BlackBerry Motion review
First water resistant BlackBerry phone
You can buy the BlackBerry Motion in the UK now, with deals starting from £19.99 per month on contract or from £399 as handset only.
The BlackBerry Motion is a very durable smartphone that is ready to defend itself against anything that life can throw at it. IP67 certification confirms that the phone can be submerged to one metre in water for up to 30 minutes.
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Extra durability is given through the strong aluminium frame and to this is fitted a soft grip textured back. The pattern is instantly recognisable as ‘BlackBerry’, making this phone standout in a lineup.
The glass front of the phone has a nano-diamond anti-scratch coating.
The BlackBerry Motion has a well-sized 5.5” display with Full HD resolution. This brings every detail into focus with 1920 x 1080 pixels (403 pixels per inch).
The phone is powered by a very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 2GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. This means that there will be no lag when opening apps, multitasking, playing games or when browsing the internet.
The Motion has a bottom mounted speaker and while this is mono, it will produce good loudness levels. This is because the speaker isn’t covered when the phone is placed onto a flat surface.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring content
The fingerprint sensor is built into the home key and the sensor has a little character with the BlackBerry logo imprinted onto it. Once fingerprint, PIN, password or pattern security it set up, you can have the Password Keeper manage your passwords, so that you do not need to remember them.
The internal 32GB memory gives plenty of room for transferring content over from an old mobile phone. Should you need more memory in the future, then the 2TB microSD card slot will accommodate this.
There are several useful privacy features on the BlackBerry Motion. The first is the Locker, which is fingerprint protected, and can be used for storing your private photos and documents. When using the camera, you can even take photos in Locker Mode, by tapping the fingerprint sensor, and all photos captured go straight into the Locker.
The second privacy feature is the BlackBerry Privacy Shade. This feature digitally dims the screen, to a preset level that you have chosen, so that people around you cannot see the sensitive information on the display. You then have a looking glass, which can be reshaped as either a horizontal bar or as a bubble, and this can be moved around the screen so that you can see clearly what you want to read, while protecting the rest from prying eyes.
The BlackBerry Motion runs on Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. This will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in early 2018. The phone is also gauranteed to get monthly security updates for a minimum of two years.
With Android and BlackBerry colliding, you get a really nice portfolio of pre-loaded apps. From Google, you get gems like the Chrome web browser, YouTube and Google Maps.
If you haven’t used a BlackBerry before, then the BlackBerry apps and functions are really going to impress. A personal favourite is BlackBerry Pop-up Widgets. These allow you to swipe over an app’s icon on the home screen and the app’s widget pops open. This means that you can put all of your widgets on one screen.
Further BlackBerry apps include BlackBerry Hub, Tasks by BlackBerry and BBM, as well as nearly a dozen more.
If you have taken a look at the design of the BlackBerry Motion, then you may have noticed an extra button on the side. This is the Smart BlackBerry Convenience Key.
The Smart BlackBerry Convenience Key can be customised to open apps and functions and the three apps/functions that appear can be different, based upon your location. Home shortcuts are triggered if you connect to your home Wi-Fi, In-car shortcuts appear if you connect to an in-car bluetooth, while Work shortcuts appear during meetings scheduled in the BlackBerry Hub.
Camera & Video
The BlackBerry Motion has a 12MP camera with fast Phase Detect Auto Focus. You get to enjoy standard camera features like a dual tone LED flash, 4x digital zoom, live filters and 4K video recording.
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Going beyond photography, the Motion’s camera has a Whiteboard Capture feature, Business Card Scan feature and a Document Scanner for scanning documents or recipes.
The 8MP portrait camera has a wide angle lens, flash and Wide Selfie mode.
The high capacity 4,000mAh battery is one of the largest around and this gives more than 32 hours of typical use. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and BlackBerry Boost mode enable you to charge the battery to 50% in 41 minutes.
A nice visual feature is the Battery Edge indicator. This changes colour and size, based upon how much charge is left or how full the battery is during charging.
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Written by: Michael Brown