BlackBerry Classic Review


The BlackBerry Classic revisits the style synonymous with BlackBerry with its full QWERTY keypad and this latest version is set to replace the Bold 9900. If you weren’t quite taken with the BlackBerry Passport design then this phone would be more up your alley, here in our BlackBerry Classic review we put the phone through its paces.


BlackBerry Classic Design

BlackBerry Classic design


As the name suggests this latest smartphone from BlackBerry takes on the look of the classic BlackBerry handsets that gave the company a loyal following. The 3.5-inch touchscreen is square which makes it ideal for web browsing and editing documents.


The 35-key back-lit keypad includes an optical track pad function for scrolling around which is the same configuration used on the BlackBerry Passport making it really user friendly. The quick action keys are between the screen and keyboard with the volume control on one side and a MicroSD card slot on the other.


BlackBerry classic specs


Under the hood there is a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of on board memory. The BlackBerry Classic weighs in at just 178g and is sleek at just 10mm thick.


BlackBerry Classic Features


The BlackBerry Classic is sporting the latest BlackBerry 10 OS so you get access to the BlackBerry World App store as well as the Amazon App store that gives you access to lots of Android apps.


BlackBerry 10 features


The BlackBerry Hub allows you to set up your email, instant messaging and social accounts and keeps all of your incoming updates and messages in one place, the Hub is accessed with a simple finger swipe.


bb hub


The BlackBerry web browser is impressive when web browsing and can handle unlimited browser tabs while Documents To Go, Evernote, File Manager and Dropbox are on hand to keep you productive. BlackBerry Maps comes pre-loaded to help you find your way and with BlackBerry Assistant you can reply to messages, add to your calendar and get directions using voice commands.


BBM was one of the reasons the BlackBerry brand was embraced by so many mobile users and the latest incarnation includes BBM video so you can chat face to face and the share function allows you to share your screen.




The battery delivers up to 22 hours of use or 70 hours of music play and you can enjoy videos for up to 10 hours.


BlackBerry Classic Camera


BlackBerry Classic camera


The Classic has an 8-megapixel camera and it is packed with lots of features to help you get the best possible image results. Continuous and touch focus are on board as well as image and video stabilisation for less blur. Video is 1080o at 30fps and there is 5x digital zoom as well as filters and editing options to give your photos unique and interesting looks.




Overall the phone performs very well and the screen and keypad make this phone ideal for anyone that wants to do work tasks on the move. The phone is also a good choice if you want the BlackBerry experience but are not keen on the Passport design as you get lots of the same features from that phone on the BlackBerry Classic.


Written by: Carmel Brown

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