BlackBerry Leap Review

Jul 26, 15 BlackBerry Leap Review

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Does BlackBerry still have what it takes to produce a smartphone worthy of standing out against the competition? Here is our review for the newest five-inch touch device simply called the Leap. BlackBerry has been trying to woo and lure customers into its security-packed BlackBerry OS and an array of full-touch and touch-and-type smartphones. The Leap, first unveiled in March at the Mobile World Congress and released May 27th in the country, touts to be designed with the highest standards of security and compatibility with Android as one of the first BB phones to bundle in an Amazon app store on its latest OS. BlackBerry Leap specs 5-inch HD display, 1280 x 720, 294ppi, 65.7% screen-to-body ratio 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus Adreno 305 GPU 2GB RAM 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card up to 128GB 8MP rear AF camera with LED Flash 2MP front camera Single SIM 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 2800mAh battery (non-removable) 144 x 72.8 x 9.5 mm, 170 g Design and Construction The BlackBerry Leap is a straightforward professional-looking smartphone with serious tones all over. To give you an idea of ports and slots, the power/lock button and the 3.5mm audio port sits atop of the device, and a removable cover flap hides the SIM and microSD card slots at the left side. Both slots use a push-push mechanism to keep them in place. We’ve described where’s which in our initial review. Weighing in at 170 grams, users who hold the device for the first time may feel a bit of heft for some due to its rather huge 2800mAh battery capacity, which is non-removable by the way. Nonetheless, the build quality looks well-designed and feels solid despite being a bit chunky for a smartphone with a five-inch display. The textured back helps in handling the phone, giving the device more precise grip and control. The flap on the left side...

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BlackBerry Leap Unboxing, First Impressions

Jun 20, 15 BlackBerry Leap Unboxing, First Impressions

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The BlackBerry Leap, first announced at the MWC in March and launched in the country just last month, is a five-inch HD device that sports a Snapdragon chip, an eight-megapixel rear camera, and what is said to be unmatched security offered by the company’s own BlackBerry 10 OS. The folks from BlackBerry PH were able to lend us a unit for review, and here are our first impressions upon our unboxing. Opening its rather thick box gives us the standards — lots of user manuals and other papers in multiple languages, a USB to microUSB 2.0 cable, a wall charger adapter which uniquely puts its USB slot at the side, and the phone itself as the star of the show. To give you an idea of ports and slots, the power/lock button and the 3.5mm audio port sits atop of the device, and a removable cover flap hides the SIM and microSD card slots at the left side. Both slots use a push-push mechanism to keep them in place. At the right side of the Leap are three keys — the two long ones on top and bottom are used for controlling media volume, while the short one in the middle is a direct key to the BlackBerry Assistant which can be accessed with a long press. The microUSB port remains uncovered at the bottom and is positioned to be symmetrical with the power button at the top. At the back lays the glossy part where the eight-megapixel camera and LED flash standing out against the textured polycarbonate casing. The BlackBerry logo is also emphasized as it is adorned in a metallic silver finish, and the speaker can be seen at the lower-left side. Weighing in at 170 grams, users who hold the device for the first time may feel a bit of heft for some due to its rather huge 2800mAh battery capacity, which is non-removable by the way. Nonetheless, the build quality looks well-designed and feels solid.The textured back helps in handling...

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BlackBerry to shift its focus to enterprise space leaving the consumer market

BlackBerry just can’t seem to take a break. On a preliminary financial results released last week for the second quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer announced operating losses approaching the $1 billion mark. The company also announced laying off 4,500 jobs in an attempt to reduce their operating expenditures by 50% before the end of Q1 FY 2015. It seems that their BlackBerry 10 platform didn’t pan too well in the smartphone market dominated by Android and iPhones. Sales of their comeback phone, the BlackBerry Z10, didn’t meet expectations when it launched last January. BlackBerry says it will take a “primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments in the second quarter of approximately $930 million to $960 million” due mainly to the Z10. According to a press release, BlackBerry is going private and has officially filed a letter of intent with Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial with a deal valued at around $4.7 billion, with stockholders receiving $9 a share in cash. Fairfax Chairman and CEO, Prem Watsa, said that in order to deliver immediate value to shareholders, the company will have to focus on delivering superior and secure enterprise solutions to BlackBerry customers around the world. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins also called the changes “difficult, but necessary… Going forward, we plan to refocus our offering on our end-to-end solution of hardware, software and services for enterprises and the productive, professional end user.” However, this will provide difficult for BlackBerry as companies around the world are now more receptive to the BYOD strategy where workers prefer using Android or iOS devices. It’s not the end of BlackBerry phones though as the company is still going to make 4 devices per year (instead of 6): two high-end and two entry-level with the BlackBerry Z30 being their next top-tier handset bringing the Z10 to an entry-level tier. Still, it’s sad to see a once proud and prominent smartphone player having to go this route. Related posts: Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get...

