Best BlackBerry phone: Why you should (still) buy a BlackBerry
BlackBerry is a company in decline, at least in terms of its smartphone market share. But that doesn't mean that BlackBerry phones should be discounted. In a sea of identikit Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones, the humble BlackBerry continues to stand out. They generally look different, for one thing. And that is because they are build principally for communication.
If you want a handset primarily for emails, SMS, IM and - yes - making phone calls, a BlackBerry is still a good choice. With a hardware qwerty keyboard, most BlackBerrys are designed for regular lengthy hammering by even the least dextrous fingers. And their sqare displays are perfect for reading and viewing email, documents and even spreadsheets.
Those are the benefits of the handsets, but you should also consider the wider business benefits. If you choose a BlackBerry your company's system administrator will love you forever. BlackBerry's server-side email software is secure, and remains in the control of the sys admins back in the office. If you take a little too much refreshment and leave your handset in a restaurant, they will be angry about the cost of replacing the phone, but happy that all your company data remains safe.
So much for the positives about BlackBerrys - as you are on this page we presume you want to buy one. Below we list the best that remain onsale. Click through for full reviews and to find a good deal on each. And happy BlackBerry picking.
Best BlackBerry phone: 6 best BlackBerry reviews of 2015
- Reviewed on: 13 August 13
- RRP: £315 inc. VAT
It's a mixed bag when it comes to the BlackBerry Q5. It's cheaper than both the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 and a lot of its hardware specs are better than we expected. However, build quality isn't inspiring and while BlackBerry 10 is smooth with good features, a shortage of apps remains a downfall.
Read our BlackBerry Q5 review.
- Reviewed on: 27 August 13
- RRP: £579 inc. VAT
BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 users will get with the new smartphone is a distinctive-looking device with a vivid display, an easy-to-use physical keyboard and touchscreen interface and an inventive approach to user security and management. In the most optimistic scenario, BlackBerry's Q10 sales will out-do its Z10 sales, which BlackBerry claims have gone well, critics notwithstanding. If BlackBerry can continue to attract developers to build more apps for BlackBerry World and if BlackBerry can propel its Messenger app into a fuller social networking experience, then there is some basis for believing BlackBerry has a solid long-term future, well above its current 5% global smartphone market share. Just about everything -- hardware to software -- in the Q10 (and the Z10) is good, but the market is crowded with great products that will make BlackBerry's marketing more vital than ever.
Read our BlackBerry Q10 review.
- Reviewed on: 5 February 13
- RRP: From £36 per month
The design and build quality of the Z10 just makes it seem like a cheap plastic iPhone to us. Hardware is reasonable with the screen being the stand out feature and the BlackBerry 10 software makes this the most attractive BlackBerry smartphone to date. However, given the price, the iPhone or a decent Android handset is still a preferable option.
Read our BlackBerry Z10 review.
- Reviewed on: 12 November 13
- RRP: £480 inc. VAT
There isn't the app ecosystem of the big two competitors but we can see the BlackBerry Z30 as a useful compromise of the needs of businesses that rely on BlackBerry's security model, and users who'd like something with the touchscreen power of iPhone-based handsets. This big handset deserves to win friends from anyone that can value its secure and robust features.
Read our BlackBerry Z30 review.
- Reviewed on: 15 May 15
- RRP: £349 inc VAT
This is a hard product to score. If you want a smartphone with a keyboard, and you want it purely for messaging and calls, with a little web-browsing thrown in, the BlackBerry Classic is the perfect device at an excellent price. A five star product. But general smartphone users will be frustrated by the relatively low power, and the paucity of screen space. If you are a BlackBerry fan, you will love the Classic. Otherwise there are better deals elsewhere.
Read our BlackBerry Classic review.
- Reviewed on: 3 October 14
- RRP: £529 inc. VAT
The BlackBerry Passport is not for everyone. The Passport is designed to be used as a productivity tool, in the workplace. As such it is powerful and versatile, and for those who want a portable productivity device with a hardware keyboard it will be a perfect companion. For many others it may be a hopelessly hobbled entertainment device.
Read our BlackBerry Passport review.