BlackBerry's second attempt at an Android smartphone lacks the ambition of last year's Priv, but don't get hung up on that. The DTEK50 is a solidly built device with a super-secure foundation, and the company's take on Android continues to impress. Still, the competition among mid-range phones is fierce, while the DTEK50 has its share of rough edges. Think: underwhelming battery life and sometimes pokey performance. Altogether, the DTEK50 is a respectable phone that will have a hard time standing out to people who don't really care about security.
- Solid build quality
- BlackBerry is great at software
- Battery life could be better
- Convenience key placement is confusing
- Occasional hiccups
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsZDNet70BlackBerry's DTEK50 fails to raise the security baBlackBerry's DTEK50 is a passable smartphone that was in most cases able to match the security features of other similarly secure devices, like Apple's iPhone and Google's Nexus. But the DTEK50 was not able to outperform or raise the security bar in any meaningful way.The Wall Street Journal70BlackBerry DTEK50 Review: A Secure Android Phone oAt $300 unlocked and off-contract, BlackBerry’s DTEK50 is a bargain. But so are the $300 NextBit Robin , the $350 LG Nexus 5X and the $400 OnePlus 3 . Buy the DTEK50 if your priority is security on a budget. Otherwise, it is a great time to shop around.Tom's Guide70BlackBerry DTek50 Review: Security and ProductivitThe BlackBerry DTek50 has robust security and great productivity tools, but its camera and battery life could be better.TechCrunch70BlackBerryâ€™s security-focused Android identity cThe ... Priv felt like much more of an attempt to define BlackBerry’s future, and the company has promised more keyboard devices to come. As it stands, the DTEK50 is a decent mid-tier device targeted at users seeking a security suite that won’t cost an arm and a leg.Android Authority80BLACKBERRY DTEK50 REVIEWThe Blackberry claims that the DTEK50 is the world’s most secure smartphone, and if security is your number one priority, Blackberry’s second attempt at Android won’t let you down. However, it falls short in a lot areas that prevent it from being a great smartphone.Pocket-Lint70BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top draThe only thing the BlackBerry DTEK50 really has going for it is the added security. And if protecting your information and keeping an eye on your phone's vulnerabilities is invaluable to you, then the less-than-perfect hardware is definitely a cross worth bearing.CrackBerry80BlackBerry DTEK50 reviewIt offers BlackBerry's security, privacy and productivity coupled with the Android ecosystem and it's priced to move for its intended audience of enterprise fleet deployments and price-conscious consumers.Business Insider70The affordable new BlackBerry phone is safe in eveAfter using it for the past week, I can't really see it gaining much traction outside of the BlackBerry niche. It’ll do the job for a little while, and you’ll eventually forget it existed.The Register80BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secureA strong package which strikes an interesting blend of utilitarian design with convenience, with the bonus of stereo audio. ... BlackBerry finally has a product that should sell well. It’s affordable to enterprises for whom it’s designed to be a fleet product.Stuff60Blackberry DTEK 50 reviewThe hardware is fine, the performance is fine. But at £279 you should hold out for more than just 'fine' - particularly if you're not in love with an Android injected with some BlackBerry DNA.Oh, and the battery life sucks.