I miss my old Blackberry bold and have missed the qwerty keyboard and functionality of the phone. Blackberry made great mobile phones that took over the world around 2008. They were the must have phones back then just like the iPhone is today. But Blackberry have struggled over the last few years to create anything that could compare to what Apple and Sumsung have created. They have recently released a new phone called KEYone. This smartphone really looks like it could be a solid smartphone that has a everything a businessman or blackberry fan needs.
The phone looks great. It’s slim, tall and wide enough for big hands. The KEYone combines a 4.5-inch display (1620×1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the much loved physical keypad. Its built to offer the best in durability, style, and design.
The device is powered by Android Nougat 7.1. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with an Adreno 506 GPU. Yes the Blackberry does have Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and just about any other app as it is powered by android.
The BlackBerry KEYone has a Smart Keyboard that goes beyond typing. It has up to 52 programmable shortcuts transform each key for quick access to your favourite apps (e.g. ‘I’ for Instagram, ‘U’ for Uber) and most important contacts. There is a new Touch navigation in the keyboard that responds to touch gestures like a trackpad. You can scroll up, down, left or right on the screen. Flick typing offers predictive text, made even faster with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you type. The keyboard also has embedded fingerprint sensor located in the spacebar.
The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior colour and clarity. The front camera is 8MP with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.
BlackBerry’s security software makes the KEYone one of the most secure Android smartphones. This seems to be a big selling point for Blackberry. It gives you visibility and control over the privacy of your device, including what personal information may be shared like your location, your pictures and your texts. From the built-in DTEK privacy monitoring app, to the monthly security updates from Android, with the BlackBerry KEYone, you have built in protection from the start.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology also makes it possible for the 3505 mAh battery to receive a 50 percent charge in just 36 minutes and it takes 1 hour and 52 minutes total to reach 100%. Helping things out is ‘Boost Mode,’ which suspends some performance for faster charging gains.
One thing about this Blackberry is the screen. There have been reports of the screen popping out when the phone falls or when some pressure is applied. This phone would have been perfect and just what Blackberry lovers need but the screen is not glued onto the phone, so it pops out easily. Other than that it looks pretty good. I hope they fix the screen issue soon and then we can get one with confidence.