- Anil Satapathy , The Mobile Indian
BlackBerry Leap doesn't look spectacular on paper but in real life it is a decent phone worth considering.
- Nate Ralph , Cnet
The BlackBerry Leap smartphone is a plain workhorse with BlackBerry's productivity and security pedigree.
- Bright and responsive screen
- Textured back offers great grip
- Sturdy build quality
- Aged processor
- Display sharpness below current flagships
The Leap is BlackBerry's attempt to recapture the hip, young professional audience. Unlike other BlackBerry phones, the Leap has done away with the physical keyboard in favor of a full touch screen and digital on-screen keyboard. It shares the same black slab design as many smartphones but with sharper edges and a textured curved back. Not only do these design features add character, they also made it much easier for experts to grip. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, critics add that the Leap has a solid build quality and feels comfortable in their hand despite its dimensions of 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches.
The 4G Leap runs the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS on its 5-inch display. With an HD resolution of 720p it provides a pixel density of 293ppi. While not the sharpest in comparison to newer flagship phones, reviewers describe it generally as "great" as it is bright, responsive and sensitive to touch.
At the core of the Leap is an aged 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Despite its limited core numbers and lower clock speed, experts were able to perform basic and even graphics-oriented tasks with ease, mostly thanks to its Adreno 225 graphics processor unit (GPU). Still, they add that on paper it might turn away many users as it doesn't seem as powerful as even some budget Android phones available. With that said, it does come with a whopping 2GB of RAM to keep the phone running smoothly and 16GB of internal storage. It also comes with a microSD slot for additional storage, a 2,800 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera that can take 1080p video and a 2MP front camera.
Overall, experts view the Leap as a decent smartphone for the price. TechRadar states, "The Leap is probably the best shot BlackBerry has to stabilize or even improve its…market share."
Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)
Outleapt by the competition
A Small Step for BlackBerry, a Huge Leap for Productivity
If you're a BlackBerry fan, chances are you'll be impressed with this phone. If you're not, the Leap is intriguing enough to convince you to give it a try. But you might not understand its full potential until you truly know what BlackBerry is all about. The Leap is supposed to bring the magic of BlackBerry in a more affordable package and it certainly does that. Its role is not only to help the Canadian phone maker gain market share but also to give buyers more options to choose from.
The $275 price point is the one causing all the setbacks and that's something pretty much obvio... Full review
Far from ideal mid-ranger
A decent BlackBerry
16 days standby along with durable, good grip
The Leap is a good choice if you are looking for a mid-range BlackBerry smartphone
A leap of faith
This Leap falls short
The BlackBerry Leap looks and feels like a professional device, and packs all of the native security functionality that we've come to expect from BlackBerry. But if BlackBerry hopes to lure new users, or entice lapsed BlackBerry fans back into the fold, it's going to need to offer features that are competitive with competing platforms. It hasn't been successful on the app front, even with the inclusion of the Amazon app store. And the omission of a physical keyboard leaves out a feature that folks can't really get anywhere else.
If you don't care about the keyboard or the dearth... Full review
It’s hard to recommend the Leap at this price
As an overall package, it’s hard to recommend the Leap at this price. Unless you’re an absolute BlackBerry diehard fan who won’t buy any other manufacturer’s products, it’s hard to see the value in the Leap. Its display and camera are poorer than a handful of great Android smartphones like the Idol 3 or OnePlus One, and with it running on BlackBerry, you’re limited by the number of apps that run well.
For me, BlackBerry’s strength has always been creating devices that inspire productivity and don’t distract you. With the Leap, the comp... Full review
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- BlackBerry Leap Manual (PDF)
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