BlackBerry has been known for its security features and this phone is no exception. It encrypts your data and constantly monitors if all the privacy settings, updates and installed apps aren’t a potential threat. The included physical keyboard is also a nice feature for those who hate touchscreen typing.
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Pro Can take really good high-quality pictures
The 12MP primary camera uses the same Sony IMX378 sensor found in the first Pixel which takes some of the best pictures out of all smartphones. The Keyone's camera performs especially well on outdoor pictures while in low-light pictures it's still good but there's still some room for improvements.
Pro Can last up to two days on a single charge
The large 3505mAh battery can last up to two days on a single charge. Even under heavy use it should still have quite a bit of juice at the end of the day at least.
Pro One of the few modern phones with a keyboard
While most phones ditched them, the Blackberry retains the physical keyboard. The QWERTY chiclet style keyboard also acts as a trackpad. The small buttons does take some time to get used to, but can lead to better typing accuracy compared to touchscreen keyboards. The space bar doubles as a fingerprint sensor too.
Pro Extremely secure
The phone's built-in DTEK monitoring app constantly monitors how vulnerable your phone is. It scans all the installed apps for potential malware or unwanted permissions. It also checks and installs the latest security patches and prevents unwanted access to the camera or microphone by third-party apps. Phone data is fully encrypted and the internet data goes through a VPN when browsing the internet.
The device can be set up so that it can be tracked remotely or swiped clean. You can set up two factor authentication that requires you to use a password and a fingerprint scan to unlock the phone.
Con The screen can be removed when slightly bending the device
Some users have reported that the screen can be removed when slightly bending the device. Although phones made after June 2017 shouldn’t encounter this problem, according to the manufacturer.
Con Awkward screen ratio
The Blackberry’s screen uses a 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the conventional 16:9 in order to accommodate the keyboard. Though it’s fine for web browsing and messaging, it isn’t great for watching videos. Apps like Instagram and Snapchat also fail to correctly display content in this aspect ratio.