Blackberry KEYone Smartphone, Android, 4.5", SIM Free, 32GB, Black £449 @ John lewis
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Blackberry KEYone Smartphone, Android, 4.5", SIM Free, 32GB, Black £449 @ John lewis

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Found 30th Jul 2017
Smart design and smart features, BlackBerry’s KEYone provides you with the tools you need to communicate however you want. It’s fitted with a 12MP main camera for detailed snaps, an impact-resistant 4.5-inch display for strength and a soft-grip textured back for comfort.

Smart moves:

Shortcut – program each key to instantly bring up contacts and apps you use the most, like pressing ‘B’ to open browserFlick typing – predictive text made even easier with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you typeTouch navigation – responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through webpages and emails

Android security
With built-in security and best-in-class monthly Android security updates to ensure your personal details are safe from intruders. The KEYone also has the DTEK security monitoring app will automatically monitor your OS and apps and let you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. You can see the overall security rating for your device – excellent, fair or poor – and what you can do to improve it. It’ll also notify you when someone is taking pictures or videos without your knowledge; turning your microphone on; sending a text message; or accessing your contacts, location or financial information.

Key features:

BlackBerry Password Keeper – stores all your passwords, log-in information and important records safe in one highly secure place that’s encrypted with a password of your choiceBlackBerry Hub – this unified inbox consolidates all your messages in one place – email, calendar, social media and phone calls – for easy accessBlackBerry Pop-up Widgets – view app widgets by simply swiping up or down across the icon on the home screen, so you have fast access to information

Pre-loaded apps:

BlackBerry apps: BlackBerry® Keyboard, BlackBerry® Hub, BlackBerry® Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry®, Notes by BlackBerry®, Tasks by BlackBerry®, BBM®, DTEK™ by BlackBerry®, BlackBerry® Device Search, BlackBerry® Launcher, BlackBerry® Services, BlackBerry® Help, BlackBerry® Password Keeper, BlackBerry® Content Transfer, BlackBerry® Productivity Edge, BlackBerry® ToolboxAndroid apps: Gmail™, Hangouts™, Google Chrome™, Google Drive™, Google Maps™, YouTube®, Google Play™, Google Photos, Messenger (SMS), Android Device Manager
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Palwan

Sanpdragon 625 is available for as low as £100 mark...


Snapdragon. And stop calling me Mark.
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Very good phone but still overpriced
Sanpdragon 625 is available for as low as £100 mark...
Palwan

Sanpdragon 625 is available for as low as £100 mark...


Snapdragon. And stop calling me Mark.
2012 called they want their 4.5" screen back.
Edited by: "Bilbo1968" 30th Jul 2017
Palwan29 m ago

Sanpdragon 625 is available for as low as £100 mark...

It may be, but it isn't attached to a keyboard. It isn't aimed at being the best possible spec, it's aimed to do what it does very well... although still to expensive for me to bite! £300-£350 is my bite point
Great looking Blackberry, agree with previous comments needs to be no more than £300. Would get one then.
I’d of bought this now blackberry’s are running Android but they left it to late to me. Had the dtek 60 great phone but no one wants them and lost too much money when I sold it and I think this with this one
xflem

It may be, but it isn't attached to a keyboard. It isn't aimed at being … It may be, but it isn't attached to a keyboard. It isn't aimed at being the best possible spec, it's aimed to do what it does very well... although still to expensive for me to bite! £300-£350 is my bite point



Don't worry, the screen isn't attached to the keyboard on this either.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2m5f52f.jpg
Actually quite a nice looking phone but as above to expensive to make a dent I think. Screen size is fine as you have the kb, if you went for a bigger screen and kb this phone would be huge.
Bilbo196848 m ago

2012 called they want their 4.5" screen back.


There are those of us that can't stand the fact it's basically Impossible to buy a decent phone with a screen smaller then five inches at the moment. I'd snap up a three and a half inch phone if one was released.
nublets2k

Don't worry, the screen isn't attached to the keyboard on this either.



They've since fixed that, basically applied more glue.

This is £50 cheaper than the normal price for the keyone, hence a deal. As for the phone itself, a physical keyboard is fantastic and I'm saying this as a Priv owner who does 99% of their typing on the keyboard. If the keyboard were deployed all the time that'd be fantastic, hence I'm trying to switch to the keyone. Other added benefits like great battery life and apps certainly help. It's a specialised productivity tool not a media consumption phone like a Galaxy S8.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 30th Jul 2017
way to pricey
CampGareth

They've since fixed that, basically applied more glue. This is £50 … They've since fixed that, basically applied more glue. This is £50 cheaper than the normal price for the keyone, hence a deal. As for the phone itself, a physical keyboard is fantastic and I'm saying this as a Priv owner who does 99% of their typing on the keyboard. If the keyboard were deployed all the time that'd be fantastic, hence I'm trying to switch to the keyone. Other added benefits like great battery life and apps certainly help. It's a specialised productivity tool not a media consumption phone like a Galaxy S8.



