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Let"s put Apple, Samsung và all their ilk aside for few moments: It really wasn"t that long ago that a homegrown Canadian company called BlackBerry (well, RIM at the time) basically ruled the Mobile world. The outfit"s slow decline has been chronicled, opined upon for years, & yet, some of BlackBerry"s most ardent fans still clamor for the days when QWERTY keyboards & teensy trackpads were uber-efficient status symbols instead of the relics they are now.

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Enter the BlackBerry Classic. The name says it all, really: It"s a paean to lớn BlackBerry"s halcyon days, and it"s got a look plucked straight out of 2011, to lớn boot. We took one for an extended spin lớn see how BlackBerry"s throwbaông xã formula holds up today, and (very long story short) it"s mostly the past mashed up with a touch of the modern. The bigger question, as usual, is whether or not it"s worth your time. I suspect you already know the answer, but read on for my full impressions.


Gallery: BlackBerry Classic đánh giá | 21 Photos


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Pros

Its physical QWERTY keyboard is still acesLots of good software touchesBlackBerry holdouts will love sầu the throwbaông xã design

Cons

Finding (& installing)apps can be tiresomeHit-or-miss performanceCan't remove the batteryMediocre camera

Hardware

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Historically, BlackBerry has been uneven when it came khổng lồ build quality: For every tank the company put out, there was one that was unsatisfyingly light. Even the venerable Curves và Pearls of yore skewed toward the lighter, plasticky end of the spectrum. Not so here. The Classic is dense & solidly constructed, as if to declare -- loudly -- that it"s more of a tool than a toy. One thing the Classic doesn"t nói qua with its old-school comrades is the ability to lớn pop off the rear cover for a foolproof restart or a handy battery swap. No, its dimpled back plate is affixed lớn the chassis, so all you"ll be able khổng lồ vì chưng with it is finger the chrome BlackBerry biểu tượng logo and gaze at the 8-megapx camera and LED flash running across the top of the Classic"s backside.

Itching to lớn pop in a SIM or a microSD card? Hope you"ve sầu got a paper clip handy; you"ll need one to lớn access the pair of trays along the phone"s left side. On the opposite edge, there"s a pair of volume buttons separated by a key dedicated to lớn launching the digital assistant (more on that later). And the front? It"s just the sort of blast from the past I expected here. It"s even got a notification light khổng lồ pulse at you whenever an tin nhắn lands in your inbox to complete the historic look. Rounding out the facade is a 2-megapx fixed-focus camera lodged above sầu the 3.5-inch square 720p screen.

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Below all that lies the affectionately named "tool belt," bringing along dedicated Hotline, End, Menu and Bachồng buttons... and a trackpad. It"s been years since I"ve sầu seen an optical trackpad on a smartphone, let alone used one in lieu of a touchscreen to get stuff done. And you know what? I didn"t miss them at all, or so I thought. After a few days, my tune started lớn change, if only a little. In case it wasn"t apparent, the Classic"s tiny black nub helps you ably home in on teensy links and subtly nudge the cursor between letters so you can polish off that witty Twitter retort. For such minute operations, the trackpad is just lovely. You can use it for grander gestures too, like scrolling through a story, but in those cases it never feels quite as comfortable swiping a thumb down a glass touchscreen (Gorilla Glass 3, in this case).

If anything, it almost makes more sense as a supplement to lớn a touchscreen than a means of navigation unto lớn itself. The rest of the tool belt is as straightforward as it is functional, with only the Menu button coming off lượt thích a relic. BlackBerry has spent more than two years refining the way BB10 works with a touchscreen, adding gestures that feel natural & replace the Menu key almost entirely.

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And then there"s the keyboard. I"ve always been fond of retro devices lượt thích the BlackBerry Tour 9630, a phone whose tiny QWERTY keys got me through at least one college paper dissecting some long-dead poets & a failed relationship or two. The Classic has a pretty standard four-row affair, with all your letters, numbers and punctuation crammed inkhổng lồ the top three rows leaving the space bar & Symbol keys (remember those?) all by themselves. If you"ve never picked up a BlackBerry before, the size và density of these keys will take some time lớn get used to; it took three or four days before muscle memory kicked in and I could peck out messages with something approaching the fury I used to lớn have. And after that? I wouldn"t quite điện thoại tư vấn it typing nirvamãng cầu, but there"s a comforting amount of travel and a satisfying cliông xã to those keys. Welcome home, BlackBerry fans. It would"ve sầu been nice if the company had transplanted some of that sweet, sweet gesture-tracking tech we saw in the Passport inlớn the Classic, but "newfangled" isn"t the name of the game here.

