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BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 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 also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative reviews about the connectivity and size. Comments about the GPS navigation and sound are mixed.

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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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

BlackBerry Key2

 

BlackBerry Key2 review: Is this the ultimate Android phone with a keyboard, or should BlackBerry Mobile stop living in the past?

Keyboard changes make it better than the KeyOne ; Not confined to BlackBerry’s own OS ; Gesture control and shortcuts in the keyboard are great

Too expensive ; Having the physical keyboard is restrictive in most situations ; Awkward to hold ; Camera just ok

For BlackBerry die-hards only.

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Cam Bunton (pocket-lint.com)

BlackBerry Key2 review: The keyboard phone king

 

The Key2 is the best example yet of modern BlackBerry. The keyboard is massively improved over the KeyOne, the battery will get through a whole day

Keyboard greatly improved over KeyOne ; Battery life is very good ; Solid build quality improvements ; New 'Speed Key' makes multitasking much faster

Quite expensive considering mid-range specs ; Space bar feel is inconsistent with other keys ; Camera could be improved ; It's an undeniably niche phone

Jul, 2018

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

BlackBerry Key2 review

 

A king of smartphone productivity, but just misses the mark when it comes to entertainment

Good battery life ; Improved design & better keyboard ; Lots of customisation options

Fairly expensive ; Screen isn’t great for video streamers or gamers ; Cameras are just ok

Phone keyboards aren’t the future, but the Key2 is more interesting and worthwhile than “just another” Android

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Matt Swider (techradar.com)

BlackBerry Key2 review

 

All business in the front and back, less of a multimedia party anywhere in between

Improved keyboard ; Useful Speed Key ; Lots of security features

Worst portrait mode camera yet ; 3:2 screen aspect ratio is odd ; Won't work with all US carriers

The new BlackBerry Key2 is a phone designed entirely for BlackBerry fans. You won't want this if you're thinking of upgrading from a Galaxy S7 and your muscle memory is trained for on-screen keyboards, but for old BlackBerry fans struggling with...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Emma Sims (expertreviews.co.uk)

BlackBerry KEY2 Lite: Blackberry’s budget QWERTY handset to debut at IFA 2018

 

Everything you need to know about the imminent BlackBerry KEY2 Lite

We will be updating this page as and when more information about the BlackBerry KEY2 Lite is unveiled, so be sure to check back in regularly.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

BlackBerry Key2 review: By default, the best keyboard phone you can buy

 

The BlackBerry Key2 struggles to make a case for a keyboard phone revival, despite some solid improvements

Improved keyboard ; Slimline and attractive design

Small screen ; Middling battery life ; Overpriced

For diehard keyboard warriors and BlackBerry fans, the Key2 will still be a draw – it’s the best keyboard phone, almost by default – but the gap between it and the rest of the smartphones in the industry is just too hard to ignore.

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Henry Burrell (techadvisor.co.uk)

BlackBerry Key2

 

TCL has revived the BlackBerry brand but the Key2 is a phone for purists only. Read our full review to see if you should buy the BlackBerry Key2

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.co.uk)

The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything

 

And it brings back the clever keyboard tricks.

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

BlackBerry Key2 review (hands on): A blast from the past that no one really needs

 

The BlackBerry Key2 is slimmer, faster and more refined than its predecessor, but remains a blast from the past

I’m personally not convinced the world still needs a smartphone with a keyboard, not when touchscreen keyboards are so good today but if you do fancy something different from the usual black slabs, the BlackBerry Key2 appears to be well designed, well...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

BlackBerry Key2 mobile phone review

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BlackBerry is a name that needs little introduction. It may have seriously fallen out of favour over the past 10 years, but such is the staying power of its iconic design, few will have forgotten it. The BlackBerry Key2 mobile phone aims to form a...

Aug, 2018

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000 / 3500
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Flash type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera aperture number:1.8 / 2.2
Rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:79.3 / 79.8
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 13
Rear camera type:Dual camera
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4 / 2.6
Second rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:50 / 84
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.68
Head SAR (EU):0.2

Design

Colour of product:Black
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar
Product colour:Black / Black, Silver / Grey

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:11.4
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display Resolution:1620 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:434
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:N
Keyboard:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTZ

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y
Text prediction system:Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:FLAC, Mid, MP3, OGG, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, XMF / FLAC,MID,MP3,OGG,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,XMF
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Video compression formats:H.263,H.264
Video formats supported:3G2,AVI,DIVX,MKV,MPEG4,WEBM

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
BeiDou:Y
Galileo:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE / TD-LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:5.0 / 5.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Events reminder,Notes,To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Games
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts
Quick Charge:Y
Refurbished:N
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0 / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.6 / 1.8
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:QUALCOMM / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.2
Processor Model:636 / 660 / SDM660

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.1
Operating System Version:8.1 Oreo
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:4 / 6
USB mass storage:Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.05 / 8.35 / 8.5
Height :150.2 / 151.4
Weight:156 / 168
Width:71.8