Review: BlackBerry Key2 LE
The Key2 LE is a clear step down from the Key2, and TCL/BlackBerry designed it that way. The company made purposeful choices to reduce the phone's cost, and in that pursuit they were successful.
The plastic build is sturdy enough, the display is decent, and the color schemes are pleasing. Given the utter lack of QWERTY phones in the market, I can't be too hard on the keyboard. It suffices, but isn't as good as the pricer Key2. Thank goodness for the wide range of customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Voice and data quality are fine, some will appreciate the Key2 LE's support for two SIM cards, and battery life exceeded expectations. I wish the phone were watertight.
BlackBerry's software is as good as that of any other phone maker. The Android home screens work well and BlackBerry's enterprise-grade security and productivity apps make the Key2 LE a good work device.
The camera needs to be better. Other phones at this price point trounce it completely.
The Key2 LE costs $429. This phone is for people who want a physical keyboard, some extra work tools, and BlackBerry's software. If you consume lots of media (particularly video), go with a normal, slate-style device. I like the Key2 LE's character, but it's strictly for keyboard die-hards.
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TCL has a new BlackBerry on deck for keyboard lovers. The KEY2 LE is a stripped-down version of the KEY2.
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