BlackBerry phones are known to be classic, neat, powerful and a bit like a luxury. BBM and other blackberry apps made blackberry a favourite of many some years back. The company has been struggling ever since Android started gaining grounds.
Even though BlackBerry runs it’s own OS on its devices, they have a one Android phones to their credit. Blackberry Priv is the first BlackBerry phone which runs on Android OS. The latest BlackBerry phone running Android is the DTEK50, the phone Blackberry calls “the most secured Android phone”. If security is your problem, you should consider settling down with this phone even though it should have been a lot better that it is.
So let’s dig inside BlackBerry’s second Android phone, the DTEK50 and see what it’s got.
BlackbBerry DTEK50 looks almost like Alcatel Ido 4. Some even refer to it as a “cloned version” of Alcatel Ido 4. Whatever be the case, there still a few difference. It’s simple, clean, and easy to use with one hand, thanks to the thin side bezels and small top and bottom chin. It’s power button can be located at the upper left side of the phone, unless you use the phone with your left hand, it can be quite awkward and difficult to reach the power button, and will certainly take some getting used to.
The volume rocker is also on the right, as usual and below it is a large circular button that you would expect to be the power button. Instead, it is what BlackBerry calls the “convenience key.” This is a completely programmable button that can be used for a variety of functions, like composing a text, controlling the LED flash, toggling Wi-Fi, or opening any app.
At the top and bottom are the headphone jack and micro USB port respectively.
BlackBerry DTEK50 is fitted with a 5.2″ display with a resolution of 1080p which is more than enough for this display size. Reading text, watching videos, and playing games will all be enjoyable on this screen.
The device comes with a 13 MP main camera with face detection capabilities, auto focus, dual LED flash not leaving out an 8 MP front shooter.
To power it, the BlackBerry DTEK50 comes with a with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with speed up to 1.5 Ghz backed by Adreno 405 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. Pretty standard for a mid range smartphone.
BlackBerry DTEK50 runs on Android OS v6.0 or Marshmallow for short. It comes with BBM pre-installed (for BBM users) with lots of software customization so you can “feel” the Blackberry on Android.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 also has a non removable 2610 mAh battery. Experts say it can last up to 576 hours of standby, 17 hours of talk time and 40 hours of music play. AL depends on what you use it for.
You only get 16 GB of on-board storage with the DTEK50, but the device does offer expandable storage via microSD card up to 256 GB, so if you are looking to download a lot of apps and games, you will definitely need to pick up a microSD card .
So why is it the most secured Android phone as Blackberry says?
Most of the phone’s security is based on the DTEK application. DTEK will show you the security status of the device, and this can change over time the more you use the phone. With DTEK, all your data is encrypted, and you can control the permissions of individual apps and what they’re allowed to access, so you never have to worry about apps having access to things that you don’t want it to.
There’s also a factory reset protection, so in the event that someone steals your phone and factory resets it, they still won’t be able to use the phone without knowing your Google account info.
That’s the biggest selling point of the BlackBerry DTEK50, not the camera, not the price, not specs.