Six new video tutorials are released to help you setup your new BlackBerry KEY2

Six new video tutorials are released to help you setup your new BlackBerry KEY2
The BlackBerry KEY2 will be launched in the U.S. on July 13th. Pre-orders for the device have started at Best Buy and Amazon, where the GSM handset is priced at $649. The other day, BlackBerry Mobile, the TCL division that manufactures BlackBerry branded devices through a licensing deal with BlackBerry, released a video tour of the new phone. Now, it has posted several videos showing how certain tasks are done on the KEY2.

For example, one video shows you how to set up the fingerprint sensor. It so happens that this sensor on the KEY2 is in the same location it was found in the KEYone, which is embedded (quite cleverly we might add) inside the space bar belonging to the physical QWERTY keyboard. Another video shows how to set up shortcuts using the physical QWERTY keys. For example, you can assign Instagram to the letter "I" and IQ Test to "i." Each letter can be assigned two different tasks.

Other videos show you how to install a SIM or microSD card on the device, how to change the wallpaper on the screen, and how to power up/down the phone. You can find all six videos directly below.

Study the videos and when you do go to pick up your BlackBerry KEY2, you'll already know how to set up the device.

source: BlackBerryMobile (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

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1. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

I really like the Blackberry Key devices they really stand out... Unfortunately i don't know how well they are doing considering they currently have no competition they should really be killing it. Unfortunately they are at a dilemma in that if they are too successful they risk competitors deciding they are also going to build their own keyboard device which would split the already fairly niche market and absolutely destroy them.. honestly a player like Samsung could easily take the hit to claim the market as an end game. They really should begin diversifying and coming up with even more ideas to spread themselves out better so they aren't a one hit k.o.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry itself has diversified. They have: 1) Gotten out of the hardware business for smartphones and now have OEM’s building, marketing, distributing, etc their smartphones while they collect a fee for the brand and BlackBerry Secure Android software that’s on their branded smartphones. 2) They have their QNX software which is in a slew of things from the submarines, nuclear power plants, connected cars, etc. Through their QNX software, they have the largest market share (by far) for connected cars. 3) They have their UEM technology that allows enterprises to manage company devices. 4) They’ve signed up others to use their BlackBerry Android Secure Software. 5) They are heavy into the IoT. If you’re referring to BlackBerry Mobile(TCL), they do more than BlackBerry smartphones. So does the company in Indonesia that makes BlackBerry smartphones, and the one that makes BlackBerry smartphones in India. Also, NO ONE makes a physical keyboard device as good as a BlackBerry branded smartphone. BlackBerry has too many patents regarding physical keyboards on a smartphone, and Samsung or someone else would likely end up paying BlackBerry a recurring fee to make one as good as them, in which case that’s a win for BlackBerry.

6. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think they are doing too well. The first one only shipped 850K units. Unfortunately, there won't be any other companies that will make keyboard devices simply because blackberry are patent sharks and will definitely litigate any company that does even though PKB have been other devices besides Blackberrys.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry aren’t patent sharks. The other companies with keyboard devices actually pay for any IP used that’s owned by BlackBerry, such as Motorola and Palm. If it were up to you, you’d have everyone using anyone’s IP with permission or paying the required fee. That’s not how businesses works. You want to play, then you gotta pay. Funny how you had zero issue with Apple suing over generic shapes and generic names.

13. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

"If it were up to you, you’d have everyone using anyone’s IP with permission or paying the required fee." Lol, I think you're caught up in your choice of words because it totally throws the meaning of your comment out the door. And you are incorrect because that's not what I implied at all. You seem to have forgotten those links I posted that show how blackberry has resorted to being patent sharks in recent years. And I've never said nor implied that I'm ok with Apple suing over generic terms. Generic, not genetic lol. I think you're pulling the Apple card out of your rear end because I've never said anything about owning an iPhone. But you have claimed to own one.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still doesn’t change the fact that you’d rather OEM’s steal as opposed to innovating or paying the required fee. That’s exactly what you implied. You seem to have forgotten that those links that you have posted are just an authors OPINION, with nothing to back it up as proof. But don’t let the truth get in the way of a good fabricated story. You have said and implied it with your first account. And you’re once again proving that reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit as I clearly said “generic”. And point out where I said anything about you owning an iPhone. Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you reach up your backside to pull the BS out. I posted a link proving that I own an iPhone. I’m still waiting for your imaginary link with your imaginary KEYᵒⁿᵉ that you said you received as a gift, lol.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

My next BlackBerry smartphone come July 13th.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You sure you don't want to wait until "Saturday" the 14th? I've grown semi-superstitious in my later years.

5. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're that paranoid over a superstitious day?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Think I’m gonna take my chances.

9. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Nice. I am on the fence too about buying this phone. In your case, what gave ? Are you not worried about the distortion that occurs when you pause a song? What about the frequent bluetooth disconnections? I watched a video by Matthew Moniz on youtube and he rated the phone highly, but did not recommend purchasing it due to the said nagging issues. P.S. Not a hater. Just want to use my moolah well :D

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Out of all of the video reviews I’ve seen on the KEY2, his was the only one that seemed to have that many issues. Most reviews I’ve seen recommend it. However, I’m one to use my experiences with a device as final judgement, and I’ve had more positive experiences with BlackBerry (and Nokia) smartphones than most.

11. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Hmmm...well do share your experience then ! Happy experience .

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Copy that.

14. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Easiest thing to do is watch a few more videos and then compare and contrast the feedback. That'll give you a better, less biased overview of the device because a lot of those YouTubers will be far more critical than someone who is overly favorable. Just my suggestion on the matter.

15. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yeah , I did exactly that after the comments. I watched videos from Mr.Mobile and Android Authority. They say the device has very good battery life( only slightly below the Key1 but very much above average) , the keyboard is the best in business but it is more for accurate typing rather than fast typing, it takes getting used to if you have never used a qwerty before on a phone. The most critiqued points were : Display(dim, difficult to view outdoors), Camera(okayish, will do good for document scanning and the occasional social media selfie) and price($650 is too much). It is leaps and bounds ahead on the productivity front though. Just not fun to use outside work. What I could gather from them was that despite the device being the best in its strong areas and above-avg-but-weak in a few of the aforementioned departments, it is best used as a secondary phone. The primary would be Samsung/Apple/Google. Imho Blackberry should make a Priv 2 all-rounder with good , conventional display , camera , and a great slide out keyboard.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s good that you checked out more reviews for yourself, but only you can decide whether a device is truly right for you. Unlike Andy you’re being told, some reviewers, as well as some commenters here, are purposely overly negative about certain devices, while they give others a pass that have horrendous software issues (*cough Google Pixel line cough*). Ultimately, it’s your own user experience that can give you the best judgment. Remember, you do have buyers remorse for a couple of weeks with these devices, so you can always return it for your money back if you’re not satisfied.

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