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Jun

What’s your favorite phone/dialer app?


A question for those of you that still make phone calls.

As much time as we spend tweeting, streaming Netflix, and wasting the day away on Reddit, our smartphones were originally designed to make — you guessed it — phone calls.

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Phone calls may not be a huge part of how you use your phone anymore, but even so, there are a number of apps out there that try to make the phone call experience as awesome as possible.

One user on the AC forums is looking for a third-party app to replace the default dialer app on their Samsung Galaxy S9, and these are just a few of the apps the community suggested they check out.

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06-17-2018 05:38 AM

I would recommend Truecaller. Some additional useful features are spam call filtering and caller ID for unknown numbers.

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avatar2909240_3.gifKirstein Gourlay
06-17-2018 10:38 PM

I like simpler contacts

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simpler.contacts

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avatar305138_2.gifdjrakowski
06-18-2018 06:53 AM

I prefer the Samsung apps, but Google’s are pretty good, too:

Google Contacts
Google Dialer

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Now, we’d love to hear from you! What phone/dialer app do you use?

Join the conversation in the forums!

20
Jun

How to safely clean wax out of your earbuds


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Earwax can muffle music or worse — kill your earbuds entirely. It’s not hard to keep things in working order.

Humans are disgusting creatures. One thing I always notice when I see someone else’s earbuds is a bit of earwax hanging off the end. Earwax serves its purpose for the body, but the waxy substance can do some serious damage to your earbuds. This ranges from making your music sound muddy, all the way to killing the speakers entirely.

Here’s how to safely clean earwax from your earbuds!

  • Materials you’ll need
  • How to clean your earbuds
  • How to prevent your earbuds from getting dirty

Materials you’ll need

Earbud speakers are delicate, so we won’t use anything too heavy to clean them. Here’s what you need to clean your earbuds:

  • Warm, soapy water
  • 2 new, soft toothbrushes
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – 3%

How to clean your earbuds

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Remove the gel or foam ear tips from the earbuds.
Place these in the warm soapy water and let them soak for at least thirty minutes.
Brush any excess dirt or wax from the ear tips.
Rinse the ear tips with clean water and let them air dry.
Dip the other toothbrush in the hydrogen peroxide.
Shake the toothbrush to get rid of as much excess peroxide as possible.
Hold the earbud with the speaker facing downward — you don’t want any liquid getting in the speaker, and you don’t want any of the dirt getting pushed deeper into the speaker.
Brush in one direction to prevent dirt from going into the speaker itself.
Use some hydrogen peroxide or clean water to gently wipe around the speakers to clean any other dirt or wax.
Let the earbuds dry for at least 12 hours, again with the speakers facing downward if you can.
When you’re about to use the earbuds again, playing some music on full volume for a few seconds to shake out any leftover liquid.

How to prevent your earbuds from getting dirty

Prevention is the best medicine, and preventing dirt is more important than cleaning that dirt up in the end. The best tip for keeping your earbuds from getting dirty is to regularly and safely clean your ears. The ear tips will likely pick up a bit of dirt regardless, but these are less delicate than the speakers inside your earbuds.

What say you?

How often do you clean your headphones? Let us know down below!

20
Jun

Verizon and AT&T will stop selling real-time location data of its users [Update]


Now we’re just waiting on Sprint.

Last May, U.S. carriers came under fire after it was discovered that they were tracking real-time location info of their subscribers and then selling that information to third parties. Following a heap of backlash over security and privacy concerns, both Verizon and AT&T have confirmed they’re ending this practice.

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First reported by The Associated Press, Verizon sent a letter to Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (who’s been particularly critical of this topic) on June 15 announcing that it would stop selling this data to brokers who then sell it to other companies.

Shortly after Verizon made this announcement, AT&T followed suit and confirmed it was doing the same thing.

As for T-Mobile and Sprint, things are still up in the air. In a statement to The Verge, T-Mobile said:

While we continue to review the facts and determine next steps, as of May 25th we have suspended all services with LocationSmart. Our ongoing internal review also includes our relationship with Zumigo and, if warranted, we will take additional action.

