BlackBerry DTEK60 Review: Secure Android goes high-end

The very fact the BlackBerry DTEK60 even exists might seem like a Catch-22. When a company announces it’s stopping all in-house hardware design, the launch of a new smartphone might appear a little awkward.

Of course, the DTEK60 follows in the footsteps of its smaller sibling, the DTEK50, in that neither was designed by BlackBerry. And yet, this phone feels like it’s one of the best to bear the company’s logo, thanks to a stylish form factor and solid performance.

Where the DTEK50 was positioned as a harbinger of BlackBerry’s focus on software and security, the DTEK60 maintains that narrative, while adding more context to who the device would actually be ideal for. Should it come as any surprise that enterprise and business users are tops on the list? This phone can really work for anyone looking for Android with BlackBerry flavouring, but in a crowded mid-range market, where does it stand out?

Specs

  • Android 6.0.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz + 1.6Ghz Quad-core, 64-bit processor
  • 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi AMOLED
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, MicroSD expandable up to 2TB
  • 21MP LED flash, 4K video recording
  • 8MP front-facing camera with flash
  • Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall Effect, Fingerprint Sensor
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0
  • 154mm x 75mm x 6.9mm
  • Colour options: Black
  • Weight: 165 grams
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)
  • LTE: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12,17, 20, 29, 30. GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Big and shiny

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The DTEK60 is effectively an iteration of its smaller sibling, more from a physical perspective than a software one. Chinese manufacturer TCL helped design and build the unit for BlackBerry, affirming the latter’s abandonment of bottom-up hardware design.

It doesn’t take long to notice this phone has an air of elegance to it. Glass on the front and back, with metal edges fusing the two sides, the 5.5-inch AMOLED display serves to accentuate the look and feel of the device. I noted this when showing people the phone. Most were surprised to see the BlackBerry logo, confused as to the what, when and why of the handset. While clearly anecdotal, such is the current state of the company’s brand that newer hardware, however pretty it looks, is viewed with equal parts curiosity and scrutiny.

In truth, the company’s focus here is more on the software experience because that is where BlackBerry feels it offers a difference. This was the same narrative that encapsulated the DTEK50, which was dubbed “the world’s most secure Android phone.” The DTEK60 is essentially another physical iteration of that same paradigm, especially when it doesn’t come with an enhanced software suite to take things to the next level.

That’s why it’s hard not to look closer at the hardware specs when they can impact performance. The Snapdragon 820 chipset may be considered ‘old’ in six months, but is still more than viable right now. The 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, fingerprint sensor, quick charging, and other features put this phone very much in line with others in its class. A 21-megapixel image sensor suggests something significant, but we’ll get to that later.

One design piece that feels like a carryover from the DTEK50 is the convenience key on the side in the middle for quickly launching a preset app or task. I observed almost everyone I handed the DTEK60 to assuming it was the power button — just as had happened with the previous model. It’s entirely customizable and can be a great shortcut for the most oft-used feature.

It’s no secret BlackBerry would be eyeing fleets and enterprises with this device, continuing the same focus from the DTEK50. Even as a consumer, though, the DTEK60 is competitive, and may be worth a look. It feels nice to hold, despite the back being a fingerprint magnet, and sports a display on par with some of the best I’ve seen this year.

Software lockdown

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By sticking to the same narrative with the DTEK60, BlackBerry isn’t unveiling any major surprises here. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when consistency can work in the company’s favour. The problem is it’s touting extra security that isn’t patently obvious to every user. Unlike computers, where many have been hit by viruses at some point, the same experience hasn’t befallen them on their smartphones.

That’s not to say BlackBerry is echoing an empty message, only that it isn’t loud enough in making a case for its devices. Criticism over the company’s marketing is sometimes warranted, other times unfair, but the point is that the DTEK security app is the software face of this device.

Seeing a solid level of security may not always feel solid. How many consumers get excited over anti-virus software on a computer? Apple has benefitted from a reputation for Macs not being infected with malware, as true as that may or may not be. Incidentally, BlackBerry already has a reputation for mobile security, particularly on the software side. Even U.S. President Barack Obama was using a BlackBerry until this summer.

What the DTEK app does best is articulate how and when app permissions are in play. For those accustomed to blindly tapping Yes to an app accessing anything from location to contacts, it’s worth going into DTEK’s Apps and Permissions section to examine how deep those ties go.

In running the same version of Android Marshmallow as the DTEK50, there is no real difference. An update to 7.0 Nougat is confirmed for both phones, so some of the useful features introduced will eventually make their way over. Of course, BlackBerry’s software suite of apps is always something that floats on top of a fairly stock version of Android. While preloaded, BlackBerry’s apps are elective, so you can remove the ones you don’t want, and there’s no real overlay altering the operating system, which should bode well for however long updates keep the phone current.

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That software suite is largely what’s being marketed here. BlackBerry Hub remains one of the best overall email and messaging aggregators I’ve used on Android to date. It’s still not on the same level as what BlackBerry 10 users enjoy, but it’s well worth embracing on the DTEK60.

On the previous device, BlackBerry had launched Hub+, a software suite that is free on BlackBerry Android devices. It is free for 30 days on non-BlackBerry devices, then costing $0.99 per month afterward to remove the ads. It includes the Hub, Calendar, Password Keeper, Device Search, Tasks and Launcher. There’s nothing to download because all of them are already preloaded on the DTEK60.

I’ve also always been a fan of the BlackBerry Keyboard, which I hope will be made available on Google Play eventually. The Productivity Tab on the side hasn’t been my cup of tea, however. It’s fine that it’s there, but maybe because I’m not beholden to a calendar all the time, I don’t derive as much value from it.

Consistent performance

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What makes the DTEK60 feel like it flows smoothly is the hardware. At no point did I ever feel like it started to crawl or eek out a task. The fingerprint sensor in the back is pretty responsive, but a little smaller in diameter than it should be.

The convenience key on the side is, well, convenient for whatever you want it to be. By default, it isn’t assigned, and I could choose a shortcut to a specific task or app. I wouldn’t mind seeing this adapted to do a different shortcut with a double-press. Maybe someday.

The front stereo speakers are good, but not great, at least as it pertains to actual volume. They’re clear, yet surprisingly low at full blast. Talking to someone on speaker can sometimes be affected by it, though it is offset by the superb call quality on both ends.

