For several years, BlackBerry has been recognized as a byword for productivity and security. This was also confirmed with the new BlackBerry Leap. This new device is available unlocked at the rice of 275 dollars. This device reminds customers that BlackBerry was once a business-focused phone, but unfortunately one thing is missing: the keyboard.
The physical keyboard on BlackBerry’s was probably the main attraction for clients and was also the phone’s image. The lack of keyboard left enough space for a 5-inch touchscreen with 1,280×720-pixel resolution and a camera that is a little limited. This phone comes with a nice design, featuring a plain black slab that feels and looks very elegant and professional.
On the right side of the handset users will find the volume controls and a BlackBerry Assistant button; once pressing it will call up BlackBerry’s virtual assistant. This function is similar with Android’s Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri. Moving on, on top of the device are placed the headphone jack and the lock button, while on the left side the microSD slot and the SIM card slot. To be mentioned that the microSD supports up to 128GB cards.
The 5-inch display is pretty good, featuring 1,280×720-pixel resolution. Probably, this is considered to be a bit low, but once the screen is unlocked, the colors are accurate and vivid. In hand, the phone feels a little heavier and chunky, even if it weighs 6 ounces. However, there will not be any problems for users to carry the device.
As it was already mentioned, there is no keyboard on this handset. The BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport made huge efforts and sacrifices to fit a QWERY keyboard onto a modern smartphone. Even if keyboards suffered a lack of popularity in a new world populated by 5-inch devices and apps, it will still remain an important part of the BlackBerry’s history.
BlackBerry has released many touchscreen-only devices, but unfortunately, without a physical keyboard, they doesn’t do much to stand out. Its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is interesting, but probably the best feature that they managed to introduce on the new software is the access to Android apps.