BlackBerry KEYone Overview and First Impressions

KEYone. Reviewed.

The KEYone is impressively built. With a 4.5 inch display made with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, it is durable to prevent scratches and features plenty of screen real estate for scrolling social media or watching videos. Because of the built in physical keyboard, users actually get a lot more screen space than what is often available with a standard 5.5 inch full touch device and its on-screen keys.

The phone feels durable and strong. With a non-slip textured back, and the anodized aluminum trim it feels elegant and secure in my grasp. The phone is 2.85 inches wide and 5.87 inches tall, which is a very comfortable size for my average hands. The weight and quality of this device is distinctly BlackBerry.

The front-facing camera is 8MP, with 1080p video at 30 fps. The KEYone also features a rear 12MP with auto focus, 4x digital zoom, and 4k video recording at 30 fps. The camera app features panoramic and slow motion modes.

The physical keyboard is backlit, allowing for visibility in any light. It has touch capacity to respond to gestures, and allows for the customization of 52 shortcuts to complete actions, open apps, or call a speeddial. It also offers BlackBerry’s word prediction coupled with the capacitive flick typing. Finally, this physical keyboard has the first fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar, giving the user another convenient option for device security.

The BlackBerry KEYone carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor, and a 3505 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge. This gives the user power and speed for everything they need.

Powered by BlackBerry Android, the KEYone comes out-of-the-box with Android 7.1 Nougat. It has access to Google Play’s massive catalog of apps, and comes pre-loaded with several Google Play services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Chrome, and Hangouts. It also has several BlackBerry apps pre-loaded, including BlackBerry Password Keeper, BlackBerry Keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, and DTEK by BlackBerry. Bolstered by BlackBerry’s security, the KEYone is the most secure Android on the market.

Watch the video for more about the KEYone including my personal feelings after spending a week with the first device from BlackBerry Mobile.

Begin at the beginning, and check out my “re-boxing” if you missed it!


Erica Davis

Erica is a BlackBerry fanatic, supporter, and uses BlackBerry devices exclusively. She likes to connect the dots, fit the pieces together, and showcase the overshadowed... oh, and she likes cookies.