The KEYone, the latest in the BlackBerry Ltd/TCL collaboration, is a phone that returns to the Canadian brand’s iconic roots, for better or for worse. With Nougat and a strong focus on security, the KEYone is aimed at enterprise users and long-time fanatics.
Overall, the spec sheet for this phone is nothing chart-topping. The SoC is over a year old at this point and the screen has been downgraded from the year-and-a-half-old Priv’s, but using the KEYone was mostly a pleasant experience until after about a week with it. That was when I started experiencing rather noticeable slowdown and other problems.
So what does a proverbial return to form for BlackBerry mean in the ever massive Android space? Well, there’s not really a simple answer. But let’s get going — we’ve got a lot to cover. You don’t want to be here all day, do you?
The unit that I’ve been using for the last week and some change is pre-production. There have been a few hiccups with the software along the way, which I’ll note in the appropriate section below. Most of these problems will hopefully be fixed before the KEYone is available for sale.