Blackberry KeyOne Review

Say what you want about BlackBerry, but she gets me! I am dubbing the Blackberry KeyOne a “she “because she’s organized and understands me. It’s like the phone version of the organized side of this Gemini. So who will buy it? Who will love it?
Let’s start with the physical aspects. The dimensions are pretty standard, 5.87 x 2.85 x 0.37 in, but it is a bit on the heavy side at 6.35oz. The KeyOne is a physically solid device, not feeling flimsy. It has aluminum trim, and easy to grip back housing. I was quite pleased with the 3505 mAh battery. The display is smaller, at 4.5 inches, but they had to make room for my favorite….the QWERTY keyboard! Oh how I missed you. I’m currently typing away on it, and I love it! Yes the keys seem small after using touch screen keyboards for a while, but now I’m flying through messages again. I really did miss the Blackberry shortcuts. It didn’t take long for me to re-acquaint myself. It is a capacitive touch four row Qwerty keyboard. Simple shortcuts such as the “alt” and number pad are convenient and remind me of many a time I was typing without looking. Other helpful features of the keyboard are the dedicated shortcuts you can assign, flip typing, double space bar, swiping the physical keyboard for commands, and more. A welcome addition is the space bar assigned as the fingerprint sensor. It was very easy to set up, and responds wonderfully.

The BlackBerry Hub has a few updates to help keep you organized, and looks revamped with the addition of the side tab for additional shortcuts. It is a snapshot of the inbox for all accounts, calendar and tasks for the day, and enables you to filter as you will. As an Android OS, it recognized Hangouts and the other Google functions in my Hub inbox without any setup to “add account”.  The cameras are 12MP rear facing and 8MP front facing. Call me a slave to the beauty edits on a camera, but selfies were not the best. The panoramic selfie was fun for wider angled shots, but not sure how much I would really use it. However, the non-selfies did just fine. Outdoor pictures have been great so far.

DTEK security monitoring app
Best-in-class monthly Android security updates
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Dimensions 5.87 x 2.85 x 0.37 in, 6.35 oz
Nano Sim
32GB, 3GB RAM
Snapdragon 635
GSM/HSPA/LTE
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Battery 3505 mAh
At $549, the Blackberry KeyOne is well worth it. As the person who uses multiple phones, there’s no question that this is a device for productivity and being down to business.
  • javaper

    Great article!

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