Furthest from the roots!
10 Feb 2017 by Review
The DTEK60 is BlackBerry's flagship for 2016, just when we thought we've heard the last of them. Even though the design is exactly the same as the Alcatel idol 4s, there are quite a few features that seperated it from the crowd. Is this worth your time and hard earned money? Let's find out in this BlackBerry DTEK60 review🤓.
Design: Like I said, you'll get the familiar Alcatel idol vibes here. The dual glass design with the metal frame feels nice in the hand. There's that same programmable convenience key to the right along with the volume buttons and the power button is oddly on the top left side. There's a headphone jack up top and a USB type C port on the bottom right corner. The phone is quite robust of not a tad bit slippery. It's very slim, at 7 mm and weighs around 165 gms. I don't have any complaints over the build, except for that oddly placed power button. Display: The DTEK60 sports a crispy 5.5' QHD IPS LCD display at 534 ppi. The display is bright and perfectly balanced. It's bright enough to view outdoors and it's good viewing angles. Overall, it's a flagship quality display. Well done blackberry!😎 Performance: The BlackBerry DTEK60 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.1 GHz along with 4 GB DDR4 RAM and the powerful Adreno 530 GPU. As you might imagine, this thing's a beast. It's swift and very smooth in day to day operation, with very minimal stutters. There's 32 GB of expandable memory on board. The DTEK60 runs on Android 6.0.1 marshmallow with a mostly stock UI. There's the usual suite of BlackBerry's apps, like the Hub, which gets you all your messages from Twitter, Facebook, SMS all in one place. There's the quick widgets feature where you swipe up on a supported app and the respective widget will pop up. There's also the built in security app that monitors all the usage access requested by all your apps. Not to mention the excellent blackberry made keyboard app, which even though is a software now, still is the best in my opinion. The convenience key sill exists, and can be programmed to launch any app or shortcut. You can also program it to sleep the screen, as it is in the natural place where a power key would be. It can.t be used to wake the screen back up though. There's a fingerprint sensor on the rear and it's kind of flush with the back glass. It's decently fast, nothing flagship quality. It feels like more of a mid-range biometric sensor to me. It's still quite reliable though. Camera: The DTEK60 has a 21 mp rear camera at f/2.0 aperture and an 8 mp selfie snapper. The cameras are pretty good. They produce amazingly detailed shots in daylight, with excellent saturation and very well balanced dynamic range. The front camera too is wide angled and produces some crispy selfies. Low light performance isn't something to write home about😒. The camera struggles in challenging lighting and produces blurry and noisy shots. It's overall a decent sensor that always has your back, in pretty much all situations. Just don't expect anything remotely close to a Galaxy S7 or the LG V20😅. Battery: The DTEK60 houses a 3000 mAh battery, capable of quick charging. It's decent in terms of standby, getting around 4½ hrs of screen on time. It'll get you through the day with moderate usage. You might wanna charge it by late evening on a heavy usage day though. Price: The BlackBerry DTEK60 is priced at $530. Are you getting your money's worth here? Ummmm.. NO😒. Sure, this phone gets a lot of things right. But it still doesn't justify its relatively high price. I mean, we can get more powerful phones at lesser prices, like the OP3, honor 8 and the Axon 7. So is there any reason you'd wanna go for this? Yes. If you love Blackberry's suite of apps and services then this is your deal. But if you just want a great phone for the price, I suggest you look elsewhere😅. Pros Excellent interface with BlackBerry value added softwares. Great build quality on a rather pale design, by TCL. Cons Not the fastest phone our there BlackBerry isn't what it used to be, by running on Android.