The BlackBerry KEY2 isn’t the first Android-powered BlackBerry, but it is by far the best. Its blend of style, solid performance, a fantastic physical keyboard and a long-lasting battery more than enough to win over one-time BlackBerry devotees and people who hate typing on touchscreens. That’s not exactly a huge market though, and the phone’s many strengths may not count for much to people who have thoroughly embraced their iPhones and Galaxys.
- Long-lasting battery
- Fantastic physical keyboard
- Multitasking is lightning-fast
- Sleeker physical design
- Camera can be hit-or-miss
- Sometimes confusing button placement
- $650 is pricey for a mid-range device
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsCNET70Strictly for keyboard die-hardsIf you rely on an older BlackBerry phone, the BlackBerry Key2 is a worthy upgrade, but it will frustrate people switching from all-touch phones, despite some winning extras.Gizmodo90Key2 Makes Me Wish Physical Keyboards Weren't DeadWhile the era of the tactile smartphone keyboard is clearly over, the Key2 makes a great case for why it’s too soon for that feature to completely disappear. If touchscreens have left your frustrated, TCL has provided an able solution.Pocket-Lint80The keyboard phone kingThe Key2 is the best example yet of modern BlackBerry. The keyboard is massively improved over the KeyOne, the battery will get through a whole day without trying, and the Speed Key makes it easy to get things done quickly. It's also a niche phone as not many will want a physical keyboard phone in this day and age.SlashGear70Growing keys, shrinking audienceAt $649.99, unlocked, the KEY2 carries a $100 premium over its predecessor. That also puts it a mere $50 from an unlocked Galaxy S9, and that’s a problem. Unless you really, really want the hardware keyboard, the Samsung bests BlackBerry on screen, camera, performance, and specs. For those devoted to physical QWERTY that may still be worth it; everybody else may well find the market – and their fingers – have moved on.TechRadar70BlackBerry Key2 reviewThe new BlackBerry Key2 is a phone designed entirely for BlackBerry fans. You won't want this if you're thinking of upgrading from a Galaxy S7 and your muscle memory is trained for on-screen keyboards, but for old BlackBerry fans struggling with make-believe keyboards and autocorrect, there's something charming about a physical keyboard. It's a contender for a niche audience that doesn't care about multimedia or fancy new camera tricks like portrait mode.phoneArena80BlackBerry KEY2 ReviewIf the price remained the same as its predecessor at $550, the BlackBerry KEY2 would be a strong contender in the mid-range space, but at $100 more, it's a tougher sell because it's encroaching upon flagship-cost territory.The Verge60A KEYBOARD WITH A PHONEThe very thing that makes the Key2 a BlackBerry is the same thing that keeps the Key2 from competing in a modern smartphone world. A BlackBerry needs a keyboard, but no one needs a keyboard on a smartphone in 2018.BGR60The BlackBerry KEY2 made me cryWould I buy a BlackBerry KEY2? No, I would not. There are too many Android phones out there in the same price range that offer more power, a better camera, a much better display, a better UI, and other big advantages. One example is the OnePlus 6, which obliterates the KEY2 in every possible way and costs $120 less. But the keyboard! The glorious keyboard! It’s only been a few minutes since I last held the BlackBerry KEY2 and I miss that keyboard already. I just wish anyone I know still used BBM. Hit me on the hip!Digital Trends80BlackBerry Key2 reviewStellar battery life, a useful keyboard, and simple software with a focus on security. The BlackBerry Key2 is an exceptional phone.Expert Reviews60By default, the best keyboard phone you can buyFor diehard keyboard warriors and BlackBerry fans, the Key2 will still be a draw – it’s the best keyboard phone, almost by default – but the gap between it and the rest of the smartphones in the industry is just too hard to ignore.
- 100AVERAGE USER SCORE1 ReviewsKevin100July 8, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great product!