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BlackBerry Classic vs Nexus 6P: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | April 3, 2016April 3, 2016 3:00 pm PST

Update: We experienced technical difficulties with this poll below, it will run for an extra day. 

Welcome to another round of the Mobile Madness. The field is narrowed down to the final eight phones. And today we have two fine representatives of  their respective platforms, the BlackBerry Classic and the Huawei Nexus 6P.

Yes, the BlackBerry Classic is a tad older, it’s been out for well over a year now, but it is the most recent hardware refresh and runs BlackBerry 10. Sure, the Passport runs it as well, but this phone is newer and this is probably the latest smartphone we’ll see for the year, or longer. Sure, we’ll see more BlackBerry phones this year, but likely running Android like the Priv.

The Nexus 6P is probably the first time that most U.S. users have set their eyes on a Huawei device.  However, it is a really strong effort and of course access to the latest version of Android is always a big positive for Nexus devices. There’s so little to dislike about the 6P.

Vote below, and vote as often as you’d like. Have fun and be kind to each other.

 

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.

 

Nexus 6P

Finding the right balance is a near-impossible task. In cooking, neglecting to use spices can leave a dish bland and without personality; add too much and you ruin the meal entirely. The same thing can happen in mobile.

I’ve used and tested a lot of really great phones this year, but none have struck that perfect balance between design, speed, battery life and software. Some come close, but there’s always that one thing that keeps a phone from being The One.

The Nexus 6P is different—or comes about as close to perfection as I’ve seen. What I find most impressive is how the Nexus 6P’s excellence feels so natural, like it isn’t trying too hard to be the best. It just is. Everything works in perfect harmony to create one of the most exciting devices in a long, long time… read more

 

BlackBerry - Classic Huawei - Nexus 6P
Display Size 3.5-inch, 720 x 720 pixel display (291 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 720 1440
Resolution Y 720 2560
Display Type N/A WQHD AMOLED
Operating System BlackBerry 10 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm MSM 8960 1.5GHz 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
RAM 2 GB RAM 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 12.3MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 8MP
Networks
  • 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)
  • CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 2515 mAh 3450mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • SlimPort
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Hall sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 131 mm (5.16 inches) 159.4 mm (6.28 inches)
Width 72.4 mm (2.85 inches) 77.8 mm (3.06 inches)
Depth 10.2 mm (0.40 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 6.28 oz (178 g) 178 g (6.28 oz)
Colors Black Aluminium, Frost, Graphite
Supported Audio Formats MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC N/A
Supported Video Formats 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA N/A
Other Features
  • FM Radio
In The Box N/A N/A

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 (BlackBerry Classic) vs Winner of March 27 (Nexus 6P)
April 4 Winner of March 28 (Xiaomi Mi5) vs Winner of March 29 (BlackBerry Priv)
April 5 Winner of March 30 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of March 31 (Galaxy S7)
April 6 Winner of April 1 (iPhone 6S Plus) vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

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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