05/05/2017

BlackBerry KEYone 

BlackBerry Keyone

The BlackBerry KEYone Came out in the UK on the 4th May 2017, and I have had one as my every day driver since.

Design: 
The BlackBerry KEYone has a metal rim which makes the phone feel weighty and well made, the back is textured rubber, which stops the phone from slipping out of your hand, something a lot of other manufactures forget. The keyboard is positioned at the bottom of a large 4.5-inch screen (1080x1620). The keyboard is self feels great to use and has the iconic BlackBerry sound when you depress a key. Hidden in the Keyboard is a scroll pad, allowing you to scroll up, down, left and right and will automatically change on screen orientation, also hidden in the spacebar is a finger print reader that has to be the fastest I have used, unlocking so fast that I sometimes don’t realize that I have unlocked it.

Functionality: 
The Blackberry KEYone is positioned to take over any other device in the business sector, so Blackberry have changed their strategies to compete against rival manufactures, taking on Android as their OS and incorporation all the usual BlackBerry software. The Blackberry Hub is where you will find all your correspondence for your work social life messaging etc.… I think they have done an amazing job creating a singular space that is easy to use, and also hit the nail on the head in terms of use, it is customizable so you have the information you need when you want it.

Hardware:
The BlackBerry KEYone isn’t shy with its hardware specs: 
Screen: IPS LCD Capacitive Touch 1080x1620 433 ppi Pixel Density 
CPU: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 
GPU: Adreno 506 
RAM: 3GB 
Memory: 32GB Internal and External Capacity of 256GB 
Camera: 12MP Back and 8MP Front 
Battery: 3505 mAh 

Conclusion:
BlackBerry have created a device to bridge the world of work and play, offering ample battery to get you through the day and to still last through the night. The camera takes great picture’s that are crisp and clear and not over saturated. Call quality is as with other Blackberry’s amazing. The only down side is the sound quality from headphones, is muggy and flat, this could be easily fixed with an update. 

The BlackBerry KEYone retails in the UK for: £499 
or you can get it on contract with us.  
   

27/04/2017

Samsung S8

BlackBerry Keyone

The Samsung S8 came out in the UK on the 27th April 2017, it’s got the looks and the curves, but how does it perform?

Design: 
The Samsung S8 has the same looks as the S7 Edge, and side by side you would struggle to tell the difference. Samsung have moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone, but next to the camera making it hard to reach. The almost all glass design feels great in the hand, but I would recommend putting a case on as it will be prone to smashing. The super AMOLED touch screen dominates the front, with its edge to edge display, popping colours, and a resolution of 1440 x 2960.

Functionality: 
The Samsung S8 comes with Touchwiz, Samsung’s own Android interface, it is easy to navigate and use but lacks some features from other phone manufactures Interfaces (HTC). The Samsung S8 has an impressive 5.8-inch screen which makes it great for media consumption, and gaming, as for work / Business (As with most other Android Phones) the built-in email client and calendar a far from great, but you can always download another one from the app store. The Phone is snappy and fast even when you leave all the apps running in the background. The Camera is second to none, Samsung have always made great camera sensors, and this one is no different, taking great pictures.

Hardware:
Screen: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 5.8-inch 1440 x 2960 570 ppi pixel density 
CPU: Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz) – EMEA
GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA 
RAM: 4GB 
Memory: 64GB Internal and External Capacity of 256GB 
Camera: 12MP Back and 8MP Front 
Battery: 3000 mAh 

Conclusion:
The Samsung S8 is a great looking phone but doesn’t push the envelope out in terms of design. The fingerprint reader is almost unusable due to its location. The battery life is not great either, and for a device designed for media and gaming you will find yourself having to charge it once to twice daily. |I feel the Samsung S7 Edge is still a better phone than the S8, even being over a year older, but on a plus note there have been no reports of the Samsung S8 catching fire, always a good thing for Samsung.

The Samsung S8 Retails in the UK for: £689 
or on contract with us.