Review: BlackBerry Motion
BlackBerry and TCL have put together a fine productivity machine in the Motion. It may be a bit on the big and burly side, but it delivers on the basics needed to keep mobile pros working all day long.
The Motion's many hardware highlights include superb battery life, a good screen, fine radio performance, and solid build quality. It's nice to see both a headphone jack and waterproof design in the same phone. The phone is a fine voice tool whether you're in the office or in the car between meetings.
On the software front, the Motion offers more than most other Android handsets thanks to BlackBerry's tweaks. The Hub is a powerful communications management program, and the DTEK scanner lets you find the right security setting. Items like the Convenience Key, Productivity Tab, and Locker Mode let you take full control.
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I like the improvements to the camera software, though I wished the camera were just a bit better.
The BlackBerry Motion is only available online right now. It costs about $450. The price is in the same ballpark as other mid-range devices. I think if you've got $400 or $500 burning a hole in your pocket, the Moto X4, Moto Z2 Play, or OnePlus 5T might be better overall options for most consumers. However, the BlackBerry Motion is the only option if you're interested in the very best of productivity, security, and that good old BlackBerry brand.
TCL Promises Two New QWERTY BlackBerries as Motion Hits U.S. Stores Jan. 12
Jan 9, 2018
TCL Communication today said it plans to introduce two new BlackBerry-branded handsets this year, both of which will feature physical QWERTY keyboards. They will serve as successors to last year's KEYone handset.
BlackBerry Motion Eschews the Keyboard, Packs Huge Battery
Oct 9, 2017
TCL today announced the BlackBerry Motion, a follow-up to the KEYone that drops the keyboard in favor of a larger touch screen. The Motion boasts a 5.5-inch full HD screen that's covered in a nano-diamond coating to prevent scratches.
TCL Reveals the BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone
Feb 25, 2017
TCL today announced the KEYone, a BlackBerry smartphone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. TCL first teased the phone at CES last month, but has now shared all the KEYone's details.
TCL Teases Its Next BlackBerry Phone
Jan 4, 2017
TCL today offered a sneak peak of a new BlackBerry smartphone in a short video. TCL is the parent company behind Alcatel and recently struck an agreement to design and manufacture smartphone hardware for BlackBerry.
Review: BlackBerry KEYone
The KEYone is made by TCL and it runs Google's Android operating system, but this phone clearly has the heart and soul of a BlackBerry beating within. BlackBerry and TCL designed the KEYone together to ensure it offers the best from BlackBerry, TCL, and Google.