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[Staples] Blackberry KeyOne unlocked $299.99

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[Staples] Blackberry KeyOne unlocked $299.99

Let's just get this out of the way, I know that this is not for 99% of the people visiting the forums. So please, I don't want to start any kind of discussion about how Blackberry is no longer relevant and so on. That's not my reason for posting this.
But for anyone who still uses a Blackberry, and is interested in the KeyOne, Staples has brought it down by another $100.

Yes, it's getting old now. And if you're a die-hard fan, you probably already got one.

But for those of you who do not buy the latest and greatest, are still interested in physical keyboards, and like to buy new, this is a decent price.

Personally, I'm very interested in the Key2. But it's way too expensive to buy outright. So I'm waiting on a price drop.
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I'm also interested in the Key2...but that price is rather high. Good price on the KeyOne though.

Do we know how much longer the KeyOne will be getting security updates from BB? Might worth getting n-1 instead of the latest & greatest.
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How does the KeyOne compare to the Key2 LE, in terms of performance and battery life?
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For my work, I had both the KeyOne and KeyTwo to try out. Battery life on both was better than my Sony Z5 or Samsung S7 (unless extreme power saving is enabled).

The fact that both have the Snapdragon 6xx CPU, means you aren't going to be draining your phone quick. Honestly, I would use either over my current Sony Z5 which has given me nothing but trouble (Snapdragon 810 flop).

They both felt good in my hand, the KeyTwo better, and the keyboard was nice. It also had some Blackberry Android features that were good for privacy reasons.

I don't know anything about updates, as I only had them as loaners, but I think the Key3 is also coming out soon. Either way, for a regular user, or even for a corporate environment, these phones are great and waaaaay better battery life than normal android phones. Oh, and I think both had FM radio, can't remember...need more coffee.
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juniorkid wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 2:20 pm
For my work, I had both the KeyOne and KeyTwo to try out. Battery life on both was better than my Sony Z5 or Samsung S7 (unless extreme power saving is enabled).

The fact that both have the Snapdragon 6xx CPU, means you aren't going to be draining your phone quick. Honestly, I would use either over my current Sony Z5 which has given me nothing but trouble (Snapdragon 810 flop).

They both felt good in my hand, the KeyTwo better, and the keyboard was nice. It also had some Blackberry Android features that were good for privacy reasons.

I don't know anything about updates, as I only had them as loaners, but I think the Key3 is also coming out soon. Either way, for a regular user, or even for a corporate environment, these phones are great and waaaaay better battery life than normal android phones. Oh, and I think both had FM radio, can't remember...need more coffee.
I heard that the Key3 is not very soon. They just announced the Key2 Red edition, so people are assuming that will be it for a bit.
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Could maybe use the $30 off of $250 or more online or 10% off in-store purchase coupon that was emailed out this morning.

But i have yet to read what conditions/exclusions apply.
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For $60 more... churn a KEY2 LE at Koodo, I'd say.

More memory, more recent SoC, the KEYone has a 625 like a Xiaomi A1. Unless you really want the touch-sensitive keyboard, which the LE lacks. The extra GB of memory really makes a difference and really shows once you had the phone for a bit. BlackBerry's software tend to be leaky with memory over time and especially struggle with only 3GB, with noticeable slowdowns.

Now if only they drop the Black Edition with 4GB/64GB to this price range...
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Miss my Z30, best phone I ever had. Had to switch due to the lack of app support like Whatsapp, but I miss the Hub. Heard there's a Hub implementation on the KeyOne.

Got that $30 off $250 coupon as well. Man, how do I explain another phone to my wife?
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I already own a Key2 and had the silver KeyOne before that (it's back in its box and in storage now), but upvoting this thread 'cause I love these phones. Some of the best smartphones I've ever used.
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PapaQBear wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 2:49 pm
Miss my Z30, best phone I ever had. Had to switch due to the lack of app support like Whatsapp, but I miss the Hub. Heard there's a Hub implementation on the KeyOne.

Got that $30 off $250 coupon as well. Man, how do I explain another phone to my wife?
There is a Hub. It's a blackberry software feature that they include. https://crackberry.com/how-to-hub-blackberry-keyone
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juniorkid wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 2:58 pm
There is a Hub. It's a blackberry software feature that they include. https://crackberry.com/how-to-hub-blackberry-keyone
Android Hub and BB10 Hub aren't exactly the same, it's more of an unified inbox than a "Hub" since it cannot integrate third party support too tightly. It's more of a notification collector rather. In the latest version they even pulled Call Log and SMS support due to Android API changes.
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PapaQBear wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 2:49 pm
Miss my Z30, best phone I ever had. Had to switch due to the lack of app support like Whatsapp, but I miss the Hub. Heard there's a Hub implementation on the KeyOne.

Got that $30 off $250 coupon as well. Man, how do I explain another phone to my wife?
I have a Motion, the successor from my Z30. The Hub is fine on Android. It works well, but is not as awesome as the baked in Hub on BB10. I use the Hub for all my emails. But not for SMS or other instant messaging. But I did that same thing on my Z30.
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For those interested, I had been watching these phones on Amazon too:
KeyOne at $329.99
KeyOne Black at $399.99
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Skilas wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 3:11 pm
For those interested, I had been watching these phones on Amazon too:
KeyOne at $329.99
KeyOne Black at $399.99
The Black one is not sold by Amazon, so in all likelihood it's a parallel imported model from Asia. Most obvious would be it'll come with a UK style plug since it'll be from Hong Kong. Not a huge issue since the band model is actually identical, just be careful of warranty issues.

EDIT: and that price is gone, now back to sold by Amazon for $575.
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PapaQBear wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2019 2:49 pm
Miss my Z30, best phone I ever had. Had to switch due to the lack of app support like Whatsapp, but I miss the Hub. Heard there's a Hub implementation on the KeyOne.

Got that $30 off $250 coupon as well. Man, how do I explain another phone to my wife?

I use HUB on my Samsung, its on the play store for free.

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