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  • BlackBerry ‘Slider’ announced at MWC 2015, alongside ‘Leap’

    BlackBerry has been lurking around MWC for the past few days now, without revealing so much as a new partnership with Samsung on the Knox encryption tool. Today's press conference however, the company spread its wings once again, and outed two new phones that are so ridiculously different in thinking that we're still stumped in the office. The BlackBerry Leap, first of all, seems like just another one of those 5.0-inch full HD smartphones that have taken over this year's mobile announcements, but a closer inspection shows a bit more drama than that. "The BlackBerry Leap fits nicely into the BlackBerry...

  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings Assistant, Blend and Android app support [update]

    Update: The full device list that will receive the BlackBerry's latest OS update has been outed, and includes the following devices: BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9983 and P9982. Additionally, the BlackBerry Classic's software has been updated to 10.3.1.1565. BlackBerry has pushed updates of its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on Thursday, giving users of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 a chance to upgrade to the latest software platform. The company's newest phones, including the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport already have the latest version installed, which allows users to access and install Android apps and a host of...

  • BlackBerry Classic is a stately, suave blast from the past [Gallery]

    I've been unnecessarily harsh on BlackBerry's design team of late, but have been (pleasantly) surprised with the likes of the BlackBerry Passport. Now, new to the company's alternative arsenal is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry of recent years. It's the spiritual successor to the Bold 9900 appropriately dubbed the "Blackberry Classic." At this point you might be wondering, "what's the point?" and for good reason. Why upgrade a phone (or at least, refresh a concept) that was around in 2011? There's a few good reasons, but we'll cover that in the Gearburn review coming in the next few weeks. For now, what...

  • BlackBerry Classic now available in South Africa [update]

    On the back of the Passport's massive success, the company that goes by the name of BlackBerry has launched its latest business-smartphone competitor and blast from the past to the South African market -- the BlackBerry Classic. For those who regularly suffer from nostalgia, this is probably the perfect phone for you. For all intents and purposes, it's the traditional BlackBerry formula of the late 2000s repackaged in a more modern, smarter unit. Read more: BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past Like the Bold 9900 (its inspiration), it boasts a full physical QWERTY keypad, something that only...

  • BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past

    Did BlackBerry just launch a new phone, or have they found a Bold at the back of a fridge, popped it in the microwave and sprinkled some coriander on top? To me, and probably every other human being, it seems that the Canadian company has just relaunched its past. I'm not exaggerating either. The BlackBerry Classic has a full QWERTY keypad, not the abbreviated version we find on the Passport. It even has a track pad. Yes, the iconic track pad that drove Curve users insane when it used to malfunction. Internally it's a little fresher but it still features a...

  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry -- as if it hasn't launched a large enough offensive this year -- will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven't read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that's from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. "The best smartphone ever," some write when describing an iPhone 6. "This is the greatest gadget of all time," says another about the HTC One M8. I don't like using hyperbole, but ironically there's no other way to describe BlackBerry's Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever...  for business. It's not average and it's not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven't planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. "Oh, I'm so...

  • Unboxing the Blackberry Passport [Video]

    When we first heard of Blackberry's unconventional phone release roadmap, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine a mostly square, buttoned-touch-screened block of technology such as the Passport. It's probably the most polarising handset released this year, or this decade in fact. Our editor for one, has quite a fancy for the phone, while others in the office think that it's too bulky, heavy and largely unsuitable for everyday practical tasks -- putting it in your pocket is a common concern. Nevertheless, it's here to stay and so are Blackberry's future quirky plans. As far as those go, investors seem to...

  • BlackBerry Passport the ‘IMAX of productivity’ says ever-hopeful company

    BlackBerry may be onto something square, according to company blog Inside BlackBerry. The company, which has long since been scrubbed from relevancy, is hoping that its latest phone, the BlackBerry Passport, will reignite buyers once more. With a "unique 4.5 inch square screen", can the BlackBerry Passport make us actually want to own a BlackBerry phone again? BlackBerry naturally says "yes" and according to them, we've been stuck in a rectangular world without even realising it. The BlackBerry Passport is "a union of form and function" and because of the screens width, viewing is better on 4.5-inches than it is...

  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant's Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we're not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn't...