Blackberry KEYone Black Edition 64GB Evaluation - Battery Life, Calling and More

Article Index
Blackberry KEYone Black Edition 64GB Evaluation
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera and Video Thoughts
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

Battery Life, Calling & More:

The battery life on the KEYone is fantastic. After using my Galaxy S8 and other mainstream devices, you get used to trying to conserve power to make it through the day. Even with a 1080p screen, I can get through 2 days of light-medium use and a day and a half of heavy use thanks to the large battery. With only WiFi enabled (no SIM), you'll get through days and days of usage on this device.

In terms of size, the KEYone is a pretty large phone that doesn't have a large screen. Screen size is listed at 4.5-inches with a 3:2 aspect ratio, but the device is as large as a Galaxy S8 - which is quite a bit smaller than a Nexus 6. It is quite pocketable and is easy to hang onto with the textured back. It feels like a very solid device and isn't slippery like the S8.

Blackberry includes an entire suite of BB Applications that include their messenger, DTEK, Hub and a bunch more software that sets a Blackberry device apart from the competition. In terms of software and setup, I'm very happy with their offering. The physical keyboard is awesome once you go change a few settings to disable the on-screen keyboard as well. Once you are left with just the physical keyboard, flick typing works very well and really speeds up productivity. The physical keyboard - once setup, combined with a stock Google experience make this phone feel and run very fast for the most part.

Check out our video below of some hands-on with the Blackberry KEYone.

In terms of call quality, the Blackberry KEYone is a champ - if you don't keep accidentally hitting the "convenience key" and muting your microphone. The call quality is fantastic in ideal conditions and hangs in there very well in loud environments as well. The built-in speaker is great and whether I'm on speaker or talking with the handset, the call is always loud enough and comes through clearly. The location of the speaker has been moved to the bottom and it is plenty loud to play and share music in a small-medium sized room.

 

On the last page, we’ll wrap things up with our final thoughts.