The third time really is the charm. The earlier Android phones BlackBerry made with partner TCL felt generic, but the KEYone is an impressive device that channels the style and functionality of classic models. Even better, the KEYone is a respectable performer with solid battery life. Throw in an excellent camera plus a satisfying keyboard and you’ve got the best Android-powered BlackBerry out there. Just know it’s not perfect: some shortcomings in software are just puzzling, and the market for a phone with a physical keyboard in 2017 is very limited. Ultimately, the KEYone is a great choice for BlackBerry fans and keyboard nuts, but just about everyone else can look elsewhere.
- BlackBerry fans will dig the keyboard
- Respectable battery life
- Solid mid-range performance
- Has the best camera of any BlackBerry
- The keyboard doesn’t make sense for some
- Camera sometimes struggles with exposure
- Some annoying oversights in software
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsWired40Review: BlackBerry KeyoneBlackBerry nostalgia is like missing MS-DOS or switching back to cassette tapes. We had good times in the 90s, didn’t we? But times have changed. It’s time to move on.Tom's Guide80BlackBerry KeyOne Review: In Praise of the KeyboarThe BlackBerry KeyOne is a great choice for productivity mavens who want a phone that goes all day long, but if you need more processing oomph and a bigger screen, consider either the LG G6 or Galaxy S8 instead.Pocket-Lint80BlackBerry KeyOne review: BlackBerry's bold returnWe think it's great to have something different in the world of Android. ... It won't be for everyone, granted, but for the ones the KeyOne is made for, it's quite simply masterful.Tech Advisor80BlackBerry KEYone reviewIf you think you’ll love the BlackBerry KEYone, then I’m pretty certain you won’t be disappointed. You’re part of a minority, but finally BlackBerry has a phone for you that doesn’t force you to compromise.Android Authority80BlackBerry KEYone review: Getting stuff doneThe BlackBerry KEYone is a smartphone that gets stuff done. ... While the rear-facing camera and performance could use some tweaking, this is one of the most interesting and productivity-focused phones we've ever used.Android Central80BlackBerry KEYone review: Coming homeThe KEYone is the best phone for those upgrading from BlackBerry 10, or are holding onto a Priv. For everyone else, it's probably not going to move the needle.The Verge70BLACKBERRY KEYONE REVIEW: PART PRODUCTIVITY, PARTIf you’ve been longing for a modern smartphone with a real, physical keyboard, with which you can bang through email after email, the KeyOne is the exact phone you’ve been waiting for.TrustedReviews70BlackBerry KEYone reviewGreat for hardcore BlackBerry fans and power-users. Mediocre for everyone else.Expert Reviews60BlackBerry Keyone review: The return of the keyboaIf you really think about it and weigh-up the options, you’ll almost certainly come to the conclusion that this isn’t the smartphone for you, and you’d be better off buying any number of its rivals at around this price.Stuff80BlackBerry KeyOne reviewThe KeyOne is a great little 9-to-5er, but just can't seem to let its hair down once the working day is done.