The "1-Minute" Review
- 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."
Prices (Where to Buy)
BlackBerry released the Leap on April 17, 2015.
BlackBerry Leap prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. BlackBerry's suggested retail price is $349.00. You can compare Leap prices from around the web here on The Informr.
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BlackBerry backs up the Leap with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Leap has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.