BlackBerry KEYone GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone (AT&T, T-Mobile) - 4G LTE – 32GB
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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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217 of 220 people found the following review helpful.
By John Jensen
I got my phone from Amazon on June 1. I like it. Here's why.
I have owned iPhones, Blackberries, and, most recently, the Samsung Galaxy S7. I admit that I prefer Blackberries. I can type much faster (and MUCH more accurately) on a physical keyboard. The KEYone keyboard is nearly my favorite (second only to the Blackberry Passport, which was extraordinary albeit huge). The physical keyboard is not just for typing; it includes the option of setting the keys to open or initiate 50+ apps or communications. Want to call your Dad, press D. Want to email Harriet, long press H. Pretty swift.
The KEYone battery lasts all day; in fact, I went three days without charging. I'm not a heavy user. But I've never had a phone that lasted longer than a day.
I'm impressed with the build, I am sorry that others who have left negative reviews have had problems. That's a real bummer. But my experience is that this is a really well built phone -- sturdy, refined and even attractive for a phone that seeks to be more about productivity than fashion.
You will really like the way this phones feels in your hand. The rubber back is great and the size and shape of the phone just feels right.
I have been happily surprised by the sound quality of calls -- far superior to my Galaxy s7. Speaker phone works fine too. Not as loud as some but loud enough.
I watch baseball on my phone sometimes and I have to say that the video quality is quite good, even with the screen being slightly smaller because of the keyboard.
The fingerprint scanner on the space bar is fast (FAST!) and easy and adds unencumbering security to your phone.
The DTEK security embedded in the phone adds just a bit more confidence in a world of internet hostility.
There's a convenience key that you can set to do just about anything you want. I have mine set to open the camera. The second I see something I want to shoot, there is no fumbling to click this, then that, etc. Speaking of the camera -- pretty darn good. It's not the best but I don't need it to be the best, just very good. And it is.
Finally, I LOVE the hub, where all email, texts, phone calls and notifications arrive in chronological order. This means you don't have to punch one app after enough trying to figure out who might have been in touch while you were unavailable.
So, why four stars and not five? Quite frankly, because the operating system is not as good as the best I have ever used, Blackberry 10. I am hoping that future updates will continue to introduce some of the amazing and productive functionality of BB10 into this phone. We shall see.
Like many folks, I could buy any phone I wanted. The KEYone is not the most expensive, but, after four days of use, I can say that it's the best phone for me. I recommend it, with the only hesitation being that time will tell. The only reliable recommendations are those that come a year later.
I hope this is helpful.
186 of 193 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic device! I see some of the low stars ...
I see some of the low stars here are due to lack of availability of the device at launch. Which I understand is frustrating, but if we are actually rating the PHONE, I would give it 5 stars.
Fast and responsive, it's a joy to have the heavy customization options of Android + keyboard shortcuts, and it feels great to type and browse on.
Quick add: the camera has been another surprise, well over the quality of my previous iPhone and very usable for a phone based camera. Audio from the headphone jack is average at best, but playing out of an amped device or out of the USB port sounds fantastic. Have not tested Bluetooth audio yet.
This phone is built like a tank and comfortable to hold. One of the best aspects IMO is simply the style, with every other phone being a slab of glass, it's nice to see a phone that has some style to it with the soft touch black, the metal sides and top, and glossy keyboard struts. It really is stunning.
Well done Blackberry and TCL!
173 of 181 people found the following review helpful.
Think Different - the KEYone is unlike anything else.
In a world where phones are turning into slippery slabs of glass and aluminum, Blackberry Mobile has released a phone for those of us who need to get work done. While phones have become status symbols for the general public, the KEYone is for those of us who are banging out emails all day, communicating on Slack, or maybe even are prolific on Social Media.
You can also do a fair amount of writing as you get used to the PKB. Thanks to Android Nougat you can use the phone in split screen mode so you can have Word open with Chrome or Kindle and type away with reference material open.
The secret sauce that makes this phone what it is is the physical keyboard. Which is also smarter than than you might imagine. It includes autocorrect via swiping, and the ability to use the board as a trackpad. It's fantastic, and has a good amount of tactile feedback. I like it.
The KEYone also has fantastic battery life. Many are getting almost two days out of the beefy battery and energy efficient processor.
So far apps have been well behaved and the system hasn't hiccuped much outside of the flurry of initial downloads and app installs.
EDIT (06/03/17): I continue to get better at the keyboard. It is incredible how having tactile feedback makes you more inclined to type even if you may be faster with a Virtual Keyboard.
Since the device allows you to split screen I am also very productive. I even had Slack and an SSH session open at the same time. Since there's no VKB to take up space this worked very well. As an aside, since Android allows the SSH app to also run in the background it is sad to say that this works better than my iPad Pro.
The camera is pretty good for a productivity phone. But not as good as my Galaxy S7. It does manage to surprise me with how good some shots turn out. As many have said before it is the same sensor as the Google Pixel. However, the software processing is not as good. Also there is no OIS so video is a bit shaky when handheld. Not sure if it has electronic image stabilization like the Pixel but video is not as stable as footage I've seen from that phone.
The launcher is very minimal. Almost stock Android. I disabled the BB hub. I just dont need all of my notifications in one place. Also hear that it is a memory hog. Another slick trick of the launcher is that you can assign a different app or action to launch for each key on the keyboard. Both for short presses and long presses. That's about 50 actions!
In a world where everyone is rushing to eliminate tactile interfaces and become just a slab of glass - the KEYone stands out. I'll update this review over time but I hope this phone succeeds. So far it has exceeded my expectations.