At 3,000mAh, the battery isn’t sizeable in comparison to others, but still held up well during moderate daily usage. I managed about 30 hours per charge with a reasonable mix of calling, messaging, browsing and music streaming. Quick charging helps top up faster, so it’s not a total loss if the battery hits a critical low.

Camera

Mobile photography has never been a strong suit for BlackBerry. With each successive launch, I have always come away feeling like something was missing. Now that the company is using someone else’s hardware, it’s a bit different. It would be easy to say that BlackBerry could’ve opted for a different image sensor or lens to put the camera into elite territory, but what is in the DTEK60 isn’t pedestrian, either.

BlackBerry didn’t change its camera software, so the manual mode it added before is back again. Using it helps a great deal where auto might crank up the ISO in tougher low-light situations or lower the shutter speed too much in brighter settings. The 21-megapixel image sensor sounds big, but it doesn’t mean very much as far as composition goes.

Images turn out decently in most scenarios. I just wouldn’t expect anything ground-breaking or surprising. HDR is on by default, saturating brighter colours a little too much in bright light. Otherwise, colours desaturate in bright indoor settings, maintaining a common theme I’ve noticed with BlackBerry’s camera software. Given I had the time, I would shoot in manual as often as I could. Results turn out better in most cases.

Those interested in selfies will like the 8-megapixel front-facing camera with included LED flash for those late night moments where lighting is always at a premium.

The DTEK60 can shoot 4K video at either 30fps or 24fps. Nothing exceptional in either case, but it is nice to have that option, nonetheless.

Wrap up

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The Priv was BlackBerry’s last hurrah for in-house hardware design, and it seems somewhat surreal that the DTEK60 — a device it didn’t build at all — is its best touchscreen phone to date.

At $650 outright and unlocked, it’s in the upper mid-range, and a tougher sell considering what else could be had in and around that price. Still, there is an opportunity, what with the Pixel phones being more expensive, and Samsung’s failure with the Note 7. As of this review, carrier partners haven’t been announced, so there’s no word yet on whether the phone will be available on contract. Getting it unlocked at full price is a better option anyway, so that’s not a bad thing. That it is close to stock Android and will get updates from at least Nougat onward is better than some other Android mid-rangers have to offer.

The issue is that the market it’s in is already fairly crowded, and consumers still associate quality and longevity with the more expensive premium flagships. Like any BlackBerry hardware that comes to market, this phone shouldn’t be viewed in existential terms relating to the company’s health. It’s no saviour, and shouldn’t be viewed as such.

It’s just a solid Android device that performs well for the asking price.

Pros

  • Security focused
  • Better specs than the DTEK50
  • Nougat is guaranteed in a future update

Cons

  • Expensive
  • There are other, similar specced smartphones out there

Comments

  • AKDISQUS

    Pricey? Compared to new Google Pixel, phone has better specs and cost is cheaper.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      I agree – similar specs to both the Pixel and S7 but much less $$. I actually think it’s a bit of a bargain. We are also only paying 30% more than the US. Exchange rate is almost 40% right now.

    • Nate650

      Not all the specs are better, but overall, the specs are very similar. The DTEK60 is clearly the better value though. If BlackBerry had not promised timely security and OS updates, I would not say that. Those updates they promised have been right on track by the way. The biggest negative of this phone is that it doesn’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint.

    • Mo Dabbas

      I think he means compared to similar phones like the Axon 7 and OnePlus 3. After all it’s a phone based on a chinese maker (don’t recall which one). If blackberry keeps the phone updated for at least 2 years then I think it would be worth the money compared to the other chinese makers that never guarantee updates.

    • Ali F.

      Everything is made in china. Just take off everything on you labeled “Made in China” and you will be wandering in the streets naked. iPhone in Shenzhen China, Sony in many countries including India, china, Moto in USA and China. So please, stop referring to China made as if it is cheap.

    • IgnoranceIsBliss

      Yeah, I don’t get the price complaint either as all the comparable phones from LG, Samsung, Sony, Google, and Motorola are more expensive. The only ones cheaper are the OnePlus 3 and the Axon 7 (and maybe some smaller, more risky brands). Don’t get me wrong, $600 would be a much better price but even at $650 you are still spending less than you would on most of the others.

    • AKDISQUS

      Not to mention they throwing in rapid charger and cover with the phone on blackberry shop. So it’s a good deal compared to other high end phones.

    • WaterLover

      Are they comparable? LOL. Nope.

  • Eric King

    Definitely interested. Waiting patiently to see if Blackberry holds some Black Friday deals on their website.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Don’t worry. It’ll be offered up with free accessories or a discount within 3 months before ending up at the bargain bin at Staples by next summer.

    • Rev0lver

      Anton commenting continuously on a blackberry article. My mind is blown. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29666e6c57cf678f95118af7d3fd4a537303bb098940c22f9fc900c2c1ec052a.gif

    • Chug that haterade

      I know right… certain posters claim to have no interest in BlackBerry devices or the company yet show up on each and every BlackBerry article like clockwork.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Great phone – 2 reasons it sadly won’t sell big numbers

    1. No carrier support means no $99 or $199 DTEK60 with a 2 year contract
    2. People still think Blackberries are on BBOS and not on Android

    • The Iceman Cometh

      The latter part because the monumentally suck at marketing and still expect to sell these in droves. Not too sure what kind of thinking is going on in Waterloo but its obvious arrogance and hubris remains a hallmark of their mentality.

    • Chug that haterade

      I’m curious where BlackBerry has said they expected to “sell these in droves”?

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Tell me why is any company in business huh? To make money right? In order to do that they have to sell these in sufficient numbers to justify it and that means more than a few hundred thousand a quarter.

      The need to sell these in the millions to realize any serious monetary gain no matter what their manufacturing arrangements are. Do you understand any of this? I doubt it.

    • Chug that haterade

      Obvious they need to sell product.. why else would they create something? Certainly not to sit in warehouses collecting dust. My point was that you are IMPLYING that BlackBerry is expecting to sell these “in droves” when their actual sales target may be much lower than you THINK is needed to be profitable.

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      You are absolutely correct on number 2. Few friends I know switched to iPhone recently because they cannot stand BBOS anymore. They wouldn’t mind if it runs on Android. Due to poor BB marketing, they missed out on two phone sales right there!

