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BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and usability are overall positive. The design and battery are also appreciated. The connectivity and size get critical opinions. Views about the GPS navigation and sound are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

BlackBerry KEY2 review: The undisputed keyboard king

 

The BlackBerry KEY2 isn't the first Android-powered BlackBerry, but it is by far the best. Its blend of style, solid performance, a fantastic physical keyboard and a long-lasting battery more than enough to win over one-time BlackBerry devotees and...

Long-lasting battery ; Fantastic physical keyboard ; Multitasking is lightning-fast ; Sleeker physical design

Camera can be hit-or-miss ; Sometimes confusing button placement ; $650 is pricey for a mid-range device

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His early years were spent taking apart Sega consoles and writing awful fan fiction. That passion for electronics and words would eventually lead him to covering...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (digitaltrends.com)

BlackBerry Key2 hands-on review

 

The BlackBerry Key2 is the perfect, refined successor to the nostalgic KeyOne.

Excellent keyboard, handy new Speed Key ; Beautiful design ; Speedy performance, good battery life ; Good display ; Lots of privacy- and security-focused features

Headphone jack isn’t centered

Expert review by : Adam Patrick Murray (pcworld.com)

BlackBerry KEY2 review: How the keyboard became my Android power tool

 

While the BlackBerry KEY2 focuses on business users, it's keyboard makes this phone a powerhouse for any Android user.

Tactile keyboard is a treat to use ; Speed Key unlocks new navigation possibilities ; Mediocre hardware performs like a champ

Small screen with large bezels

I may have moved on to another phone, but the KEY2 stays with me in spirit. I find myself missing the keyboard. It’s the only Android phone I’ve used this year that truly had me excited. So whether you are an ex-BlackBerry user wondering if you should...

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Key2

 

The Key2 will thrill BlackBerry devotees with a great little keyboard and more privacy control than you'll get on other Android smartphones.

Nice physical keyboard with powerful shortcut key. Focused on security and privacy.

Dim screen. Disappointing cameras.

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Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

BlackBerry Key2 has great battery life and great ideas

 

But battery life is fantastic and the Key2 has some stellar tricks.

The BlackBerry Key2 improves on the KeyOne across the board. Outdoor daytime photos are crisp and bright, and portrait mode works well. Keyboard shortcuts that open other apps are fantastic, as is a programmable convenience key. Battery life is excellent.

Despite larger buttons, the Key2's QWERTY keyboard still feels cramped. The Key2 is laggy, and suffers from weak low light photography and capacitive navigation buttons that get in the way.

If you rely on an older BlackBerry phone, the BlackBerry Key2 is a worthy upgrade, but it will frustrate people switching from all-touch phones, despite some winning extras.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Thomas Meyer and Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

BlackBerry KEY2 Smartphone Review

 

A BlackBerry with a physical keyboard. The BlackBerry KEY2 combines the manufacturer's traditional physical keyboard with a few special security features that also runs Android OS. Find out what the KEY2 is good for in this review.

meaningful security and business features ; physical keyboard for frequent typists ; fast CPU

relatively small display ; flat sound ; poor camera performance in low-light

The days of BlackBerry OS are over, but the BlackBerry KEY2 is still a business-centric device. The KEY2 has a physical keyboard that is almost as quick to type on as a virtual keyboard after some practice. The KEY2 scores highly for its snappy SoC and...

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

 

If we're giving out awards for smartphone dedication in the face of modernity, the BlackBerry KEY2 should probably get a spot on the podium. TCL's 2018 flagship continues to obstinately buck the trend for full-touch, refining its physical keyboard and...

If you want hardware QWERTY in 2018, this is your phone ; Build quality is exemplary ; Security and software update commitments are admirable ; Excellent battery life

Physical keyboards just aren't as flexible as virtual ; Camera is only average ; Still no wireless charging ; Still not waterproof

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : John Velasco (phonearena.com)

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...

Exceptionally long-lasting battery ; Useful security & privacy features ; Sharp photos captured by the camera under ideal settings ; Tactile keyboard ; Really fast recharge time

Choppy graphics processing performance ; $650 cost makes it tough to compete as a mid-ranger ; Muddy image/video capture under low light

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Adam Ismail (tomsguide.com)

BlackBerry Key2 Review: A Throwback in the Best Way

 

The physical keyboard is polarizing, and so it follows that the Key2 is a very polarizing phone. We've been surprised with some legitimately good BlackBerrys over the past several years, and you can assuredly add the Key2 to the list. This is yet...

Sleek design ; Helpful security features ; Intuitive keyboard ; Long battery life

Too expensive ; Not compatible with all carriers ; Disappointing dual cameras

TCL has modernized the physical-keyboard smartphone with the BlackBerry Key2, producing one of the year's best handsets for the productivity minded.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (mobiletechreview.com)

BlackBerry KEY2

 

BlackBerry Mobile's 2018 smartphone has a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5” IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo on the Snapdragon 660 octa-core CPU with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It's sold as a $649 unlocked GSM phone for...