The BlackBerry Leap is the latest release from the manufacturer and here we check out this smartphone and put it through its paces.
BlackBerry Leap Design
The BlackBerry Leap is a more affordable version of the Passport with a full touchscreen design that removes the full keypad seen on the BlackBerry Passport or Classic models.
The Leap is sporting a large 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and this delivers a good vivid range of colours.
The sharp corners and sleek lines with the sides curving into the underside give this phone a great look and feel and it fits nicely in the hand.
BlackBerry Leap Features
The BlackBerry Leap has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor under the hood as well as 2GB RAM making for a good performance when running multiple apps. The various home screens allow you to pin your apps into groups and minimised apps will display various bits of information on the screen without the need to launch them.
The BlackBerry 10 OS includes BlackBerry Hub for all messages, emails and social updates in one place and BlackBerry Blend will install onto your PC when you first connect your smartphone to it so the handset will automatically sync with your PC.
The BlackBerry Leap includes access to BlackBerry World for apps as well as the Amazon app store for a range of Android based apps.
BlackBerry Assistant is on hand to help with tasks and this can be used with voice or text commands to open apps, send messages or get directions. The BlackBerry Keyboard includes a learning engine that will learn how you type over time making creating text quicker and easier.
BBM is on board for instant messaging and BBM video allows face-to-face chats while BlackBerry Maps and GPS will help you find your way when you are out and about.
BlackBerry Leap Camera
The Leap has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and this includes features such as continuous focus and 5x digital zoom as well as a whole range of shooting modes and editing features to add effects to your photos.
Video Image Stabilisation will help keep video clips shake-free and the camera records at 1080p for great video clarity. Story Maker will add your images to a slide show with music so you can enjoy those special moments even more and there is a front facing 2-megapixel camera on the front for snapping a selfie or video chatting.
Overall the BlackBerry Leap sits in the mid-range when it comes to smartphone features and with this handset you get the feel of the BlackBerry Passport but at a fraction of the cost.
The BBM feature has long been a favourite part of the BlackBerry experience with smartphone users and the enhanced version that is now available is great for keeping in touch.
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