The BlackBerry Classic: what the critics think

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For many die-hard BlackBerry fans, no phone will suffice over the BlackBerry. There’s just something about battling with that fiddly QWERTY keyboard that they love.

But having cast many of its traditional features aside – except its keyboard of course – how will the new BlackBerry Classic fare, especially for the BlackBerry fans?

Reiterating the surmise that, well it’s only really those who are fond of the BlackBerry who would give the Classic a run for its money, is Tech Radar’s review of the new phone.

In a 3.5 star review (we’ve seen worse), Tech Radar compliments the Classic’s improved navigation and its fast web browsing – thanks to the BlackBerry 10 web browser, which is, according to BlackBerry, rated amongst the top mobile browsers for web fidelity.

Other plus points Tech Radar highlight is its great messaging and the fact the phone is “perfect for BlackBerry fans.”

On the downside, which unfortunately there often is with BlackBerry, is the fact there are fewer apps on offer, it possesses an erratic battery life, which is disappointingly ironic as BlackBerry excitedly claim the Classic has a “50% longer battery life”.

And Tech Radar’s qualms don’t stop there, as other ‘againsts’ are the Classic’s ‘un-media friendly’ square screen and its chunky and heavy design.

After a fairly disappointing review, were CNET any more impressed with BlackBerry’s latest offering?

CNET also gave the Classic a 3.5 star review but we have to admit was kinder than its rival tech review site.

As well as praising its comfortable, accurate keyboard with an attractive design, CNET was impressed with the fact the BlackBerry Classic has support for Android apps.

“If you’re willing to trade screen size for a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies,” was CNET’s bottom line.

The Verge disputes Tech Radar’s disgruntles about the Classic’s “erratic battery”, claiming the phone’s battery life “is pretty cool.”

However, when it came to the phone’s camera capabilities, The Verge was less impressed, citing the 8-megapixel camera on the back as “tremendously slow.” Even The Verge writer’s lap cat couldn’t be bothered waiting for the painful slow shutter to do its magic and walked out of shot when being photographed!

Highlighting the Classic’s infuriating mix of “crazy fast and insanely slow”, the Verge pins the problem on the fact the Classic has a last-gen processor that cannot keep up with modern apps and web pages.

The Telegraph was however less condemning of the Classic’s camera, pointing out one clever new feature that allows users who divide their phone between personal and work life to take images on a ‘work camera app’, which are then saved onto the work ‘perimeter’ – could be useful.

With innovative features such as the BlackBerry Blend, enabling users to put messaging and content on their BlackBerry onto computers and tablets, a pre-loaded BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, 60% more screen space and a greater variety of apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore, BlackBerry have certainly tried hard with the Classic.

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Though we have to admit, it’s for a reason that BlackBerry is down to a miserly 0.5% of the market share of global smartphone shipments.

The BlackBerry Classic is available now for £349.00. Visit Blackberry to find out more.