Friday, 27 February 2015

BlackBerry Classic Smartphone Review

BlackBerry is one of the first companies to launch Smartphone, which became popular as business phones. It once ruled over the mobile World but was lost its glam in last few years despite launching new phones to woo their customers. However, even today, there are several dedicated fans who still screech for the days when QWERTY keyboards and small track-pads were super effective status symbols. BlackBerry returned to the competition with a bang by launching its new BlackBerry Classic for its ardent fans. It is the same old BlackBerry phone but a bit stylish and sleek. But will it be able to woo new users over the hundreds of new models being launched by some of the leaders of the mobile world? Let’s have a closer look at this new Smartphone BlackBerry Classic.

Design and Display

The new Blackberry Classic is similar to the old BlackBerry phones so, don’t be stunned if people make fun of you for not having a touch screen phone. However, it comes in a much sleeker and classier design as compared to the earlier models by the company. As compared the Bold, this phone is much bigger and has stainless steel bezel, glass and plastic front along with textured rear body that has rubber finish. The phone is sturdy and seems durable despite its plastic body. It is equipped with QWERTY keypad and the textured rear makes it easy to hold. At the top of the phone there is a glossy strip, which is a bit raised, sports the camera, branding and LED Flash. The volume rocker and mute keys are placed at the right edge while the power key sits at the top edge along with the 3.5mm headset jack. It supports Nano-SIM card and the slots that hold the SIM card as well as microSD card are located at the right edge while the 3.5mm headset jack along with power key is placed at the top edge. The micro-USB port, which allows connecting to charger and USB cable, is located at the bottom edge of the phone.

This new phone features a 3.5 inch square screen that supports 720 x 720 resolutions. In addition, it offers a better display that allows wide viewing angles with vibrant and brighter colors, which lets you view graphics and texts much clearer and crispier. Moreover, the touch as well as display is great while even under sunlight. But sadly, owing to the screen ratio of 1:1 video clips isn’t great to watch as a black band appears at the end of the screen while watching videos. In addition, the backlight isn’t that great, which means that the build is not top-quality. Nevertheless, in terms of feel and look it is bigger and seems like some modern features are added to BlackBerry Bold.

Processor, Operating System and Storage

The new Classic runs on the BlackBerry’s latest version OS 10.3.1 of its OS 10, which comes with some cosmetic changes along with improved functionalities. However, the basic features remain the same. The UI is essentially divided into the hub, active pane and app panel. The hub stores all sorts of messages and notifications; the active pane shows the last accessed apps in widgetized format, offering information for a glance; and the app list features icons for all installed apps. The Classic features a key for the hub but is a bit unneeded. It also allows downloading APK files online and also to install third party Android app stores such as 1Mobile Market to install Android apps. The OS is centered more on communication and messaging and outperforms other platforms in this section. However, it is still not up to the mark as the other phones launched recently by its competitors in terms of good quality third party native apps.

The phone is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, which is coupled with 2 GB RAM to enhance the performance of the phone without any glitch. But, the processor equipped with it is a little outdated. The phone comes with 16GB storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.

Qwerty Keypad

Even though the era of keyboard phones seem to ended when it comes to high-end phones but this new phone by BlackBerry features a QWERTY keypad, which is its flagship. The Keyboard is placed below the display, which has menu, back and call accept and reject keys in addition to the optical trackpad for navigation. These keys are softer compared to the rest of the keys but offer decent perceptible view. The menu and back keys are surplus as it supports Touch Display, which is good enough. No doubt, the ardent fans of Bold will not agree but the keypad is actually redundant and instead the screen could have been made bigger to woo new customers.

Camera

Now-a-days, camera has become one of the most essential features that users look for while buying a new phone. The BlackBerry Classic sports an 8MP primary camera, which boasts of 5-element f2.2 lens. It is supported by Back Side Illumination along with LED Flash, which allows capturing images and videos even in low-light condition. The rear camera also supports HD video recording with a resolution of 1080p at 30fps (frames per second). The phone also features a 2MP fixed focus secondary camera that supports 720p video recording. The front-facing camera also enables video callings. The rear camera features Panorama, time shift and burst modes in addition to HDR mode and for photos, 1:1 square, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios can be chosen. In addition, the images captured during daylight looks good enough with perfect contrast and exposure. The colors were little oversaturated as compared to the Passport. However, the Touch Focus wasn’t that great and in low-light condition the images captured are pretty decent. The HDR photos were pretty good with fine contrast level. Unfortunately, some delay is faced while launching the camera app for capturing images or recording videos.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the phone supports G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, which enables connecting to Internet and transfer of data to and fro with compatible devices wirelessly. For making mobile payments, it comes with NFC and for location detection it has GPS. SlimPort for USB charging and HDMI out, enables wired connectivity with compatible devices for data transfer. Apart from these, the phone also supports 4G (only FDD-LTE). For listening to music and other entertainment, it features FM Radio. The connectivity options are quite good and meet the modern-day requirements.

Battery and Price

BlackBerry Classic is powered by 2515mAh non-removable rechargeable battery, which promises power backup of up to 22 hours with a single charge and this sounds quite great. However, the phone’s battery lasts up to 11 to 12 hours while 3G is turned on along with full brightness and high usage. However, the battery lasts longer with a single charge if the usage is on the lower-side. The new phone from BlackBerry is priced at Rs. 31,990/-, which seems to be a little expensive.

Verdict

Looking at every aspect of the new BlackBerry Classic, it will definitely lure the loyalists of BlackBerry Bold but still equipped with older hardware and processor, which are not the best, which can woo the others. This phone is ideal for those who are fan of keyboard phones and is perfect for just emails and messaging rather than for high-end use. Owing to this, it is indeed a little expensive in terms of performance, processor and other features. However, at the same price, you can get a phone with more features and functionalities.




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