BlackBerry KEY2 review

The BlackBerry brand has always delivered phones that are great for business thanks to the enhanced security on board. In my BlackBerry KEY2 review, I take a look at the latest release that is great for business or personal use.

 

BlackBerry KEY2 Design

 

 

The new KEY2 from BlackBerry follows on from the popular KEYone which had a keypad and touchscreen display. The new BlackBerry Key2 sticks with this design. You get the same 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels. The touchscreen allows you to navigate around and select things on the display as you would with any touchscreen device. The added bonus on the BlackBerry KEY2 is the 35 key QWERTY keypad.

 

The phone has been slimmed down to an 8.5mm chassis and comes in at 168g, that’s a bit of a drop compared to the 180g weight of the previous model.

 

 

The rear of the phone is covered with a non-slip surface with a diamond texture that makes the phone easy to keep a hold of. The front screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and the phone has an aluminium frame for strength.

 

BlackBerry KEY2 Features

 

The keyboard on the BlackBerry KEY2 is an excellent feature on this smartphone. The keys are higher than the previous release and can support flick typing. One of my favourite things about the keypad is that it can be used as a touchpad. While viewing things on the display you can scroll your fingers over the keypad to move around the page. This is great when reading a page or looking at images and it keeps fingerprints to a minimum on the screen.

 

 

The BlackBerry KEY2 is packed with impressive power features with a huge 6GB RAM and a 2.2GHz octa-core processor. This makes the phone incredibly quick at launching apps and completing tasks.

 

BlackBerry has always delivered great security for their devices and the KEY2 has plenty to keep your device and information secure. The fingerprint sensor is built into the space bar and this can be used to quickly unlock the phone or access secure folders. Other security features include:

  • DTEK by BackBerry
  • Privacy Shade
  • Locker Private Zone App
  • Firefox Focus Private Browser

 

 

Android 8.1 OS has all the usual familiar apps pre-loaded and BlackBerry has added lots of their own touches. The Speed Key acts as a shortcut to your most used apps. This key sits in line with the space bar and can be customised with up to 52 different apps or features.

 

BlackBerry Hub collects all of your notifications and messages into one place so you can browse through them quickly. BlackBerry Convenience will mute calls and incoming notifications when needed and Notes by BlackBerry lets you keep handy notes.

 

 

The battery on the BlackBerry KEY2 is superb giving you up to two days of mixed usage before having to connect the charger. Smart Battery Experience learns how you use the phone and charge it and will notify you when you should charge the phone. Quick Charge is supported, this gives you 50% charge in just over 30 minutes.

 

BlackBerry KEY2 camera

 

Dual cameras have become the new thing over the last year and BlackBerry has decided to make the KEY2 the first BlackBerry to have a dual camera lens. The camera consists of a 12-megapixel lens with a 79.3-degree field of view and a second 12-megapixel lens with a 50-degree field of view.

 

 

This camera setup delivers Optical Superzoom for reducing noise and bringing far away objects in to focus. Portrait Mode adds depth and bokeh effects and you can capture 4K video clips.

 

 

Selfie fans will appreciate the 8-megapixel camera on the front. To perfectly illuminate the shot you get a Selfie Flash which uses the screen as a flash to add light.

 

Verdict:

 

BlackBerry has an army of fans in the business mobile world but the KEY2 could be a great phone for any type of user. If you love messaging, want a secure device and want to capture amazing photos this would be a superb choice for you. The powerful features of the phone make the performance excellent and the multi-function of the keyboard makes this phone a joy to use.

 

Written by: Carmel Brown

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