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BlackBerry KEY2 Review
The 3-MinuteBlackBerry KEY2 Review
Blackberry’s flagship device
By Graeme Messina | May 27, 2019
Features & Design: 3/5 ● Performance: 3/5 ● Value: 2.5/5 ● Sound Quality 3/5
The all new BlackBerry KEY2 is powered by Android and comes with an intelligent keyboard and a battery that lasts up to 2 days.The device offers a thinner and lighter design, without sacrificing durability compared to the earlier models. Featuring Speed Key that makes it possible to activate shortcuts to apps and initiate actions from anywhere without returning to the home screen. The programable convince key also makes for a nice touch. The KEY2 offers the first dual camera for blackberry. Blackberry has dubbed this as the most secure Android smartphone with enhanced security and privacy features built-in.
There are a few things with this device that not everyone will enjoy. It might not hold up against other flagship devices and with the price point as it’s hard to overlook some of the phone’s shortcomings. The chipset and camera not on par with other flagship devices of the same price point.
Is it for you?
Due to the switch to android this device is really a step forward for Blackberry. This device has been specifically designed for those users who feel they need a keyboard or for the nostalgia feel of the physical keyboard. This is the only Smartphone that has come out with a QWERTY keyboard in recent years as the touch interface is widely seen as the default input method of choice. The KEY2 is a huge improvement from the KEY1.
· Chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
· CPU Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
· Display IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
· Size 4.5 inches, 60.0 cm2 (~55.2% screen-to-body ratio)
· Storage 64GB|128GB
· Camera Rear – 12MP & 12MP Dual pixel PDAF
· Camera Front – 8MP
· Battery 3500mAh
· Ram 6GB
· Dimensions 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm (5.96 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)
· Weight 168 g (5.93 oz)
· Colors Black, Silver, Red
What we like
This was the best keyboard designed by Blackberry and is very satisfying to use. The keys offer more space than the KEY1 and have very good feedback and improves your typing accuracy. The other upside to this device is the privacy settings as the blackberry has a few built in policies for the device. The message redactor and D-tech is a fully comprehensive suite with features that let you know when apps want to monitor your location and other sensitive information on your device. The other two security settings are privacy shade and redactor. Privacy shade makes it harder for people with wondering eyes to peek at your messages and redactor allows you to block out sensitive information when taking a screen grab.
What we don’t like
The size of the screen is odd, and it really could have been improved by making the navigation keys in screen. And having they keyboard made this a bit hard to use if you were previously using a touch screen device, so it may take a few days to get used to using the keys. This also limits you to two handed use as typing one handed is hard and not practical for this device.
Should you buy it?
Overall the look and feel of the device is pleasing, offering you the nostalgic feel of the Bold9000 Keyboard. With some upgrades from the KEY1 that make it worth your while.
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- The BlackBerry KEY2 is manufactured by BlackBerry and was added in June 2018 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 3.0 out of 5
- The best price of the BlackBerry KEY2 in Australia is $809.00 at BecexTech
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
- You can find this product at BecexTech, Kogan.com, Amazon Australia, Think Of Us, Dick Smith, Etoren