Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The BlackBerry Classic's screen is 3.5 inches with 720 x 720 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.3.1.2072) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2515mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2515 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 15.2 days standby time, 1032 minutes (2G), 702 minutes (3G).



The Classic is a one-trick pony in a stable full of tricked out ponies.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

If you're willing to trade screen size for a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies.

- Nate Ralph , Cnet 

Reviews summary

6.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 32 reviews

What's good

  • All-day battery life
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Plenty of storage
  • MicroSD support
  • Price

What's bad

  • Square screen
  • Finicky Android support
  • Small screen
  • Weak camera

So the team at RIM is at it again. Their latest offering is a mashup of old school design and new school technology that they’ve labelled the BlackBerry Classic. Does it live up to the expectations of BlackBerry fans around the world or is it another attempt to gain traction in a market that has left it behind? Let’s dive into the reviews.

At first glance, the Classic is a definitely shout out to the glory days of BlackBerry. Designed much like the BlackBerry Bold, the phone features a 3.5-inch 720-by-720 pixel square touch screen and a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. While this is one of the largest screens on a BlackBerry to date, the resolution is a bit lower than the Passport. Despite the upgrade, CNet calls the display “uncomfortably small in the age of the big-screen phones.” However, after putting it through its paces, International Business Times declared it “sharp, accurate and well-lit.”

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Powering the phone is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. While definitely behind the flagship devices of other manufacturers, most reviews noted great performance in native apps and general use. Unfortunately, if you start trying to play games or really push the processor, reviews go downhill fast. International Business Times summed up opinions well, saying, “the experience often felt slow and clunky.” But then, in many ways, a BlackBerry isn’t designed for gaming and watching movies. It has always been, and continues to be, a productivity device at its core.

With 16GB of storage and microSD card support, there is plenty of room for apps, pictures, music or whatever else you want to load on your device. This will allow you to take full advantage of one of the Classic’s more interesting features. While the phone runs BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, it offers support for Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. Unfortunately, this feature is firmly both a negative and positive in most reviews due to the square screen and weak processor. Reviews all noted sluggish load times, slow performance and straight out incompatibility with a number of popular apps and games.

A major perk, and one of the biggest reasons that BlackBerry lovers are still holding on, is the physical QWERTY keyboard on the Classic. Combine that with the row of buttons and the touchpad, known as the Toolbelt, and reviews all applaud how easy it is to crank out emails, check texts or rip through spreadsheets. If you’ve used a previous BlackBerry, the keyboard has changed slightly, dropping the curved design for straight lines. However, reviews of the clicky buttons, spacing and responsiveness are great. The Verge says, “There simply isn’t a more satisfying typing experience to be had with two thumbs.”

If you need to snap a few pictures, the phone includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel shooter up front. Reviews are hit and miss with the camera, with many sighting white balance issues and all noting a muted and fuzzy appearance in dim lighting.

All of this is kept running with a non-replaceable 2515mAh battery. While this might seem low compared to the latest flagship models, reviews indicate the Classic’s modest hardware helps to offset the capacity a bit. All reviews were able to pull a full day’s use on a single charge, with some noting a couple days. CrackBerry put it through it’s paces and said, CrackBerry the battery lasted “throughout the day but was ready for the charger by the end of the night.”

One final innovative feature is the BlackBerry Blend software. When used with another tablet or computer, it allows you to virtually operate your phone from another device. From file synching to text messages and email, you can log in to your phone and use it without having to leave your other device. For enterprise users, it also allows connection to business networks without the hassles of configuring VPNs and other security features.

Overall, reviews for the handset are mixed. While CNet calls it a “reminder that BlackBerry is still at the top of its productivity game,” International Business Times says, “It's highly unlikely that any iPhone or Android owners will switch to this phone, but for businesses looking to upgrade their fleet of ageing Bold 9900s, the Classic makes for a safe and familiar proposition.” Perhaps TechRadar summed it up best, stating, “The Classic is a success in that it's everything a BlackBerry fan could want - but it's debatable just how many fans are out there.”


Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Tech Advisor

BlackBerry Classic is the final nail in BlackBerry's coffin

from Tech Advisor

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.

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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.

