Just over a year ago, Blackberry announced KeyOne, a smartphone that features a full QWERTY keyboard layout. As opposed to the PRIV which had come to the market a year earlier, the KeyOne had its keyboard on the device’s front rather than being hidden underneath the slide-up screen.
As the BlackBerry Key2 hits the market, that’s sufficient evidence that such devices have a future in the modern day generation. But the Key2 does not signal the future of the smartphone. Rather, it is a look into the past when the BlackBerry was a must-have gadget. Up to this day, there are many who still yearn for the BlackBerry of the old, hoping that the physical keyboard could be brought back to life. The Key2 attempts to retain all that people loved about BlackBerry 10 years ago.
The following are all that you need to know about the Key2:
The very first thing that consumers normally notice about a gadget is its design. BlackBerry always has a way of standing out from competition thanks to its innovative designs. When you first have a look at the Key2, you may think that it hasn’t undergone much improvements. The more you spend time picking it apart, the more you appreciate its new look.
The BlackBerry Key2 is slightly longer, by 2mm, while also being 12g lighter overall. There are also changes to the edges, which are chamfered and flatter, which makes it much easier to grip and use in one hand. Last year’s KeyOne unit is more rounded at the corners, which has been squared up slightly, while still offering a rounded corner.
While the Key2 offers you two color choices, the silver unit appears more prominent and its overall look seems to have impressed more customers.
The Key2 has a narrow outline. The screen’s bezels are slightly thinner, roughly 0.3mm on either sides. The bezel above the screen is a bit compact and takes a slightly higher position compared to where it originally was. This is a design decision that creates more room for the physical keyboard.
Even though the keyboard is not completely new, it has undergone several tweaks. To begin with, one can clearly see that this keyboard has slightly larger key sizes, which is a welcome change. BlackBerry has also gotten rid of the raised frets between each keys which makes it possible for your fingers be able to move freely. These are adjustments which have gone a long way in making typing an easy process.
When you flip the phone, you will be struck by just some two major changes. There is no more metal strip on the top while the rubberised, soft-touch material is extended all the way to the top.
The camera has been retained at its usual top left position while the LED flash is on the right of the camera. However, this time around you are given dual-lens camera as opposed to the single lens camera that came with the KeyOne.
No much changes have been made with regards to buttons ports. The only change that you might take note of is the speaker grille which is more refined compared to the previous year’s unit. It resembles many other flagship devices that have hit the market this year.
Generally speaking, the Key2 has been significantly refined compared to the KeyOne, undergoing tremendous changes to make it more user friendly. One major problem that we had about last year’s device was the keyboard and it’s such a relief that it has been tweaked in 2018.
As more customers get to appreciate these changes, we will expect BlackBerry to come up with more features to entice newbies.