BlackBerry Classic: Final nail in the coffin or sign of potential renaissance?

BlackBerry Classic review: connectivity and storage

The Classic comes with 16 GB of onboard storage, which can be added to with a MicroSD memory card of up to a further 128 GB. In our BlackBerry Classic, however, with nothing installed we had use of only 10 GB of storage. This is not appalling or even unusual, just something of which to be aware.

It charges and connects via a micro USB 2.0 port and, as with Androids and Windows Phones, you can mount your BlackBerry Classic as external storage via your PC or Mac.

You get 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and BlackBerry's own flavour of NFC. Cellular connectivity comprises LTE, HSPA+ and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Sensors include accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope. It is a well-connected handset.

BlackBerry Classic review: camera

As I may have mentioned, the BlackBerry Classic is no-one's idea of a multimedia powerhouse, and this is certainly true of the cameras. For a start you have to get used to taking square photos. It is a strange sensation, although not without its own merits when photographing people, animals or still lives.

Around the back you have an 8 Mp camera with auto-focus, a five element F2.2 lens, and a mere five times digital zoom that isn't really worth your brainspace. There is a flash, and image stabilisation. You can capture 1080p HD video at 30 fps. Around the front we find a true webcam: a 2 Mp fixed-focus camera that offers 720p HD video recording and another, pointless, 3x digital zoom. (Just stand closer.)

These are not the specs of a serious cameraphone, and nor is the BlackBerry Classic that. But on the basis that the best camera is the camera you have to hand, you will be able to capture the odd moment with the BlackBerry Classic without feeling that you are wasting your time. It is an okay phone camera, and that is it.

BlackBerry Classic review: test shots, test video

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BlackBerry Classic test shot

BlackBerry Classic test shot

BlackBerry Classic test shot

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