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Brighthand

Old Meets Newish

from Brighthand

True to its name, the BlackBerry Classic mimics the company’s phones of old, all while modernizing the hardware and software alike. To some extent, it succeeds: The phone itself feels great, and the operating system shows improvement, even if it’s still sort of stuck between eras. Most importantly, it does a great job of keeping you focused on productivity while employing BlackBerry’s signature security.

But the BlackBerry app ecosystem is a mess, with so many headlining apps missing between the two different marketplaces, and numerous apps not working as advertised. Moreover, that square screen isn’t designed for media or many apps, so the non-work experience suffers, and performance can be sluggish in spots.

As a secondary phone solely for work purposes, the BlackBerry Classic has value—particularly if you’re still rocking an older model. But as your sole smartphone, the Classic is too limited in its functionality and content offerings to come even close to an iPhone or Android phone. Pairing an older phone build and feature set with modern advancements might give the Classic a small bit of anachronistic allure, but the lingering sensation is that it’s simply outdated in key ways. 

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True to its name, the BlackBerry Classic mimics the company’s phones of old, all while modernizing the hardware and software alike. To some extent, it succeeds: The phone itself feels great, and the operating system shows improvement, even if it’s still sort of stuck between eras. Most importantly, it does a great job of keeping you focused on productivity while employing BlackBerry’s signature security.

But the BlackBerry app ecosystem is a mess, with so many headlining apps missing between the two different marketplaces, and numerous apps not working as advertised. Moreover, that square screen isn’t designed for media or many apps, so the non-work experience suffers, and performance can be sluggish in spots.

As a secondary phone solely for work purposes, the BlackBerry Classic has value—particularly if you’re still rocking an older model. But as your sole smartphone, the Classic is too limited in its functionality and content offerings to come even close to an iPhone or Android phone. Pairing an older phone build and feature set with modern advancements might give the Classic a small bit of anachronistic allure, but the lingering sensation is that it’s simply outdated in key ways. 

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What Mobile

BlackBerry diehards will love the modern touchscreen and keyboard

from What Mobile

It’s these caveats, these many, many caveats, that make the BlackBerry Classic difficult to recommend. The company’s shortcut to app support is messy, and by going back to what worked before, it’s brought back all the old issues, from a square screen to the chunky build and space-hogging QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Antiquity might have been a better name for it....

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It’s these caveats, these many, many caveats, that make the BlackBerry Classic difficult to recommend. The company’s shortcut to app support is messy, and by going back to what worked before, it’s brought back all the old issues, from a square screen to the chunky build and space-hogging QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Antiquity might have been a better name for it.

BlackBerry diehards will love the modern touchscreen and keyboard – and even some actual apps, just like a proper smartphone. There are certainly worse handsets you could be issued at work. But there’s nothing here to tempt an iPhone, Android or Windows user. For almost everyone other than BlackBerry fans, this phone is just a reminder of how far we’ve moved on in recent years.

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Berry Review

Everything old is new again

from Berry Review

The Classic is a solid device, building on foundations laid by BlackBerry over many years. It is not meant to bring new customers into the BlackBerry fold; it is meant to keep the corporate- and business-minded customers happy, productive, and secure. If you are looking for bleeding-edge innovation and hardware, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a strong, quality, modern QWERTY device with the power to get your work done, keep you in touch, keep you informed, and keep you entertained in between flights or emails, the Classic is your huckleberry.

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The Classic is a solid device, building on foundations laid by BlackBerry over many years. It is not meant to bring new customers into the BlackBerry fold; it is meant to keep the corporate- and business-minded customers happy, productive, and secure. If you are looking for bleeding-edge innovation and hardware, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a strong, quality, modern QWERTY device with the power to get your work done, keep you in touch, keep you informed, and keep you entertained in between flights or emails, the Classic is your huckleberry.

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The Mobile Indian

Meant for only the die-hard fans but as a phone is way behind its competitors

from The Mobile Indian

BlackBerry Classic is a phone for BlackBerry lovers only who want a QWERTY keypad. If you can afford more, I would suggest you the BlackBerry Passport and if you don't want QWERTY keypad but still want a BlackBerry phone, go for the BlackBerry Z30. However, if you want a smartphone, and not specifically a BlackBerry, then I would suggest you that there are plenty of better alternatives at the same price range.

