What’s on offer?
For lovers of the classic BlackBerry shape, styling and functionality, there is the aptly named BlackBerry Classic. Also available in blue and white through some providers, the Classic combines a physical keyboard with touch screen technology. While at 131 mm x 72.4 mm x 10.2 mm and weighing 178g, the Classic isn’t the smallest phone, its 3.5” touch display is large enough to display icons clearly. It also comes with a front and back facing camera. While the phone uses BlackBerry’s own browser, it also supports Android apps and games. For users on the go, its powerful battery will support up to 22 hours of use.
Loving the physical keyboard, but looking for something more akin to a typical smartphone? Why not investigate the PRIV. The PRIV is a Blackberry secure smartphone that is powered by an Android operating system. The PRIV weighs 192g and is 147mm (184mm opened) x 77.2mm x 9.4mm in size. It has a 5.4” curved screen and comes with an 18 megapixel camera. The unique feature is the slide out physical keyboard – it literally slides out from underneath the smartphones body.
For a more traditional smartphone Blackberry offers the DTEK50 and DTEK60 models. Weighing in at 135g, the 147mm x 72.5 mm x 7.4 mm DTEK50 is marketed by Blackberry as “the world’s most secure Android smartphone”, enabling users more control over what data they share and with whom. Being fully Android, users have access to the more than a million apps available via Google Play. It has 8 megapixel front, and 13 megapixel auto-focus rear camera, giving the user great flexibility. Battery life is up to 17 hours based on normal usage.
The DTEK60 is Blackberry’s newest model and comes with the latest Blackberry features, including the additional security introduced in the DTEK50. Though the DTEK60 is heavier than its older sibling weighing 165g, and bigger at 153.9mm x 75.4mm long and wide, it is slightly thinner at 6.99mm. It’s also bringing a bigger punch to the visual experience. The display is beefed up from the earlier model with a 534 PPI AMOLED display, giving 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution, up from 1920 x 1080 on the earlier model. The rear facing camera has been upgraded too. While the front camera is still 8 megapixel, the rear camera has been upgraded to 21 megapixel, autofocus.