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Review: BlackBerry KEY2

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TCL and BlackBerry did mostly good work with the KEY2. There's no question the hardware is a dramatic improvement thanks to its slimmer, lighter chassis and re-keyed keyboard. The KEY2 is a better device to hold and use, and comes across as a more premium device than the original.

The phone covers the core performance metrics in stride. The screen is good enough, voice and data quality are good, and battery life exceeds expectations. Some will surely be happy with the KEY2's support for two SIM cards and LTE networks around the globe. The keyboard is excellent, and its customization options nearlty unlimited. I wish the phone were watertight.

I'm happy with the Android user experience and the powerful productivity additions from BlackBerry can be a boon to business users. The KEY2 has more software tools than most Android phones. It's certainly more secure.

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The camera is the weakest link. The app itself is fine, but the images just don't measure up.

The KEY2 costs $649. This phone is for people specifically seeking the physical keyboard and advanced productivity software. Pretty much everyone else will be best served by a modern slate from Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, or others.

The KEY2 didn't quite unlock my heart, but it may be the key to your corporate users' daily duties.

Our Ratings

3.5
Overall
4
Reception
5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
4
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
3
Camera
 

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