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BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 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 usability and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and battery also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the sound. Many are less positive about the GPS navigation and size.

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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 92/100 = 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 (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 : 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 (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 : 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 : 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

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