BlackBerry Mobile studied the clickiness of the Bold 9900 for the KEY2's physical QWERTY
BlackBerry Mobile introduced the BlackBerry KEY2 today, and the sequel includes a physical QWERTY keyboard that has keys 20% larger than the ones found on the KEYone. The TCL division payed close attention to detail when designing the phone, even taking the time to study the "clickiness" of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in order to enhance the sound created when typing. For many BlackBerry users, that clicking sound is feedback that allows the user to know that he/she is depressing just one key at a time. If something sounds amiss, it warns the user to check the screen for a typing miscue.
Bold 9930 CDMA variant were both unveiled in 2011. The models combined a 2.8-inch touch screen display (480 x 640 resolution) with a trackpad. When it was announced at today's event that BlackBerryMobile studied the clickiness of the Bold 9900 in order to employ the same "feature" in the KEY2, a roar of approval went up from those in attendance.The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the
Perhaps the best QWERTY keyboard ever found on a phone was the one used by owners of the BlackBerry Bold 9000. Released in August 2008 before BlackBerry (then known as Research In Motion, or RIM) finally realized that touchscreen smartphones weren't just a fad, navigation was handled by a trackball.But the real prize was the large, fretted QWERTY found under the display.
In a way, the evolutionary timeline of the BlackBerry KEY2 begins with the Bold 9000, took a giant leap forward with the touchscreen Bold 9900/9930, become an Android device with the KEYone, and is now a very refined handset with the KEY2. Kudos to BlackBerry Mobile for taking the things that made the KEYone so intriguing (battery life, physical QWERTY, design) and improving on it without losing the features that set the KEYone and KEY2 apart from other Android phones.