Display & sound

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Beyond the obvious Huey Lewis joke, there isn"t a lot lớn be said about the Classic"s 3.5-inch square screen; it"s bright enough lớn use in direct sunlight, và colors are plenty vivid, too. BlackBerry was kind enough khổng lồ let you tweak the screen"s trắng balance right from the settings, something that just about every other smartphone maker out there is loath khổng lồ do. Is it going to lớn vì much good for anyone who isn"t seriously finicky? Maybe not, but I couldn"t help but dial down the mặc định warmth màn chơi a touch anyway. It"s certainly not the most pixel-dense screen you"ll encounter, which is slightly tragic since the Passport squeezes four times as many active pixels into lớn a screen that"s only an inch bigger diagonally. Once again, we"ve got BlackBerry"s business-friendly mantra to thank here; small as the display is, there"s still enough space to get you thumbing through emails và tweets without too many complaints.

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Speaking of the sort, yes, I"ve got a few. A square display doesn"t sound all that obtuse in theory, but the reality can be rougher than you might think. The lachồng of vertical screen space means that your thumb will get more of a workout because of the additional scrolling needed to lớn plow through an article. The kicker: Just about every đoạn phim you watch on your phone will be flanked by some serious letterboxing thanks to the aspect ratio mismatch. You"ll usually find way more empty space surrounding a video clip than there is đoạn phim itself, but that"s fine -- the lackluster speaker lodged on the Classic"s bottom helps ensure you won"t want to watch for long anyway.

There"s a noticeable hollowness -- a laông chồng of depth -- lớn the sound issuing forth from the driver, which I guess is in keeping with the Classic"s predilection for serious business. (Don"t be fooled by the other speaker-lượt thích grille on the other side of the micro-USB port; that"s the microphone.) You"ll want lớn plug in some headphones lớn get the full experience -- such that it is -- but avoid the ones that come in the box. When I tear into the packaging of a new phone, those pack-ins are usually the first things that get tossed in the junk drawer and these earbuds were destined for the same fate. They"re a comfortable pair, even surprisingly so, but they sound pretty lousy. Grab a $10 pair from your local big-box store -- trust me. You"ll be a lot happier.

Software

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We did a deep dive on BlackBerry 10.3 when we played with the Passport last year, so I won"t dwell too much on the nitty-gritty. Suffice khổng lồ say, the platkhung has come a long way since those early days. The version loaded on the Classic (10.3.1, lớn be precise) looks a little flatter và feels more polished than builds we"ve sầu futzed with in the past. Let"s start from the top.The BlackBerry Hub (a slide-out panel that offers tantalizingly quiông chồng access to lớn all of your messages) continues to be the best part of the BB10 experience. No matter where you are, no matter what phầm mềm you"ve sầu got running, that unified inbox is just a swipe away. For FOMO-prone types lượt thích me, it"s a godskết thúc. BB10 also sports what"s probably my favorite visual multitasking metaphor since the days of webOS cards, và now you can dismiss each of those apps (up to lớn eight of those active sầu frames are visible at any one time) with a clichồng of the Baông xã button when they"re highlighted.

New khổng lồ this build is the ability khổng lồ run apps in the background without an active sầu frame, which can be jarring the first few times; I apparently granted Rdio background access and it took me time lớn figure out how lớn kill it. Those two features in tandem speak khổng lồ just how seriously BlackBerry takes its beloved productivity angle, và it doesn"t stop there. I won"t lie: I bristled at the idea of loading up my full-to-the-bryên work computer with yet another mostly pointless smartphone-management tiện ích, but BlackBerry Blend is probably the best-executed of the lot. Setup took all of a few moments once I remembered my BlackBerry trương mục details, & marking emails as read và adding calendar entries reflected immediately on the Classic. Good stuff.

