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BlackBerry Leap Review – A solid, productivity tool with no keyboard

You may not be able to buy it from T-Mobile, but the BlackBerry Leap might be worth your consideration if you’re one of the few people who actually likes BB OS10 on an all-touch device. It’s compatible with T-Mo’s band 2 and 4 LTE networks and you can buy it unlocked from ShopBlackBerry.com for $275 in dark grey or white. I’ve reviewed it for PhoneDog, and you can see that review in the video embedded above.

Key Specs include:

To save myself from writing the entire review script again I’ll point you in the direction of the PhoneDog review page. But I still wanted to bring you my thoughts in a summarized form.

The Good

The Bad

Take-away

I’ve always liked BlackBerry 10’s user interface. Although it can take a little while to get used to the gestures, once you’ve got it, it feels faster, more intuitive and productive than anything else. At least, it does to me. It reminded me a lot of using the Z10 and is hard to fault as a work and communication tool. But it’s still hard to see exactly who’s going to buy this.

There are better-specced phones like the OnePlus One and Idol 3 on Android, at a similar price. In fact, the Idol 3 – which we reviewed recently – costs less and has support for T-Mobile’s band 12 LTE network which the Leap doesn’t. And tit’s Android, which means a ton more apps and features for the regular consumer.

If the Leap had a better screen and camera, and maybe looked prettier, I’d love it. But it doesn’t, so I don’t. If I was buying a BlackBerry today, I’d at least go for one with a keyboard like the BlackBerry Classic. For a sub-$300 phone, there are better options out there. But if you’re dead-set on getting an all-touch productivity tool and don’t care for games and apps so much, the Leap is a surprisingly solid offering.

 

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