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BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena
alaScore 92

176 reviews

Feb, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 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. People really like the usability and reliability. The design and battery are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the connectivity. The sound and size get negative reviews.

performance, battery, design, reliability, usability

screen, camera, price, size, sound

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 92/100 = 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 : Steven Winkelman (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry Key2 LE

 

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a productivity powerhouse that offers better value for your money than its pricier sibling.

Solid keyboard. Speed Key lets you quickly access apps and features. Excellent productivity and privacy software.

Keyboard lacks capacitive touch. Mediocre cameras.

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is an excellent phone if productivity is your main concern. In addition to being the only midrange phone on the market with a QWERTY keyboard, it's a better value than its more expensive sibling. Unless the capacitive touch...

Jan, 2019

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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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 : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

BlackBerry Key2 review: a keyboard with a phone

 

Nostalgia isn't always good

Excellent battery life ; Security and timely updates

Lower-end chipset than competitors ; Keyboard gestures are not very good ; Cameras are unimpressive ; Small screen is frustrating to use

The very thing that makes the Key2 a BlackBerry is the same thing that keeps the Key2 from competing in a modern smartphone world. A BlackBerry needs a keyboard, but no one needs a keyboard on a smartphone in 2018.

Jun, 2018

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

BlackBerry Key2 LE review: A cheaper way to get the keyboard in your pocket

 

The BlackBerry Key2 LE cuts some corners to come in $250 cheaper than the standard Key2, but luckily that sweet keyboard is unaffected.

The amazing keyboard ; Almost identical to the Key2 on the outside ; The smaller battery is still enough

Cut corners affect performance ; Sub par camera

BlackBerry is trying to keep the experience similar across the different price points, and at $250 cheaper the Key2 LE doesn’t cut as many corners as I thought it would. Unfortunately the cut corners were in processing power, which did affect my...

Expert review by : Florian Schmitt (notebookcheck.net)

BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Review

 

Light Times. Anyone who appreciates a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but does not want to fork out for an expensive device should consider the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The cheaper version of the KEY2 has decent hardware for its price, but is it a...

good GPS performance ; support for numerous LTE bands ; robust case ; impressive call quality ; numerous input options ; two configurable buttons

throttles quickly under load ; the display has a blue tint to it ; cameras are poor in low-light ; outdated Android security patches

The BlackBerry KEY2 is the representation of BlackBerry Mobile’s, or rather TCL Communication’s, great idea of releasing a cheaper version of its flagship smartphone. After all, not everyone can or wants to pay over $600 for a smartphone. In short, TCL...

Dec, 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

Price comparison for BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

  Store     Price
BlackBerry KEY2 Black Unlocked GSM Android...
Redesigned smart keyboard with speed key, touch navigation, flick typing for faster predictive text...
$493.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 LE GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone...
2K HD 4. 5-inch touch screen display and Corning Gorilla Glass protection, lightweight polycarbonate design...
$649.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 LE (Lite) Dual-SIM (64GB, BBE100-4...
Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with...
$660.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Unlocked Android Smartphone, 64GB...
LTE Bands 1, 12, 13, 17, 2, 20, 28, 29, 3, 38, 39, 4, 40, 41, 5, 66, 7, 8. DUAL SIM
$650.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 Black Unlocked Android Smartphone...
BBF100-2 Single Sim. US warranty. FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66...
$493.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 128GB (Dual-SIM, BBF100-6, GSM Only... $550.00 TO SHOP BlackBerry KEY2 64GB (Single-SIM, BBF100-1, QWERTZ...
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32...
$493.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 4G 64GB 6GB RAM US Version - Silver
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66...
$493.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 LE (BBE-100-4) 64GB, Dual SIM, Dual...
4.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~434 ppi density)...
$698.00 TO SHOP
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Dual-SIM (64GB, BBE100-4, QWERTY...
Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with...
$550.00 TO SHOP

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