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BlackBerry Classic is a phone for BlackBerry lovers only who want a QWERTY keypad. If you can afford more, I would suggest you the BlackBerry Passport and if you don't want QWERTY keypad but still want a BlackBerry phone, go for the BlackBerry Z30. However, if you want a smartphone, and not specifically a BlackBerry, then I would suggest you that there are plenty of better alternatives at the same price range.

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Digital Versus

Solid build with some good software ideas

from Digital Versus

You could consider the Classic as an excellent productivity tool, like the Passport but not as high-spec. It benefits from all the advantages of Blackberry 10, but the Classic has to make do with slightly outdated handset technology and an inhibiting battery life. In the end, the Classic isn't much of a step forward from the Q10, released over 18 months ago. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a bit of a let down or a minor success...

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You could consider the Classic as an excellent productivity tool, like the Passport but not as high-spec. It benefits from all the advantages of Blackberry 10, but the Classic has to make do with slightly outdated handset technology and an inhibiting battery life. In the end, the Classic isn't much of a step forward from the Q10, released over 18 months ago. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a bit of a let down or a minor success...

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Pocketnow

Not just a phone

from Pocketnow

This is not a condemnation of the phone. It’s the reality of the phone. If you want graphics and games and videos, then carry another phone or a tablet with you. This phone was not designed and built to attract user over from other platforms. This was built to give those currently on the platform a newer and better device. If you want apps and big screens and you want to play as much as you work, there are a ton of options out there. Go get one....

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This is not a condemnation of the phone. It’s the reality of the phone. If you want graphics and games and videos, then carry another phone or a tablet with you. This phone was not designed and built to attract user over from other platforms. This was built to give those currently on the platform a newer and better device. If you want apps and big screens and you want to play as much as you work, there are a ton of options out there. Go get one.

But, if you want to communicate efficiently and effectively and you don’t want to sift through an ocean of notifications to figure out why your phone just beeped, then carry a BlackBerry. But be advised, it comes with the lifestyle. Be prepared to field the questions from friends and bystanders – “Hey is that a BlackBerry?” Be extra prepared to answer the question that always follows: “Why?”

“Why” indeed. There are phones out there that are better than the BlackBerry in a number of key ways. So why would you carry a BlackBerry Classic? Because you want a BlackBerry. There is no other answer. It’s the same as, “Why be a teacher?” (Spoiler alert: it ain’t for the money). It’s because you want to; because you love to. It’s because it works for you. It’s because you’re a little bit weird, and you’re perfectly OK with that.

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Engadget

Lots of good software touches

from Engadget

Saying that the BlackBerry Classic isn't for everyone is like pointing out that snow is really quite chilly and oxygen is a lovely thing to breathe. It's so obvious that it barely means anything at all. What the Classic is, though, is a mostly reliable device, so long as you're willing to put up with its many, many quirks. I toted the thing through the thrumming hellscape that is the CES show floor, and I was grateful for its comfortable keyboard and its constant flow of easily glanceable messages. But did I feel so much as a pang of regret or longing when it came time to put the Classic back in its box?

Take a wild guess. Everything I needed to get my job done and beyond (even with stringent corporate IT policies in place) was available -- and ran better -- on my iPhone and Android devices. In the end, the Classic is a device with its heart in the right place, but a head stuck in the past. Unless you've been on this roller-coaster ride since the good old days, or you're a sucker for a good underdog story, leave this thing on the shelf. The rest of the world has moved on, and you probably have too. 

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Saying that the BlackBerry Classic isn't for everyone is like pointing out that snow is really quite chilly and oxygen is a lovely thing to breathe. It's so obvious that it barely means anything at all. What the Classic is, though, is a mostly reliable device, so long as you're willing to put up with its many, many quirks. I toted the thing through the thrumming hellscape that is the CES show floor, and I was grateful for its comfortable keyboard and its constant flow of easily glanceable messages. But did I feel so much as a pang of regret or longing when it came time to put the Classic back in its box?

