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BlackBerry Motion - Smart Phone Review
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:55:51 PM »
Say What?!   Yes - I bought a BlackBerry Motion.  I've been a long time BlackBerry (curve, bold, torch - x2, passport) and iPhone/iPad (iPhone 3, 4, 5, 7) user...  I've used Palm Treos (both Palm and Windows Mobile), Microsoft Mobile, Symbian, and several other OS style of phones.  Why did I buy a BlackBerry Motion?    I say... because why not?!  The have given up on the BBOS... to be fair though, I liked the BBOS... they just had a lack of support.

BlackBerry Motion product page -

Quick Specs from site:
•Fully Android™ - Android OS – 7.1 Nougat
•Access to over a million apps on Google Play™
•5.5" scratch-resistant display
•BlackBerry® Convenience Key
•8MP front camera with flash
•12MP auto-focus rear camera
•Fingerprint Sensor
•BlackBerry® Security software
•403 PPI
•1920 x 1080 IPS LCD
•24-bit color depth
•5.5" diagonal
•16:9 aspect ratio
•Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz, 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU
•Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD memory card (up to 256GB)
•4 GB RAM / 32 GB Flash
•USB Type-C - USB 2.0
•4000 mAh (typical) 4.4V non-removable Lithium Ion battery QC3.0 Enabled 50% charge in 41 minutes
•32+ hours of battery life*

With that said... the battery life and Design of the phone are awesome... better looking than most of the phones out there.  BlackBerry has done pretty well with style in the past... and their touch screens have improved over the years.  Is there a reason to buy this and not another Android based phone... not really.   It's not the MOST powerful Android out there... it's also not near as expensive.  And the battery life (as I mentioned) is REALLY good with heavy use.  I went about 2 days and I was at 23%.  Decided to charge at 21%

The reviews on Amazon are pretty good:
BlackBerry Motion GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone (AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket) – 4G LTE, 32GB (U.S. Warranty)  -

Here is a Crackberry article with Video:
BlackBerry Motion - Top 5 Features I'm Loving So Far! -
* NOTE... the best part of the video is when they flush the BlackBerry Motion and then use it lol....

TheVerge agrees with the sentiment that there's not a lot of reason to upgrade to it... and I get it.  Again, the phone isn't the most powerful.  I feel the casing is one of the better designed, there's good nostalgia value, and the screen looks pretty good.  They certainly did bring the sexy back - Look at the back of the phone on the BlackBerry official site above.
BlackBerry Motion review: moving backwards -

Engadget likes the phone more than Theverge... they have a pretty good review here as well:
BlackBerry Motion review: It's all about the battery life -
* note... they note the camera is not the greatest... and it's really not an Uber camera by any means.  But with all my camera tests so far... the images look pretty good.  Hard to complain about really - you would start getting into 1st world problems.

CrackBerry Video attached below:

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« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 06:03:02 PM by BLUEVOODU »

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Re: BlackBerry Motion - Smart Phone Review
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 07:36:07 AM »
I loved the early blackberries. If you ever got in trouble you could bash someone's head in, use it as a wheel chock for a semi, prop open security doors, anchor a boat, and level a wobbley table.

I've had several - they were the first phone aimed at business after all, but I found them to be clunky and just a poor experience overall. Either the first or the second generation one I actually managed to let slip out of my pocket as I was driving a fork lift, run it over, and it still worked. That thing looked like I used it as a hammer more than a phone by the time I retired it. The next version I had was smaller and had a really cool track-ball, that only worked for about 3 months. I sent it off, had it fixed, but the track ball skipped a lot. The packed in alleyway clone wasn't playable afterwards.

I'd much rather have a business centric phone, so I really tried to love blackberry. Can they come back from their previous goofs? Who knows, I think it's 50/50 between the blackberry being a success or the Fire Phone 2 coming out!


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Re: BlackBerry Motion - Smart Phone Review
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2018, 09:59:59 AM »
@targetrasp you should look into the motion.  That's if you have android.  It's an android with all blackberry calendars, messaging apps - BBM, BlackBerry Hub, etc etc.

You have to like android though.