Compare BlackBerry Mobile Phone Deals

It wasn’t all that long ago that BlackBerry ruled the waves when it came to mobile phones, particularly for business customers. The physical keyboard was loved by many, allowing users to type their emails as if they were on a smaller version of their laptop. Then came the smartphone revolution and BlackBerry fell out of favour as a result. 

In September 2016, Blackberry announced that it will be closing its smartphone hardware business in order to concentrate on its software and mobile security segment. Loyal customers don’t despair yet though. There are still BlackBerrys on the market and CEO John Chen recently announced there will be one more phone to come from the company.

So let’s take a look at the BlackBerry mobile phone portfolio.

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.

Looking for something different?

If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the BlackBerry Passport. With a large 11.43cm square touch screen and new touch enabled keyboard, the Passport is perfect for those looking for a large high resolution screen. The Passport comes with a 13 megapixel camera and a battery that as Blackberry says “can keep up with you” - giving up to 30 hours of battery life.

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What about the future?

Well, as we said at the outset, Blackberry has announced it will be exiting the hardware market and no longer making its own phones. The company announced with the release of its latest smartphones that they would be the last official BlackBerry devices. That’s not to say that the name might be licenced to another producer but for that we will need to wait and see.

For Blackberry fans there is some hope, with the announcement that there is one last new physical keyboard device in the pipeline. Blackberry isn’t giving much more than this away at the moment - we’ll all need to watch this space!

To compare BlackBerry deals and find one that’s just right for you, you need look no further.