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Last year I was stunned by just how much I loved using the BlackBerry Key2 và its physical keyboard. This year I’m checking out its little sibling—the Key2 LE—to lớn see if it’s a cheaper way khổng lồ get your hands on a BlackBerry device in 2019. 

The base Model of the LE clocks in at $399, while the entry màn chơi of the standard Key2 starts at $649. Luckily BlackBerry didn’t cut too many corners in order lớn get the price down, making the Key2 LE a very viable alternative sầu if your thumbs are craving some tactile keyboard action. 

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The BlackBerry name và biểu tượng logo still conjure up good vibes.

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The main differences between the Key2 và the Key2 LE

Before we get to how these two phones are similar, let’s go over how they differ. In order lớn shave $250 off the MSRP BlackBerry had to make some sacrifices, mostly on the horsepower inside. Here are the main distinctions.

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Key2 LE (left) & Key2 (right)

Inside the LE is a Snapdragon 636, vs. a Snaprồng 660 in the standard Key2. The LE also has only 4GB of RAM, vs. the Key2’s 6GB.

The standard Key2 was already slower than the flagships of the world, though not enough khổng lồ impact day-to-day usage seriously. But the impact on the LE was noticeable. The phone seemed sluggish. I was getting daily Android notifications stating that the device was low on memory. At its worst switching lớn apps was slow, loading apps took more time, & system-level tasks lượt thích loading the camera from sleep took their own sweet time. I’m probably more of a power user than most, but all these hangups slowed me down and made me feel less productive sầu.

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Key2 LE (left) và Key2 (right)

I was just as worried about battery life on the LE, which houses a 3,000mAh battery vs. the full Key2’s 3,500mAh battery. I get battery anxiety like no other, and I will always take a bigger battery. Luckily the full Key2’s battery life was stupendous, so the drop in kích cỡ still left me in a good place. The LE easily lasted me every day.

There are other differences between the two phones, but nothing that would sway a decision unless you must have an aluminium build or a funky red color. But let’s be honest, we’re only here for one thing—the keyboard.

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Similar in so many ways

So the main reason you are even interested in getting a BlackBerry device in 2019 is that sweet, sweet keyboard. I’m happy to lớn say the keyboard experience on the Key2 LE is just as good, if not better than it is on the more expensive sầu version. BETTER? How could the cheaper version be better?!?

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Well, the keyboard is exactly the same in almost every way. The backlighting, the spacing, the fingerprint sensor—it’s all the same. But Blackberry needed to lớn save sầu some money on the LE, so they took out one feature: capacitive touch.

I don’t miss it. While in theory it was cool khổng lồ use the keyboard lượt thích a trackpad, in practice it never felt right. For example, during normal typing I would find myself accidentally swiping the wrong way, which triggers mặc định shortcuts like unvị. Sometimes the cursor would jump lớn a different spot in the sentence, throwing me off. But at the kết thúc of the day it just never felt good khổng lồ slide my thumb across the uneven buttons.

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What about the screen, is it different? Does it still have sầu a tai nghe jack? Will the LE not get Android 9.0? Rest assured, in almost every other way these phones are very similar.

Should you buy a Key2 or Key2 LE?

BlackBerry is trying khổng lồ keep the experience similar across the different price points, và at $250 cheaper the Key2 LE doesn’t cut as many corners as I thought it would. Unfortunately the cut corners were in processing power, which did affect my day-to-day usage.

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If you can afford the standard Key2 you should definitely go for that and not look baông xã. But if your budget is tight và you really, really want khổng lồ use a physical keyboard, just know that the Key2 LE will be limited in performance. I’m still happy that BlackBerry is making a comeback and hope lớn see a Key3 sometime soon!

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