There's no guarantee that more glue will fix it, or that this is new stock. The UK repair centre is beyond awful.
What a ripoff a Sony Xperia XZ is better and the same price
I'm not usually one to complain about processor speed, but a 625 just isn't acceptable at that price in this day and age. Android is sluggish on a 810 on my Nexus 6P, let alone on a slower processor. That's the only thing holding this phone back for me, and it was the ultimate deciding factor between it and other phones.
Edited by: "Cameron583" 30th Jul 2017
Typing this on a keyone now, it's a great phone and not sluggish at all, yes it's not as fast as the S8 but it's 2/3rd the price

Also being a manager for a well known mobile retailer I get to use many handsets and for a phone that's business use its fantastic, if you want something for gaming and HD video not the phone for you
CampGareth

They've since fixed that, basically applied more glue. This is £50 … They've since fixed that, basically applied more glue. This is £50 cheaper than the normal price for the keyone, hence a deal. As for the phone itself, a physical keyboard is fantastic and I'm saying this as a Priv owner who does 99% of their typing on the keyboard. If the keyboard were deployed all the time that'd be fantastic, hence I'm trying to switch to the keyone. Other added benefits like great battery life and apps certainly help. It's a specialised productivity tool not a media consumption phone like a Galaxy S8.



I'd like to see your keyboard stats for that because I doubt you use it that much. My Priv tends to hover around the 45:55 in favour of the touch screen when I've looked at the statistics page. Frankly the BB touch screen keyboard is better than every one one I've used on a phone which I think is why I've moved towards using it more.

These are productivity phones as has already been said and the market for them is smaller which is annoying because I get so much more done with this and use my phone way more by having a keyboard. Unfortunately the world is full of people who want a pretty phone to sit playing games on or watching youtube and BB really needs to play up to that by offering a feature phone with the physical keyboard but modern specifications a little cheaper than the competition. Show the world that they can take on the big boys like Samsung and so on. Not going to happen as BB will just ignore what they need to do as they have always done.
Does they keyboard hurt your thumb . Isn't touch typing faster or is this just as fast thanks
Astec123


I just checked, 98% physical 2% virtual across 83833 words.

As for typing speed, you lose speed even with auto-complete gestures (swipe up on each third of the keyboard to finish off one of three words) but you gain accuracy. Not a single typo needed correcting in this phone-typed message except when I got distracted and accidentally wrote 'Internet' instead of a word.
wakkaday

Does they keyboard hurt your thumb . Isn't touch typing faster or is this … Does they keyboard hurt your thumb . Isn't touch typing faster or is this just as fast thanks



You gain muscle memory. I can type out entire comments without looking at the phone and know that hitting send will be exactly what I typed. So it means you can use the phone in places where you might not be able to do so as easily where you can't be distracted by looking down as you complete another task.

eg typing "This is a message to hot uk deals" with the touch screen without looking yields "This is a newsagents to boy uk farrow". The same message in the same way on a physical keyboard is word perfect and if I wanted to could be formatted correctly too.

The features have their benefits individually as a touch keyboard is useful at times, and a physical at others. I wish more suppliers of phones would realise that this is the case. That and that most users care not about how thin their damned phone is and most of us would rather not have to carry a USB cable/charger all the time as it makes the 'thinness' a bit of a waste when the pocket is full of cables to keep the phone running for a day.
At least a hundred quid too much for me
Cameron58315 h, 58 m ago

I'm not usually one to complain about processor speed, but a 625 just …I'm not usually one to complain about processor speed, but a 625 just isn't acceptable at that price in this day and age. Android is sluggish on a 810 on my Nexus 6P, let alone on a slower processor. That's the only thing holding this phone back for me, and it was the ultimate deciding factor between it and other phones.

I'd rather have the 625 in this than a Snapdragon 835: the selling point of the 625 over the 835 is its INCREDIBLE battery life. This phone just keeps going, where an 835 simply doesn't have the same power sipping capabilities and is more about raw power. Think of this phone as a productivity tool rather than a gaming tool and for all but games and intensive rendering you won't see any difference anyway. Are you really going to use this phone for gaming and multimedia with such a small screen, where half of it is taken up with a hardware keyboard?

I think you're assessing this phone entirely wrongly - it would be like complaining that your ultra book doesn't have a desktop class i7 and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 in it, even though that would make the battery last 13 minutes. This phone is for endurance, emails and general corporate functionality. Think of it that way and the CPU makes sense.

