BlackBerry Classic is true to its name as it brings back the company’s past with a QWERTY keyboard, old-school function keys and other features which raised the brand to popularity in previous years. With the emergence of several smartphones and new features, the launch of the BlackBerry Classic aroused doubts whether or not bringing the functionalities of previous phone models people loved was wise.
Announced during the Mobile World Congress Barcelona in February, the BlackBerry Classic was finally released on December 17, with its promised BlackBerry 10 performance and speed, plus the familiar navigation keys. Owners of BlackBerry Bold 9900 were reminded of the 2011 smartphone upon seeing the Classic for the first time, and the QWERTY keyboard lets users read and compose emails with a breeze. The device is built to be durable, with high-quality materials to deliver a superior handset that fits in the pocket.
Under the hood of the Classic is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm, 2GB RAM and a 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB. The smartphone sports a 3.5-inch 294ppi 720 x 720 LCD Gorilla Glass-protected screen. It delivers sharp and bright colors and the handset allows tweaking of the screen settings. The display can be adjusted to be either “warmer” or “cooler” white.
The volume and mute keys are positioned on the Classic’s right-hand area, while the nanoSIM and microSD slots are on the left. The top is occupied by the power button and headphone jack while the bottom has speakers as well as the charging port which doubles as a SlimPort for HDMI.
BlackBerry has been developing great keyboards for its devices, and the Classic is carrying it on with an awesome keyboard that enables users to compose long or short messages easily. The smartphone is designed to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the physical QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry Classic which brings back the company’s past like the familiar keyboard also has the old, more enhanced time-saving shortcuts.
Classic’s battery is a 2515mAh non-removable unit that delivers enough power to last for a day, depending on the usage. The phone has a battery-saving mode which, according to its maker, can boost battery life up to 15 percent. It disables or limits some functions like screen brightness, data services, location services, CPU performance and advanced interactions. This mode activates automatically when the handset reaches 20 percent battery life. However, it is customizable so users can entirely disable it.
BlackBerry Classic comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera. The BlackBerry 10.3.1 software enables some camera optimizations, like shooting modes and taking pictures while video recording. It also provides post processing tools for applying frames, filters, red-eye reduction, audio and color adjustments as well as slow-mo in photos and videos. Furthermore, it has a Story Maker so that users can collect photos and videos that can play with a custom audio and come up with nicer videos to be shared with family and friends. The total package is a large selection of tools and offerings in the camera department.
Overall, public reaction has been that it is good that CEO Johnny Chen said yes to reckon the history of the Canadian OEM with BlackBerry Classic in bringing back the company’s past. The smartphone is intended to serve its many customers who love the old-school functionalities of BlackBerry phones, and offer them with more improvements.
By Judith Aparri
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