with an 8 MP autofocus rear camera and a 2 MP fixed-focus front shooter.
Other features include LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC, and 3 microphones for noise cancellation. The Battery life is very good with BlackBerry claiming up to 22 hours of mixed usage powered by a 2515 mAh non-removable Lithium pack. Users who enjoy traditional BlackBerry devices with a physical keyboard will feel right at home with this device.
Qualcomm Adreno 225: Integrated OpenGL ES 2.0 and Direct3D 9_3 capable graphics card.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
S4 Plus MSM8960: High end dual core Soc (Krait cores) including a Adreno 225 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is one of the smallest diagonal for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
72.42%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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