Mobile Madness 2016-bracket

And we begin… We start the first match-up of this year’s voting with what we’ve dubbed the “play-in” round, for the lack of a better term. A 25-item bracket isn’t the most visually pleasing, especially if you’re OCD, after all, so we needed to make it work.

At any rate, our first matchup is BlackBerry Classic vs. OnePlus X. 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.

What about OnePlus X? The device isn’t the most powerful of the OnePlus family, that title goes to the One follow-up in the OnePlus 2. But I’d argue that the One Plus X looks and feels more premium than the more spec’d-out OnePlus 2. I’m a big fan of glass front/back designs. I get a tad excited when I see those features. One huge benefit it has is its price, too, and it’s one of the best phones in the $250 price point. It looks a heck of a lot more premium than its price suggests.

But how does the OnePlus X compare to the BlackBerry Classic? That’s for you to decide.

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.

OnePlus X

The wealthiest team in sports doesn’t always win the championship. Sometimes all you need are the right pieces, the willingness to take risks, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get your reward. Nobody would have predicted a team like Leicester City, which finished 14th last campaign, to be among the top teams in the English Premier League this season. Yet The Foxes are right near the top.

That analogy very much parallels the mobile market, which is quickly becoming a more diverse and accessible place full of strong competition. Companies such as Apple and Samsung gained an early advantage because they had the riches to create some of the most desirable smartphones we’ve ever seen. But just because a phone is powerful and expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. Not anymore… Read more

BlackBerry - Classic OnePlus - OnePlus X
Display Size 3.5-inch, 720 x 720 pixel display (291 ppi) 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi)
Resolution X 720 1080
Resolution Y 720 1920
Display Type N/A Full HD
Operating System BlackBerry 10 (at launch) OxygenOS based on Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm MSM 8960 1.5GHz 2.3GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • 16GB
  • 16GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 8MP
  • 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)
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TDD-LTE (EU): B38/B40
  • WCDMA (EU): Bands: 1/2/5/8
  • WCDMA (US): Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
  • FDD-LTE (EU): Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
  • FDD-LTE (US): Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2515 mAh 2525mAh
NFC Yes No
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • SlimPort
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Hall sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • HALL
  • Proximity
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
  • BDS
  • GPS
Height 131 mm (5.16 inches) 140 mm (5.51 inches)
Width 72.4 mm (2.85 inches) 69 mm (2.72 inches)
Depth 10.2 mm (0.40 inches) 6.9 mm (0.27 inches)
Weight 6.28 oz (178 g) 138 g (4.87 oz)
Colors Black Ceramic, Onyx
Supported Audio Formats MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA (v9 and v10), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, WAV, OGG
Supported Video Formats 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA HEVC (H.265), H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, ASF
Other Features
  • FM Radio
  • FM Radio
In The Box N/A N/A


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
March 27 Winner of March 18 vs Winner of March 19
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20
March 29 Winner of March 21 vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22
March 31 Winner of March 23 vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 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