BlackBerry KEYone review: Coming home


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.

The good

  • 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

The bad

  • Software is buggy
  • Performance is inconsistent (likely from buggy software)
  • Camera has potential but suffers in low light

To have and to hold

BlackBerry KEYone Full review

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

Category KEYone
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Display 4.5-inch, 1620×1080
IPS LCD
434ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0GHz
Adreno 506 GPU
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
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
1.12-micron pixels
Selfie flash
1080p/30 video
Battery 3505 mAh
non-removable
Charging Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C
Water resistance No
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
GPS, GLONASS
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
Weight 180 grams

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This article and images was originally posted on [Android Central ] May 4, 2017 at 02:01AM

BY DANIEL BADER

 

 

 

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