They tried. Don’t get me wrong, it was a valiant effort, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. BlackBerry partnered with TCL on their latest comeback, who is best known for their affordable televisions. It was ultimately a gamble to take on such a project and one that didn’t unfortunately pay off. So much so that the company saw its market share fall in the third quarter of this year.
That being said though…I want one. The BlackBerry Keyone which was released in February of this year just speaks to me. I don’t know why I like the combination of the physical keyboard and the touch screen but I feel like it would be productive to say the least.
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Back in the day when BlackBerry dominated the market I had a Blackberry Torch. This phone also incorporated the combination of the physical keyboard and the touchscreen. In my opinion, it was the best BlackBerry device on the market at that time. Not only was it intuitive but it was ground breaking. No one had made the combination prior (if I’m not mistaken).
The only drawbacks of the BB devices was the BlackBerry OS. This was one of the biggest pain points I had with my BlackBerry Torch. With iOS and Android being the universal operating systems that are used and accepted by all, it makes little sense to me for companies to make propriety OS’s that go against the grain just for the sake of being different. Whilst they may have been secure the payoff wasn’t enough to satisfy me.
Now though, my prayers have been answered. The BlackBerry Keyone is running android!
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Despite all the negative feedback for this phone, I really want to get one.
With a 4.5-inch screen it doesn’t come anywhere near the iPhone X which has a 5.8inch display but the space is put to good use. Other specs include a resolution of 1620×1080,2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of Memory, 64GB of storage, 12-Megapixel rear camera and 8-Megapixel front facing camera.
Along with all that power the Keyone is boasted to have one of the longest lasting batteries in the game.
Now, having the keyboard on the bottom of the device would make it awkward to do anything on the phone in landscape mode but the way I see the phone isn’t for the YouTube / gaming junky. It is built with productivity in mind and will suit the needs of those inclined.
There are two versions of the KEYone. The Black device, which you would expect from BlackBerry, and the silver one. To add to the surprise of the silver device it is £100 cheaper but I think that’s due to it only having 34GB’s of storage instead of the 64GB.
What are your thoughts on the device? Do any of you have one? I would leave to get the general consensus on the device because I am very tempted to purchase one.
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