BlackBerry Classic

price N/A | launch Jan, 2015

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 10 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Classic design - BlackBerry holdouts will love the throwback design
  • The back has a grippy texture that feels nice to hold
  • Comfortable, accurate keyboard
  • Good speed/performance in daily use
  • Great at productivity tasks
  • Dedicated call controls beneath the keyboard
  • Useful shortcut keys - holding down "A, " for example, brings up the Address Book
  • BlackBerry Blend allows you to fully control your phone via a PC or another device (including writing emails, BBMs, and text messages)
  • Support for Android apps
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life

What We Didn't

  • Small, cramped screen - this is not an ideal multimedia consuming smartphone
  • Chunky and heavy
  • BlackBerry OS is not as evolved as other modern touch based operating systems like Android and iOS
  • The awkward square aspect ratio hampers all activities except composing and editing text - a lot of Android apps especially look odd in this format
  • Limited Android App support - you're largely limited to whatever's available on the Amazon Appstore
  • Android apps also tend to run a bit slow
  • Average camera

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Operating System
Smartphone OSBlackBerry OS 10.3
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size3.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x720 pixels (~ 291 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • LCD
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer Sensor
  • Gyroscope Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
Processor/RAM
Processor1.5 GHz, Dual Core, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
GPUAdreno 225
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2515 mAh
Battery Standby384 hrs
Battery Standby (3G)365 hrs
Battery Talktime17.20 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)11.20 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Audio Playback Time: 70 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 13.7 hrs
Dimensions
Weight178 gm
Thickness10.2 mm
Camera
Camera8.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Backside Illumination
  • Continuous and Touch to Focus
  • Image and Video Stabilization
  • 5 Element F2.2 Lens
  • 5X Digital Zoom
Secondary Camera2.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • HD Video Recording
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreBlackBerry App World, Amazon Appstore
Full Physical QWERTY KeypadYes
Optical TrackpadYes
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
average brand rating
2.50/5
(Below Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys