The 7 Best BlackBerry Phones of 2019

Not all BlackBerry phones are created equal. Here are today's best models.

Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.

The Rundown

  • Best Overall: BlackBerry KEY2 at Amazon, “Beloved physical keyboard is still there...intuitive predictive typing features and even a fingerprint reader built right in.”
  • Best Value: BlackBerry KEY2 LE at Best Buy, “A cheaper alternative to the KEY2 that doesn’t sacrifice too much.”
  • Best for Security: BlackBerry DTEK60 at Amazon, “Built-in encryption and a password keeper provide heavyweight security to keep your data safe.”
  • Best for Business: BlackBerry DTEK50 at Amazon, “Features a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display and a pair of stereo speakers on the rear.”
  • Best Battery: BlackBerry Motion at Amazon, “It gets even the toughest power users through the day without having to recharge.”
  • Best Hybrid: BlackBerry KEYone at Amazon, “Full suite of BlackBerry applications to maintain the full experience for the best of both BlackBerry and Android worlds.”
  • Best Keyboard: BlackBerry Classic at Amazon, “Everything you know and love about the BlackBerry experience, but with a modern twist.”

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: BlackBerry KEY2

4.9

If you think that BlackBerries are a thing of the past, then the Android-powered KEY2 is here to prove you wrong. The newest addition to the BlackBerry line offers great features to satisfy diehard brand loyalists while also bringing the device closer to the all-screen smartphones we know and love. 

Devoted BlackBerry fans need not worry — the beloved physical keyboard is still there and just as satisfying to use, with intuitive predictive typing features and even a fingerprint reader built right in. The KEY2 also has touchscreen navigation (now an expected feature in today's smartphone market) although the 4.5-inch display pales a bit in comparison to iPhones and other flagship Androids. The same can be said of the dual 12MP cameras, one front-facing and another on the back: They snap decent photos, but can't really compete with other more advanced phone cameras on the market. 

While the KEY2 may fall behind its competitors' flashier features, the sturdy aluminum alloy build, non-slip back and impact-resistant Gorilla Glass screen make it considerably tougher than a typical smartphone. Plus, the advanced, customizable software security features are a boon for businesspeople and those who want to keep a close eye on how their phone data is protected. The memory is also expandable from 64GB up to 256GB depending on your needs, and it has a killer battery life: two whole days on a single charge. The Android 8.1 Oreo OS also gives you access to all your favorite apps and services from Google Play. 

When all is said and done, the KEY2 delivers that all-business BlackBerry experience with updates to meet 2018's expectations. So if you love this brand (or just crave a keyboard and something tougher than your typical all-glass smartphone) the KEY2 fills a particular niche in the market that's sure to garner its own enthusiastic following.

Best Value: BlackBerry KEY2 LE

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Courtesy of Best Buy 

On the hunt for something like the BlackBerry KEY2 but without the premium price tag? Enter the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. Occupying the middle ground between budget and premium models, the LE offers a cheaper alternative to the KEY2 without sacrificing too much. It sports the same 4.5-inch display at 1620 x 1080 resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass. With a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of RAM, the device runs smoothly even with multiple applications operating in the background. It runs an Android 8.1 OS, and BlackBerry has added its own software touches for extra security and personalization.

The LE differs from the regular KEY2 in build quality and camera quality, which is where you sacrifice those premium features to save a little money. The LE has a plastic rear chassis which, while it doesn’t look quite as nice, can actually make for a lighter and more comfortable device to hold. It also sports a pair of 13- and 5-megapixel cameras on the back and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Those aren’t quite as powerful as the KEY2, but they provide perfectly suitable photo results. 

Inside the body of the device is a 3,000mAh battery which, thanks to BlackBerry’s software optimizations, will easily last you through the day.  

Best for Security: BlackBerry DTEK60

Since its inception, BlackBerry has touted their devices’ security as a main selling point. Combine that security with a beautiful phone and Android software and the BlackBerry DTEK60 is a winner.

Packing a 5.5-inch QHD display, the DTEK60 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. For extra security, a fingerprint scanner sits on the rear of the device right below the 21-megapixel camera. This is actually the first device in the BlackBerry lineup to add fingerprint protection — it’s secure and more seamless than typing in a password.

The DTEK60 runs Android 6.0 software with a few bonuses from BlackBerry: preinstalled app provides automatic monitoring of the operating system and apps, tracking any time your contacts or location are accessed or if the camera is activated without your knowledge. Built-in encryption and a password keeper also provide heavyweight security to keep your most important data safe.

Best for Business: BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50
Courtesy of Amazon.com

Like its older sibling, the 4.76-ounce BlackBerry DTEK50 is a budget-friendly device running Android OS and it's one of the first devices BlackBerry hasn’t manufactured on its own. Running Android 6.0.1 out of the box, BlackBerry has altered the software just enough with useful tweaks and additional apps to make it feel more secure. BlackBerry added encryption at a system level all while promising to deliver monthly security patches direct from Google. In other words, if privacy is a major concern to you, the DTEK50 might offer some peace of mind.

The device features a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display and a pair of stereo speakers on the rear. Design-wise, the DTEK50 isn’t the most exciting phone you’ll find (it’s fairly utilitarian as a plastic-based device with a faux-metal material running around the display). Fortunately, the rubbery back is comfortable and will have you less concerned about dropping the device.

