BlackBerry Key2 Review: Throwback to An Old CrackBerry

BlackBerry Key2 Review: Throwback to An Old CrackBerry
BlackBerry Key2 Review: Throwback to An Old CrackBerry

The BlackBerry Key2 feels like a throwback device, which is aimed at BlackBerry fans.

This smartphone represents an icon reborn.

It takes me back to 2007 when almost every South African wanted to own a BlackBerry.

We have spent time with it and we’re going to share our impressions with you in this review.

The review unit we received was thinner and lighter, weighing 168g and comes with touch-sensitive keyboard.

A little over a year ago, BlackBerry a subsidiary of TCL Communications, introduced the KeyOne, a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard on the front of the device not hidden away.

I must confess. I still like the QWERTY keyboard.

I thought my son will hate this device because it looks foreign to the conventional smartphones he’s used to.

To my surprise, he fell in love with the QWERTY physical keyboard and the trackpad.

So, maybe, young people below 10 years could still fall in love with the old CrackBerry.

My son introduced the phone to his cousins, who surprisingly embraced the BlackBerry Key2.

Therefore, the BlackBerry Key2 is not only for a niche market that is over 40.

That said, the BlackBerry Key2 is hardly a “rehash” of old technology.

But it was designed for those who love the QWERTY physical keyboard and the track pad.

This device is modern and has intelligent features.

What excited my son was the fact that the BlackBerry Key2 features the all-new speed key that made it easy for him to activate shortcuts to apps and initiate actions from anywhere without returning to the home screen or swiping endlessly.

Also discovered to his amazement the phone’s fingerprint sensor hidden in the spacebar.

He also fell in love with the dual camera of the device, which includes portrait mode and optical superzoom for greater control and image quality.

The BlackBerry Key2 is a better reboot of BlackBerry Bold, which I use to own and love so much.

It is surprisingly comfortable to hold and my son could also handle it well.

It also got close to three days of juice without recharging it. I was impressed.

So, it enabled my son to do more without charging more.

I was also able to do all my tasks and the battery afforded me a chance to finish the day with time left to spare.

This amazingly lightweight device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by Qualcomm SDM 660, Kryo 260 Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit, which is a mid-range processor that’s enough to run just about everything decently.

The 64GB of file storage is enough for a user like me and my son, especially since one can buy a MicroSD card to increase your media and apps storage to up to 256GB.

The devices come preloaded with various apps such Google Chrome, Gmail, Google, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Drive, Play Music, Play Movies, Duo, Phones, Play services & Core services, Messages, and News & Weather, etc.

The BlackBerry Key2 isn’t a high-end smartphone device with cutting-edge design.

Is it a great phone to buy?

Yes, it is, but not for everyone.

It is for those who love the QWERTY physical keyboard and the trackpad.

My BlackBerry Z10 I last used in 2015
My BlackBerry Z10 I last used in 2015

Today, I fall in love again with the CrackBerry and I ended up reviving my BlackBerry Z10, which was hidden in my box of old gadgets.

That said, it will be tough for TCL Communications to compete with favourite smartphones such as iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. But I bet you there are many fans of CrackBerry, who never left and the Key2 is not representing a throwback. I think am one of those people.

BlackBerry Key2 Review
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A lover of technology, entrepreneurship and urban places by nature. An award-winning financial writer. He has pieced together an intrepid living writing online, working as a technology blogger and writer, even publishing stories on the Internet of Things (IoT)). A former Southern Africa Correspondent for Thomson Reuters news agency.

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