- May 02, 2018
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What you Should know about the Blackberry KEYone Smartphone
The Blackberry KEYone which is worth about $500 is one outstanding device you need to check out. Blackberyy came into partnership with TCL to lanch the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone in February 2017. The phone comes with a 4.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1620 pixels by 1080 pixels at a PPI of 433 pixels per inch. BlackBerry KEYone price in India starts from Rs. 34,990.
The BlackBerry KEYone is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the BlackBerry KEYone packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 and is powered by a 3505mAh non removable battery. It measures 149.30 x 72.50 x 9.40 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 180.00 grams.
The BlackBerry KEYone is a dual SIMsmartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
The battery life of this phone is amazing. According to Blackberry, the KEYone offers all-day use and then some, thanks to its 3505mAh battery. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology enables the KEYone up to 50% charge in roughly 36 minutes. For times when you only have a few moments to grab a fast charge, BlackBerry’s Boost can turbo charge your phone to get you the fastest charge when you have a limited amount of time.
John Jensen who bought this phone sometime back and had a lovely experience shared a user saticfaction review on Amazon,
According to John I like the Blackberry KEYone because;
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.