[Amazon.ca] BlackBerry KEYone (Silver) Unlocked $339.99 w/ Amazon OR Black Edition $398.86 w/ Amazon Third-Party
- Deal Link:
- Amazon Canada
- [Nov. 27 - Morning] Price keeps fluctuating... It jumped back up to the original $619.64 price for a bit earlier this morning.
- [Nov. 27 - Afternoon] It's at $419.72, but by a third-party seller that's fulfilled by Amazon [LINK DELETED]. That same seller is also selling the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for $409.72 [LINK DELETED].
- [Nov. 29 - Morning] That same third-party seller, Wireless Experts Inc., now has the original Silver listed at $307.72 [LINK DELETED].
- [Dec. 02 - Morning] The original Silver appears to be sold out from Wireless Experts, but the price of the Black Edition has dropped a bit to $398.86 [LINK DELETED].
- [Dec. 05 - Morning] Looks like the stock from Wireless Experts Inc. are sold out, and their listings are down; however, with reports of them possibly having some shady practices -- for the Black Edition stock, at least -- the links to their listing have been removed from the post.
Amazon.ca is selling the BlackBerry KEYone (original silver) for $339.99 outright.
Not sure if it's been lower at other retailers that sell it (or if people will even consider this price low enough to be "good"... lol), but this is the lowest I've seen it go on Amazon. And who knows, maybe someone here on RFD would want one.
Getting the easy jab out of the way first:
- Yes, it's a BlackBerry...
But it's a pretty good Android device, especially for those that still like to use a physical keyboard. Sure, it's not the new Key2 or even the "Black Edition" KEYone, but this original "silver" KEYone still gets the job done.
I got one not long after it first came out to use a "complimentary/work" device alongside a Galaxy Note because I still type faster on a physical BlackBerry keyboard than I do touchscreen, but I ended up using it as a primary device a lot more than I thought I would.
- Released: 2017
- SIM: Nano-SIM
- Screen size: 4.5"
- Resolution: 1080 x 1620 (434 ppi)
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
- CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno 506
- RAM: 3 GB
- Internal storage: 32 GB
- Expandable storage: Up to 256 GB
- Rear / front camera: 12 MP / 8 MP
- Battery: 3500 mAh
Amazon's product notes:
- Smart keyboard with touch navigation, flick typing for faster predictive text, customizable shortcuts and embedded fingerprint sensor. Nano Sim
- Anodized aluminum casing and textured soft touch grip with impact-resistant frame with stunning 4.5-inch touch screen display with Corning Gorilla glass 4 protection
- All day power with 3505Mah battery with quick charge 3.0, charging 50% in just 36 minutes; powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with faster LTE for Super-fast file sharing
- 100% Android with latest Android nougat OS with access to over a million apps and services from Google play. Long-lasting battery life
- 12MP (1.55Μm large pixel) rear Camera with great low light photos and industry leading Sony IMX378 sensor
My random thoughts:
- Updated to Android 8.1 "Oreo" for me.
- Feels "snappier" than I thought it would be for something that's considered a "mid-range" smartphone.
- Solid battery life based on moderate usage.
- Fingerprint sensor is quick for unlocking the device.
- Programming quick launches on the physical keyboard is useful.
- The "Convenience" key on the side to quick launch whatever app you want is, well, convenient.
- I'm still a fan of the BlackBerry Hub (even though it was better on the old BB10 OS).
- The "Word Substitution" feature was great with the old BlackBerry OS, and it still works well here with Android.