Following this, CEO John Legere tweeted:

Sounds like word hasn’t gotten to you, @ronwyden. I’ve personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen. Your consumer advocacy is admirable & we remain committed to consumer privacy. https://t.co/UPx3Xjhwog

— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 19, 2018

Legere’s wording makes it unclear if this means T-Mobile will stop selling user location to third parties entirely or just ones that it deems to be “shady.”

Sprint hasn’t made any official statement on the matter, but if/when that changes, we’ll update this article accordingly.

While @Verizon & @ATT have now pledged to stop selling customer location data to shady middlemen, @TMobile & @sprint seem content to keep selling customers’ private information, Americans’ privacy be damned.

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 19, 2018

LocationSmart, one of the companies Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers sell location info to, can use this information to pinpoint the real-time location of someone in just under 15 seconds. The data is obtained using cell towers, and while it’s slower and less accurate than GPS, allows the tracking to happen seamlessly in the background without alerting the person in question.

This is a huge move from Verizon and AT&T, and I expect we’ll hear about Sprint following in their footsteps shortly. U.S. carriers are still going to collect your location info, but the fact that they’re no longer selling it to other businesses is a big step forward.

What do you think of this news?

All major U.S. carriers give your real-time location info to third parties

Carriers

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  • Which unlimited plan should you buy?
  • Verizon’s Unlimited plans: Everything you need to know
  • Everything you need to know about the T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan
  • Everything you need to know about the AT&T Unlimited plan
  • Everything you need to know about Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom plan
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Updated June 20, 2018: Updated article with Tweet from T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

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20
Jun

UNREAL Mobile officially launches, lowers its unlimited plan to $10/month


More than 50,000 people signed up for beta access in under four weeks.

On May 23, FreedomPop announced it was launching a spinoff MVNO called “UNREAL Mobile” that would offer unlimited plans starting at just $15/month. Less than four weeks since that announcement was made, UNREAL Mobile is now going live with an even better deal than what was initially offered.

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UNREAL was originally promoting unlimited plans that started out at $15/month, but in response to Sprint’s $15/month Unlimited Kickstarter offer, UNREAL’s cheapest plan has been lowered to just $10/month. However, unlike Unlimited Kickstarter that Sprint took away after just one week, UNREAL’s $10/month plan is sticking around for good.

There are three plans UNREAL has to choose from, and they work out as follows:

  • $10/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 1GB of LTE
  • $15/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 2GB of LTE
  • $30/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 5GB of LTE

No matter which plan you choose, all UNREAL Mobile subscribers also get access to a VPN service that can be enabled/disabled via the UNREAL app, an ad-blocker, the ability to use your UNREAL number on all of your devices, and rollover data that carriers any unused LTE data to the next month.

UNREAL Mobile is launching with three phones to choose from, including the Alcatel Dawn for $49.99, a certified pre-owned Galaxy S6 that costs $149.99, and a pre-owned iPhone 7 that’ll set you back $299.99. Alternatively, you’ll be able to bring your own CDMA phone later this summer.

In addition to UNREAL’s website, you’ll also find the MVNO scattered throughout Best Buy and Target target stores.

Now that we’ve got a bit more info, do you think you’ll sign up for UNREAL Mobile?

See at UNREAL Mobile

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  • Which unlimited plan should you buy?
  • Verizon’s Unlimited plans: Everything you need to know
  • Everything you need to know about the T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan
  • Everything you need to know about the AT&T Unlimited plan
  • Everything you need to know about Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom plan
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20
Jun

Beautiful new ‘Sunrise Gold’ Galaxy S9 is exclusive to Best Buy and Samsung.com


New color is available June 24, for all carriers and unlocked in high storage options.

Just in time for the heat of summer, Samsung has a fresh new color for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: Sunrise Gold. The new color is arriving exclusively at Best Buy and Samsung.com, for both the GS9 and S9+, on June 24. The new color isn’t exclusive to any specific carrier, thankfully, and if you choose to buy unlocked through Samsung directly you’ll be able to option it up with 128 or 256GB of storage just like the other colors. Sunrise Gold doesn’t mark a price increase, either.

