Blackberry Keyone Review
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Blackberrys are often considered the most secure phone, but there’s so many—which one do you choose? The Blackberry Keyone is a great candidate. For starters, it has a physical keyboard, though it might be uninteresting to some. More importantly, it comes pre-installed with the DTEK security app, giving you control over your data, like encryption. The security features and great battery life makes this one of the best smartphones made by Blackberry.

Why We Like It – Blackberry Keyone

For control over your privacy and data, the Blackberry Keyone will be your best friend, thanks to what’s pre-installed: the DTEK security app. You are in control, with full encryption to back you.

Pros
  • DTEK security app pre-installed
  • Up to 26 hours of battery life
  • Decent rear camera
Cons
  • Android 7.1 is getting old

Overall Performance

Powering everything is an octa core Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB of RAM. In theory that’s nice, but some games hiccup and chug, though emulation will be fine. Unfortunately, Android 7.1 is just getting old and outdated. On a better note, the front and rear camera take good pictures. It’s 12-megapixels in the back; 8-megapixels in the front. There’s a fair amount of detail, clarity and color. It’ll be good enough to capture special moments.

Battery Life

More important than camera and gaming performance is the Keyone Blackberry’s battery. Thankfully, you can get all-day battery life, even with mixed usage. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, reaching 50% in just 36 minutes.

Display

Having 4.5 inches of screen is going to feel cramped, even with baby hands. This is because a physical keyboard runs along the bottom. To some, it’s hit or miss (I personally like the physical feedback). Still, its 1620x1080p resolution looks good, just tiny compared to the 6.9-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Durability

The Blackberry Keyone is surprisingly tough, at least better than plastic. It uses an aluminum frame, paired with Gorilla Glass 4 and a textured backing. It’s very similar to the Apple iPhone 11, which also uses aluminum and tough glass. That said, if you are looking for a pretty tough smartphone then you can also check out the Caterpillar Cat S61.

Value

Over performance, the greatest value the Blackberry Keyone provides is its security features. It comes pre-installed with the DTEK app for full control of your data and privacy, and full data encryption. Having 64GB of internal storage right out the gate isn’t too bad either. Its performance and features are definitely worth the price of $285. Cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, anyways.

Blackberry Keyone Wrap Up

If the Blackberry Keyone could move away from Android 7.1, it would be a perfect unit. It’s getting old, especially with Android 12 on the horizon. But if you do pocket this smartphone, you’re getting one with an amazing battery, decent camera, and excellent security features. And it’s perfectly priced.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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