It is not that BlackBerry overdoes itself within Android since its mobile catalog is fair, but this serves to focus on a few devices betting on a characteristic style; while adding a extra security, who is always welcome. Today is one of the days when the brand, once Canadian, does the honors and reveals a new member of its family of smartphones. And the BlackBerry KEY2 it is faithful to the roots of the brand.
BlackBerry KEY2, the return of the best physical keyboard
The second generation of BlackBerry Android phones with a physical keyboard is now official: the BlackBerry KEY2 is a different phone with a new look.
Given the enormous volume of mobiles on Android, BlackBerry it occurred to him to revive the physical keyboard. First was the BlackBerry Priv, a model with a hidden keyboard that appeared when sliding the screen. Then he dared to revive the BlackBerry as we know it, so the KEYone it was an attempt to transfer the great successes of then to now. And it was renovation.
The BlackBerry KEY2 it is the logical evolution of the original model. A quite similar design, the very essence of the brand, elegant style with a strong business character, solid and quality in hand. There is no doubt, the BlackBerry KEY2 arouses glances wherever it goes, however skeptical. Something that gets worse when you get to the hardware.
None of the models bet on a great processor even though they really deserve it
I reviewed the BlackBerry KEYone and I liked it. I found that aura of differentiation positive, I was also attracted by the style and solidity of the proposal. I found that the physical keyboard is obsolete thanks to the benefits of virtual keys, Swype strokes and prediction systems, but I understand that it maintains that charisma that some attracts. But I don't understand that eagerness to throw overboard the experience mounting a somewhat concise processor.
The first BlackBerry KEYone It was going quite well, although it was jerking when it performed certain tasks in the background. The interface of both mobiles is clean, but BlackBerry integrates different levels of security that add extra effort to the processor. And if it does not have enough power, it ends up weighing down an experience that should be fully positive.
The qualitative leap of the BlackBerry KEY2 with respect to the KEYone is evident. Better processor, twice the RAM, more storage, the multimedia capture section is improved, the mobile becomes lighter and finer … These are the outstanding features, for the specific details you only have to observe the following comparative table.
|4.5 inch IPS LCD, 3: 2 ratio, 16201080 pixel resolution||4.5 inch IPS LCD, 3: 2 ratio, 16201080 pixel resolution|
|Processor and GPU|
|Snapdragon 625Adreno 506||Snapdragon 660Adreno 512|
|64/128 GB with SD up to 256 GB||32GB with SD up to 256GB|
|Double: 12 + 12 Mpx||12 Mpx|
|8 Mpx||8 Mpx|
|3500 mAh||3505 mAh|
|149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm||149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm|
|168 grams||180 grams|
|Dual band WiFi, LTE 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM radio||Dual band WiFi, LTE 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, FM radio|
|Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 7 Nougat|
|649 euros||599 euros|
Both models target a high user sector in terms of design, construction and safety performance. with a price that is not exaggerated (bound by hardware). It cannot be said that the evolution has been enormous since it is an update rather than a leap forward. BlackBerry does take advantage to slightly raise the starting price by placing it in the range of the Huawei P20 and above the OnePlus 6 or Xiaomi Mi 8. Very stiff competition.
Is a smartphone with a physical keyboard still worth it?
This is the main question (and the main reason) when choosing the BlackBerry KEY2 (wave BlackBerry KEYone failing that). From personal experience there is not much that the physical keyboard contributes and that the virtual one is left on the way. By cons there are added annoyances, such as the ratio of the screen or that have to make an effort to reach the panel with your finger when using the mobile with one hand. Although it cannot be denied that it has an attraction that is no longer found.
Would you give the BlackBerry KEY2? Despite its drawbacks, it is not a bad smartphone. Surely if you get hold of it there will be nobody with the same mobile, that is also a value.