  • fred

    Other than taking RIM’s word, how do you know the phone is secure?

    • The Iceman Cometh

      We don’t really and that’s the ridiculous part here. Fact is BB has little control over the development of the OS here and so layering on a few apps like DTEK and the inability to root the phone may seem like the ultimate in security but the fact remains its just as prone to malware as any other device out there.
      The security card is all this company has left to play and they aren’t very good even at that thanks to piss poor marketing and failure to communicate just what exactly this is beyond another stock Android device out there carrying a brand name very heavily damaged.

    • fred

      Honestly I would consider a stock Nexus/Pixel device with more up to date OS to be more secure (less vulnerable) than any Blackberry device but this is especially true for their Android series.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Especially when this company puts no effort into marketing the stuff which leaves a lot of questions unanswered about how much they really believe in what they’re selling.

    • John Jones

      People who need BlackBerry security know where to find them

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Oh yeah that’s really worked well for them hasn’t it? Man you’re dumb.

    • Chug that haterade

      So they don’t want to spend money on marketing…

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Then don’t try to sell a product when public awareness is near non-existent. You’re nothing but an apologist here and a lame one at that.

    • Chug that haterade

      I never said they shouldn’t market their products and I’ve previously expressed my disappointment with their (lack of) marketing…

    • Blackberry is one of the best Android vendors in terms of pushing security updates, often faster than Google themselves.

    • fred

      Somehow I doubt it. They still lag on old OS versions.

    • Twice now BlackBerry has beat the Nexus with updates. Once on a monthly security patch issued by Google. Another on the Quadrooter exploit, the last of 4 exploits to be patched, Google waited nearly a month to push out with the next monthly update. BlackBerry pushed it out the moment it was available.

      History now shows BlackBerry is consistently the fastest phone to receive security updates.

    • fred

      so on 2 updates blackberry was faster. On the other hundred or so, Google is still faster.

    • Valentino

      Correction, on the other ‘hundred’, Google has tied BlackBerry with speed of monthly security updates

    • Valentino

      So because the Pixel is newer, with a newer OS, they are automatically more secure? You are aware that the pixel was just hacked by a team of Chinese hackers within record time, using a remote exploit?
      You do realize BlackBerry’s android phones (along with all other phones) haven never been hacked, correct? Unless of course, you have something stating they have been hacked or compromised to share with us?

    • fred

      Never hacked? If true it’s only because nobody cares about Blackberry anymore so nobody even try.

    • Only issue with your statement, BlackBerry is a high value target. If you have an exploit on a BlackBerry devices you could sell it for a lot of money on the black market. Do you know the demand on the black market for a BlackBerry hack? this is what should tell you how secure it is! If hacks were plentiful like they are with Apple or Android they are worth less because there are so many.

    • fred

      Blackberry as a whole? Maybe. The Priv or the DTEK50? Not so much. Nobody bought their devices. So there is no value in hacking them.

    • It depends if these devices were used by high value targets.It has nothing to do with the amount sold ever. if there are high value targets using them its makes it worth while for people to hack them.

      Your reasoning is this:
      A 1971 Ford Pinto is worthless and no one would ever steal it or break into it because only a 1000 were sold, no one wants it or bought it! So if no one ever stole a Pinto Ford could claim “We have the most secure car ever” and you would say well that’s only because no one wants them. I would agree that there is no way you can prove its secure because its not a high value target in any way. Why would any one even spend the time to find a way to pick their locks or disable their car security system!?!

      Now put Government secrets in that cars front seat, all of a sudden then value of that target has changed and it would not matter if only 1 person had bought that car it would now be worth a lot knowing how to break into the car to get access to its contents.

      So if 2 people bought a DTEK 50 that was a high value target it would make hacking the device worth it! But I do agree that Priv and DTEK50/60 are android and are not the same as the Good old hardened BB10 OS! To say that the BlackBerry Android OS is as secure as the BlackBerry 10 OS would be a false statement, they are separate OSs and just because one is secure does not mean the other is secure just by the virtue of the same company doing the security. But what BlackBerry has earned is reputation of being secure and knowing what they are doing in the security field. I would trust a 20 year experienced team with track record any day then a 10 year old team with a horrible track record. BlackBerry has earned the respect of being a secure device, this does not mean it is but they have shown they are capable of doing it! Only time will tell when it comes to security!

    • fred

      Are there really high value targets using Blackberry android devices? I doubt it.

    • That i could not tell you, but even if there is one it makes it worth it!

    • fred

      Or maybe not. Maybe there is none. With their poor sales I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • And to add one more thing to this, there is also the factor of people saying they are secure makes hackers want to prove them wrong!

    • Valentino

      The way for hackers to build a name for themselves is to hack the unthinkable. For a company to offer security as one of their pillars of strength, blackberry is more than likely one target for hackers to go after. It’s one of the things blackberry does well. Why wouldn’t a hacker want to try and crack a blackberry?

      But go ahead and think no one is interested…

    • fred

      The problem is that nobody hears about blackberry anymore, not even the hackers. Mobilesyrup continue as it’s a canadian company but the rest of the world has moved on.

    • Valentino

      This is laughable at best. Blackberry has been in the news alot. Even if there was a remote possibility that you and I haven’t heard that blackberry was still in the phone business, hackers will know. Hackers are part of a culture that extends way beyond what the average consumer knows as public knowledge. Don’t kid yourself, you sound more uneducated as the topic progresses

    • fred

      they’ve been in the financial news a lot in Canada because they are a Canadian company. World-wide, nobody cares anymore.
      All news about Blackberry are how they lost market share and revenues.

    • Graham Fluet

      Ah, but this phone will get monthly software updates on time, same with the Priv and DTEK50. Even Motorola backed out of that promise – which was a major factor in my buying a X Play 🙁

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Those monthly updates are a gimmick. Again, nothing more than another tactic to give the impression they’re so up on a ‘secure’ experience when there is absolutely nothing out there to buttress that argument beyond corporate propaganda.

    • Graham Fluet

      *Security* updates as a gimmick? On a Linux derivative? Are you mental? Even the iPhone gets more consistent updates than 95% of Android devices.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      iPhone doesn’t get ‘monthly updates’ It gets updates whenever Apple deems it necessary and that’s the point of my comment. Blackberry is shilling the idea of ‘monthly updates’ when in fact there is no evidence it has any impact whatsoever. And what about those other phones that don’t get updates out there every month huh? I don’t see the sky falling there.

