This past Thursday, BlackBerry released their new smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap, in the United States. Priced at an affordable $275, it was hard to pass up, considering how awesome Blackberry 10 is in terms of mobile operating systems. I have always been a fan of BlackBerry and have been cheering on it’s survival after losing all of it’s domination over the past 5 years or so, and with the ability to run Android apps on it, I had no qualms switching from my Nexus 5 to a BlackBerry device!
I received the BlackBerry Leap on Friday from Amazon and immediately wanted to do an “unboxing”
I was at work, so I had to try and do it between work-related duties, so this won’t be very in-depth in terms of photos.
I was immediately impressed by the simple yet attractive black packaging.
Inside the box was the phone, USB cord, wall charging port, wired headset, safety documents, and the “Getting Started” brochure that walks you through initial phone setup.
The phone has a 5 inch display, there is a power button on the top of the phone, volume and mute buttons are on the side to the right of the display, and the MicroSIM and MicroSD card slots are under a cover on the side to the left of the display.
The back is rubberized for a nice grip and has a speaker toward the bottom of the back.
As for specs:
- 295 PPI on a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
- 2MP front facing, 8MP rear facing cameras
- 2800 mAh non-removable battery
- MSM 8960 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor
- 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash + Micro SD
- Penta Band LTE + 4G Hotspot
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
- BT 4.0 / DLNA / Miracast
- Dual Microphone
- 9.5 mm profile
Much like the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Leap isn’t going to be a device for everyone and while the reasons for that are drastically different, that’s the reality. Some people are never even going to consider picking up a BlackBerry Leap because it will simply make them feel like they’re buying an almost identical device to what they already have just in a new package, while others can’t wait to pick up a BlackBerry Leap for the exact same reason.
After a weekend of using the phone, I find that it is a great phone all around. Tons of apps from the Amazon App Store and BlackBerry World (as well as the ability to side load the Google Play store onto it for even more apps) and the call quality and security BlackBerry is known for make for a phone that is a heck of a solid device for a low price.