Powered by a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (microSD card optional), the DTEK50 feels a tad bit slower than its higher-end brother but, for the price, it’s more than good enough. Battery life stands up to the test with around 11 hours of life on a looping video. Additionally, the DTEK50 offers Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging, but you’ll have to purchase an aftermarket charger if you want to take advantage of the quick charging. Once you purchase the aftermarket charger, the Quick Charge can take the DTEK50 from no charge to fully charged in around two hours.

Best Battery: BlackBerry Motion

BlackBerry boasts that the Motion’s 4000mAh battery can last an entire day, it will last 32 hours on a single charge. That’s more than enough to get even the toughest power users through the day without having to recharge. For those times when you do need to power back up, this phone has Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C, which should get you juiced back up in no time.

Battery life is more than just the size of the battery. The Motion uses Qualcomm’s power-sipping Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, making the entire device optimized for extended use. It runs Android Nougat software with the promise of Android updates for the foreseeable future.

The Motion also has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that sits just above the 5.5-inch Full HD display. As an added bonus, the Motion is BlackBerry’s first water-resistant device.

Best Hybrid: BlackBerry KEYone

For smartphone owners who can’t decide between a touchscreen and a hardware keyboard, the BlackBerry KEYone offers the best of both worlds. The 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 IPS LCD display adds Gorilla Glass 4 technology for greater protection against bumps or drops, while the Snapdragon 625 processor pairs with 3GB of RAM for smooth day-to-day performance. Running on Android Nougat 7.0, the KEYone offers complete access to Google’s Play Store and its million-plus app selection. An eight-megapixel front-facing camera is ideal for selfies, while the 12-megapixel rear camera adds Sony’s IMX378 sensor for superb photos and 4K video recording. For the BlackBerry faithful, the KEYone comes complete with the full suite of BlackBerry applications to maintain the full experience for the best of both BlackBerry and Android worlds. With 26 hours of battery life when fully charged, the 3505mAh battery still adds quick charge 3.0, charging the battery to 50 percent power in just 36 minutes.

Best Keyboard: BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic
Courtesy of Amazon.com

BlackBerry’s Classic is everything you know and love about the BlackBerry experience, but with a modern twist. It runs BlackBerry OS 10.3, the home-grown software from Blackberry that failed to dethrone both Android and iOS. Released at the tail end of 2014, the 6.24-ounce Classic married BlackBerry’s always-excellent QWERTY keyboard with a 3.5-inch touchscreen 720 x 720 IPS display. Unfortunately, in the land of large touchscreen devices, the 3.5-inch display feels small and its square ratio prevents it from being a truly great display.

On the rear of the device is an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, plus a two-megapixel and 720p video capture camera on the front. However, when standing on its own, BlackBerry die-hards will love the combination keyboard/touchscreen even if the square display prevents any decent multimedia viewing. Still, the integration and placement of ports and buttons along the rim of the device are well thought out, so everything is easy to reach.

The four-row QWERTY keyboard will instantly be familiar to BlackBerry owners. There’s no reason to sugarcoat the typing experience, it’s fantastic with ridges and depressions on each key, so you know where your fingers are on the keyboard. Pair the keyboard with the touchpad and selecting, copying and pasting text is an even better experience than on a dedicated touchscreen.

Ultimately, it’s software that remains the only real “weakness” of the BlackBerry Classic and, while it does support Android apps, it’s limited to what’s available on Amazon’s app store. That said, if you add in BlackBerry’s “BlackBerry Assistant," you’ve got a Siri/Google Now clone that works well enough.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 42 hours testing one of the most popular Blackberry cell phones on the market. They took it home and experimented with its various features — from texting to taking photos — to evaluate what its and strengths and flaws really were. We asked our testers to consider the most important factors when using this cell phone, and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Blackberry Phone

Operating system - App developers usually make apps primarily for iOS and Android, meaning the BlackBerry OS has few killer apps. However, if you do opt for a device that runs BlackBerry OS, you’ll get access to select Android apps, not to mention BlackBerry’s fantastic Message Hub. On the flip side, if you spring for a phone that runs Android, you’ll have access to the Google Play store, which includes more apps than you’ll know what to do with.

Keyboard - BlackBerry is known for its excellent physical keyboards. If you stand by that design, there are a few options still available, but there are also models that swap the keyboard for a bigger screen.

Display - Ditching the physical keyboard makes more room for the display, so if streaming media is important to you, we recommend swapping the keyboard for a larger screen.

Test Results: BlackBerry KEY2 (Best Overall)

4.9

What We Like

  • Very durable

  • Impressive battery life

  • Beautiful screen

What We Don't Like

  • Lower-quality selfie camera

Overall, our testers thought that this phone was an excellent choice for Android users: “For anyone who loves Android, this is an option that will last a long time and give you everything you need in a smartphone,” one reviewer said. Our testers also loved its durability. “I dropped it a few times face down and the screen was fine,” one said, “and the back of the phone has a rubber grippy-type feel so it felt safe without a case.” One downside, though, was that the phone’s selfie camera was “subpar,” according to one reviewer.

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