      It’s a gimmick pal. A sales tactic and nothing more.

    • Valentino

      “iPhone doesn’t get ‘monthly updates’ It gets updates whenever Apple deems it necessary…”. Just to illustrate my point, Apple has been hacked and compromised, just look at when Apple wouldn’t co-operate with the FBI, they then turned to a firm who hacked that same iPhone, so Apple’s approach doesn’t seem to shine now, does it?
      Funny, you also compare BlackBerry’s security approach to those not committed to security. So I’m supposed to think that’s a good comparison as to why monthly updates are a gimmick? Just because other OEM’s don’t put an emphasis on security, doesn’t mean BlackBerry shouldn’t. Again, just grasping at straws, aren’t you?

    • Yes. He’s mental.

    • John Jones

      Since when is security a tactic?

    • Chug that haterade

      He claims BlackBerry’s security position is nothing but fluff… even though you don’t see news about BlackBerry devices getting hacked like you do this:

      “The PwnFest event in Seoul saw heavyweights Google Pixel and Apple Safari dropped quickly by Chinese hackers.”

    • The Iceman Cometh

      When sales are faltering and there isn’t any other angle left to promote the product. That’s when.

    • Chug that haterade

      If sales are faltering and they need to promote the product, wouldn’t marketing be the best approach?

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      You should have asked that back in 2008……

    • Chug that haterade

      Why would I have asked that in 2008? BlackBerry handset sales were doubling YOY up until around 2012?

    • Valentino

      So if they’re just a gimmick, so must also be the case for all other androids then because security updates are provided by Google.

    • BlackBerry has a forked version of Android that is 99% open source (some things are closed source and are modules you just use) So BlackBerry has complete control to change the entire OS to their whim. There is no way to know if they have made changes or not. The fact that there is an App is just a consumer facing thing and has nothing to do with the changes they have claimed to make under the hood. To be honest I trust the word of a company that has been doing security before most of us even knew what it was. They have no reason to lie and like the article said its not like it influences people to buy it. BlackBerry works closely with a team at Google to tell them of security issues. Till google fixes them BlackBerry keeps them fixed in their fork version of the OS. If you believe they are insecure then burden of proof is on you, as they have a track record that proves you wrong. so if you are going to make a statement that they are just as secure without update then prove it or else its just an opinion!

      As for monthly updates well you could say any updates for any OS is useless if you cant see something it did! Monthly update are released by Google every month for the Android OS, security is an ever evolving problem that does not stay static and without updates you cannot be protected from newly found exploits, etc. There is also bug fixes and updated to misspelled words and dictionaries. Any update is better then no update! Just because you think you don’t need them does not mean that you don’t need them. No one ever complains that nothing is wrong, so it’s a difficult argument to make that updates are the cause of that.

    • John Jones

      Ios is losing market share by the day To Android. The market has spoken. BlackBerry is in the Android camp with 3 offerings. Dtek 50 Priv and Dtek60 adding To the nail in the coffin of Apple.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      LMAO! About a year ago you guys were touting how insecure Android was and how BB10 was so superior yada, yada, yada….Now you’re kissing some serious Android a$$ which is an admission how wrong you were about BB10 and how desperate this company is stay relevant. Only a delusional fanboy couldn’t see this.

    • Valentino

      BB10 was and still is the most secure OS developed, and will continue to be offered in the forseeable future for the likes of all who need serious communication tools. BlackBerry on android is for anyone who needs/wants a secure device but needs flexibility in having apps. Sorry, but at this point, you’re just grasping at straws. Fact of the matter is, at this point, neither BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry android, and even prior legacy devices have not been hacked. Security and productivity is BlackBerry’s specialty and everyone on planet earth knows it. If someone wanted to discredit BlackBerry at this point, they would hack whatever BlackBerry offers and you know the company would be finished at that point, but no one has, and that’s a fact. If someone did, you know it would be all over the news within seconds.

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      LOLOLOL.

    • Cowpoke

      This.

    • nidzillaftw

      Yes, I was wondering the same thing. It sounds like their app highlights the various user permissions other apps want to use. It doesn’t actually stop you from installing malware, just helps you spot it? Is that accurate?
      Besides, it’s still an Android, right? The whole business model is based on mining your user data to better target you with ads. If you need to sign into a Gmail account to use the phone, then you better believe everything you do with your phone (including which words you use in your emails and texts) is being used to build your customer profile.
      “The most secure android phone ever”? Sure, but that’s like saying “The driest room on the Titanic”.

    • John Jones

      None of their BlackBerry android Offerings have been rooted. Google Pixel already rooted. IPhone 7 already jail broken. Look it up.

    • nidzillaftw

      Yes Blackberry prevents It’s users from loading custom ROMs onto their own devices. Sure, rooted devices are more vulnerable to being exploited by malware, but no one can root your device remotely without your knowledge. If you don’t want to run the risk, then don’t do it. It’s not really a big deal.

    • Uhm… wrong.

      The Google Pixel was just rooted via a remote exploit within the last week. It took less than a minute to execute and the user would not have been aware.

      There is also an iPhone remote hack which does not allow full root privilege, but does allow attackers to make phonecalls from the phone.

      Rooting is much more than installing custom ROMs and if your device can be rooted or jailbroken, then odds are it can be done remotely without your knowledge.

    • John Jones

      Because it’s BlackBerry Period.

    • kirfer

      Sigh…

    • Nate650

      Who’s RIM?

    • fred

      blackberry

    • Nate650

      They changed their name to BlackBerry in January of 2013. Was curious if anyone would catch that. I guess only those who follow BlackBerry news would know.

    • Cowpoke

      I preferred RIM; more fitting somehow…

  • Graham Fluet

    You haven’t mentioned that Blackberry is pretty much the only third-party manufacturer to be pushing out montly ssecurity updates on a regular basis, And I’m pretty sure Hub+ is free forever for Priv and DTEK* users.

    • IgnoranceIsBliss

      Yeah, he made a mistake. Hub+ is free if you are using a BlackBerry Android phone. You only pay .99 cents (a bit more in Canada) if you want it ad-free on a non-BB Android phone. However, you can still get ads in BBM regardless if it is a BB Android phone or not.