On the other hand I do think this price is a little steep, but a close relative of mine has one and it does feel lovely in the hand. It's not for me as I simply don't like these sort of hardware keyboards but if they're the sort of thing you're into then you can't really go wrong with this.
I want this phone. voted hot
misterleoni31st Jul

I'd rather have the 625 in this than a Snapdragon 835: the selling point …I'd rather have the 625 in this than a Snapdragon 835: the selling point of the 625 over the 835 is its INCREDIBLE battery life. This phone just keeps going, where an 835 simply doesn't have the same power sipping capabilities and is more about raw power. Think of this phone as a productivity tool rather than a gaming tool and for all but games and intensive rendering you won't see any difference anyway. Are you really going to use this phone for gaming and multimedia with such a small screen, where half of it is taken up with a hardware keyboard? I think you're assessing this phone entirely wrongly - it would be like complaining that your ultra book doesn't have a desktop class i7 and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 in it, even though that would make the battery last 13 minutes. This phone is for endurance, emails and general corporate functionality. Think of it that way and the CPU makes sense. On the other hand I do think this price is a little steep, but a close relative of mine has one and it does feel lovely in the hand. It's not for me as I simply don't like these sort of hardware keyboards but if they're the sort of thing you're into then you can't really go wrong with this.


But the KeyOne doesn't even have that great battery life. Ordinarily I'd agree, but as someone who doesn't game, but has multiple email accounts syncing all the time and watches a fair bit of content, I notice a slow down with the SD 810.

Getting the balance is more important, so really blackberry should have waited for the 660 - it is, from what I remember, an 810 built on a more efficient process (14nm was it?)

Plus, the 835 is built on a 10nm process. I bet if you gave it a 1080p screen, stock android and a big battery, it'd go for days, just like the 625.

What I'd change about the KeyOne:

AMOLED
SD660
OIS (to help combat the inferior image processing)

To summarise:

I said that for the price, the 625 isn't enough.
I never said I'd have an 835 in it.
There are a couple of (key) changes I'd make (pun intended).
Battery life is phenomenal on the KeyONE. Do you have one to criticise it from personal experience? Personally I'm not a fan of AMOLED screens so it's always nice to find a device without one.

As for waiting for the 660 or whatever, that would just be daft. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the performance of the KeyONE.
Cameron58323rd Aug

But the KeyOne doesn't even have that great battery life. Ordinarily I'd …But the KeyOne doesn't even have that great battery life. Ordinarily I'd agree, but as someone who doesn't game, but has multiple email accounts syncing all the time and watches a fair bit of content, I notice a slow down with the SD 810. Getting the balance is more important, so really blackberry should have waited for the 660 - it is, from what I remember, an 810 built on a more efficient process (14nm was it?)Plus, the 835 is built on a 10nm process. I bet if you gave it a 1080p screen, stock android and a big battery, it'd go for days, just like the 625. What I'd change about the KeyOne:AMOLEDSD660OIS (to help combat the inferior image processing)To summarise:I said that for the price, the 625 isn't enough. I never said I'd have an 835 in it. There are a couple of (key) changes I'd make (pun intended).

misterleoni12 h, 29 m ago

Battery life is phenomenal on the KeyONE. Do you have one to criticise it …Battery life is phenomenal on the KeyONE. Do you have one to criticise it from personal experience? Personally I'm not a fan of AMOLED screens so it's always nice to find a device without one. As for waiting for the 660 or whatever, that would just be daft. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the performance of the KeyONE.



I have indeed used one - and sent it back for the formentioned problems. It was noticeably slower than my S7, which I paid a similar price for, and roughly the same battery life, which while decent, isn't great considering the larger battery, the supposedly more power efficient processor and lower res screen.
Cameron5836 h, 5 m ago

I have indeed used one - and sent it back for the formentioned problems. …I have indeed used one - and sent it back for the formentioned problems. It was noticeably slower than my S7, which I paid a similar price for, and roughly the same battery life, which while decent, isn't great considering the larger battery, the supposedly more power efficient processor and lower res screen.

I guess experiences must differ then. At least Android offers you choice. Personally I think the KeyONE is a really nice device, not discernibly slower than my old S7 or Huawei P9 and with FAR better battery life. I can use it all day at work and get home with 70% battery, which is far from true of every other device I’ve used in recent years (aside from the Lenovo P2).

I suspect your device was faulty, but can understand why you might not want to buy another. I don’t think an upgraded Snapdragon processor which isn’t even released yet would have fixed your issues, that’s for sure.
nublets2k30th Jul

Don't worry, the screen isn't attached to the keyboard on this either. …Don't worry, the screen isn't attached to the keyboard on this either. [Image]


I came here to see if this had cropped up yet. My screen fell off on Monday. In Rome airport. An hour before boarding. With my boarding pass on it...

This is a major epidemic, TCL 'forgot' to put glue on it, it was only a press fit. So all the idiots, like me, who bought it at launch and first batch will have their screens fall out at some point, apparently I went quite long
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