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BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 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. Opinions about the usability and reliability are overall positive. The design and battery are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed opinions on the GPS navigation and sound. Many are negative about the connectivity 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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com.au)

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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000 / 3500
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Flash type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera aperture number:1.8 / 2.2
Rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:79.3 / 79.8
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 13
Rear camera type:Dual camera
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4 / 2.6
Second rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:50 / 84
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.68
Head SAR (EU):0.2

Design

Colour of product:Black
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar
Product colour:Black / Black, Silver / Grey

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:11.4
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display Resolution:1620 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:434
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:N
Keyboard:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTZ

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y
Text prediction system:Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:FLAC, Mid, MP3, OGG, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, XMF / FLAC,MID,MP3,OGG,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,XMF
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Video compression formats:H.263,H.264
Video formats supported:3G2,AVI,DIVX,MKV,MPEG4,WEBM

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
BeiDou:Y
Galileo:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE / TD-LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:5.0 / 5.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Events reminder,Notes,To-do list / Calculator, Calendar, Games
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts
Quick Charge:Y
Refurbished:N
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0 / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.6 / 1.8
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:QUALCOMM / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.2
Processor Model:636 / 660 / SDM660

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.1
Operating System Version:8.1 Oreo
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:4 / 6
USB mass storage:Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.05 / 8.35 / 8.5
Height :150.2 / 151.4
Weight:156 / 168
Width:71.8