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In our latest update, the BlackBerry Classic Non Camera, Classic and Passport are our recommendation as the best BlackBerry phones. The first one is a smartphone, the second one a smartphone and the third one, a 13-megapixel 4.5-inch smartphone.
Sporting a similar 3.5-inch HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, this non-camera version of BlackBerry's Classic (Q20) is pitched to those working in research and development -- or any other environment where cameras are prohibited. Its specs are fronted by BB's classic backlit QWERTY keypad, home row, and optical trackpad. It also retains the enterprise-grade encryption offered by many other BlackBerry models. Running on the BlackBerry OS v10.3.1, this 1.5GHz dual-core BB phone is powered by a 2500mAh battery, and offers 4G connections.
Released alongside the BB Passport is this square-screened (3.5-inches, 720 x 720) model sporting the classic BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard and navigation panel. The BlackBerry Classic's specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB worth of RAM to match. Probably in anticipation of business and multimedia use, its 16GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128GB with a microSD card. This LTE-ready model also comes with BlackBerry's 2014 feature set, including the BB Hub, BB Assistant, and BBM video calling.
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
BlackBerry attempts to set a new trend in the smartphone market with the Passport's square display (1440p, 1:1 aspect ratio) capable of showing 60 characters per line. The Passport also comes with a high-end feature set, including a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and 3GB worth of RAM. Its imaging power might also turn out satisfactory, with 13- and 2-megapixel cameras. Under its lid is a 3450mAh battery, one of the highest capacities we have observed on 2014 smartphones. Just like many BlackBerry phones, the Passport is equipped with a three-row full QWERTY keyboard.
One of BlackBerry's attempts on full-touchscreen models, the Z3 offers several signature features alongside the BB Screen Reader and Magnify apps for users with poor eyesight. It runs the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, but is compatible with some Android apps, giving a touch of leisure to what is otherwise a productivity-oriented device. It also features the Balance technology that offers dedicated profiles for both work and leisure, probably so one does not get in the way of the other.
Blackberry's second collaboration with German luxury brand Porsche Design has a first-class exterior (satin stainless steel case with hand-made Italian leather backing) but rather moderate specs. Namely a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage memory, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 4.2-inch display with 1280 x 768 resolution and a pixel density of 356ppi. It also has a 1800mAh battery with up to nine hours (or 540 minutes) of talk time.
The BlackBerry 9720 is a typical BB phone with several nifty features including a dedicated BBM side button for quick access to all your conversations. It also introduces the Multicast and Share-right-from-Camera features separating it from older BlackBerry models. It sports a 5-megapixel camera complete with LED flash. The usual QWERTY keyboard below its special keys panel (with the signature touch gesture button in the middle) also find their usual positions on this entry-level BlackBerry model.
The BlackBerry Q10, one of the first two smartphones to run the BlackBerry 10 OS, sports the QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry is famous for. It features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a rather unique square resolution of 720 x 720. Main specs are generally above-average. For example, its video camera can record at full HD (1080p) resolution and it has a microHDMI out port for large screen playback. Its internal memories are also interesting, with a 2GB RAM and 16GB end-user storage.
With its 720 x 720 display at a dpi of 329, the Q5's display makes it to the iPhone class. A dual-core 2.4 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor and an impressive quoted talk time of 750 minutes complete the picture. Speaking of pictures, this apparently powerful texting phone only sports a 5-megapixel main camera (with 4-element lens), probably an indication of its corporate target clientele where camera phones are not always welcome.
This Porsche-inspired square-screened (3.1-inch) BlackBerry model runs the brand's proprietary OS version 10 atop an iconic 35-key QWERTY keypad, and targets a business-inclined clientele with its specs. It offers BMM, which is an encrypted instant messaging client, as well as its Skype-like BBM Video counterpart. The Porsche P9983 also comes with BB Assistant, BB Browser, and BB Link for PC syncing. Other perks include an expandable 64GB internal memory, a Full HD 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2100mAh battery.
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