: Question for you.
The BlackBerry KEYone was just announced. The former code name was Mercury. Any thoughts?
Ah hello! It's been a while since our last post here and not much has happened.
Random events are that I got a couple Palm Pixi Pluses, an iCloud-locked iPhone 4s but that's on me. A random Samsung feature phone too.
But anyways lets get back on-topic! It's very interesting. I don't like the name, but it certainly beats DTEK70. I can't help but feel it's something either to cash-in late on the One trend, (HTC One, Xbox One, Alcatel OneTouch
, OnePlus One, One-Punch Man...joking!) and it doesn't sound great to me at all. I would have preferred something more in line with classic BlackBerry names. I really liked the Bold, Pearl, Passport, names. (and to a lesser extent, Leap, Z10, Priv) Heck, maybe something like the BlackBerry Italic to go with it's relationship to Bold while I feel it fits the device's two-tone nature. Or the BlackBerry Tale, as in story or legend.
It's also in a form-factor that I'm a sucker for, after portrait sliders. I like that it's narrower than the Priv but I'd like to see it in person or go look at a size comparison before thinking any more about it's feel. I just like that it's not bigger.
Things I already don't like are the lack of wireless charging (I believe AC confirmed it back when it was first unveiled without a name) and the $549 USD pricetag. Also worth noting the apparent lack of OIS.
For Qi, I can't be too surprised, especially since not all Priv's got wireless charging and it's a feature often cut across the board. USB-C on the phone is something I don't care for personally but it's nice. I don't have USB-C cables or tech so it's just a mild inconvenience for me. That Boost feature (turns on powersave mode while charging) + QC 3.0 make for a compelling alternative, but then again I don't use Qi for the speed.
I was hoping Blackberry learned from the Priv's pricing debacle but it seems like they either haven't learned, can't go lower without incurring losses because of the phone's constructional uniqueness, the whole package compensates for the midrange chipset, or they think that it's midrange pricing when compared to $800+ iPhone's and Pixels's or that it's just worth that much. I'm inclined to believe it's the latter especially since KeyOne made it on top as the official name and it seems they're trying to position it like a flagship, not unlike the 830's oxymoronic used "affordable flagship" billing. (and that launched at somewhere around $449) I can probably call BB's the best Android phones to buy after some time passes.
I don't know what tech is behind the display so far so I can't judge that but I can say I don't mind the physically-printed soft keys.
The keyboard seems to be typical BB fare and I'm okay with that. Sticking in the fingerprint reader in the spacebar was a genius move in my eyes.
I hope the camera delivers and if it beats or competes with my previous Nexus 5X which also had no OIS, I'll be happy.
Still good to see that Blackberry is still on top of security updates. I got the February 5th, 2017 patch late on the 4th for my Priv, so they got it down. I want Nougat on my Priv though.
It's worth noting that I appreciate the SD625 being used especially when coupled with the sizable battery. I don't mind lower-end hardware if it performs well and delivers in efficiency. (e.g. me and the SD400.)
TL;DR - I like the form-factor but it's too pricey for me to consider (I got the Priv new for $320 and can't trade if I wanted to) and has some compromises I won't consider making at that price. I like the flexibility and features of the Priv anyway for now.
Chief things to tempt me would be the form-factor/size and battery life.
Chief things to dissuade me are the price, inflexibility of the keyboard - being physical and all, and loss of some flagship features.