BlackBerry Classic: Conclusion

March 29, 2015 by Andrew Hayward Reads (2,993)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 6
    • Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Value
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

True to its name, the BlackBerry Classic mimics the company’s phones of old, all while modernizing the hardware and software alike. To some extent, it succeeds: The phone itself feels great, and the operating system shows improvement, even if it’s still sort of stuck between eras. Most importantly, it does a great job of keeping you focused on productivity while employing BlackBerry’s signature security.

BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic

But the BlackBerry app ecosystem is a mess, with so many headlining apps missing between the two different marketplaces, and numerous apps not working as advertised. Moreover, that square screen isn’t designed for media or many apps, so the non-work experience suffers, and performance can be sluggish in spots.

As a secondary phone solely for work purposes, the BlackBerry Classic has value—particularly if you’re still rocking an older model. But as your sole smartphone, the Classic is too limited in its functionality and content offerings to come even close to an iPhone or Android phone. Pairing an older phone build and feature set with modern advancements might give the Classic a small bit of anachronistic allure, but the lingering sensation is that it’s simply outdated in key ways.

Pros:

  • Great build
  • Strong keyboard
  • Focus on productivity

Cons:

  • Bad app ecosystem
  • Cramped square screen
  • Slow, awkward UI


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  1. fr3lncr

    With regards to the ‘Software’ section of the review, I think it would be beneficial in this case to separate the core OS functionality and third party app support.

    In terms of core OS functionality, BB10 is quite fluid with no lag for native apps. Admittedly, the introduction of the trackpad and hardware keys (since no other BB10 phone has them) isn’t as polished as it could be, but all the core apps still perform as fast or faster than any other mobile platform.

    When it comes to Android app support, since it is being run through emulation, you take some performance hits (which is why Android apps run much better on the Passport which has a much faster processor).

    With regards to Android app performance, you use the example of Angry Birds Go not running well but you can install this as a native app from BB World (which runs with zero issues) so maybe you should clarify that if one is looking for apps to check BB World first and install that version (since it will likely be native). Then if it doesn’t exist, try Amazon. If it doesn’t exist there, then look at installing third party apps like Snap. Doing so will give you Netflix, Instagram and probably most of the other ‘missing’ apps you want straight from Google Play, hopefully with little or no issues.

    Admittedly, BB should be the ones communicating this the only way for new BB users to find this out would be to visit the fan forums which most aren’t likely to do. (Since ‘Snap’ isn’t an official product I can see why they don’t but since it will allow most users out there to have their needs met, they should find some way to communicate it). The situation is no different for Amazon Kindle Fire users who also have their own version of Snap I think to fill in their gaps by giving them access to Google Play apps.