The BlackBerry KEY2 is an brand new phone trying to coexist with an old-school form-factor, and struggling all the way. When it comes to capturing nostalgia, TCL – which has been licensing the BlackBerry brand for smartphones since 2016 – has done an excellent job. Problem is, there hasn’t been quite as much success in making a must-have smartphone.
Indeed, the KEY2 reviews are in – ours included – and the general consensus is that, while physical keyboards have a certain charm, that doesn’t really mesh with 2018’s priorities. Like the KEYone last year, there are some inherent compromises you simply have to accept when you decide to squeeze a full set of QWERTY keys onto the fascia of your candy bar phone.
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