The BlackBerry Key2 proves the world no longer needs a physical keyboard
Avery Hartmans/Business Insider
It's 2018. Do people still want a phone with a physical keyboard?That's the question TCL is trying to answer with its new BlackBerry Key2, a $650 smartphone with a 4.5-inch screen and an actual, physical keyboard. Advertisement
I spent about 10 days with the BlackBerry Key2 to test how it compares to other high-end smartphones on the market. I also wanted to see if, as a former BlackBerry user way back when, I still enjoyed using a physical keyboard.
Here's what it was like.
First things first: The BlackBerry Key2 is a good-looking phone, and it certainly doesn't look like anything else on the market.
There are a few other design choices that stand out, for better or worse.Advertisement
The keyboard's space bar doubles as a fingerprint scanner, but it doesn't do a great job.
The BlackBerry Key2 has a solid rear camera, but it's nothing fancy.Advertisement
Here's a photo I shot using the BlackBerry Key2. It's nice and sharp, and the colors are beautiful, but it did struggle a bit in bright sunlight — some of the leaves in the back are blown out.
The selfie camera consistently produced shots that looked like this: out of focus, bland, and unable to properly handle mixed lighting.Advertisement
Which brings us to the keyboard.
My biggest frustrations with the keyboard were the slowness and the lack of flexibility.Advertisement
Physical keyboard aside, the BlackBerry Key2 is made for speed and efficiency.
So, should you buy it?Advertisement
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