    • Nate650

      99 cents per month.

    • Russ

      For people without BB phones, it’s worth noting that the ads in Hub+ are hardly intrusive at all. They’re slim banners that you swipe out of the way with a minimum of fuss, but most of the time I don’t even bother. Also, the BB Calendar app doesn’t have ads at all. Not sure about the other apps, as those are the only two I use.

      It’s a stark contrast to BBM’s never-ending attempts to sell me on Mobile Strike.

  • Nate650

    Note to U.S. customers: the $650 price is in CAD. It’s $500 in the U.S. which is a fantastic deal.

    • Mo Dabbas

      Nate, at the current conversion rate of 1 CAD = 0.74 USD –> 500 USD is more than 650. We are getting a small discount.

  • “5.5-inch, 1080p (2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi) AMOLED”

    ^WTF?

    • That’s a typo on our part. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Chug that haterade

      “The Priv was BlackBerry’s last hurrah for in-house hardware design”

      If I’m not mistaken, this statement is also incorrect as the DTEK70 is the last BlackBerry being designed in-house…

    • John Jones

      And Dtek70 coming in spring 2017 maybe not the last in house BlackBerry device according to a Chen interview on Bloomberg. 🙂

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Yeah you wish don’t ya? The continued nightmare of foisting this stuff on the market when as a shareholder, you ought to be pissed off at the way things are being handled here. Start thinking like an investor instead of a fanboy for a change.

    • Chug that haterade

      I thought you didn’t own any shares in BlackBerry?

    • I think the emphasis is on hardware. The hardware design is now outsourced to TCL. That’s how I interpret it anyway.

  • xBURK

    The only thing confusing is media sights twisting BlackBerry’s simple message. Let me try for ya. BlackBerry devices WILL be available in the future. After they release their last in house physical keyboard in Feb 2017, the rest will be outsourced by third party companies with BlackBerry having final say. It’s really not that hard to understand, yet the media always messes this up?

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Why do you think they’ll come out with more junk huh? None of it sells and few OEMs will hold this company’s bag building hardware that like this.

    • xBURK

      I agree that it’s a hard sell with all the unwarranted percetpion of BlackBerry, but by no means are their device offerings junk. Far, far, far from it.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Unwarranted perception? Not sure where you get this idea. This is a supremely arrogant company that for years never felt it had to pay much attention to the market around them and so you reap what you sow. The perception is just that of a company out of touch making desperate moves to stay relevant in a market that long since passed them by.

    • John Jones

      You sell the stock short tha Is your motivation here. His profile is stockscam on stockhouse. , Hopefully you have to cohones to keep that profile up so people can see where you admit to short selling many times

    • Valentino

      I’m honestly thinking you’re judging most of this company based on past management mistakes. The newest management has had to make some hard decisions in order to keep the company afloat and out of danger, which they now are.

    • schmo

      Man you are Cold, as your name implies let blackberry have their last fling at it. As for the Dtek 60 is not junk it’s a nice solid phone with good specs. Why don’t you buy one and try it before you make these outrages comments.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      I’ve tried enough Blackberry crap the past 5 years to know what this is. I’ll pass because there are better things to spend money on than this thing.

    • Chug that haterade

      So you’ve never actually used THIS device… yet it is “junk”… sounds like a valid assessment.

    • Valentino

      Seems legit

    • schmo

      Then I would suggest you go on Samsung or Apple forums. Blackberry is not for you

    • Valentino

      So, in other words, you’re ignorant to BlackBerry’s android offerings and you don’t know jack about them?

    • Chug that haterade

      And the beauty of the free world is that it is the OEM’s choice to partner with BlackBerry. Nobody held a gun to their head to sign the contract, just like nobody is holding a gun to a consumer’s head to buy this (or an other) product.

    • John Jones

      Deal with Indonesia deal coming to China and India soon. Over 2.5 billion people. That’s why the Iceman is scared.. shall we say he’s a short seller ?

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Why the hell would anyone be scared about selling in places like India? These are third world countries where cheap phones isn’t really a path to any profit. After years in Indonesia and Malaysia what have you to show for that huh? Not much.

      China? That’s a fickle market pal but its a safe bet Blackberry isn’t making inroads there just like they never have before.

    • John Jones

      Doest Apple try to sell in those countries. I recall they even tried to dump refurbished rubbish into the Indian market.
      Thing is Timmy your ceo failed miserably.

    • Valentino

      It would be different if BlackBerry was going after marketshare with their hardware, but they aren’t, they are now offering phones built by others with their software onto it. The beauty of it is, no hardware overhead. They don’t need to make inroads to anything, however they do need to have something on offer so that businesses and governments can buy and/or replace their current inventory with. Consumers are just the icing on the cake.

  • IqaluitZen Zen

    The DTEK60 is more than $200 cheaper than Pixel and the DTEK60 has better specs.
    Not sure why anyone would buy the Google Pixel over the DTEK60, especially since the DTEK60 has better specs for less money, encryption, BlackBerry software and apps (like the HUB etc.) and the DTEK60 has a better camera (both front and back).

    Save yourself $200+ and get the BlackBerry DTEK60. It doesn’t catch on fire and it has a headphone jack.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Do you ever get tired of shilling for this company? Or is it because you’re holding the bag?

    • John Jones

      Aren’t you tired of bashing BlackBerry over many years and different aliases on different sites? You probably were a low level employee that got canned. Dtek60 Is one of the Best Phones for 2016 on specs Price and security.
      BTW this guy bashes daily on stock house under the alias of stockscam

    • The Iceman Cometh

      You know if I were an employee that got ‘canned’ here and you somehow found that amusing that would say a lot more about you than I think you realize.

      And perhaps you’d care to share with us your alias from Stockhouse instead of calling out others for multiple aliases when you’re doing the same. Hypocrite.

    • John Jones

      We do know you short sell the stock as you admit on stock house under a different alias and you have had many of them.

    • Chug that haterade

      I’m sure some people wonder if others get tired of bashing this company.

    • John Jones

      Let’s not forget the monthly security patches BlackBerry pushes out faster than Google in many cases.

  • Bitekr

    $650 is expensive ? which phone with similar specs sells for $650CAN ?