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Though the rest of the phone is identical to the other colors available since launch, the Sunrise Gold color option does have one thing truly differentiating it: a slightly different finish to the glass Samsung is calling “satin gloss.” This finish is a bit more dull than the standard shiny glass exterior of the Galaxy S9, and should make it stand out just a little bit more than a gold-colored phone already does. It’s still completely black on the front, of course, though anyone who used one of the ultra-shiny versions of the Galaxy S7 will tell you that’s probably for the best.

Is the new Sunrise Gold color enough to swing you toward the Galaxy S9? How do you feel about it compared to the other colors? Let us know in the comments!

See at Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

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Press release:

Galaxy S9 and S9+ Sunrise Gold Arrive in the U.S.

The best phone for the summer, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Sunrise Gold will be available exclusively at Best Buy and on Samsung.com starting June 24

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – June 20, 2018 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., announced that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in a new color in the U.S., Sunrise Gold, starting June 24. Consumers will be able to purchase the new Sunrise Gold Galaxy S9 and S9+ at Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com and Samsung.com. In addition to Sunrise Gold, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are also available in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Midnight Black.

Starting June 24, the Sunrise Gold Galaxy S9 will be available for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $719.99 (64GB), $769.99* (128GB) and $839.99* (256GB) and the Galaxy S9+ will run $839.99 (64GB), $889.99* (128GB) and $959.99* (256GB). Additionally, for a limited time, consumers can save up to $400 when they trade-in their phone for an Unlocked Sunrise Gold Galaxy S9 or S9+ on Samsung.com. At Best Buy, consumers can save up to $300 on select carrier models.

20
Jun

I want to start seeing more crazy beautiful finishes on flagship phones


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Translucent, color shifting, I want it all.

Aren’t you getting tired of seeing the same black slab of glass every time a new phone is released? I know I am. There are some wild designs being implemented in phones these days, from the curved glass edges of Samsung’s recent flagships to the Vivo NEX with an in-display fingerprint sensor, but as far as the finishes on those designs go … most brands don’t branch out much beyond black, white, or the occasional gold or blue anymore.

I get it, most people will slap a case on their phone and forget about what it looks like underneath, but what about those of us who use clear cases, or who don’t use a case at all? What about those of us who want a unique-looking phone, even if we only see the finish while swapping cases or cleaning off the back? And, while a bit more niche, what about those of us who just want something more interesting to take photos and videos of? As superficial as it may be, I love when phones come in crazy finishes. After all, they all do more or less the same things, so why not spice up the hardware a bit?

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The HTC U12+ has some of my favorite finishes around. The translucent blue, which is the color HTC is shipping the most units with, lets you selectively see through the glass backing and peek at the internals. It’s not completely transparent — you’ll have to talk to JerryRigEverything to get that look — but after first seeing and loving the translucent look on the U11+ last year, I’m glad HTC is keeping it alive. Even more striking to me, though, is the flame red finish the company has been using for a couple of years now, which shifts from a deep crimson red all the way to orange and yellow, depending on your angle.

Speaking of color shifting, it’s impossible to talk about wild finishes without mentioning the Huawei P20 Pro. Without a shred of doubt, the twilight P20 Pro, which sits somewhere between indigo and purple with a reflective high-gloss coating, has my favorite finish I’ve ever seen on a phone. The other finishes are stunning too, though — pink gold and midnight blue are both great looks, with the latter reaching dark teal at times, one of my favorite colors.

None of this is to say that black phones aren’t still great, though, and you can still have both a black phone and a cool finish. The Vivo NEX — you know, that crazy new all-screen phone with the pop-out selfie camera? — is black at first glance, but when viewed off-axis it shines every color in the rainbow, with small geometric patterns underneath. Similarly, the Nexus 4 came in either black or white with a disco ball-esque pattern in the glass.

