After years of struggle, it seems BlackBerry has finally figured out how to update its iconic design for modern times. The BlackBerry KEY2 pays homage to past devices like the Bold 9000 as it adapts to modern times with the Android operating system. The result is a device that could be the best BlackBerry today.
The smartphone made by TCL learns from the user's complaints and feedback the original KEYone and corrects them. The result is a cell phone with a smaller bezel and a larger keyboard that will delight old and new fans alike.
The KEY2 is more than just an eye-catcher. BlackBerry has added a few small improvements that not only improve the overall experience, but also allow you to be more productive. Here are seven of the coolest features in the KEY2.
The Safest Android Smartphone
As with its predecessor, safety was paramount in the construction of the KEY2. When BlackBerry switched to Android, they brought with them many security enhancements that can be found in the BB10. The result is a phone that is not only very secure, but probably the best device for those who want to protect their privacy.
Like the KEYone, KEY2 has cryptographic keys that are fed into its processor during manufacture. These keys are unique to the device and are used to verify each bootup level to ensure that no tampering has occurred.
The Linux kernel, a price target for hackers, received additional safeguards to those provided by Android, reducing its chances of being compromised. In addition, BlackBerry updates all components of KEY2, including all security enhancements. And BlackBerry will guarantee monthly security patches for Android for two years, something they are currently using with the KEYone.
The boot loader has also been given extra protection blocking any attempts to open or manipulate it. As a result of these changes, KEYone has still not been rooted and it seems KEY2 will follow in its footsteps.
Although this feature was also included in KEYone, we considered it too important not to get a section of its own. DTEK acts as the dashboard for the security system BlackBerry, which was developed for the KEY2 software. DTEK simplifies cyber security for users by automating most processes and alerting you to potential vulnerabilities. In addition, possible compromises to the integrity of the security system in the app can be corrected.
DTEK scans apps for unnecessary permissions and monitors the operating system for actions that jeopardize phone security and more.
BlackBerry Integrity Protection (a component of DTEK) lets you set up notifications for apps that request specific permissions, such as when an app wants to use the camera or microphone in the background (a feature that will appear later in Android P.)
The BlackBerry KEY2 also has an app called Locker that locks apps, photos, and files behind passcode or fingerprint authentication. In addition, apps placed here are hidden from the app tray and prevent others from knowing that the app is installed.
For many BlackBerry fans, the keyboard is the most important feature. BlackBerry devices have historically been highly measured by their keyboard performance.
When BlackBerry released the KEYone last year, fans praised the inclusion of a keyboard, but criticized its size and polished the glossy finish. BlackBerry has learned from the feedback and developed an improved keyboard for the KEY2
BlackBerry has raised the display and offers more space for a 20% larger keyboard (it has also reduced the "forehead" size, so it with other phones agree) price range). With the larger keyboard, BlackBerry was able to improve the overall feel, including the distinction of single keys while typing without searching.
The backlight has also been improved. Now it adjusts its brightness based on the surrounding light and it can even make one side brighter than the other if the light does not reach the keyboard evenly. In addition, the shiny finish is gone and is replaced by a matte finish that should last as long as the device itself.
The BlackBerry KEY2's keyboard is more than just typing. Each key in the top three lines can be programmed to launch an app or shortcut. And each key can start two apps: one with a short press and one with a long press. However, last year you had to return to the home screen to launch new apps. Well, this is no longer the case with KEY2, thanks to the "Speed Key".
The Speed Key is a new key located to the right of the "sym" or currency key in the lower row. Pressing the Speed key and a key programmed to start an app (short or long press) will allow you to launch an app or shortcut from anywhere.