Most reviews I have read of the BlackBerry KEYone, make sure to check out Jason Cipriani's full review, state that the device is best for those who still like physical keyboards. After using the BlackBerry KEYone for the past five days, even if you never used a physical QWERTY on a phone you should still consider this device for an enhanced experience in efficiency.
You can pickup your own BlackBerry KEYone today and if you are still not sure if it is for you then I recommend you visit a Best Buy store to try one out for yourself. It is unlikely that you will be able to enter text faster on just a QWERTY keyboard when compared to a big software keyboard on a touch screen slab. However, combined with BlackBerry's suggested words you may be surprised how fast you can become after a few days of consistent use.
The real eye-opener for me, in regards to the QWERTY keyboard, was what else you can do with the keyboard to significantly increase your productivity and efficiency with a smartphone. Beyond text entry, you can also use the physical QWERTY keyboard for the following:
As you can see, there is so much more you can do with the QWERTY keyboard than just entering text. I highly recommend you take advantage of the productivity options BlackBerry provides in the KEYone.
After five days, I have just over 20 home screen keyboard shortcuts setup and plan to spend time going through and adding even more. The predefined shortcuts are excellent and the issue for me changes to what I can remember rather than what I setup.
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