    • WaterLover

      A lot actually… Check OnePlus 3, Huawei Honor, and ZTE Axon 7… All are cheaper than $650

    • Bitekr

      do they get any type of security updates ?

    • John Jones

      Motorola won’t even go with regularly patching their phones. You can look it up. I’ve had the privilege to.own the Priv and We get every single security update tha Google pushes out.

    • Omar

      The last security update my OnePlus One got September 1, 2016. The phone was released in June 2014. So they should get updated at least a year following release.

    • Sixer

      Exactly! The New York Times reported this week that security contractors in the US have discovered thousands of mobile phones have “a back door that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours”. According to the US-based security firm Kryptowire, who discovered the vulnerability, a software created by a Chinese company, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, would transmit “the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server”, says the report.

    • John Jones

      How long will the Chinese brands be update and patched? Go.with Dtek 60 rest assured you will have a new phone for over two years. Why? Because BlackBerry is not going to let down their business customers.

    • John Jones

      How long will the Chinese brands be update and patched? Go.with Dtek 60 rest assured you will have a new phone for over two years. Why? Because BlackBerry is not going to let down their business customers/clients.

  • kirfer

    So another generic slab of android with a terrible camera. Woo hoo! Party in Waterloo!

    • John Jones

      Read any review from the major sites = all excellent reception for the Dtek 60

    • Chug that haterade

      Certain posters will say negative things about a company no matter how positive the professional or user reviews are of the device.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      And so people can’t disagree with a review? (which after all is merely one person’s opinion)

    • Chug that haterade

      Anyone can disagree with anything. I can tell you that the blue sky outside is blue and you can disagree with me… that is definitely your prerogative. My point is that when many other people tell you the sky is blue, your disagreement about the sky being blue is less about your opinion and more a biased hatred driving your disagreement.

    • The Iceman Cometh

      What a ridiculous assertion. You are equating a blue sky, which NO ONE would dispute, to a review written by one guy praising a particular device which EVERYONE knows is totally subjective.

      You’re reaching pal…

    • Chug that haterade

      It was just an example… the point being is that if 200 positive user reviews were posted about the device, some would still claim it was garbage just for the sake of hating on it

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Were those 200 positive reviews made by paid reviewers?

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaw…

    • John Jones

      And your opinion is the worst and most biased as you admit to short selling the stock on stockhouse

    • Cowpoke

      Right. Much as YOU do with a certain Cupertino based manufacturer…gotcha.

    • Chug that haterade

      Giving certain posters a dose of their own medicine

    • Cowpoke

      Riiiiiight.

    • Chug that haterade

      Shoe fit?

    • kirfer

      Like ZDNET, where you learn half-way down that the reviewer actually *bought* the phone he’s reviewing the week before the review is published? Sigh…

      Or maybe Crackberry, which would never dream of saying a negative word about any of the garbage coming out of (OK, OK, that *used* to come out of) Waterloo.

    • Chug that haterade

      Oh no, he bought the phone. Definitely invalidates his review…

      Ps. I suppose the iPhone reviews from the BGR editors (who likely camped out for days for their new iPhone) are valid.

    • kirfer

      When has anybody ever given any credence to anything on B G R? Sheesh, Dingle: there are times when your cluelessness surprises even me!

    • Chug that haterade

      Definitely explains why you frequent the site…

    • kirfer

      To own morons like you in the comments, of course: does anybody really come here for the articles. LOL!

      Why do you come to B G R all day, every freakin’ day, Dingle? There’s maybe one Cloacabury article each month to get you excited and especially indignant, and apart from that it seems that you’re just constantly oozing your bile all over the comments section of the Apple articles, pretending not to be a Blackburied user. (Wisest choice, it’s true…)

    • Chug that haterade

      Nurse…. the delusions are back.

    • kirfer

      Self-reporting: good boy!

    • Chug that haterade

      I know you are: so sad!

    • kirfer

      Just congratulating you on owning your “particularities”, Dingle.

      It’s a great sign! Do try and keep it up: the rest of us have had to signal the impending problems to your long-suffering nurse for far too long now…

    • Cowpoke

      Uncle Dingle is nothing if not constant; the hallmark of a true fanboi.
      I am glad that this device has garnered good reviews…in the country of it’s manufacture.

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Totally unbiased.

    • John Jones

      Many Many more besides Zdnet. Just Google Dtek60 review. Excellent reviews keep coming daily.

    • schmo

      If you’re into photography, then you should get yourself a real camera like a Nikon. Stop bashing the BlackBerry camera or the phone

    • kirfer

      Why, when there are substantially better cameras available on other phones?

      I don’t always carry my Sony camera with me, but I almost always have my phone.

    • Chug that haterade

      Surely you aren’t referring to paltry 12 mp camera on the iPhone 7?

    • kirfer

      MOAR MEGAPIXELS!

      What is this, 2008? Oh yeah, I forgot, it’s *always* 2008 for you, Dingle. The glory years!

    • Chug that haterade

      That explains the iPhone 7 specs

    • kirfer

      The fact that you’re mired in 2008? Nope, not seein’ it, Dingle…

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaw… the 2008 specs for the iPhone 7

    • kirfer

      Oh dear… you poor thing. I see it just lapped the Pixel in a speed test today. Shocker!

    • G.I.GIO

      But your excellent phone’s camera is still limited compared to your Sony.

    • kirfer

      True, but totally irrelevant.

    • G.I.GIO

      I like photography but don’t consider myself a photographer. I recently purchased my first DSLR: Nikon D7200 for $1500, with a SB910 speedlight ($500), a cheap Nikon 70-300 mm zoom lens ($250), a Tokina macro lens ($550) and a Nikon 35mm lens ($250). Don’t have a wide angle lens yet, but It’ll have to wait (smartphones take nice wide angle shots). The D7200 is an APS-C DSLR (semi-pro)… Full Frame cameras (professional) are much more expensive.

      I credit my smartphone for getting me into photography. I used to be pretty impressed by the quality of the images I took with my LG G4… and I took lots and lots of pics. But since getting the DSLR I see the difference, and now I hardly use my smartphone for pics.

  • Chug that haterade

    “The very fact the BlackBerry DTEK60 even exists might seem like a Catch-22. When a company announces it’s stopping all in-house hardware design, the launch of a new smartphone might appear a little awkward.”

