Stay productive on the go with Blackberry's business-focused smartphones.
Fast Blackberry phone facts
- Blackberry pioneered the concept of the productivity-focused smartphone back in the early 2000s by spearheading the integration of email and web browsing in mobile devices.
- Even as the iPhone popularised the touch-only interface, Blackberry continued to incorporate full QWERTY keyboards and trackballs into its smartphones.
- In 2016, Blackberry stopped building its own phones and struck up a licensing agreement with TCL to keep the brand alive. All Blackberry phones released for the global market since February 2017 have been built and designed by TCL.
At the height of their popularity, Blackberry smartphones primarily targeted business people and focused on providing tools for working on the go. Nowadays, Blackberry has broadened its scope to offer the kinds of features expected of the average smartphone, including ditching its proprietary operating system for Android and the millions of apps that support it.
That's not to say that Blackberry has completely abandoned its emphasis on productivity. Its phones are still pitched as professional devices that prioritise security and functionality above all else. As such, determining whether a Blackberry handset is right for you requires weighing up a variety of factors, the most critical of which we've listed below:
Which Blackberry phone is best?
Simply put, no Blackberry phone is out-and-out "the best" because there are too many different types of phone users to pick a single handset ideal for each and every one of them. Finding the smartphone that's right for you involves numerous considerations, which is why we've listed some of the most important above.
That said, we've spent many years reviewing smartphones here at finder, and we believe this places us in a strong position to recommend the Blackberry handset we see as the cream of the crop. Just keep in mind that our recommendation is based on our own experience and may not be the best fit for your specific needs.
The best Blackberry in years
The KeyONE updates the classic Blackberry design for the modern smartphone era while still retaining the productivity focus that made Blackberry so popular in the first place.
After vanishing into the ether during the age of the iPhone and failing to rekindle its success with its reworked Android phones, Blackberry finally found its stride with the Blackberry KeyONE. Sure, it's not going to knock Apple out of the spotlight any time soon, but for people in the fast-paced business world looking for a phone designed to keep them productive on the go, the KeyONE is a compelling choice. Not only does it pack Blackberry's iconic physical keyboard and a long-lasting battery, its price has dropped significantly since it launched in 2017 and can now be snapped up for hundreds of dollars less than its original RRP.
Read our full review of the Blackberry KeyONE here
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