UNBOXING: The NEW BlackBerry Leap

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!

BlackBerry Leap packaging

BlackBerry Leap packaging

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.


Blackberry Leap box contents

Blackberry Leap box contents

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.

Blackberry Leap front

Blackberry Leap front

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.

BlackBerry Leap back

BlackBerry Leap back

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
  • Speakerphone
  • 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.

Check Out the Food Prices @ Augusta National

The practice rounds at Augusta National are underway! Yes, that time of year has arrived. The Masters Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia. Now, you would expect that for an event like The Masters that food and drinks would be GROSSLY overpriced, but the truth is actually contrary to that! In fact, the prices are INCREDIBLE!

The Chosen Frozen

Screenshot of my blog, The Chosen Frozen

As you may or may not know, I am a blogger for The Jerusalem Post, which is the major daily English-language newspaper in Israel. My blog, The Chosen Frozen, appears on their website, JPost.com. I blog about Judaism, life as a convert, politics, diaspora issues and events, and much more. Check it out at http://www.jpost.com/Blogger/Ryan-Fagan

I Voted.



Through April 30th 2015, the World Zionist Organization is holding open voting for all jews to help shape its agenda, including issues affecting both Diaspora Jews and the state of affairs in Israel. The World Zionist Congress is the highest legislative body of the World Zionist Organization, which provides a forum for all the world’s Jews to come together and deliberate about critical issues.

Every Jew has the opportunity to vote for the platform that most aligns with their personal views, and I voted for ARZA.

A vote for ARZA is a vote for:

– Women’s Rights & Gender Equality

-Religious Equality

-Regional Security


My take on the ‘Religious Freedom’ law in Indiana

I’m gonna use a bakery owner as an example:

Refusing to bake a damn cake for someone due to their sexual orientation is stupid… Aren’t you a businessperson? Don’t you want to make a damn profit?  You don’t agree with homosexuality?  Well, that is your own thought and you are entitled to it, but keep it to yourself.  You’re a twice divorced baker? If that is the case, on the same accord you should be refusing service to yourself… What do you think about that? Bake the damn cake… It doesn’t affect you in any negative way. You may be a bigot, but you’re making money.

Auto Awesome Western Wall


Funny that when I was in Israel last year, Google’s ‘Auto Awesome’ feature would do weird things like put snow flakes onto pictures of the Tel Aviv beach, but now a year later is actually pulling the pics I took and making them ACTUALLY AWESOME.  Check out this black and white treatment it gave a pic I took of the Western Wall last February.

Minneapolis Comcast customers set to be switched to a new cable provider


Comcast has made its move to transfer its Minneapolis cable customers to a new franchise as part of its proposed merger with Time Warner.

Comcast, which holds the sole franchise rights for cable in Minneapolis, has requested to spin-off its rights to a new company called GreatLand Connections, according to a request made to the City.

The move is being taken as a result of the cable giant’s proposed mega-merger with Time Warner. Under the terms of the merger, Comcast will not be allowed to have more than a 30 percent share of the United States’ pay-TV market.

Comcast and Time Warner would own a 67 percent stake in GreatLand Connections in order to dilute its share of the market, but the company will be managed by Missouri-based Charter Communications, which Zacks.com reports will own the remaining 33 percent.

Around 2.5 million customers in the Midwest are expected to transfer to GreatLand.

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