Take a wild guess. Everything I needed to get my job done and beyond (even with stringent corporate IT policies in place) was available -- and ran better -- on my iPhone and Android devices. In the end, the Classic is a device with its heart in the right place, but a head stuck in the past. Unless you've been on this roller-coaster ride since the good old days, or you're a sucker for a good underdog story, leave this thing on the shelf. The rest of the world has moved on, and you probably have too. 

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Pocket Berry

Answer to all those who miss that “iconic” BlackBerry experience

from Pocket Berry

Is this device for you? It may or may not be and that depends on what you look for in a smartphone. The powerhouse texting productive user would appreciate this more than a gamer or one who likes to watch movies on their phone all day. For the corporates and business users coming from legacy devices such as the Bold 9900 series, this is an awesome switch and you’ll definitely appreciate what BlackBerry has packed here, without sacrificing any of the core functionality you love and are already acquainted to. For me personally, I see myself switching between the Classic and Passport – not for any particular reason but because I do love both devices. When I am on the Classic, I may miss the large screen the Passport rocks and battery life, while vice versa I’ll miss the navigation keys and smaller proportion device when back on the Passport. Hope you guys enjoyed my review – I know it’s been a while and I promise we’ll keep this going and be sure to review more devices as they continue to release moving forward. Below are some images to check out of the device if you haven’t seen it in person yet.

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Is this device for you? It may or may not be and that depends on what you look for in a smartphone. The powerhouse texting productive user would appreciate this more than a gamer or one who likes to watch movies on their phone all day. For the corporates and business users coming from legacy devices such as the Bold 9900 series, this is an awesome switch and you’ll definitely appreciate what BlackBerry has packed here, without sacrificing any of the core functionality you love and are already acquainted to. For me personally, I see myself switching between the Classic and Passport – not for any particular reason but because I do love both devices. When I am on the Classic, I may miss the large screen the Passport rocks and battery life, while vice versa I’ll miss the navigation keys and smaller proportion device when back on the Passport. Hope you guys enjoyed my review – I know it’s been a while and I promise we’ll keep this going and be sure to review more devices as they continue to release moving forward. Below are some images to check out of the device if you haven’t seen it in person yet.

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Geek Squad

Will delight existing users and the return of its traditional keyboard is a welcome sight indeed

from Geek Squad

It would be unfair to compare the BlackBerry Classic with the likes of the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone because it’s not really trying to compete with them. The goal of the Classic is clear – to appeal to the BlackBerry power users that weren’t impressed by the likes of the Z10, Q10 and even the Passport. Crucially though, that probably doesn’t mean individual users so much as businesses looking for a high-performing, simple-to-use workplace tool.

If you’re a BlackBerry fan you’ll find a lot to like about the Classic. It may not be the perfect media device or great for games but I suspect that’s not what your main concern is. However, if you want a great phone with brilliant messaging functionality then the BlackBerry Classic won’t let you down. The Classic is also reasonably priced, especially when you consider the Bold 9900 would have set you back over £400. To sum up, the BlackBerry Classic is a great BlackBerry - it’s just taken the brand a while to realise that it’s all anybody wanted from it in the first place. 

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It would be unfair to compare the BlackBerry Classic with the likes of the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone because it’s not really trying to compete with them. The goal of the Classic is clear – to appeal to the BlackBerry power users that weren’t impressed by the likes of the Z10, Q10 and even the Passport. Crucially though, that probably doesn’t mean individual users so much as businesses looking for a high-performing, simple-to-use workplace tool.

If you’re a BlackBerry fan you’ll find a lot to like about the Classic. It may not be the perfect media device or great for games but I suspect that’s not what your main concern is. However, if you want a great phone with brilliant messaging functionality then the BlackBerry Classic won’t let you down. The Classic is also reasonably priced, especially when you consider the Bold 9900 would have set you back over £400. To sum up, the BlackBerry Classic is a great BlackBerry - it’s just taken the brand a while to realise that it’s all anybody wanted from it in the first place. 

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M3attar

Advanced copy of beautiful bold 9900

its a blackberry, not need to explain.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date December 17, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/850 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.3.1.2072)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.12 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2515 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 822 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 561 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1032 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 702 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 15.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Cobalt Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 7.2 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 178 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Optical pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Blackberry
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR, Time shift mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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