I'll take one
Currently have a Priv. Only reason I put up with Android is to have the physical keyboard.
Shame that by the time the price comes down to something I can afford, BB will have decided to no longer issue OS updates.
Warm reviews and good wishes didn't help the newly formed BlackBerry Mobile sell bucket loads of phones in its first year, but a strong second attempt might. The new Key2 lends weight to the idea that the TCL-owned brand – a wholly separate entity to the old Canadian BlackBerry – is in it for the long run. Although strongly …
To my mind, the Priv's sliding keyboard is the best of both worlds. Tthe much bigger screen makes reading wonderful (the spacebar on the keyboard turns pages in the kindle app, which is a nice touch).
When the Priv breaks, I'll probably go for another BB with a hardware keyboard but I would almost certainly choose a slider (if one exists) over something with a hardware keyboard taking up screen space.
I would love to have one, but i just got one year into my KeyOne.
Is it me or are these product iterations getting shorter and shorter? Built-in obsolescence becoming an issue?
Looks nice and shiny, though. And while the BB apps on Android are still not what BB10 used to be (how integrated everything was in BB10!), it has improved a bunch over the last year.
The live presentation was woeful and I had to stop the stream about five seconds into the ad as it was painful. Hope that all the effort went into the phone. It does look like something that might take over from my Q10 when it dies. If only it wasn't so incredibly expensive. That's more than £100 more expensive than a S8.
>If only it wasn't so incredibly expensive
Look into getting a KeyOne - it's still a good phone even though a newer one came out.
It's been working fine for me, having moved from a Passport, and wife from a Classic (or Q10, now i can't remember...)
Main reason for me dropping the Passport was that apps would no longer run in the older-Android-VM that the Passport was using. Not because it was a crap phone :-(
But I'm not paying hundreds of quid for an Android phone to get one.
I did buy a Q5 and it was starting to look good with all the updates fixing the omissions and then they pulled the plug.
So I got a cheap (dual sim) Android tablet phone. I don't see myself changing, (maybe a Gemini).
I backed the Gemini so it cost me ~£300 which was a bargain, they are still available from the Indigogo backer site for $599 (~£450) which is a fair price. The full UK retail is £600 which I think is too much for the device. So if you want one act quickly.
The Mk1 has a few drawbacks, the USB is weird, 2 C sockets but they are of limited function, the forward facing camera is absolute pants, just adequate for video chat or grabbing QRs but that's about it, no idea how good or bad the optional rear camera is. Due to the magnets holding the case shut they've disabled the compass which is a bit of a bugger. Other than those caveats it's a great toy - excellent keyboard, absurdly high resolution screen (but aren't they all), fast processor and a big (& heavy) battery.
2 C sockets but they are of limited function
I'll second that: you can charge the phone and do MTP with the one on the left (you might have to reboot), and use the one on the right for HDMI or the dongle. And you only find this out through trial and error.
Having spent a number of years on Nokias with T9 I have found that predictive text just gets in the way. Why don't OS writers for mobiles accept that qwerty is not a necessity and that making virtual keys smaller than human digits leads to more mistakes than can be fixed by autocorrection. As a downside I do accept that T9 does require a basic grasp of spelling but if they word you expect doesn't come up, the chances are you spelt it wrong.
A virtual T9 would leave space for fat fingered people and still leave space on the side for a couple of function keys such as Sym(bol), Undo, Dict(ionary options), and maybe even a quick paste key so that you don't have to wait for the fone to decide that yes the bit of text you just cut wants to be pasted.
Also with a but of just positioning it could sit on the right (or left) in landscape mode instead of wasting 55% of the screen by spreading across the entire width.
If someone gave me one for free. I like my Samsung s8 but Still can't stand touchscreen keyboards. Either something is wrong with my fingers or its just so inaccurate. And for the love of fucking god please stop randomly putting in fall stops when I don't want one!!
And that is why I'd love a physical keyboard back.
The overcooked price really put me off last time around, I'm glad they fixed that.
Wait… what? Even more? Seesh!
I'm the type of person that constantly needs to type stuff a predictive / swipe keyboard simply cannot guess right, so QWERTZ (these do come localized to other languages, right?) is very much appreciated – but not €550+ appreciated.
I'm sure it will sell well to folks who do not have to pay for it with their own money though.
Otherwise, what's not to like? It looks neat, it has a big battery, headphone jack, NFC, they even bothered to make a real leather flipcase for it. At this price, the latter should be included for free but of course if will be extra.
Not sure why a BlackBerry having a physical keyboard is gets the Apple fan boys in such a tiz, they were never going to buy a BlackBerry anyway so why to they F-ing care? It's not as though there aren't enough touchscreen only phones for them to choose from.
Yes it might be a niche set of users that prefer a physical keyboard but you will never understand why, you are missing out and you should fear us as we are smarter than you
I reluctantly upgraded from a Q10 to a Z30 2 or 3 years back.
Boy was I impressed with that virtual keyboard. It knew practically every time what my next word was going to be.
Swype on android is a poor replacement; if only BB would release that keyboard for vanilla android.
MessageEase is the only touch screen keyboard for which I've developed any kind of muscle memory. It's also the easiest to override when its spell check thinks it knows the English language better than you do.
That said, a physical keyboard lets me type more quickly & more easily than any touchscreen I've encountered.
I'd love a small and cheaper BB I could use with one hand.
I may be alone but I really like the sliding form factor like the HTC Dream / G1 and Motorola Droid / Milestone. Unfortunately, with the perceived desire for ultra-thin phones (I know nobody that has ever said "my phone is too thick") I think it's unlikely we'll see them any more outside of a custom project. I don't like the keypad being visible all the time the way it is on this but it's good to see at least one company still pushing out QWERTY keypads.