BlackBerry Motion launches in Canada, available at Bell, Telus, Koodo and SaskTel

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  • AppleBerrySandwich

    No unlocked from Blackberry?

    $600 is better than $700 I had originally heard but it’s still pricey IMO. You can get similar specs for $400-500.

  • Lexcyn

    I’d rather buy Essential with better specs for a little bit more $…

    • Techguru86

      Essential was DOA, and has done poorly with carriers, at-least people still know Blackberry devices

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      The days are long gone where BlackBerry can play the brand name equity game and proceed to overcharge for it.

    • Techguru86

      All devices are overpriced, get over it, $1000 for a device nobody knows and did poorly with reviews, is not a good idea. At-least the KEYone had really good reviews and a 4000mah battery will help

    • Marshall Davidson

      The Keyone is crap for the price tag. The software experience is vastly inferior to just about anything else out there for a similar price or less even.

      And no one cares to own a Blackberry device anymore. The brand is radioactive.

    • Marshall Davidson

      You clearly have no experience with Pixel or most other Android devices, which is typical of a BB fanboy. Anyone will tell you the OS operates much more smoothly on a Pixel and the Keyone can’t hold a candle to that device.
      I suggest you get a little more familiar with this topic instead of mindlessly defending something out of some sense of loyalty.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      I’m in the process of moving my stuff over to a Nexus 5 temporarily while I send my Priv in for modifications, and holy crap that thing runs smooth. Yes, a 4 year old phone with an SoC two generations behind and less memory is running circles around it, running the same Marshmallow. The latest Chrome update I’m getting constant “not responding” popups, none on the Nexus. I can only hope my Priv comes back just as smooth, I can’t let go of the keyboard.

      I don’t know what secret sauce security they are throwing in, but it sure made the device run terribly.

    • Timothy Friesen

      What modifications are you having done to the priv?

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      4GB memory upgrade from the stock 3GB, as well as a larger heatsink.

    • Timothy Friesen

      Where are you getting this done?

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      There’s a guy in China doing it for around $350 RMB. Friend of mine is bringing it in for me. CrackBerry has a thread on this.

    • Marshall Davidson

      Why bother? When you have to replace a heat sink or add memory you know the phone was garbage to begin with. I totally agree however that heating issues plagued the device from the get-go and really I’m surprised there were no reported incidents of it exploding or catching fire.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      I like the phone, simple as that. If anyone builds a slider QWERTY, I’d gladly move off, but as it stands so far there is no alternative.

    • Elky64

      Agreed they are all overpriced. Done paying those exorbitant prices.

      The Motion ticked all the boxes for “ME” and that is what counts. If it doesn’t for others then move on and find something else, simple as that.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Up until the moment the screens kept falling out, and Kevin kept trying to bury it.

      In case you didn’t notice, the Passport also got glaring reviews, it doesn’t mean jack.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Or the Moto X4 when it launches with Android One.

  • Marshall Davidson

    Just another flop in the making…How did the Keyone sales go over? Still no word on that so in typical BB and now TCL fashion they release more devices to cover up their failures. smfh

    • Alex

      ya, honestly, i dont think they can produce a ‘flag ship phone’ that will get anyones attention, so releasing a few phones a year is all they can do to try to rebuild their brand. As long as they really do keep their phones ‘secure’ and updated, i think they’ll do well in the long run. but it’ll be 2-3 years before they’ll even be competing with the others. But honestly, i think the updates is what makes them good, and differentiate themselves from other non-google pixel phones.

    • Marshall Davidson

      The brand is too damaged to do well period. Few people are enamoured of a BB device anymore and among the younger generation its a totally unknown brand altogether.

      The updates are one good thing they have going for them but the software experience isn’t that great really and so what’s the selling point here?

      Bottom line. They can release as many phones as they like in a year but this has been the strategy here for years and its not done well for them. I have little faith TCL is going to make it much different.