    Why would it appear awkward? It isn’t like they said they are totally exiting mobile hardware in its entirety and still putting out mobile hardware..

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Really? And what exactly did they say? More like ‘we suck at making hardware so we’ll let someone else carry the load from here on out’ and only to clean up their ugly balance sheet where hardware was costing them dearly.

      Fact is for a major OEM like this to admit they aren’t making hardware anymore is nothing short of remarkable and shocking but of course you’d spin it some other way.

    • Chug that haterade

      BlackBerry is shifting from hardware to software as a core competency. This isn’t new information. As companies shift, they focus their efforts on their core competency… hence BlackBerry outsourcing hardware development. This isn’t new either.. a buddy of mine works for a company in the healthcare space… they had 10 office building they owned but recently sold off because their core competency is healthcare not real estate and facilities management. His company certainly wasn’t hurting for money… just didn’t feel the need to devote resources and energy into something that wasn’t part of their core business. Handsets are the buildings in BlackBerry’s new world. No spin needed…

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Oh give it a rest will ya. lol! That’s all you guys have been saying for over 3 years now that its shifting from ‘hardware to software’ and yet all their announcements to date have been about reassuring people of more hardware. Do you even realize how ridiculous they and you sound?

      These guys offer nothing in the hardware aspect and their contributions in software are unproven and built on myth versus a proven reality. And the idea you haven’t heard a story about a BB hacking is far from validation of any thesis to support the opposite conclusion.

      No phone or OS is beyond compromise, especially Android no matter what gimmicks this company sells in order convince otherwise.

    • Chug that haterade

      So you have proof they have been compromised? Is so, please share…

    • The Iceman Cometh

      Do you have proof they haven’t? Didn’t think so.

    • Chug that haterade

      Have you read any articles about them being compromised? Didn’t think so

    • Just ignore him he really is just a troll that wont listen to one bit of logic and prof. You cannot declare something is secure you must prove it and only time will prove it and guess what time has proved it is more secure then any other phone out there! Facts. prof, evidence but what do i know, oh that’s right i know the facts LOL But were wrong for using the truth and hes right for having an opinion! Hes jsut being a Troll just ignore him from now on!

    • jerry man

      I do agree that only time will tell, yet I can’t help notice things when I’m using my Priv. The two part start-up for example. What’s with that? I have to enter my password to boot up android yet from that screen I could still make an emergency call? Is that added security from someone trying to extract info via USB or just a false sense of security? I guess time will tell.

    • Burden of proof is on you @The Iceman Cometh, you’re the one making the accusation that they are insecure so you have to prove they are insecure not the other way around! No proof then you claim is not backed by any facts and is unsubstantiated. Welcome to a logic based argument!!

    • The Iceman Cometh

      No the burden of proof isn’t on me at all. I just choose not to believe everything a company tells me nor is it credible in this day and age to take any notion of a totally un-hackable device at face value

    • BlackBerry has proved their devices are secure. The only way you can prove something is secure is by time! So BlackBerry has proven they are secure by the fact that they have never been hacked. You are stating they are not secure so the burden of prof is with you sir.If you refuse to argue logically then you are just a garden hose spiting off your opinions! Proof or it just an opinion!! you are allowed to think what ever you like but you cannot make statements like “They are not secure” you can say “In my opinion i don’t believe they are secure” two complacently different statements one based on facts and evidence and the other based on feelings!

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      This

    • Cowpoke

      That

    • BBRTOSQNX

      They won red dot best of best award in 2015 for the passport. And the PRIV won red dot best product design award 2016. Lack of apps which is out of there control is the only downside blackberry phones have had. OS and hardware design has always been solid. While every other phone breaks the screen back or internals on the 1st or second drop from above waist.

  • Tootall

    Excellent phone…battery is great and photos are great…true colors! Can’t stand the fingerprint sensor…other then that it is a beast!

  • Bruce Banner

    Hands down best all touch phablet on the market. No other ios or android device has an inclusive universal inbox that integrates up to a dozen apps and multiple email accounts into one. ontop of that it has hub custom views and home screen or popup widgets, the device also has a shortcut launcher; allowing users to perform tasks within apps after only a single touch. Then there’s the productivity tab, unrivalled security and best in class virtual keyboard.

  • Omar

    They learned from the Priv not to overprice it. Well, BB made (er… published?) a solid phone. Good for them. I don’t think people should be upset about this. The market can use more well built, reasonably priced phones.

    • Bitekr

      blackberry receives security updates every month

    • Bruce Banner

      It’s cheaper because it doesn’t have a sliding mechanism nor does it have a keyboard.

  • Gadibest

    This message is for “The Iceman Cometh”: are you an ex disgruntled Blackberry employee? Are you a disgruntled shareholder? Did some executive sexually abuse you or a member of your family? If it’s none of the above, please go and see a psychiatrist!

    • I have been saying it for months on here. He is a Troll that the soul purpose is to bash BlackBerry with nothing but opinions and refuses to listen to facts.

  • TheCuddlyKoala

    Lol at the fact that the first quality phone to bear the Blackberry name, isn’t even made by them. Sad.

    • John Jones

      Apple isn’t made by Apple it’s made b Chinese manufacturer Foxconn

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Really?

    • Did I studder?

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      *stutter, and that comment was a reply to John Jones not you. Dumb azz.

    • It was a joke and the spelling of it wrong is also part of the joke… Woosh, right over your head lol.

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Riiiight. Nice back track.

    • Lets be honest here thought, someone has to put the phone together. There is a big difference between engineering your own phone from the ground up and then getting someone with skills to put the pieces together and going to Foxxcon and saying “show me phones you have made” Well tweak one of your designs a bit and then well put our OS on it.

      BlackBerry used to Engineer their phones from the ground up, now they use a company to do the engineering and the more it is based on another phone they already did then the cheaper it will be to produce.

      Apple engineers it’s phones from the ground up and still continues to.

      It doe snot matter who puts them together they are just hired skilled laborers!

    • BBRTOSQNX

      BlackBerry’s original products pioneered what ever it is your using today. And their passed phones were the best quality in the time they were released which makes that a false statememt.

    • Cowpoke

      I thinks the saddest thing is that there hump on the back! Surely this is the ‘Quasi Modo’ of cellular devices, yeah?!?