How much do you care about unique and crazy finishes like the ones mentioned above? Do you immediately gravitate towards them, or do you prefer a tried and true plain black look? Would a crazy enough finish be enough to make you buy one phone over another? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

  • Galaxy S9 and S9+: Everything you need to know!
  • Galaxy S9 review: A great phone for the masses
  • Complete Galaxy S9 and S9+ specs
  • Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S8: Should you upgrade?
  • Join our Galaxy S9 forums

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20
Jun

This 3-quart Instant Pot Ultra can replace 10 kitchen gadgets and is down to its lowest price


No excuse not to cook at home!

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Amazon has the 3-quart Instant Pot Ultra on sale for $79.95 today, which is the lowest it’s ever sold for. This model generally sells for around $120, and any other time it has reached the $80 mark it’s sold out insanely fast. We expect we could see the same here, so if you want one, you’ll want to be quick about it.

If for some odd reason you haven’t already heard of Instant Pot, it may be just the kitchen gadget your looking for. Not only can you replace your aging slow cooker with it, but it also can make yogurt, bake cakes, cook eggs, sauté, steam, warm, and even sterilize. It combines 10 different kitchen gadgets into one small package. This version is the 3-quart model, which is better suited for individuals and smaller families.

You’ll probably want to grab yourself an Instant Pot Cookbook for some ideas, and maybe even a spare lid, steamer basket, and some egg molds to help you master cooking with it.

See at Amazon

20
Jun

Best Road Trip Apps for Android in 2018


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Load these apps onto your phone before you hit the road!

There are few things better than hitting the open road on a cross-country road trip. Whether you’re heading out with your best buds or loading the kids into the car to visit relatives a few states over a little app prep will make sure the trip goes as smooth as is possible.

More: The best phone car mounts for any phone!

  • Android Auto
  • Waze
  • Google Trips
  • Yelp
  • GasBuddy
  • Spotify
  • Netflix

Android Auto

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If your car doesn’t have Android Auto functionality built into its stereo system, it’s worth checking out Google’s app for staying connected in your car. It’s now available on any Android phone, so you don’t need to buy a brand new car or upgrade your car stereo to take advantage of the convenience — it’ll just run right on your phone and can be configured to automatically launch when connected to your car’s Bluetooth or a Bluetooth FM transmitter.

Android Auto is the safest way to access your phone while driving, giving you one-touch access to navigation, music controls, and recent calls. As you’d expect, there’s great support built in for Google Assistant including the option to have incoming text messages read out loud (admittedly not the best option if you’re in a packed car with friends or family).

Android Auto lets you navigate with Google Maps, listen to playlists or podcasts from your favorite apps, send messages via voice, and more while eliminating the other ways your phone can distract you on the road. If you’re hitting the road this summer, you should absolutely have this app download on your phone.

Download: Android Auto (Free)

Waze

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While Google Maps remains the most popular navigation app for Android (largely due to its inclusion as a stock app on most Android devices), Waze is a great option to consider for all your GPS navigation needs.

Waze users get the benefit of all the information gleaned from other Waze users on the road, from real-time traffic information including accident reports, police traps and other hazards seen on the road. You’re also encouraged to add your own updates and contribute to your local Waze community as well. Using all that data, Waze will automatically reroute you to avoid any upcoming hazards, and also has really smart features for finding the cheapest gas stations along the way as well as ways of keeping family and friends in the loop on your ETA.

Download: Waze (Free)

Google Trips

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Google Trips is a great travel planning app that helps with some of the mundane aspects of traveling like keeping track of your reservations, while also helping to plan out your days in a new city by suggesting cool things to do based on your interests and available time.

If you’re planning to make a pitstop on your way to your final destination, plug the city into the app and see what it generates! It’s also available offline, so if you planned out your pit stops ahead of time you can keep in the know even if your phone’s data konks out.

Download: Google Trips (Free)

Yelp

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When you’re exploring a new city trying to figure out what’s worth checking out, you’re best off checking in with the locals. Yelp is one of the most popular apps for reviewing restaurants and businesses with over 100 million reviews posted by users just like you.

