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BlackBerry Leap Smartphone Review – The Next Generation All Touch BlackBerry


After the launch of the Classic and Passport BlackBerry all touchscreen fans have been left wanting a worthy successor for the Z30 (especially those with Z10s). The BlackBerry Leap picks up where the BlackBerry Z3 left off but takes it up to the mid to high end market build. For example, the BlackBerry Leap is sporting a beautiful 5” screen covered by Gorilla Glass (version 3). The phone also takes a few design queues from the Porsche design house as you can tell from the back of the phone. I personally am loving the rubberized yet not too grippy back that molds perfectly into your hand. The most impressive part is that it is all available for only $275.

With that said onwards to the pictures and design details!

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Unboxing the device

The model I received is what they are calling the GSM unlocked version for North America. This is the version that ShopBlackBerry will be selling for the US and Canadian carriers. This version is unbranded but the carrier ones will have some branding. I am still surprised they managed to keep this at only $275.My device came with the phone, 1300mAh charger and charging cable, and some cheap headphones.

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Build Quality

The BlackBerry Leap is a solid metal frame covered in a rubberized plastic/resin. It feels great in your hand and really did not have any weak spots or give. This is the type of phone you feel can handle some rough and tumble. They even put on some nice easy to click buttons along with a solid cover for the SIM and MicroSD that is easy to access.

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Ports and features

The back of the leap is clearly reminicent of the original Porsche BlackBerry designs. I am really digging it and the coloring is spot on.

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Top and bottom of the device show some flush clean construction with two microphones (one for voice and one for noise cancellation).

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Sides include some standard volume buttons and a nice rubberized flap covering the SD card and Micro SIM. (not Nano SIM)

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Last but not least… Battery life!

One of the nicest things I saw in the Leap is that it takes after the Z30 in terms of battery life. It is packing enough power for 25 hours of heavy use. That is powered by a 2800mAh battery that will carry you through the whole day. I just wish they also included some rapid charging tech.


Overall BlackBerry has a very solid phone on their hands that really does justice to its pedigree coming from the Z30 and even the Z10. It brings the latest OS 10.3.1 features including the built in dual app store from Amazon and BlackBerry along with Blend and BlackBerry Assistant. For those of you who felt left out as BlackBerry refocused on the QWERTY devices with OS 10.3.1, this is the all touch BlackBerry you have been waiting for.

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  1. Leap is a great Device and a price of $275 sound good.
    Unfortunately many of my Enterprise Customers cannot use it because of missing NFC.
    After years of promoting NFC by BlackBerry: Customers are really using it to smooth business work flows – some apps won’t work without because they rely on NFC.

    • Apple does not have a removable battery, most phones don’t. Why all the hate? The reason none of you like BlackBerry products ( I’m talking to you Mr. ekke, it would be nice if you used your real name! Coward!) is because you don’t have jobs.

      • Frank – if you take a look at or you would notice that I really love BlackBerry products and that I’m spending day and night to develop native apps for BlackBerry 10. I’m BlackBerry Elite developer and Platinum Enterprise Partner working as an Independent Software Architect in Germany.
        I like all BlackBerry 10 products – the only problematic one is the Leap. Some of my Enterprise Customers cannot use it because of missing NFC. Unfortunately Z30 cannot be ordered in quantities because end of life.

  2. No NFC and no HDMI are my criticisms. Should be standard on all BlackBerry devices. Otherwise it’s exactly what BlackBerry probably needs for mass enterprise users. I’m sure our company will be deploying them in the months to come.

  3. Forget about the NFC
    Just check the feature of Blackberry Leap like
    -Battery life: up to 17 hours talk time (UMTS)
    -Ultimate privacy and security to protect your workspace and personal data and many more
    i used the Blackberry Z10 which i found on till last one year.

    • I agree…

      But, non-removable battery is another killer…
      But like Z3 and Q5, this is considered to be really low-end…
      But… these features should really be standardized – a way to do HDMI (be it MHL, SlimPort etc), USB host, NFC…

  4. How do we go about the non removable of the battery? Because here in nigeria we don’t have steady power supply, I really need the blackberry leap but since is not yet selling in africa how will I manage to purchase it?

  5. Please infomation latest product blackberry smartphone , i am really interested

  6. Help me Z10 error no network, no changing, no camera. Help me

  7. It doesn’t have Full Google Play store access, It supports only limited apps from Google store and only the popular ones.

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