10 Alternatives to Your Orphaned BlackBerry Classic

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-07-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Previous
    1 - 10 Alternatives to Your Orphaned BlackBerry Classic
    Next

    10 Alternatives to Your Orphaned BlackBerry Classic

    If your BlackBerry Classic is biting the dust, you won't be able to buy a new one. Here are some alternatives to consider come replacement time.
  • Previous
    2 - Stick With BlackBerry by Going With the Priv Handset
    Next

    Stick With BlackBerry by Going With the Priv Handset

    If it's security one is after, the BlackBerry Priv might be a nice alternative to the Classic. The device has a slide-out physical keyboard, as well as a 5.4-inch touch-screen for virtual interaction. The handset comes with hardware-based security features, as well as a software-tracking tool to ensure users aren't being tracked. The smartphone runs on Android and can last up to 22.5 hours on a single charge.
  • Previous
    3 - There's Always Apple's iPhone 6s Line
    Next

    There's Always Apple's iPhone 6s Line

    Those looking to get away from the BlackBerry world may want to consider the iPhone 6s line. The iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch screen to complement the 5.5-inch display in the iPhone 6s Plus. Apple's handset has a 3D Touch feature so users can apply varying amounts of pressure on the screen to create different software effects. The smartphone has up to 128GB of on-board storage and, unlike every other device in this roundup, is running Apple's iOS.
  • Previous
    4 - Here's the BlackBerry Passport for Keyboard Lovers
    Next

    Here's the BlackBerry Passport for Keyboard Lovers

    Keyboard lovers aren't totally out of luck with BlackBerry. The company also sells a device called the Passport, which, like the Classic, has a physical keyboard under its 4.5-inch square touch display. Users will also find 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel camera and up to 30 hours of battery life. It's one of the closest comparisons to the Classic in this roundup.
  • Previous
    5 - Go With the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Windows Phone
    Next

    Go With the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Windows Phone

    For many enterprise users, Windows 10-based smartphones can be an appealing option. After all, the smartphones can interact with Windows 10 computers with ease, and the operating system is widely viewed as one of the better options for sophisticated use. Microsoft's Lumia 950 XL is arguably the best Windows 10-based smartphone, offering a 5.7-inch screen, a 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage. Its Windows 10 and integration of Office might make it appealing to former BlackBerry Classic owners.
  • Previous
    6 - BlackBerry Porsche Design Goes for Elegance
    Next

    BlackBerry Porsche Design Goes for Elegance

    The BlackBerry Porsche Design is supposed to be the company's answer to some of the more elegantly designed handsets. The device runs on BlackBerry 10 and supports a feature called Blend that allows users to access a wide array of content on the handset, tablets or computers. Since it's running BlackBerry 10, the device, which has a 3.1-inch touch-screen, offers access to Android apps via Amazon's Appstore.
  • Previous
    7 - OnePlus 3 Is for the Budget-Conscious Shopper
    Next

    OnePlus 3 Is for the Budget-Conscious Shopper

    OnePlus is the sole startup in this roundup, but its OnePlus 3 is arguably one of the most secure and reliable devices in the bunch. The smartphone is running a forked version of Android called OxygenOS that gives users far more control over software features built into the operating system. OnePlus 3 is also a powerful smartphone, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Add that to a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 6GB of memory and a fast-charging feature, and it's a nice BlackBerry Classic alternative.
  • Previous
    8 - The G5 Might Be the Slickest LG Smartphone Yet
    Next

    The G5 Might Be the Slickest LG Smartphone Yet

    LG's G5 hasn't received much attention since it launched earlier this year, but it's still one of the better Android-based smartphones on the market. The G5 has a modular design that allows users to swap out components. In addition, the device has a removable battery—an appealing feature for many enterprise users—and comes with a 5.3-inch screen. Users will also find 32GB of storage and the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood.
  • Previous
    9 - Galaxy Note 5 Designed for Business Users
    Next

    Galaxy Note 5 Designed for Business Users

    The Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung is designed with enterprise users in mind. The device has a 5.7-inch screen and runs Android, but its top feature is support for Samsung's S pen, a stylus that allows users to write on the screen, tap around the software and more. The Galaxy Note 5 also supports mobile-payment service Samsung Pay and has 32GB of storage.
  • Previous
    10 - Don't Forget About the High-End Nexus 6P
    Next

    Don't Forget About the High-End Nexus 6P

    Google's Nexus line always has been synonymous with power, and the 6P—built by Huawei and sold by the search giant—is no different. The Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch screen and comes with a fingerprint sensor for additional security. Users will also find support for 4K video capture and fast-charging, courtesy of a USB Type-C port. The Nexus 6P runs on Google's Android Marshmallow, the most secure version of the company's mobile operating system.
  • Previous
    11 - Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Has That Curved Screen
    Next

    Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Has That Curved Screen

    The Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the more popular smartphones in this roundup—and for good reason. The smartphone has a curved screen that allows for extra functionality, including quick access to apps. In addition, the smartphone is water-resistant and its camera comes with what Samsung calls an "advanced sensor" that helps it capture content in low-light conditions. The Galaxy S7 Edge can last up to 15 hours before its battery dies.
 

After a long run in the smartphone market, the BlackBerry Classic has been discontinued and owners eventually will have to start thinking about potential replacements. In a blog post announcing the move, BlackBerry said the decision was made as part of its broader vision to appeal to customers seeking high-end and next-generation devices. It's hard to argue with the logic. The BlackBerry Classic had a small display and its physical keyboard just wasn't as appealing to mobile device users as it once was. It also lacked the design appeal found in so many other smartphones, such as Apple's iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7. Still, BlackBerry isn't leaving the smartphone market. In fact, the company still sells many alternatives to the Classic that loyal customers might find appealing. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of those alternatives as well as other available handsets that not only can replace the BlackBerry Classic, but also can deliver the kind of experience the handset maker's old favorite couldn't.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel