blackberry

Does the Blackberry Passport have a future?

Episode 1374

Brian from Orange County, CA
Blackberry Passport

Brian picked up the new Blackberry Passport Silver Edition off eBay and he loves it. He says the speakers are great and the keyboard allows him to scroll. Leo says it's a great phone. He can even (sort of) run Android APKs. Leo's fears though is that being that it's Blackberry 10, there will be no more updates for it, since Blackberry has moved to Android. It also has little ecosystem other than a few sparse Android apps that had been ported over.

Is there a good alternative to Blackberry?

James from Laguna Beach, CA

Episode 1368

James loved his Blackberry Z10. Leo says that the Blackberry OS was great for it's time but its time to move to Android because they didn't have the resources to develop separate apps for such a limited market. In the end, it's really down to iOS and Android. The Blackberry Priv was a good Android device with a physical keyboard. The recently announced KeyONE is Blackberry's latest handset but it's not an improvement in the keyboard department.

Nokia Announces Revival of the Iconic 3310 Phone

Episode 1367

Nokia 3310

Sensing a market for people who just want a phone, or a burner, Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week the return of the 3310 phone, which has over 21 hours of talk time on a single charge. It will cost just $51.

Meanwhile, Blackberry returned with the standard Blackberry keyboard on an Android phone, and Motorola is putting out a new version of the Moto G5 with a 13MP camera and faster snapdragon chips, larger screen, and more. That will retail for $200.

BlackBerry Gets Out of Hardware Business

Episode 1330

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.

Leo Gets the BlackBerry Priv Android Smartphone

Episode 1247

BlackBerry Priv

Leo got the BlackBerry Priv this week, which he says has to be the worst name for a phone ever. It's supposed to mean "Privileged" and "Private." Leo says that since BlackBerry has dropped their own OS in favor of Android, that the Priv is a very good mobile phone. There are some old things that make it a BlackBerry, like the physical keyboard. It brought back memories, but Leo says it was a difficult experience to use to type, leaving Leo to think that this kind of design is an anachronism. It's a feature whose time is over, and we've moved on.

Why is my Blackberry having issues after sideloading an update?

Episode 1201

Kevin from San Diego, CA
BlackBerry Classic

Kevin updated his BlackBerry to the new 10.3 OS and now some of his apps don't work. Kevin did a "sideload" to update his phone, and Leo suspects the issues he's having is due to the carrier, namely Verizon.

When sideloading an OS, he's not getting the approved carrier edition of the operating system, but the version directly from BlackBerry without Verizon's customization. It's likely that it's an APN setting issue within Verizon's servers that is causing connection issues with Kevin's phone. This is why sideloading can be problematic.

How can I save text messages on an old cell phone?

Episode 1187

Steve from Dana Point, CA
BlackBerry Classic

Steve needs to upgrade from his old BlackBerry and he wants to know how he can export and save his text messages. Leo says it's possible to save text messages via SIM, but the SIM is very small. He could back up the text messages with the BlackBerry software, as well as third party solutions, but whether they will be legally viable after that is another story. Which is why Leo would recommend keeping the phone and sim as is and get a new SIM for the new phone.

What's a good small screen smart phone?

Episode 1186

Eric from Ann Arbor, MI
BlackBerry Classic

Eric's mom uses an old phone that has a physical keyboard. She needs a new phone now and he can't seem to find one small enough for her. Leo says that Samsung does make smaller versions of their Galaxy Phones, like the Alpha, which is 4.7 inches. The smaller the screen, though, the harder it will be to type. He can go with the older iPhone, like the iPhone 5 or even the iPhone 4S, which is available for free now. It's a great smartphone for a first choice.