When you’re in a pinch for a roadside bite and need to know what’s good, Yelp will help you find the perfect restaurant to fuel up and get back on the road.

Download: Yelp (Free)

GasBuddy

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Fuelling up is often one of the biggest expenses you’ll incur on a road trip. GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest places to fill up along the way. Not only is this an app that you’ll want to use on a road trip, but you might end up becoming an everyday user once you see the savings for yourself.

All the data is user-generated, so if you see a cheaper gas price not listed in the app, you can report the price in the app and contribute to the GasBuddy community.

Download: GasBuddy (Free)

Spotify

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What’s a road trip without some kick-ass driving music? Or maybe a podcast is more your speed? Regardless of what you prefer to listen to on your long distance drives, Spotify is the best streaming service you should be using in 2018.

Spotify has improved its free, ad-supported mobile app with “made for you” playlists that are curated based on the songs and bands you listen to. With a premium subscription, you get full, unfiltered access to streaming access to over 40 million tracks along with a wide range of curated playlists, so the music won’t ever stop, even on the longest of drives. Spotify also includes podcasts, and with Spotify Premium you can download songs and podcasts to your device for offline listening during those times on your trip where cell reception might be lacking. It also plays real nice with Android Auto allowing for hands-free control of all your music while you’re on the road.

That is, unless your co-pilot has already claimed the role of in-car DJ…

Download: Spotify (Free)

Best Streaming Music Apps for Android

Netflix

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With its latest update allowing for offline viewing on mobile devices, Netflix suddenly became the go-to app for parents hoping to distract the young ones in the back without having to worry about all that data.

There’s a large amount of kid-friendly content available to be downloaded for offline viewing, which should help keep the shouts of “are we there yet?” to a minimum. Load up a phone or tablet with your kids’ favorites and look forward to the quietest road trip you’ve ever enjoyed. It’s also a great option for keeping adults quiet, too. A subscription is required, of course, but if you don’t already have one you for sure know someone who does.

Download: Netflix (Free)

Where are you headed?

How do you plan for your road trips? Any apps that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Update June 2018: Updated some of our picks for the Summer of 2018. Drive safe out and have fun!

20
Jun

Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2


Your guide for picking up the KEY2 in the U.S. and Canada.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 isn’t a smartphone for everyone, but for fans of the BlackBerry brand or those that just want to have their physical keyboard back, it’s the go-to choice if you’re buying a new phone in 2018.

If you live in the U.S. or Canada and are interested in getting a KEY2 for yourself, we’ve put together a guide of where exactly you can pick up the phone. We’ll continuously update this as more info becomes available, but for now, let’s jump right into it.

United States

The BlackBerry KEY2 has been confirmed to come to the U.S., but at the time of publication, we aren’t sure when that’ll be or what carriers/retailers will sell it.

BlackBerry has confirmed that the KEY2 will cost $650 in the States, but that’s all we know for the time being.

Canada

Bell

The first Canadian carrier on our list, Bell, will begin sales of the KEY2 on July 6.

When purchased with a two-year contract, the phone will set you back $99 CAD.

See at Bell

Rogers

Rogers will also open sales for the BlackBerry KEY2 on July 6, but you’ll pay ever-so-slightly less at $95 on a two-year term.

If you absolutely can’t wait until July 6 comes around, Rogers will open pre-orders starting June 21.

See at Rogers

SaskTel

For customers of SaskTel, you can expect to pay $99 for the KEY2 when you purchase it on a two-year term.

Similar to every other Canadian carrier, you can get your order placed beginning July 6.

See at SaskTel

TELUS

In regards to TELUS, this is where you’ll spend the most on a KEY2 when buying it on a two-year contract.

TELUS is charging $100 for the KEY2, and while that’s not a whole lot more than its competitors, it is worth looking elsewhere if you have the option.

As expected, you’ll be able to purchase the KEY2 on July 6.

