Blackberry Key2 feels like a decently-made smartphone, with a build quality one would expect for its price. It is one of more impressive devices from Blackberry, with everything feeling like it's made out of metal or glass. There's something absolutely original about this newest BlackBerry, no notched display to apologize for, and no absent headphone jack to spin "consumers want a slimmer phone" excuses for. Just crisp metal, tactile plastics, and a pleasing sense of familiarity.
Front of device is three quarters of screen and a physical keyboard. On top of screen is where you find an earpiece and a front facing camera. Main attraction on this phone, however, is the iconic Blackberry keyboard, which seems to be designed to tickle reminiscence thoughts in brain of a previous Blackberry user. It's much bigger now, than how it was on Blackberry KeyOne, and feels very much similar to arguably Blackberry's best phone, Blackberry Bold 9900. It's not that alone, however. Aluminum frame with its joining edges feels sturdy and reassuring. Textured back panel has a firm grip that makes you question glass backs of most mainstream smartphones. Yes, they look shiny and glamorous in photos and yes, Blackberry Key2 does tend to pick up fingerprint on its back, but it's so aggressively practical that you can't really blame it.
Back of phone isn't too different from Blackberry KeyOne. Soft-touch material feels nice to touch, and best of all, it doesn't capture fingerprint marks like most glass phones these days as it'll almost always look presentable. Camera module isn't as big and bold as it was on Blackberry KeyOne either even when there are two lenses now, but they still manage to look understated. There's a Blackberry logo at middle of this phone and it's in a black accent, making this phone look very classy and professional.
You won't find a fingerprint scanner anywhere on this phone but don't be fooled into believing that there is not any. Blackberry has smartly embedded fingerprint scanner inside space key on its keyboard and it works very well. A 4.5-inch display moves up a little, and bezels surrounding display have shrunk, giving phone a slightly more contemporary look. You'll still find capacitive Android navigation keys below screen, but all other buttons on this phone are now on right side, including power button and Convenience Key. Power button is textured, so you'll know which button you're about to press.
At bottom is where you'll find a USB Type-C charging port, with speaker grilles surrounding it, and at top of phone is a headphone jack that's slightly off-center. This slightly askew placement may be the only design flaw I've found with Blackberry Key2 as it just looks strange but I'm just happy they did not omit it altogether like most manufacturers these days.
Overall, it's a classy and professional looking smartphone, one which makes you remember the good old days when Blackberry was on top of their game, and one which will certainly not disappoint a Blackberry fan.