The first BlackBerry got its name thanks to its characteristic keyboard - the keys made it look like a blackberry. That keyboard arrangement, with keys at the bottom, was an ergonomic win and became a trademark for the company.
The BlackBerry KEYone is a return to that legacy, after the company lost its way in the torrent of touchscreen-only phones that washed away its market share. The square grid of the QWERTY keyboard doesnít look like the eponymous fruit. However, if you look closely, the keys still have a 3D shape that follows the arc of your thumbs as you move to type at a blinding pace.
No slider mechanism here, as if the uppercase KEY in the name wasnít enough of a clue - you wonít be using the KEYone without the keyboard. That keyboard also serves as a trackpad, so you can scroll through apps and text without your fingers obscuring the screen.
On-screen keyboards didnít become properly usable until text correction got on the level. But now itís great, almost prescient. Do you really need a hardware keyboard to type fast?
And even if you do, youíll have to settle for a mid-range device - unlike the Priv, the KEYone aims for the middle segment though someone forgot to tell the person who came up with the $550 price tag. Plus, any modern smartphone will work with a Bluetooth keyboard, there are several compact options (there are even first-party options like the Galaxy S8 Keyboard cover).
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