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Even some of BB10"s me-too features impressed, lượt thích BlackBerry"s virtual assistant (which also doubles as the Search interface whenever you start typing something while on the trang chủ screen). Thing is, invoking it by holding a button on the side of the phone was strangely inconsistent; it"d work just fine about 95 percent of the time, but I"ve sầu spent more time scratching my head wondering about the other 5 percent than I care to. It"s a silly little error, và one that needs fixing. Once you"ve sầu roused it, though, your phone-bound concierge is plenty smart. I needed lớn dig up a scheduling tin nhắn from my boss sent weeks ago, & just couldn"t be bothered to lớn vị all the swiping and typing required. Instead, I asked my assistant if I had "any messages about news from Terrence," & a moment later, it surfaced exactly what I was looking for.

It didn"t take long for me to use the BlackBerry Assistant for other things I could"ve easily done by h&. Turning off Công nghệ Bluetooth & turning on WiFi? Launching apps? Checking in on Foursquare? All easily handled by talking at a phone. After a while, it became less about the utility of the thing & more about seeing how awkward I could get before it stopped recognizing my words. (I gave sầu up when the assistant correctly rendered và interpreted "What type of Pokémon is Charizard?" with Wolfram Alpha"s help.) If the assistant dismissed itself và let me pichồng up where I left off, I"d like it even more.

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And now it"s time we acknowledge the hulking mammoth in the room: There"s still a noticeable dearth of apps for BlackBerry 10. CEO John Chen knows just how dire the problem is. In an open letter meant to lớn tap into lớn a larger conversation about net neutrality, he basically asked developers of big-name apps to lớn bring their wares khổng lồ BlackBerry 10 because, well, it"s only fair right? Sorry, John. It"s a shitty, vicious circle, but that"s just not how it works and the over result is an ứng dụng landscape that still feels barren even after two years.Let"s consider some of the big names, shall we? I don"t post much on Facebook và Twitter, but I"m a sucker for sharing photos on Instagram. Those first two social networks are well represented by a pair of native sầu apps, but you"ll have khổng lồ turn khổng lồ third-các buổi tiệc nhỏ offerings lớn get your filtered-food-photos fix. Productivity and communications tools lượt thích HipChat, Yammer, Convo và Slack don"t exist in BlackBerry World either, and that"s a shame considering the Classic"s business-friendly ethos. Those omissions alone mean this thing wouldn"t fly as a work tool here at binhkhipho.vn, nor in any of my other post-college jobs. When it comes lớn truyền thông, there"s Pandora, but no Rdio or Spotify apps. That said, you can find versions of the latter two in Amazon"s Android tiện ích store. If you"re looking for something really specific, you"ll have sầu to lớn get your hands on the Android .APK and sideload it onto your Classic. Thankfully, that"s gotten easier over the past few months; with a little patience & some elbow grease, you can get a mostly working version of the Google Play Store running on BlackBerry 10 devices.

Camera

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Summing up BlackBerry"s classic device philosophy is pretty simple: They"re great for business and lousy as cameras. Sad lớn say, but history really does repeat itself; neither the 8-megapx rear shooter nor the 2-megapx selfie camera is worth writing home page about. Out of the box, the Classic was mix lớn shoot photos with a 1:1 aspect ratio, which is great for Instagram and the square screen, but less so for viewing images on other displays. A quichồng pop into the Settings will fix that right up; from there you can choose 4:3, 16:9 or a new panorama mode.BlackBerry"s promo materials insist that the Classic"s camera is snappy, và you know what? It is -- when it wants to lớn be. With the sun overhead or bright lights nearby, you can hardly tell you"ve snapped a pholớn at all -- it"s that fast. (There"s also something satisfying about using the space bar lớn snap a shot, but I digress.) Thing is, the camera does an about-face in dim conditions where you need to use the flash. I"ve sầu spent too much time after pressing the shutter button wondering if it worked -- only lớn move my hvà inadvertently, and then I realize I"ve sầu just ruined a picture in progress. Even under otherwise decent conditions, letting the camera autofocus can take a while, & even then it has trouble locking on stuff in the foreground. Unless you drag the focus reticle around yourself, expect your fair nội dung of soft photos.

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