BlackBerry KEYone review: 10 key takeaways

We don't know when was the exact moment that phones with a keyboard turned from business classic to a sign of old age, but the BlackBerry KEYone is a new phone with a physical keyboard that tries to prove that the keyboard is not dead just yet.

You can read our full BlackBerry KEYone review to get all the details, but if you don't have the time to go through the whole thing, how about a look at the 10 key takeaways from that review, all presented in an easily digestible slideshow presented right below.

We tell you the grand total: is the BlackBerry KEYone worth it, how does using a phone with a keyboard feel, how it compares with the rest, and the usual details about screen quality, battery life and more. Let's start with this: the BlackBerry KEYone is a phone actually built by Chinese company TCL, running on Google's Android and spiced up with BlackBerry's BBM and DTEK security. It's not like those old day 'Berries. Read on for the details.

BlackBerry KEYone Review

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  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31769; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, Batmite, and Tony Stark will be along shortly.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Of course. A BlackBerry article just isn't the same without Mxy in the comment section. After all..."BlackBerry needs to price the KEYone accordingly and offer it universally unblocked." And also, "Let me get the butthurt form ready." Same comments on every BlackBerry related figure by now, he'd be tired of getting ridiculed by everyone and being put in his place on a daily basis by Meanest.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

@aegislash I actually thought that mxy had learned his lesson when he deactivated his mxyzptlk account, but he just went and created the Tony_Stark faux account, complete with the same, monotone way of commenting, with his trolling in tow.

14. Tony_Stark unregistered

I wish you would learn your lesson and stop obsessing over Mxyzptlk. My name is Tony Stark. Your obsession is unhealthy.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I wish you'd stop thinking that everyone is stupid enough to believe that you're not mxyzptlk.

19. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You're an idiot if you honestly think we can't tell that this is Mxy.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. I don't know why he thinks he's fooling anyone.

24. Tony_Stark unregistered

Just like you, right meanest?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, stop projecting, mxyzptlk.

25. Tony_Stark unregistered

Don't make me catch you in a poke ball.

7. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Look forward to phones not trolls!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, mxy, batmite and Tony_Stark are all the same person.

13. Tony_Stark unregistered

You never stop I see.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apparently, neither do you, mxyzptlk.

12. Tony_Stark unregistered

Any reason why you called me out, jeddi guy?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because he knew you'd be here, mxyzptlk. And he was correct.

26. Tony_Stark unregistered

Well I know you are obsessed.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, we all know that you're obsessed with multiple accounts, mxyzptlk. You're seething with anger right now because you've been called out for your multiple troll accounts by several people here.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31769; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Give it a rest Mxy. You're approaching arte8800 levels, with these multiple accounts.

23. Tony_Stark unregistered

Darkk, don't be stupid now. I have nothing against you, but if you are going to believe bs,I'm going to defend myself. I don't care about those two because they're just time wasters. I don't have a problem with you unless you make it a problem. I am not going to change what I think about some devices and OEMs, but I respect your opinion.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "Yes, I am mxyzptlk, and it's clear that I'm an idiot with multiple troll accounts bordering on arte8800 levels." FIFY.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's a niche device, but it's good to know that it handles that niche very well.

4. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I don't know how much I will like the physical keyboard on it. but since I don't play much games on my phone (GS6), I am looking at it pretty seriously.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Don't thee dare to point a finger at The KEYone... The KEYone are handcrafted by Gods from the Blackberry Headquarters and blessed by the very CEO of Research in Motion; The luminary liberator & beacon for all mortals in all the universes known and unknown; The almighty John Chen; and are assembled by 1,000 finest virgin dames offered by this universe... The birth of every KEYone is a miracle... It’s like a birth of a saint… The earth and the 'Galaxy' around it start to dance in sheer excitement... The stars smile upon the newborn Smartphones as they manifest themselves from the conveyer belt as though by sheer magic! And the moon shines its pleasant light like a mother's touch when the first night arrives on these masterpieces... And as the next day arrive, The sun bows in respect of the smartphones as it rise from the east and sets to the west... Each key press of the KEYone’s keyboard is like a blessing from the heavens… It cleanses your soul of all the sins you’ve ever made and give you an all new beginning; a rebirth… Each key press on The KEYone is our absolution and our salvation… And the design of this sacred smartphone is like a labrynth… Mysterious, unfathomable and unworldly… Incomprehensible for a mere mortal... So mystical, so fantastical, so majestic and so surreal... If only words had the capacity to materialize the experience (sigh)...

6. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

kirfer, is that you?

8. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

No that's just too much free time and someone trying to sound like RR Martin. Bad ass phone though

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22840; Member since: May 28, 2014

The KEYone is definitely a phone for the productivity focused individual that needs to get things done. I can't wait until it's released here in the U.S. For me, this phone is awesome.

15. Tony_Stark unregistered

I'm a guy who loves tech, and the KeyONE looks like a good phone. Not my style, though.

22. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Got one, love it. A few things. -Qwertys are more accurate than virtual keyboards, and as fast or faster. Users like myself can touchtype on qwertys. It takes some practice though, so it wont happen in a week or two. The capacitive keyboard also has swype functionality and flick to type gestures. It can be activated in settings. Not sure how they made it work so well, but they did it's insane. -The performance is on par or better than the galaxy s8. Check the youtube speed test. So the 625 gripe is a pretty stupid one. It performs as well and lasts a lot longer. - The viewing area is superior to all touches (while typing). -Pretty sure you failed to mention all the programmable shortcuts. The KEYone can perform a devices most repetitive tasks in less than half as many taps, swipe gestures as it's competitors.

27. Tony_Stark unregistered

I think we all know how good the keyboard is. The 625 is going to have to work hard with a 1080p screen. However, you're paying a premium for it, so the least they could have done was provide a slightly better processor.

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