Come for the keyboard, stay for the battery life. You probably already know if this is your next phone.
There’s nothing like coming home. Even after months — years — the sounds, the smells, the feelings, are unavoidable.
The BlackBerry KEYone is home. Even more so than the Priv, which was released 18 months ago, the KEYone is BlackBerry’s attempt to appeal to its core audience, as small as it may be, with the best hardware keyboard on the market. With that it succeeds, but falls down in a couple notable areas along the way.
The quick take
The KEYone is the best phone for those upgrading from BlackBerry 10, or are holding onto a Priv. For everyone else, it’s probably not going to move the needle.
- Great build quality
- Android 7.1.1 on board at launch
- Excellent security features
- Best hardware keyboard on the market
- Great battery life
- Best security update pedigree outside of Google
- Software is buggy
- Performance is inconsistent (likely from buggy software)
- Camera has potential but suffers in low light
To have and to hold
BlackBerry Mobile, which is actually TCL Communications, which makes Alcatel phones, has done an admirable job furthering the legacy of BlackBerry’s transition from BB10 to Android. Not only does the KEYone sport the same security enhancements, including Hardware Root of Trust and Verified Boot as all BlackBerry phones released in the past couple of years, but it runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box, and promises to receive monthly security updates. To say that the KEYone is one of the most secure phones on the market right now would probably not be an overstatement.
But the KEYone is also inherently divisive, willfully limiting its potential customer base with a hardware keyboard that harkens back to a time, between six and 10 years ago, when not only were BlackBerrys essential tools for millions of people, but few could envision typing on anything but that miniaturized version of the desktop keyboard.
Times have changed, and people have adjusted. Well, most people. This phone is for the others, and for them it’s almost perfect.
Those pesky numbers
First, the specs
|Operating System||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Adreno 506 GPU
|Expandable||microSD up to 2TB|
|Rear Camera||12MP (1.55 micron) f/2.0, PDAF
dual-tone LED flash
HDR, 4K, 30fps
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.2
|Charging||Quick Charge 3.0
|Security||DTEK security suite
FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC
|Network (NA GSM)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/28/29/30
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
|Network (NA CDMA)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/20/25/26/28/29/30
TD-LTE Band 41
CDMA BC 0/1/10
|Network (EMEA)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/20/28
TD-LTE Band 38,40
|Dimensions||149.1 mm x 72.39 mm x 9.4 mm|
This article and images was originally posted on [Android Central ] May 4, 2017 at 02:01AM
BY DANIEL BADER