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The way I look at the KEYone (Mercury)
So... it all started when my wife said I should get a new phone.

And so I looked hard, and I wasn't impressed at the idea of dumping RM2688 into a 3GB/32GB phone. Until somebody kindly pointed out that a KEYone Black Edition does exist, and it's sold for the same price.

Immediately that perked my interest. Not the Indian edition where you get a dual nanosim slot, though.

The one I bought for myself is the Black Edition (not to be confused with the AT&T Space Black edition.)

I watched a lot of videos. From the usual trolls, the other suspects to the up and coming rising stars who would gladly review the phone even if it was just a loaner.

Because this was the "last" in-house design by BlackBerry, although built by TCL.

I would love to point out in detail, every single thing that I could find about the BlackBerry KEYone, but that in itself is probably pointless. However, BlackBerry has done a great job in bringing out the optimised improvements on the BlackBerry KEYone based on previous models.

I am not sure if technically speaking the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is the KEYone 1.5, but I'm quite certain that there are several things that used to be an issue is now less of an issue in the BlackBerry KEYone.

For example, there were reviews that complained that the keyboard unit is too squishy. I don't know what it means by too squishy, but as far as I'm concerned, you will still need to press the buttons, and there is depth to it. It is not a mechanical keyboard, but it's definition not as squeaky as the keyboard that I had on the BlackBerry Torch 9800.Front top grill that reminds of the Passport, the bottom plate that is inspired from the Bold, the keyboard, even glossy, still has the frets and angular grooves (yes it still has them, the capacitive capabilities which makes it into a gigantic keypad on its own, the predictive and corrective engine on the phone, the back with dotted grip that's been ever present on all if not most of BlackBerry's top line ups, the brilliant embedding of a fingerprint scanner right on the space button, the almost full metal frame surrounding the phone (which also houses the antenna, if I'm not mistaken). A lot of these were based on the tested and tried BlackBerry successes and failures.

Honestly, I don't see the phone bringing in new fans, but to those who are still using BBOS and BlackBerry 10 era phones, the KEYone, if not the keytwo should really turn heads enough to draw attention to at least give it a try. I know I have, coming from a BlackBerry Torch 9800 and the BlackBerry Z10 myself. For the good two to three years or so I was on Android when my Z10 /gave way due to repeated battery damages, which I suspected due to a bad charger, I went full ahead with Android. That also helps to explain my disappearance in this forum, since I didn't had any BlackBerry devices (except for my BlackBerry PlayBook which acted as my very own personal media player and e-book, which I find it fantastic [although I still needed a pc since I haven't found / forgot a reliable method to transfer from a non pc device]) left to use.

Honestly speaking, at RM2688 the phone is severely overpriced, I would have wished it came with a snapdragon 660 instead, just because I want, not because I can. However, even if I still have a OnePlus One that I'm still using (despite a dead battery where I can only use it for around 1-2 hours tops before needing a recharge), I don't see any real disadvantages in the BlackBerry KEYone.

If you look at the picture that I've also uploaded, you should see something the way I looked at it.

From what I've understood, the Torch's screen is tiny, but it was good. The Z10 had larger screen but, but it wasn't exactly double the Torch. Oddly enough, if you placed two Torch screens on landscape orientation, you will end up on the same size as the real estate that the BlackBerry KEYone has. Considering the BlackBerry Torch had like really tiny keyboard, I don't know. But that real estate, and I've heard complaints such as:

1. It needs an amoled screen
2. It needs a quad hd resolution screen
3. The screen isn't bright enough
4. The screen isn't dim enough

Apart from the screen isn't bright enough and isn't dim enough which can be an issue (adaptive brightness helps, but sometimes dim is not dim enough), I don't see the need for bright as a star amoled screen nor does it need quad hd screen.

If you ask me, just to troll some lousy reviewers and critics I would have suggested that BlackBerry use the high end IGZO screen instead. IGZO screens are great all rounders, but their championing point is that it has great battery life and with the correct digitizer, they can registers what I call as "chicken scratches" handwriting input. There is a reason why they are popular, even if it's not as glorious as super amoled, etc.

Besides, LCD has a somewhat narrower view, as in after a certain angle it looks dimmer, etc. Reviewers and critics bash it for no reason, ignoring the fact that BlackBerry purposefully introduced such a screen for the purposes of battery life, and coincidentally having a narrower viewing angle. I don't have to say it, but it does tie in to the BlackBerry on Android mantra; privacy and privilege.

The comments on a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM is warranted. So is the criticism of 625 when the 660 was already available (but BlackBerry isn't always the first to get their hands on newly released chips, that is for sure). The Black Edition (specs wise) should have been the original edition on release. I'm not going to argue about that.