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BlackBerry temporarily halts BBM rollout for Android and iOS

A few days ago, BlackBerry proudly announced the availability of their BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service to Android and iOS users. It wasn’t all that smooth-sailing for the company though. While there was no hitch on the rollout for the App Store, leaked and unofficial versions of BBM made its way to Google Play prompting BlackBerry to postpone the rollout for Android users. These versions resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted their server in abnormal ways. BlackBerry already had the fixed version for Android ready to go live on Saturday but had to pull back as they weren’t still able to block users who had the unofficial version installed. Active users of the said version neared a million and continues to grow, and BlackBerry needs more time to adjust their system to completely block the unreleased version of the Android app. Their only course at the moment is to pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone. iPhone users who already have BBM installed will still be able to use it. If you wish to receive updates on BBM for Android and iOS, visit InsideBlackBerry.com or follow @BBM on Twitter. Notifications will also be sent to those who registered on BBM.com. [Inside BlackBerry] Related posts: BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai BBM now available for Android and iOS Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business RIM reveals BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930, comes with exciting...

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BBM now available for Android and iOS

Wish you also have a BBM PIN you can share to your BlackBerry-user friends? Well now you can if you’re using an Android or iOS device as BlackBerry just made their popular messaging service available to other platforms. Before Viber, Line, KakaoTalk, iMessage, and WeChat, BBM or BlackBerry Messenger was the premiere mobile messaging service around and it was exclusive to BlackBerry users. Now, you can enjoy it even on your Android or iOS device. What’s nice about BBM is that it uses a PIN so you don’t have to give out your number or e-mail to your contacts. BBM is also more than just for sending messages through the internet. You can share files such as photos and voice notes with it. You can also do group chats of up to 30 people. It also features Updates which is like your timeline in Facebook where you can post status updates and messages. Download BlackBerry on Google Play for Android or App Store for iOS. Beware of the fake ones on Google Play. There’s plenty of them there. Update (9AM): Turns out that the current BBM in Google Play is not the official one. BlackBerry is going to do a staggered country roll-out soon. Follow @BBM on Twitter for updates. Related posts: BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business RIM reveals BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930, comes with exciting upgrades RIM unveils BlackBerry BBX, their next generation mobile...

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BlackBerry opens Expert Centers in Manila, Cebu, and Davao

Showing their support to their loyal customers, BlackBerry rolled-out three BlackBerry Expert Center Authorized Repair Locations in the country for best-in-class after-sales support. The new BlackBerry Expert Centers are situated at the following locations: 2111 JAKA Center, Don Chino Roces Avenue cor. Urban Avenue Makati City Tel: (02) 511-1712 Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 7:00pm Saturday: 8:00am to 12:00pm 2F Robinsons Cybergate Cebu, Don Gil Garcia St. Capitol Site, Cebu City Tel: (032) 236-3577 Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm LA 321, 3rd level, NCCC Mall Mc. Arthur Hi-Way cor. Ma-a Road, Matina Davao City Tel: (082) 285-3688 Monday to Thursday: 10:00am to 8:00pm Friday to Sunday: 9:00am to 9:00pm At these centers, you can experience comprehensive after-sales support, no matter from which Philippine carrier or retailer they have purchased their BlackBerry smartphones. These new BlackBerry Expert Centers aim to deliver fast service and onsite repairs whenever possible, so that customers can retain their existing BlackBerry devices. Now if they can’t immediately repair your device to the severity of the problem, BlackBerry will offer you a loaner unit. How’s that for service? To learn more about the BlackBerry Expert Center Authorized Repair Locations, check out the BlackBerry® Pilipinas Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH or follow @BlackBerryPH on Twitter. Related posts: The BlackBerry Advantage, a reason to love the BlackBerry BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is free for IBM Lotus Domino RIM enhances enterprise offering with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion RIM slashes as much as 35% off on BlackBerry phones in time for the holidays BlackBerry launches Experience Pods in the country, starts in the...

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Swap and Switch to the new BlackBerry Q5 this weekend

BlackBerry is having a 2-day promo starting today (Aug 24 & 25) where you can trade in your old phone for the new BlackBerry Q5, and join the BlackBerry Barkada in the process. Through the Swap, Switch, and Win campaign, those interested in being part of the BlackBerry Barkada and being one of the first in the country to own a BlackBerry Q5 smartphone can go to the BlackBerry Mall Caravan located at Glorietta 1, Ground Floor (near SM Makati) and the four BlackBerry stores located at the Cyberzone of SM Mega Mall, SM North EDSA, SM Sta. Rosa and SM Pampanga. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available at PHP 18,690 less PHP 2,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone. The Swap, Switch, and Win campaign allows anyone to swap a working or non-working mobile phone, switch to a brand-new BlackBerry smartphone, and even take home discount coupons from Zalora and enter a draw for a chance to win the All-New Ford Focus 1.6L PS 4DR Sedan or one of three BlackBerry Z10 smartphones. To join this promo, simply bring a working or non-working mobile phone to any BlackBerry Mall Caravan or participating store. The mobile phone to be traded in does not need to come with its box or original accessories, nor does it need to be under any warranty. It will be evaluated for its fair market value then this will be deducted from the cost of the BlackBerry smartphone to be purchased. Check out the Swap and Switch page at www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH to find a list of participating stores, estimate the trade-in value of your mobile phone, and learn more about the latest BlackBerry smartphones. Related posts: Experience BBM and win BlackBerry smartphones with these contests Get a Nicki Minaj concert ticket when you get a BlackBerry Curve 9220/9320 from Globe Globe and RIM brings you close to the hottest music events RIM slashes as much as 35% off on BlackBerry phones in time for the holidays BlackBerry...

