Review: BlackBerry DTEK50
The DTEK50 from BlackBerry delivers a very good experience for the money. At $299, it's less than half the cost of the BlackBerry Priv and comes in a more aesthetically appealing package. The DTEK50 is slim, light, and easy on the eyes. Originally designed by Alcatel as the Idol 4, BlackBerry made the device its own thanks in part to the polycarbonate rear shell and BlackBerry software.
You'll find the DTEK50 nails most of the basics. It features a good screen, solid wireless performance, and excellent battery life. Some may dislike the sealed battery, but support for memory cards is a bonus. Phone calls are a weak point. The speakerphone — an important business tool for some — is particularly bad. The Android user interface is easy to manage, and BlackBerry's additions make the DTEK50 feel more like an enterprise-grade device.
The camera app is a step up from the Priv's and delivers more consistent results. The stereo speakers are nice to have, but some may complain about the lack of fingerprint reader.
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BlackBerry is selling this phone unlocked for just three Benjamins. The DTEK50 is an excellent value for all the phone offers. It may not be the BlackBerry of yore, but it could be the BlackBerry for your corps.
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