On the keyboard, this becomes slightly baffling. There are reviewers who come in from diverse Android backgrounds, Apple background, BlackBerry background and even the dead microshit windows phone background. However, the weirdest things I keep hearing (the criticisms, at least) falls into generally the following:

1. It isn't as good as the Passport keyboard layout wise.
2. It doesn't have a proper 5 row keyboard.
3. Typing on a physical keyboard is out of date and out of fashion.
4. The keyboard has a layout problem.

On the comparison between a Passport Keyboard layout and the "normal" BlackBerry keyboard layout? I don't know. I only had one solid hour to use the BlackBerry Passport, so I feel it's unfair for me to pass any judgement, but there is a good reason why BlackBerry has always used the similar layout from the much older BlackBerry of the past. It works and I'm looking forward to what sort of good keyboards that will come out for the BlackBerry.

2. Item 2 is more of a Nokia thing. Well, they died. Probably there is a reason why their keyboard models don't sell as good.

3. Number 3. Heh. If owning an Android is about individuality, then the two video posts by JoshUa Vergara of Android Authority should turn your head. He even has a video explaining why the BlackBerry KEYone is his daily driver for now.

4. For some reason there are people who will claim that the BlackBerry keyboard layout has an issue. I personally don't see any issue to those, but to say that some keys are useless is downright of a joke.

But whatever you do, be happy that you own a BlackBerry KEYone, which is a great phone for it's year.

To be continued.

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Using the BlackBerry KEYone
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Wow, that's one he'll of a post, lol
Wait, there's more, but I guess I'll just post it:

Part 2: the app "situation"

One thing that used to be hounded was "there ain't any apps on BlackBerry 10". Well, now that the BlackBerry KEYone is literally an Android device, so what's the problem?

Common answers:
1. The BlackBerry KEYone form factor isn't favourable to Android
2. The apps are just as good if not better, so why even bother with a BlackBerry hardware?

I've always mentioned before, long long time ago that fundamentally speaking android OS was designed solely and only for one thing; it in itself is a huge dataminer that will continue to collect all the data about you and then sell it off to entities Google want to sell to. In essence, the users are the products. Even BlackBerry had to change the tune when they embraced Android.

However, in lieu of the app situation, there are three things that I see that needs to be addressed, and how I feel the KEYone fits / play a role in it.

1. Is it a gaming device? Yes and no. It can play, but you can't crank up to full graphics settings, etc.

2. Is it a media consumption device? Yes and no. It doesn't have the largest screen (even if you take the fact that the screen size was okay 5-7 years ago *chuckles*), and the 3:2 aspect ratio is supposedly " weird, but I've got no problems viewing videos and enjoying them. I never did. Its not going to be the class beater; it won't beat the larger screens when you view videos, and it won't be as comfortable as the BlackBerry Passport when you are viewing and editing articles (because it was designed with such intentions in mind). It doesn't have the best sound chip, and it doesn't have any built in music app from BlackBerry (not that it needs to, anyway). Furthermore, even if the camera does not have TimeShift (Nokia-Microsoft acquired the company just to cockblock, typical Nokia-Microsoft scumbag tactic), Story maker (the brains behind this, The Amazing Tribe has left the company and are now with Apple). So manage some expectations. BlackBerry came in to Android with a clean slate. They had to build everything up from scratch. Sounds a bit of "too slow too late" like a lot of trolls will say.

Yet, the device can work. The apps are there, and all you need to do is to tune it so it fits you.

Spotify works with the physical keyboard.
Pocketcasts works with the physical keyboard.
Other launchers (like Nova) work with the physical keyboard.
More apps continue to be updated to work with the physical keyboard. Maybe not now, but it will arrive. Eventually.

So you don't need to be one of the "I must use this since I'm of this aligned so and so" crowd. There is enough interoperability to mix and match to your own liking. And I seriously mean it. Then you will start to wonder what kind of phone that really suits you. For me, I've used touchscreen slabs long enough to understand that if I want to have a keyboard for my communicator. Again, it's a tool, not a toy. A specialised tool for a specific job, to make sure that I can communicate when needed, absolutely necessary to, with as little hindrance as possible.

The app part, if we deal with each and every specific app, I might as well open another topic for that, even if it is to my disgust that a lot of apps are dataminer in their own way, even if BlackBerry had to join the wagon.

Just to top it off, I got a reply in a trading forum (where we can buy and sell things as well as exchange ideas), the other party said "I will reply once I get to a PC. On mobile, limited access to elaborate."

I felt like replying, " just get a BlackBerry already"


And there's more to come, about the KEYone.

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Using the BlackBerry KEYone

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