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Nexus 6 vs. BlackBerry Classic – Best smartphone reader’s choice – March Mobile Madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 17, 2015March 17, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

Thanks for joining us for another round of Mobile Madness!  Yesterday we pitted two Android devices, the Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G Flex 2.  It looks as if the G Flex 2’s curved design was no match for the Xperia Z3, at least according to the fans.  The Z3 will eventually face off against today’s winner.

Today we have the Motorola-made Nexus 6 going up against the BlackBerry Classic. What can I say about these two devices?  Both are great devices and are perfect examples that showcase all an operating system has to offer.  The Nexus 6 features the latest Android updates without all that unsightly bloatware, while the BlackBerry Classic shows off its enterprise-class prowess, oh and don’t mistake it for your father’s BlackBerry. BlackBerry 10 has improved vastly and is much more appealing now with the ability of sideloading Android apps, at least for me.

So who will it be today? Nexus 6 or the BlackBerry Classic? Vote below after the spec-to-spec comparison.

 

Nexus 6

Google’s Nexus lineup has always been a terrific showcase for pure Android. From the start, these devices have been important for developers and die-hard enthusiasts, but let’s be honest: the Nexus brand has never been desired the way a Note or iPhone has. Consumers just don’t know any better.

Slowly, surely, that’s begun to change. The Nexus brand has started to build an audience (albeit, a very small one) outside of elite tech circles. Today, “Nexus” is a name people actually associate with Google, and that’s a very big deal. Consumers who might normally purchase something from Samsung or HTC are now spending their money on Nexus devices, signaling a shift in the industry. People are seriously starting to take notice of the look and performance of pure Android… read the full review here.

 

BlackBerry Classic

For the BlackBerry faithful, the Classic is a sight for sore eyes. The approach by the Waterloo company is simple: rather than taking the competition head on, BlackBerry is putting its focus on retaining the customers it still has. That means more devices like the Passport and Classic, which offer that familiar (and terrific) typing experience with excellent enterprise security. If you want to relive the glory days of physical keyboards, the Classic is the perfect device for you… read more.

Motorola - Nexus 6 BlackBerry - Classic
Display Size 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi) 3.5-inch, 720 x 720 pixel display (291 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 720
Resolution Y 2560 720
Display Type AMOLED N/A
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) BlackBerry 10 (at launch)
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 Qualcomm MSM 8960 1.5GHz
RAM 3GB 2 GB RAM
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 13MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 2MP
Networks
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
  • LTE : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 20 (2100/1900/1800/AWS/850/2600/700/800 MHz) – Cat 3
  • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 5/6 (2100/1900/850 MHz) – 21Mb DL(Cat 14), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • LTE : 4,13 (AWS/700 MHz) – Cat 3
  • CDMA : BC 0, 1 (850/1900 MHz), SVLTE
  • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/850/900 MHz) – 21Mb DL (Cat 14), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
Battery 3220mAh 2515 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • SlimPort
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Hall sensor
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
Height 159.3 mm (6.27 inches) 131 mm (5.16 inches)
Width 83 mm (3.27 inches) 72.4 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 10.1 mm (0.40 inches) 10.2 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 184 g (6.49 oz) 6.28 oz (178 g)
Colors Blue, White Black
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC
Supported Video Formats N/A 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
N/A

 

 


First Round:

March 11(play-in round) HTC One M9 Vs LG G3
March 12 Winner of the play-in round (HTC One M9) Vs iPhone 6 Plus
March 13 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Vs Lumia 930-Series
March 14 Moto X (2014) Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
March 15 Motorola Droid Turbo Vs BlackBerry Passport
March 16 LG G Flex 2 Vs Sony Xperia Z3
March 17 Nexus 6 Vs BlackBerry Classic
March 18 iPhone 6 Vs OnePlus One
March 19 Galaxy S6 Vs Galaxy Note Edge

Second Round:

March 20 Winner of March 12 (HTC One M9) Vs Winner of March 13
March 21 Winner of March 14 Vs Winner of March 15
March 22 Winner of March 16 Vs Winner of March 17
March 23 Winner of March 18 Vs Winner of March 19

Final Four:

March 24-26 Winner of March 20 Vs Winner of March 21
March 26-28 Winner of March 22 Vs Winner of March 23

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 24-26 Vs Winner of March 26-28
Winner Announced April 1

TechnoBuffalo - Mobile Madness 2015 - Round 6


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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