BlackBerry KEY2 durability test - you can't break this


Despite not exactly setting the world on fire with its horsepower, the BlackBerry KEYone was one of last year’s most well-reviewed Android smartphones. The mid-ranger felt like a welcomed blast from the past, combining a modern touchscreen with an ageless QWERTY keyboard, thus shining in the productivity department.

It was also hard to compete with the KEYone’s security and battery life, but unfortunately, the handset failed a pretty basic durability test. According to self-proclaimed “professional phone breaker” Zack Nelson from YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, the screen simply lacked enough adhesive on the back, randomly falling off not just in torture experiments, but also in real life.

Fast forward to this year’s refined, upgraded, and somewhat overpriced BlackBerry KEY2, and lo and behold, every single structural issue appears to have been fixed. Built like a tank, the metal-and-rubber new touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid can withstand quite a bit of pressure without so much as flexing.

There should be no need for free replacements issued for broken devices this time around, as the KEY2 seems to feature vastly improved durability compared to its deeply flawed predecessor. Even the use of ancient Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the 4.5-inch display feels like a good call, earning high marks for scratch resistance. The ingenious space bar doubling as a fingerprint scanner is also essentially scratch-proof, as are the front and rear camera lenses.

The physical keyboard on the whole looks impressively durable, with each individual key securely glued to a rubber backing over the circuit board. Bottom line, the BlackBerry KEY2 might be significantly costlier than the KEYone, but that’s because the build quality is so much better. Or at least that’s a key factor in driving the price up.

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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13 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 2820; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice to know that it's a tank. We don't need a repeat of last year's fiasco with the screen separating from the unit.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. Glad to know the durability of the KEY² is top knotch. Definitely wouldn’t want it on the “wall of shame” like some Honor phones, or even doing as poorly as the Pixel 2 did (for a flagship, it should have been made more durable).

3. Venom

Posts: 2820; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Ok, point to where on the doll the Pixel phones touched you inappropriately.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

As soon as you show the doctor on the doll where BlackBerry/Nokia/Motorola has mishandled your privates.

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1080; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Owned him.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Thank you for noticing. I don’t know why he thinks he can outdo me when it comes to roasting. He always fails miserably at it.

8. Venom

Posts: 2820; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't know why you think you roasted me because you didn't. I called you out on something and your response was to deflect with your usual conjecture filled answer.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except, I did roast you. I took your attack against me and switched it up and threw it right back at you and now your burnt. Stop deflecting from the fact that you attacked me and it didn’t work out well for you.

10. Venom

Posts: 2820; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It wasn't a matter of who owned who. It was a matter of why he felt the need to take another shot at the Pixel phones here when they had nothing to do with the article.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! It’s definitely a matter of me owning you after you attacked me. And you can’t talk about bringing up other phones in articles that they aren’t in and taking potshots at them, because you’re known for doing that. Pot, meet kettle.

9. Venom

Posts: 2820; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Was that the best you could come up with?

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21153; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was certainly much better than what you came up with, lol.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3049; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Oh please don't go there. You'll be on to your next account out of sheer embarrassment.

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