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Swap and Switch to a BlackBerry, your old phone is as good as cash

If you’re thinking of getting a new BlackBerry phone, then you’re going to love BlackBerry’s Swap and Switch promo. Currently ongoing until September 1, 2013, you can trade in your old, working or non-working mobile phone to get discounts on a new BlackBerry handset. Just head to any of the 300 participating stores nationwide to avail this promo to have your old phone’s trade-in value assessed so you can use that to deduct the cost of a BlackBerry smartphone you want to get. If your phone has no value, you can still enjoy up to P2,000 discount on that new handset. Here are the BlackBerry models you can avail in this promo: BlackBerry Q10 at PHP 31,990 less the trade-in value of your swapped mobile phone. BlackBerry Z10 at PHP 29,990 less PHP 2,000 and the trade-in value of your swapped mobile phone. BlackBerry Curve 9320 at PHP 8,990 less PHP 1,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone. BlackBerry Curve 9220 at PHP 6,990 less PHP 1,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone You can check out the Swap and Switch page at www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH to find a list of participating stores, estimate the trade-in value of their mobile phone, and learn more about their desired BlackBerry smartphone. As an additional privilege, they can even reserve BlackBerry smartphones and get the chance to avail of exclusive Zalora discount vouchers. But wait, there’s more! If you buy from BlackBerry stores Stores located at the Cyberzones of SM Pampanga, SM Sta. Rosa, SM North EDSA and SM Mega Mall, you can also join an exclusive raffle to win the All-New Ford Focus 1.6L PS 4DR Sedan. Tune in to www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH for announcements. Related posts: No related...

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Introducing the BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry recently announced the availability of the new BlackBerry Q10 in the country. It is the first Blackberry 10 smartphone with the classic QWERTY keyboard re-engineered but still retaining the signature design. The back of the smartphone features a glass-weave material that is stronger than plastic and is contoured in such a way that laying it constantly on the table won’t scratch the back. Combine these: the QWERTY keyboard, glass-weave back surface, a stunning touchscreen display and the Blackberry 10 platform, it is definitely an elegant and ergonomic smartphone. The Q10 will be available in two colors – black and white, starting tomorrow, June 7, from authorized carriers and retailers in the country. Other things that caught my attention about this smartphone: It is powered by a 1.5Ghz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor It has a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery It has a 3.1-inch OLED touch display having a resolution of 720×720 px. It’s a pretty wide, rich screen The rear camera is 8mpx and the front camera is 2mpx. Useful for when you Skype your contacts (more on that later!). It also has 1080p HD video recording It has an internal storage of 16gb, expandable up to 64gb via microSD The BlackBerry Q10 comes preloaded with the BlackBerry 10.1 OS. Here are some of the highlights of the BB 10.1 platform: Blackberry Hub can manage all of your conversations, be it emails that are attached to another email or contact suggestions when you compose a message. You’re always one swipe away from everything that matters to you. You can now get personalized notifications for your contacts and your accounts. Customize your ringtones and vibrations for calls and messages from each of your contacts. You can also set up a different notification for your email accounts and other social media accounts. Better cursor control for more accuracy in placing the cursor and selecting text. HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode is now available when taking pictures in tricky lighting conditions. Blackberry Balance technology, which separates and...

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BlackBerry Q10 coming this June with a price of P31,990

BlackBerry just announced the availability of their flagship BB 10 with a qwerty keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10, which will arrive in the country on June 7 with a retail price of Php31,990. That’s a couple of thousand pesos more than their Z10 when it was launched last March. The BlackBerry Q10 should be the handset of choice for BlackBerry purists out there, having a re-engineered ergonomic physical keyboard where they layout is wider and the sculpted keys are larger than before. It also has a 720 x 720  3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen and features a glass weave body for added strength and weight reduction. Powering the Q10 is a 1.5GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor with a 2GB RAM. Internal storage is at 16GB with support for a microSD card. It also comes with the same 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel HD front camera as that of the Z10, and packs LTE and NFC capabilities as well. Here’s a quick rundown on a few things you can expect from BlackBerry 10 if you’re still not familiar with it.: The ever present BlackBerry Hub, which brings all your conversations together in one easy to manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple “peek”, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. BlackBerry Balance technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content, protecting what’s important to you and the business you work for. BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), which lets you share things with the people that matter to you in an instant. BBM on BlackBerry 10 smartphones includes voice calling and video chat, and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 smartphone contact. BlackBerry Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and action all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone. The BlackBerry Q10 will come in either black or white color and will retail for Php31,990 starting June 7. BlackBerry Q10...

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