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04-15-2017 6:18 PM
Always a naysayer in every crowd. The Keyone is not about specs, it's about offering a quality phone for enterprise and government employees at an affordable price point. The KOne will be a solid performer in those two target groups.
04-15-2017 7:12 PM
05-01-2017 5:46 PM
05-01-2017 5:48 PM
05-04-2017 9:40 AM
Update on the soon to be released in USA BlackBerry KEYone from CB/ CrackBerry Kevin: https://youtu.be/Phn76FhYuiU
Yeah its overpriced for the performance the phone has. I got to play with one last week.... I like the keyboard TCL did good with that. The back just does not do it for me. The big question is if cases will be available for the device at launch.
05-04-2017 10:25 AM
I'll purchase one perhaps in a couple years. I'm still planning to continue using my Passport. I'll also bet Seidio, https://www.seidioonline.com/device/blackberry will design a nice case for the KEYone phone. They've always produced good cases/covers.
06-03-2017 5:46 AM
Well, I'm going to be buying one - it will absolutely work for what I need for my business and my clients. In fact, they sold out so quickly on 31st as soon as they came on sale - that I haven't managed to get mine yet. The mix of the Android 7 with the PKB is just what I need. There will always be those who are sniffy about the brand - but the response to this particular phone has been phenomenal - both from industry critics and users. And, as we know, the critics love to bash BB! The tecchies at the Mobile World Congress this year loved the phone, the reviews are phenomenal so please don't criticize by what you think are 'underwhelming specs'...I personally don't look at my phone and think 'oohh, well those specs look a little less fancy than Samsung"....I just see if it works brilliantly for what I need. Just like everything else - whether TVs, phones, tablets, computer parts - companies build what their clients require and this is a high end device. Just a shame that AT&T isn't going to carry it. My experience as an AT&T customer has been underwhelming for years now. This might have been the one offering that would have persuaded me to stay.
06-03-2017 5:56 AM
06-03-2017 7:58 AM
TCL didn't "buy BlackBerry". That's really kind of a misleading statement - BlackBerry Ltd. is still its own company.
What TCL did was buy the rights (or license) to manufacture, and be the service point for, BlackBerry phones. Just like Indonesia's Merah Putih licensed to build the BlackBerry Aurora for the Indonesian market earlier this year. It didn't mean that Merah Putih bought BlackBerry too.
As to the KEYone, well... be careful this early in.
Already, there seems to be some QC issues reported over at CrackBerry. Maybe it's growing pains for a manufacturer building a phone they didn't originally design, but there's already a few reports of screen lift, and even totally coming off in at least a couple of cases. Now, the situations are unclear - in one case, we are told it was dropped while in a car from hand to the center console, only a few inches, but we can't really be sure. Still, it seemed to be an issue when several other reports came in regarding the screen.
To be sure, others say their screen is fine, so was it just a small batch? We don't know. Not until there's more evidence.
Others reported the back popping off after putting the phone in a car holder (hey, maybe the battery really is replaceable...), keyboard backlight uneven (Of course, I had that in my old Torch 9800), some keys not working, red/green lines running up the entire screen... all of which are defects that TCL (or BlackBerry Mobile as the new division is called) will have to replace. And, they will have to double down on manufacturing QC.
Again, it's a new device for them, so issues will come up, but I hope they can overcome the learning curve. Initial reviews were positive overall.
One other thing reported to watch out for that can be an issue using the KEYone on AT&T.
There are reports that a brand new SIM placed in a new unlocked KEYone does not get LTE - AT&T CS reps said that the IMEI of the KEYone is unknown and will not register with the AT&T network. You may have to get a rep who knows what they are doing to update the system with the IMEI or just use a fake one to force it to work. Or, use a SIM from a previous AT&T branded phone. Some suggest sticking the new SIM in an AT&T branded phone first, let it register itself to get LTE, then move it back to the unbranded phone.
This can be an issue with any unlocked, unbranded phone trying to be used on AT&T with a brand new SIM that was never in an AT&T phone to begin with.
06-03-2017 8:37 AM