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

Efficiency, battery

And how does it all work? Well, it is pretty good, though to be honest, I have expected a flagship level from an expensive, business smartphone. And here – it is a solid, mediocre device, with the Snapdragon 625 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, from which the user is left with around 50GB. KEYone is not a speed demon, but we can feel that the system was well-optimized.

It would be a lie to say that I did not notice any lags – but they were really seldom, and what is important they usually did not occur when they could have been the most bothersome, that is while switching between apps working in the background. The phone works decently even when we have a few apps opened, it does not emit too much heat, and what is the most important – its work is stable. Of course this is not a device for gaming – but in this case I am referring to the construction as a whole and its predestination rather than problems with efficiency. It is good, but it does not mean that – when we take the price of the phone into consideration – we do not expect something more…

There will be enough memory, though after looking at benchmarks’ results it could have been quicker. Basically, its performance will not bother us while fulfilling tasks for which this smartphone was built for. The battery will give us more reasons to be pleased. It can charge in half an hour and after that it can work for a whole day, even with a rather intensive work. With a typical usage, the battery will last for a 1.5-2 days, which in such a phone is a rather good and a desirable result.

The lifespan with the display on (depending on what is happening in the background) is around 5-6 hours. An interesting feature – while charging the battery we can turn on a constant indicator of the battery level in form of a line near the edge of the display. When we will connect the phone to a PC, a menu will appear thanks to which we can have either heightened efficiency or a quicker data transfer.

Communication

The communication side of KEYone is basically full – we have all necessary modules, including NFC. Everything works as it should and gives no reasons to complain about. The phone offers a good sound quality, whether it is in the external speaker, receiver or through the added HF set…

There is absolutely nothing to complain about – it is loud and clear. Listening to music is perfect as well – and here we can really talk about ascribing the smartphone to the higher segment. It is a pity that there is no DualSIM – in the business segment it is a desired feature.

Display

Even though the display in KEYone is not the most important one – it remains as one of the most important elements of the construction. And it can stand its ground. Due to the specific construction of the phone it has a relatively small size, an unusual ratio (3:2) and resolution (1620x1080 pixels, which is not a full HD).

The display is unusual but it offers a good, clear image, it reflects colours well and it pleases with a decent contrast. This is not the AMOLED level (especially when we are talking about the black level) but basically there is nothing to criticize. Brightness levels are good, the image remains readable even during a strong sunlight, the automatic brightness regulation works great. The touch panel performs flawlessly and the glass turned out to be resistant to scratches.

Source: GSMchoice.com; viewed: 3855 times.


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