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BlackBerry Classic review: A killer smartphone for keyboard lovers

Al Sacco | Dec. 19, 2014
The BlackBerry Classic is the best smartphone the company has ever released, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco. However, it's not going to lure away many iPhone or Android users, or significantly increase BlackBerry's market share. And that's just fine with BlackBerry. Here's why.

The BlackBerry Classic is a wonderful device ... for BlackBerry users. BlackBerry says that's what it was going for, and it succeeded admirably on that front. The company says the Classic is for its current users, who've purposefully chosen to forgo other device alternatives and stick with their "CrackBerrys." If you fit that bill, you will love this device.

Would I recommend the BlackBerry Classic to an Android or iPhone user who is looking for a change? Maybe, but I'd also make sure they read the "Bad Stuff" section of this review.

I like the BlackBerry Classic. It's my new "work phone," and it has secured a home in my pocket for the foreseeable future. However, I carry two phones, and if for some reason, I had to pick just one, it would not be the Classic. Thankfully, I don't have to pick one.

The BlackBerry Classic is currently available for pre-order from BlackBerry's ShopBlackBerry.com website for $449. It is expected to ship in mid-December. Unfortunately, the version that BlackBerry is selling is not compatible with Verizon Wireless or Sprint in the United States. Individual wireless carriers are expected to announce their specific release details soon, though, and Verizon or Sprint-compatible versions could become available.

 

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