BlackBerry KEYone 32GB BBB100-2 - 4.5" Inch Factory Unlocked LTE Smartphone (Silver) - International Version
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB|
|Other camera features||Rear, Front|
|Screen Size||4.5 Inches|
|Human Interface Input||Keyboard|
|Phone Talk Time||14 Hours|
|Cellular Technology||4G, 3G, 2G|
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Impressively designed to be distinctly different, the BlackBerry KEYone from TCL Communication reimagines how we communicate by offering unmatched productivity and the world’s most secure Android smartphone experience.
Smart keyboard with touch navigation. Flick typing for faster predictive text. Customizable shortcuts and embedded fingerprint sensor for added ease of use and functionality.
Anodized aluminum frame and textured soft touch grip back with stunning 4.5-inch touch screen display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection offering added scratch and impact resistance.
All day power and then some with 3505mAh battery that offers up to 26 hours of mixed use. And for when you do need a charge, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 allows you to charges 50% in just 36 minutes.
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The prevalence of metal on the KeyOne's frame is a refreshing step up from the PRIV, showing itself where it can where the latter could not with its soft plastic body. There is no doubt it is a divisive design, blending together elements of the Passport Silver Edition and the shapely forms of the iPhone 6-onward. This makes for an unconventional mixture of feelings; it's crisp and soft. It's chiseled and rounded. Some will call it one of the best designs BlackBerry's approved in years, and some will be off-put by its inconsistency. The back is covered mostly in a soft rubber plastic, good for traction and grip. It is not impossible to be reminded by the design of the dignified and sophisticated black leather and stained metal finishes that were seen across cameras from Kodak, Nikon and Leica in the 1960s. It is also not impossible to be reminded of them in spirit either, in the KeyOne's assuring weight and solid, professional feel.
The keyboard continues the phone's iPhone influences, with a glossy finish (the fingerprint reading spacebar is matte) and a rounded finishing piece. It's a clicky QWERTY setup with satisfyingly deep button presses and some useful UI functions, offering quick and long-press shortcuts to apps and phone functions, as well as being able to be used as a trackpad for scrolling through web pages, as well as a variety of other uses. As a keyboard, it should make quick work of long paragraphs and sentences with few errors for most, as the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series of books can attest - though one can argue to an extent that the series itself is one long error. Emails, word documents and texting becomes less focus intensive than on a touchscreen and becomes more comfortable. And jokes aside, it can be used as an effective writer's tool for those finding a good way to capture ideas in the moment. Some units may come with a historically persistent issue in that the keyboard's spacebar (which also functions as a very quick and accurate fingerprint reader) may be more sensitive to light presses on one corner than the other. It is unknown whether this is an intended detail or a minor, commonly overlooked production defect, and its value depends on the user. The keyboard, of course, means screen space will be sacrificed, but screen size is still decent if one can deal with its unconventional orientation. The screen itself produces colours accurately and is very visible in daylight under moderate brightness. Screen sensitivity isn't as good as on an iPhone, Samsung or OnePlus. Unlike the mentioned 3, where scrolling and tapping is instant and feels like you are in direct, complete control of the screen, the KeyOne has a noticeably slower feel. That sort of immediate feeling you'd expect is found in the capacitive keyboard instead.
The PRIV unit this reviewer owned had some peculiar characteristics. It had a chipset that should've been snappy and powerful but lagged often and overheated. It had a large battery that drained quickly and unpredictably. BlackBerry addressed these issues in the KeyOne by focusing on optimisation and efficiency. It runs a less powerful but more modern chipset with smooth all-round performance, and can hold a charge for as long as a whole day under moderate use. Its screen size and power may put off some users who expect to be able to play games smoothly and quickly though.
The KeyOne comes with Android Nougat out of the box, with BlackBerry promising on-line updates for the foreseeable future. it comes with BlackBerry's own custom launcher which aims to be as close to stock Android as possible. Not only that, but it enables the mentioned keyboard shortcuts, so using other launchers may disable them. Swiping down on certain apps will display their widgets, which can save screen space and processing power.
The camera used is the same one used on the Google, Pixel, judged to have arguably one of the best cameras on the market. it doesn't have the same programming that polishes pictures on the Pixel, but it works well enough. It's not the best, but it's good. Pictures come out on Snapchat muddy and blurry, as it is not optimised for the phone's orientation and screen size, but pictures taken from Instagram come out phenomenally, especially in the right conditions. The selfie camera isn't as good, taking less sharp images, but it works.
Overall, the BlackBerry KeyOne is a fantastic device all-round, and one of the finest BlackBerry-branded devices as of yet. A robust, reliable workhorse with some useful and neat features meant to juggle your day's demands, look good doing it, and leave a few hours of battery life for you when you get home.
The phone is so far functioning to my every expectation. A bit on the expensive side but now a days there are way more popular phones out there way more expensive than this one and their prices continue to climb. This phone still lets me play with an actual integrative/navigating keyboard and I need a tangible keyboard, not the virtual one. I need quick responses to texts and emails, no time to swish here and there. Only time to get to the point and this phone still allows this.....no regrets thus far.
When ever I watch videos on facebook, a really loud beep sound comes out from my phone.
so I send an email to service center and never got a respond back.
how can I change my phone?
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Amazon dropped the price by £53 immediately after I bought it, which has really soured the experience. If you are thinking of buying one, track Amazons prices first as this phone fluctuates a lot. At time of writing this review it is £433.
This phone is due to replace my BlackBerry Passport and still retains much of what made BlackBerry such a robust manufacturer of business phones..a physical keyboard which is streets ahead of gadget smartphones when it comes to working on documents, spreadsheets and such like.
Pro's: BlackBerry software although now Chinese owned hardware. Physical keyboard is much faster than on display virtual keyboards which also lose screen real estate. BlackBerry Hub+ is a great all in one hub for your usual communication needs plus some Android. Android massively extends the Apps platform and the phone is future proofed. Capacitance keyboard and short cuts keeps the screen clean of finger obstruction.
Cons: loses email history on transfer, although most everything else works. It's not quite a BlackBerry, but makes a good job of emulating it. The processor is a bit average although appears to handle multiple applications well.
Overall it is a good phone, but I would have preferred a revised version of the Passport to run BlackBerry and Android. Would I recommend it? Yes at the price I paid, which is more or less half price, and there is very little else on the market with a physical keyboard.
keyboard is so handy to use, I have no idea why we even moved away from them.. Hotkeys, shortcuts, touch typing, scrolling.. Fab
Everything else is perfect android.. Decent but not huge screen, awesome battery life (~5-6 hrs screen time with 4g on, although mine is pretty new), nice and loud speaker so you can listen to audiobooks without speakers.. Etc etc
Cant wait to throw my bloated, 2 pump-chump old phone into the sea!!
Just a pity its not waterproof rated.. but you cant have everything I guess