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BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black
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Work comes first, then the entertainment

Software, additions

I have previously mentioned about the additional Convenience Key. If it had not been for its placement - I would have praised this solution to the skies. But it is only close to perfection. Apart from the fact that I have mistaken it with the power button, I did not like that we cannot use this button as a trigger for the camera, even though it is an obvious choice. This button has a separate menu, in which we can ascribe certain functions to it.

There is a lot of possibilities, we can even create a separate profile for the home, work or car – but it still does not satisfy us, because the button works only after waking the display up. This is a bit impractical… This button can be ascribed with three different shortcuts in every profile – but it is best to ascribe one, then we just need a single push to run a selected function.

And if there are more shortcuts, pressing Convenience Key will shows their list on the screen. And this is less comfortable and it denies the idea of a “shortcut”… Those who do not want to use this solution will not be pleased: you cannot turn it off. If we will not ascribe any shortcut, every time we will press the Convenience Key it will show an encouragement to configure this button…

Another peculiar feature of KEYone is an additional menu called “Productivity Tab”. This is a tab that can appear along the side of the display – extending it will show a handy list of contacts, calendar, planned tasks, texts or widgets selected by us.

Such a handy list with a quick access is really comfortable and can improve the work on the smartphone – we just need to get used to its presence. And when it will happen – we will consider this as a reasonable solution. What is interesting, unlike the Convenience Key, “Productivity” can be turned off.

And now we have smoothly moved to the software. And since I am talking about it I will mention that these two additions are not the only ones in KEYone. We can find here BlackBerry Hub, additional information and notifications aggregate, which can be used to improve our work as well.

The hub shows current notifications – but not only from the mail or a messenger, but from the phone app, social media etc. In other words – there is a constant preview of what is going on around us. The content and the look of Hub can be adjusted to our needs, we can even divide the private and the business zone and even change the colour of the notifications LED. Browsing through the hub is easy – by using swipes on the selected position to the right or to the left we will either postpone the notification for later or we will remove it, while “pinching” the display will show unread information.

The software of the phone consist of a hiding place for passwords (Password Keeper) with an option to export it to a Google account, a safe folder (Locker), which is protected just like the Password Keeper with a fingerprint or a PIN code, there is of course a task lists, app for moving data from another smartphone or a preinstalled BBM communicator, which unfortunately I could not test because I do not know anyone who would use it… BlackBerry provides their own notepad, calendar and Notable app for taking notes and drawing, even on saved images or screenshots.

BlackBerry has enriched Android with Privacy Shade – an app that allows to hide the content of the screen from nosy watchers. When we will use it a portion of the screen that we will touch will be visible. We can select whether it should be round or square, large or small and the level of shading the rest of the display. I did not needed to use this option, but I think that it can be really handy in same cases.

BlackBerry – as a business phone – is supposed to be a safe device, that is why there is a “guardian angel” that is DTEK. This is an app that monitors our phone and apps working on it. DTEK can show us whether our device is properly secured, it will show any “suspicious” apps, it will show its work (for example to what information they had access to) and will give us tips on how to protect our privacy and data gathered in the phone. If something suspicious will happen – DTEK will inform us about this right away.

Besides additions from the manufacturer, KEYone has a normal, typical Android – for now in the 7.1.1 version. So we have access to Google services and a classical section of notifications and shortcuts, and an almost standard main desktop – though with the option of waking it up with knocks or discreetly showing notifications and the clock.

The desktop is a standard one as well, but the apps tray is slightly modified, by giving it possibilities to display last used apps in the first place and a division to sections – apps, widgets and shortcuts. All these elements can be moved to the desktop. What is interesting every icon can has its own name or be hidden so that it cannot be seen at all. We can change the pattern of icons (though there are no classical “themes”) and use the gesture of quickly turning on the camera.

The possibility to modify the looks of the last used apps menu is a nice addition. It can not only have a form of a standard list, but tiles with a fixed or changeable size as well. What is important is that despite a high number of modifications, BlackBerry Launcher strongly resembles the standard Android interface, thanks to which even users that begin the adventure with the “Berry” will not have any problems to navigate through it.

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