BlackBerry KEY2 Review

The BlackBerry KEY2 is the follow-up to last year's QWERTY-keyboard-packing KEYone. It follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by retaining the form factor, but comes with a tweaked design, new features, and all the typical hardware upgrades found with any successor.
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17 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 661; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I have noticed a new trend on phonearena, if a phone has exceptional battery life like a huawei mate 10 pro, p20 pro or even this one they forget to add the exact hours of usage like they do with a sammy or an iphone.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The problem is that the author posted a subjective claim about battery life, without actually running their battery life benchmarks (or maybe running them but deciding not to post them when he has seen the results). I think it was done on purpose in order to hide the fact that the Key2 has worse battery life than the original KeyONE - the Snapdragon 660 is much less efficient than the 625, albeit more powerful.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The author keeps talking about battery life but where are the actual battery benchmarks ? I can only see the (useless) charging time comparison.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“On a superficial level, most people will find its performance zippy enough, especially for productivity-centric tasks, but this is sorely lacking when it comes to gaming.” Ok PA you are definitely wrong for trying to make gaming a con for this device. This isn’t a gaming phone in any shape or form whatsoever, so why gaming performance is being mentioned is pretty laughable. Nobody is buying this phone for gaming.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I mean, they are just stating the facts but I agree that nobody cares about it :d

5. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

It's a midrange no matter what fans might state.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3040; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Fans know it's a midrange. It's the haters that try to make this out to be something it's not. Fans buy BlackBerrys for what they are, not for what spec wh0res want.

15. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not everyone is out to hate on something. Remember you're not the only one who is entitled to an opinion.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3040; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Fans know it's a midrange. It's the haters that try to make this out to be something it's not. Fans buy BlackBerrys for what they are, not for what spec wh0res want. Why the double post?

13. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

An expensive midrange at that. I don't see this one selling too well at the current price range.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

How do you play games on it? Impossible for right hand to reach screen if it's landscape

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You don't play with this phone... (But I'm kinda curious how MOBA or PUBG looks in this 2:3 screen, lol...)

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3040; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not every phone is made for gaming and YouTube. There are some adults that need a long-lasting phone with exceptional productivity skills. I guess every iPhone and Galaxy come in with a built-in con for not having a physical keyboard then huh? C'mon PA, get real.

14. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's not competing with the iphone or Galaxy phones remember. Even if they don't have a keyboard, they still have other features. Don't forget, Samsung still has the Galaxy Note with the S-Pen. The S-Pen has far more functionality than having a physical keyboard imo. And don't forget, it's called a review, which is going to have the author's OPINION of the device.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1091; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

True but I'm sure there are productive people who like to take a break by gaming or in their free time. Key 2 can still play games quite good just not as well as a flagship device :-)

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1091; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good job Blackberry! Now have TCL greenlight the priv 2 ;-)

17. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

This phone is such a disappointment. They raise the price by $100 over an already overpriced phone and deliver mid range everything. With a 3,800 mAh battery and the small 1080 screen, they easily could have equipped it with an SD835 and it would be a screamer that would still last all day.