BlackBerry Classic review: For ‘Bold’ Texters

BlackBerry Classic review: For ‘Bold’ Texters

Rating

4 out of 5
Design
4 out of 5
Performance
4.5 out of 5
Battery Backup
4 out of 5
Interface
3.5 out of 5
Value for Money

Total

4
4 out of 5

Overview

  • Pros:

    Full QWERTY keyboard
    Solid built
    BlackBerry apps integration
    Android app sideloading
    Decent battery life

  • Cons:

    Average looks
    Comparatively inferior specs
    A bit pricey

  • Conclusion:

    The BlackBerry Classic seems to be a decent upgrade of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 with a similar QWERTY keyboard and an all-new BlackBerry 10 OS.

Introduction

After facing some hardships, BlackBerry came back into action with a fresh series of its smartphones in the recent past. The new range had offerings for a variety of customers, including the BlackBerry Passport as the most odd-one, but none of them featured similarities with the company’s Bold series that was quite renowned in 2011. The Canadian company has now seemingly planned to please its old fan base with launching the BlackBerry Classic. This smartphone has all good things for the loyal BlackBerry fans who were looking to upgrade their BlackBerry Bold phones with a new BlackBerry smartphone that would serve them old wine in new bottle. The BlackBerry Classic went on sale in India last month and we picked our unit to test its performance on our benchmarks. So here begins our in-depth review on the BlackBerry Classic.

BlackBerry Classic review

BlackBerry Classic

What’s in the Box

The BlackBerry Classic smartphone launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 31,990. As we got a review unit, its box is nowhere similar to the retail unit and the in-box content are also designed for reviewers, though some of them are available inside the retail unit as well for end-customers.

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BlackBerry Classic with in-box content

The box that we got includes AC charger, USB-to-microUSB data cable, SIM eject tool, a pair of noise-cancellation headsets and the Classic unit itself. The quality of in-box content is quite premium in nature, and they fair in terms of their number.

Watch BlackBerry Classic unboxing:

Design

The core design of the BlackBerry Classic, at first glance, sports same looks that of some popular BlackBerry Bold smartphones. There is a mix-and-match of plastic, glass and stainless steel to give a solid built to the smartphone.

The BlackBerry Classic from its front features a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display. There are four physical keys in the middle of the keyboard and the display panel and a trackpad is also available to ease navigation. Each of the keys available on the keyboard are backlit keys and have a decent plastic built as well as enough space to provide a splendid typing experience. The display panel has Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection on top and there is a BlackBerry logo in silver finish. Besides, there is a secondary camera sensor and a couple of sensors – ambient light sensor and proximity sensor – on the either sides of an earpiece.

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BlackBerry Classic with touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard on front

On the left side, the BlackBerry Classic has a SIM card tray, which supports a nanoSIM card, and a microSD card tray. The company has provided an eject tool right inside the box for taking out both the tray from their compartments.

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BlackBerry Classic with nanoSIM card and microSD card slots on left

The right side of the BlackBerry Classic has a volume rocker and a play/pause button with steel finish. The quality of all the three buttons are as same as available on any other high-end BlackBerry smartphone.

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BlackBerry Classic with volume rocker on right

The bottom of the BlackBerry Classic has two loudspeaker grills and a microUSB port. It is worth noting here that there is just a mono speaker available under one loudspeaker grill while the other one has a microphone to capture audio.

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BlackBerry Classic with loudspeaker, microphone and microUSB port on bottom

On the top, the BlackBerry Classic has a power/lock button and a set of two microphones. The two microphones enable stereophonic audio recording while capturing videos and help in reducing the amount of ambiance sound during phone calls.

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BlackBerry Classic with secondary microphone, power/lock key and 3.5mm jack on top

Turning the BlackBerry Classic towards rear shows a rubberised rear casing with honeycomb pattern. There is a giant-size BlackBerry logo on the centre with silver finish and the Classic branding is featured on the top. Besides, there is a primary camera sensor along with an LED flash. The rear panel is non-removable, so the battery pack is non-replaceable. Overall, the rear panel resists sweating affects and thus provides better grip against any glossy-finish rear panel.

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BlackBerry Classic with non-removable honeycomb-patterned rear cover

The overall design of the BlackBerry Classic is quite similar to the BlackBerry Bold series smartphones, particularly of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, but not as solid and robust as of the BlackBerry Passport. In terms of dimensions and weight, it has 131mm height, 72.4mm width and 10.2mm thickness that makes its weight close to 177 grams, 47 grams more compared to the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900.

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  • Mohan

    Very informative review on BlackBerry Classic. Thanks Jagmeet!

    • Thank you for your comment Mohan 🙂