How can I judge that Blackberry Motion is a good smart phone for me?

Blackberry Motion smartphone Australia

Blackberry recently launched Blackberry Motion and to judge whether it is a good smartphone for you or not is to look at its features. Though this phone has strong battery life but seems not so good on inconsistent camera and otherwise a solid phone to buy.

Also Blackberry Motion lack that classic keyboard and is an all-touch affair with the combination of a mid-range chipset, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and an enormous battery mean the new BlackBerry Motion routinely runs for two days on a single charge. There are also some valuable software features and overall you can say it’s a good phone but not a very good deal. Now read the features below and judge yourself.

The phone hardware

Blackberry Motion- Hardware

The Blackberry Motion is the best touchscreen phone with the body of a handsome blend of glass, aluminum and soft-touch plastic that’s made to look like carbon fiber. In an effort to give the Motion some extra character, BlackBerry Mobile rounded the phone’s top edge while leaving the bottom one flat. This phone is rated IP67 for water and dust protection. With 5.5-inch LCD screen it runs at 1080p, with pleasing colors but the Motion’s screen lacks the punchy hues and deep blacks you’d get from an AMOLED panel.

The Motion’s sound quality is purely adequate and the phone does include a head phone jack. You’ll find the USB-C port next to the headphone jack along the phone’s bottom, while the volume rocker, sleep/wake button and convenience key are located on the right side. Using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with an Adreno 506 GPU and a relatively paltry 32GB of storage the Motion packs 4GB of RAM compared to the KEYone’s 3GB, but the biggest deviation from the KEYone formula is the Motion’s massive, 4,000mAh battery.

Software and security

Blackberry Motion- Software

The Motion runs Android 7.1.2 out of the box and, as usual for BlackBerry, what looks like a stock Android interface actually hides quite a bit of depth. The KEYone and Motion share plenty of features  As usual, your emails and social communiques get routed into a unified inbox called the Hub, making it easy to quickly glance at all your incoming messages and you can create different “views” that only show notifications from certain apps and accounts. The productivity tab, meanwhile, seems more immediately useful. Tapping on the right edge of the screen offers up quick glances at upcoming calendar events, unread messages in the Hub, tasks you’ve added to your checklist and your favorite contacts. Also the productivity tab has the added benefit of being usable while you’re already in another app.

Also there are shortcuts for common actions in the app launcher and the ability to swipe up on app icons to see their related widgets. There are a few interface tweaks specific to this device, though: You can swipe your finger down the home button to pull down the notifications shade, and more importantly, you can assign up to three actions to the so-called “smart” convenience key. With multiple actions attached to the convenience key, though, you’ll have to tap on the screen to make your selection and you could map actions to just about every button on its physical keyboard  and that’s 27 convenience keys to work with instead of just one.

With new feature called Locker mode that allows you to securely store your most sensitive files. Moving things into the locker is easy enough: Just select some items in the Files app and hit “Lock.” Once done, you’ll be prompted to authenticate every time you want to see your important folders.

More interesting is how you can snap a photo with the camera using the fingerprint sensor instead of tapping the on-screen shutter button, a move that sends the resulting shot straight into the locker. With the privacy shade app you can secure your data as it obscures all of the screen except for a slim bar you can drag up and down.

The phone camera

Camera in Blackberry Motion

BlackBerrys have never excelled at photography, and nothing about the Motion’s 12-megapixel main camera changes that. At its best, when scenes are awash in light, the Motion is capable of capturing some pleasantly solid photos. Colors are mostly accurate if a little washed-out and there’s a respectable level of detail to be found if you look closely enough. The option to “focus before capture” is disabled by default. The feature might add a moment of hesitation before actually snapping the photo, but the results almost always look better. It’s like BlackBerry was more concerned with maintaining the perception of speed than actually producing better pictures from the outset. But the 8-megapixel front-facing camera can take your decent selfies.

Performance and battery life

Blackberry Motion Battery

With its Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Motion is decidedly mid-range, phone and has more than enough horsepower to flit between top apps Slack, Spotify, Gmail and Trello with ease. It’s clear the Motion was designed with longevity in mind. Qualcomm’s power-sipping chipset and 1080p display pair nicely with the enormous 4,000mAh battery wedged inside and, as a result, the Motion routinely lasts two full days before needing to be recharged.

Cost and other pricing

Blackberry Motion price

Blackberry Motion (BBD100-1 32GB 4G LTE) smartphone costs $649.95 in Australia

Now would you go for this phone, it’s you to decide.