BlackBerry Classic Keyboard Works Well for Users Who Live in Email
REVIEW: The BlackBerry Classic provides everything that fans of the company's smartphones want in a larger handset, including the familiar physical keyboard.At first glance, the BlackBerry Classic seems to be just like its much-loved predecessor, the BlackBerry Bold 9900. But, of course, it's not. Held side-by-side, the Classic is larger in every dimension except thickness. But the larger dimensions improves what BlackBerry already does best, which is to handle text-intensive tasks such as email. The Classic brings back the carefully sculpted physical keyboard that worked so well for creating text as well as the physical navigation keys that complete the keyboard experience. While there's a lot more to the BlackBerry Classic beyond the keyboard, it's the traditional BlackBerry keyboard that's its raison d'être. Likely this is why BlackBerry made only a few minor changes to the keyboard design. The biggest is the addition of a microphone key next to the space bar, which is shared with the zero. The other big change is that the optical touch-pad in the center of the navigation keys is smaller than on the Bold. Like the Bold and other recent BlackBerry devices, the Classic also has a touch-screen.
The keyboard itself is larger, which makes thumb-typing easier and slightly more accurate, but it avoids the change in shape that BlackBerry's Passport presented which (at least for me) slowed down typing. Overall, the Classic is very similar in size to the BlackBerry Z30, and it runs the same BlackBerry 10 operating system.