    • You can’t change physics, if you want a good optical camera you must have certain distances from lenses to lenses. This will never change unless someone finds a way to change physics or you want a crappier picture with a smaller sensor. Either that phone manufacturers could just make the entire device the thickness of the camera and put battery in the extra space!!

  • Sixer

    Let’s properly list the Security features offered by DTEK which has locked down Android hacks still available on all other android devices, including Pixel which was recently hacked with ease and rooted. None of Blackberry’s Android have been touched. Most secure mobile phone on Earth!

    Hardened Linux Kernel: We reduce the Android attack surface with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security.

    Hardware Root of Trust: During manufacturing, we establish a Hardware Root of Trust that adds security keys to the processor on every Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60 as it is built. Those keys track, verify, and provision each device – meaning that the authenticity and integrity of your device is guaranteed, as is the safety of the data it holds.

    A Better Bootloader: Because of our secure boot process, you can trust that only an untampered, BlackBerry-signed OS can be loaded. Each stage of the secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding.
    FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: U.S. Government-grade encryption protects your private information, like personal pictures or banking info, if your phone is lost or stolen.

    Ongoing Security Patching: Many popular smartphones put the user’s private information at risk of being hacked due to slow security updates – weeks, months, or even years after a patch is released. BlackBerry’s record of being the quickest to deliver Android security patches minimizes your vulnerability.

    BlackBerry Integrity Detection (BID): We continuously monitor Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60 for events or configuration changes that indicate a compromise to device security, then we trigger real-time actions if a threat is detected.

    Dedicated Security Research & Response Teams: We bring our world-renowned security experts and testing to our line of BlackBerry secure smartphones powered by Android.

  • BBRTOSQNX

    The hardware internal specs are higher and cheaper because they can’t compete when manufacturing in Canada. Labor conditions in that country are far better then what they are overseas. They caught on that nobody seems to care about how the phone is made. People don’t seem to care much on the phones build quality as much as they do for slim and sleek.

  • Techguru86

    I wouldn’t call the DTEK60 expensive, not when you have the V20 and other devices for a $1000 and not very good for the price and considering it’s one of the best non Nexus/Pixel devices around

  • BigHeadRecordings

    Have the phone for two weeks so far. Previously I was using Nexus 4. I was disappointed at my first BlackBerry product, the PlayBook. However, DTEK60 is performing quite well. The only problem is a lack of case choice, even though Alcatel Idol 4S has the same external dimensions…Love the finger print sensor unlocking (wish you could also use it to scroll)

  • BigHeadRecordings

    Thanks

  • G.I.GIO

    I just noticed that all the comments discussing the merits of the DTEK60 camera have been removed. 155 comments and no mention of what people think about the 21MP sensor.

  • fred

    Of course if you dig you will find some news. They just don’t get the reach they used to have.

    • Its all a matter of what you do. If you don’t look for the news you want see it because its not mainstream. People live in Echo chambers. If you saw a article on Facebook and you didn’t like it well then Facebook would think you didn’t care about it. If you did like something you would see more of it. We are creating our own echo chambers of what we want to see and not much gets in that we don’t like. Its always hard to explain to people that there is a whole world they have no clue about because of this and they are not wrong for thinking there is not much else going on in the world other then their own echo chamber. this is why you have to go to new sources that will report on news and not just mainstream news because new is news and its not about how much money it brings in!

      People in north america have no clue for the most part whats going on mobile wise in the rest of the world. A phone like BlackBerry sells very well in places outside of North America where they cannot afford $1000 flagship phones. Mind you there is a lot less news and excitement about BlackBerry handsets in North America I would agree, and it will get less because main stream media doe snot care about a device that only holds a less then 1% market share.

    • fred

      What you said might have been true 5 years ago. But now blackberry sells a lot less phones worldwide than it used to.
      When looking at the number, Blackberry’s peak was in 2010. They now sell only 2.7% of what they were selling back then. They are no longer significant, like it or not.

    • So let me ask you a question are you assuming it went down in developing countries and other places like India? I am not saying it’s a hot selling device I am just saying the opinion of the world market by a North American is way bias and uninformed NA is such a small percentage of the world market but for some reason we think we run the world and it revolves around the US!

    • fred

      I don’t have a north American bias. My numbers are worldwide. They sold only 400’000 units in the last quarter. That include India and any other country you can think of.

    • NM i think you are missing what I am trying to say. I’m not defending that they are selling devices.. no worries Chive ON!

    • fred

      I understood perfectly. What you were trying to say is that Blackberry’s sales suffered in developed markets but are still strong in places like India. It’s simply not true anymore. Their sales are down to almost 0 worldwide.

    • Nope, but its okay

  • Cowpoke

    Yarp…they’re the best…the best, I tells ya!

  • Cowpoke

    Okay…but do you like Blackberry?

  • Techguru86

    I have watched side by side performance videos of the Dtek against Pixel and Iphone and it was performing just as good as the Pixel if not better in some ways and the IPhone considering it’s much cheaper than both.

  • TheCuddlyKoala

    Android 6.0? Come on Blackberry. Get your isht together.

  • Steven Doyle

    Actually, having the DTEK60 for the last month or so, I’m having a lot of fun with it! Good battery life, amoled screen AND MEMORY EXPANSION!!! I found a 200GB SanDisk microSD for under $90 so now I have 232GB on my DTEK60 and it’s still cheaper than the Pixel XL! Good stereo sound (though I do believe the iPhone 7 Plus is louder). Also, I have the legendary BB security & encryption with stock Android (pretty much).

    It’s not perfect. I HATE the placement of the power button on the left side, I HATE how the camera protrudes and of course, the battery is sealed. I’m not sure how difficult it will be to change the battery when the time comes. But I find myself using the DTEK60 more and more over my iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, I am seriously considering selling my iPhone because I really believe BB has a worthy Android contender here and I can’t put it down!

  • Bill Patrick

    Bought! Thank you for pointing it out!

  • Bill Patrick

    It would be such a shame if this is the last BB phone. I am REALLY enjoying the DTEK60. Stock Android, legendary BB security, timely updates, good battery, good sound, memory expansion, fingerprint scanner works well, nice screen and nice camera. Except for the sealed battery, it’s pretty much one of the best Android phones on the market. The competitive price is the icing on the cake.

    Now if only the cellular providers would support it or BB dramatically increases the marketing so people could actually learn about this phone…

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