See at TELUS

Unlocked

If you’re not about that carrier life and prefer buying your phones unlocked, you have no shortage of options for the KEY2.

Starting in July, BlackBerry says you’ll be able to purchase a carrier unlocked version of the KEY2 from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Blueshop, and Visions.

No matter which retailer you decide to buy from, the unlocked KEY2 is going to cost you $829.99.

See at Amazon

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20
Jun

BlackBerry KEY2: Everything you need to know


Like the BlackBerry KEYone? You’re going to love the KEY2 😍

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Following a heap of rumors and leaks, BlackBerry finally unveiled the highly-anticipated KEY2 on June 7, 2018. The KEY2 is a direct successor to last year’s KEYone and retains the same general design while offering upgraded specs across the board.

There’s a lot to unpack with the KEY2, so let’s go ahead and get into it.

Watch and read the preview

The KEY2 doesn’t do too much that’s different to the KEYone, but it improves everything in either minor or major ways. Three areas, in particular, get focus: performance, keyboard quality, and design.

BlackBerry KEY2 hands-on: More of the same, less of the lame

See how it compares to the KEYone

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The BlackBerry KEYone was no slouch of a phone, but with the KEY2, BlackBerry made upgrades in just about every area imaginable.

Between higher-end specs, the addition of dual cameras, improved keyboard, and more, the KEY2 is a better gadget in just about every regard.

However, if you already shelled out $550 for the KEYone last year, is it really worth spending another $650 this year? Let Daniel help you out with that dilemma in the comparison below 👇

BlackBerry KEY2 vs. BlackBerry KEYone: Should you upgrade?

The design is mostly the same

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One of the main reasons the KEYone stood out so much was thanks to its productivity-focused design. Instead of releasing a glass, all-screen slab like so many other companies, BlackBerry kicked out a chunky, physical keyboard-touting phone.

With the KEY2, that theme is present once again.

The KEY2 measures in at 151.4 mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm, making it taller, yet thinner, than the KEYone. The screen is once again a 4.5-inch panel with a 1620 x 1080 resolution, and the 3:2 aspect ratio makes a return, too.

You’ve got access to 35 backlit keys on the physical keyboard, and similar to the KEYone, the spacebar doubles as an integrated fingerprint sensor.

It’s got more RAM and a faster processor, but the battery is slightly smaller

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Although the KEY2 may look similar to the KEYone on the outside, it’s got a lot of improvements under the hood.

Last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM. You also have your choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage, both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card.

The battery is ever-so-slightly smaller at 3,500 mAh compared to the KEYone’s 3,505 mAh unit, but thanks to the power-sipping nature of the 660, the KEY2 should still be a battery champ.

BlackBerry KEY2 and 6GB of RAM: Why it’s a big deal

BlackBerry steps up to dual cameras

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The single 12MP rear camera on the KEYone was fine. It had the capacity to take decent photos, but often struggled in low-light and produced very shakey 4K video.

You don’t buy BlackBerry phones for their excellent cameras, but this is another area where the KEY2 should offer some serious improvements.

Around back, BlackBerry’s outfitted the KEY2 with dual 12MP sensors. The primary one features a large 1.28um pixel size with f/1.8 aperture while the secondary one touts a 1.0um pixel size and f/2.6 aperture. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there’s Phase Detection Autofocus.

In regards to the selfie camera, you’re looking at an 8MP sensor that’s capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS.

You’ll need to cough up $650 to own one

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As you’d expect, the KEY2’s many enhancements have resulted in a steeper price tag compared to last year’s model.

While the KEYone started out at $550 in the U.S., the KEY2 is $100 more expensive at $650. Elsewhere, the KEY2 will cost €649 EU, £579 GB, and $829 CDN.

Specifics on the U.S. release are still up in the air, but BlackBerry’s since confirmed that the KEY2 is coming to Canadian retailers and carriers in July.

Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2

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  • BlackBerry KEY2 specs
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Updated June 20, 2018: Added new information about where to buy the KEY2 and a section comparing it to the KEYone.

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