    • Kevin Geeky

      As more phone makers join Android One, MOTO, HTC, XIOAMI… so ‘secure’ will not differentiate neither

    • Alex

      oh, right, good point. gg blackberry…. xD

  • jellmoo

    The price is the problem… You can get a 4GB/64gh Moto G5 Plus right now from Amazon for less than $300 CAD. Is the Motion better? A little, yeah. Twice the price better? No.

    • Elky64

      Must be used because I’m not finding it anywhere near that price, cheapest found was $350ish for the 32GB/2Gigs Ram model. The 64GB/4Gig variant comes up at least in the $479 range.

    • JoMore

      Jelly didn’t think they would get fact-checked with a 30 second search on Amazon…

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Actually it was true, there’s a thread over at RFD for a 64GB G5 Plus on Amazon.COM for $224+taxes and import fees. The major caveat was that it’s imported, so there’s practically no warranty.

    • jellmoo

      See my answer above. You could also toss in devices like the Mate 9 (about $507 CAD) or the Honor 6x (about $190 CAD) as interesting price options compared to the Motion.

    • Elky64

      Again all US pricing with more than likely no warranty. If that is your thing then go for it. I’ll stick with my decision to buying the Motion here in Canada.

    • jellmoo

      I get your point, but when pricing needs to reflect that value. Is a 1 year warranty worth, say, $300? I’m not so sure.

      I’m not saying that the Motion is a bad choice (I rather like it), I’m more speaking to the price disparity that exists.

    • Elky64

      “Worth it” is subjective and guess that’ll depend on ones intended usage, needs and wants. At this point and time the Motion is worth it to me.

      As we all know warranty isn’t a given yet there is a somewhat 50/50 chance one will be successful if they have it, pretty much zero w/o.

      And as for value, IMHO here in Canada rarely is there value with that seemingly only on the other side of the boarder. I’ve kind of given up and just base my decisions on what suites me best and any given moment, if want it we pay the piper, if don’t then we carry on.

    • jellmoo

      Amazon dot com. Currently running $224.99 USD, which gets converted to about $285 CAD.

    • Elky64

      Yeah good price but guess that depends on if one values a warranty, I do.

  • dirtyKIMCHI

    For anyone that may want to use the Motion on Freedom Mobile LTE, the Canadian variant is the BBD100-2, which has Band 66 LTE Compliance.

  • hoo dat

    I must say that I’ve been very impressed with the build quality of my Idol 4s which forms the chassis for the DTEK60, it’s as well built and finished as anything else on the market. If TLC has carried over this level of build and material quality to the BlackBerry Motion, then I can understand the price point.

    • Marshall Davidson

      Really? Even if the software experience is for shjt? Its nowhere worth the price point.

    • hoo dat

      What I don’t understand is this: When someone posts something even remotely positive about BlackBerry here, you feel the need to dismiss the notion or just mouth off about how bad you think BlackBerry devices are. I really don’t need to understand why you do it, but it’s constant with you and I find it, um, odd.

      I have no intention of buying this device but I have yet to read a bad review of it from a legitimate journalistic publication. It seems they actually understand this device isn’t necessarily for a consumer base and as such, the Motion performs admirably. But of course, you always seem to know better and seem to have had extended access to just launched devices to draw your conclusions on otherwise how could you make these conclusions so quickly and I really don’t think that’s the case.

      Anyhow, not wasting any more of my breath. If this is what makes you happy, who an I to judge?

    • Marshall Davidson

      I make my conclusions based on my experiences with the Keyone and indeed most BB devices released the past 4 years. I could care less what a review says, particularly when there are real issues with the devices they don’t address or spent any significant time with the device to comprehend. It may be useful to read a review after 6 months of use but those seem to be rare

    • Elky64

      Build quality does look good but will have to wait until we have it in hand to really know which should be soon. Price isn’t great yet we’re talking Canada here and they never usually are, but if it suffices for my needs it’s worth it – to me.