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BlackBerry DTEK60 review

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
Informr score
The BlackBerry DTEK60 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Detailed display with good color accuracy
  • Enhanced security through BlackBerry patching
  • Plenty of storage
  • microSD support
  • Great performance
  • QuickCharge 3.0 support
  • All-day battery life

What's bad

  • Slippery, fingerprint magnet
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Older Android version

It’s no secret that BlackBerry has struggled to stay competitive since smartphones changed the mobile phone landscape. With their latest attempt, they’re taking their approach to software and applying it a phone designed by another company. Could this be the phone that brings BlackBerry back from the brink?

Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

With its glass back and metal chassis, the DTEK60 offers a premium feel and clean appearance. Reviewers' impressions were generally positive. However, they were also quick to note that it is essentially a slightly modified Alcatel Idol 4S (or a Vodafone Platinum Smart 7 for UK readers). Reviewers loved the rear placement of the fingerprint scanner and the “convenience button” on the side.

However, Pocket Lint highlighted a common concern, saying, “While it may be pretty, it's also slippery and attracts fingerprints without any effort. Put it down on the arm of your sofa, and it'll likely find its own way to the floor.”

Heading around front, you’re greeted with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display running at 1440-by-2560 pixels. Screen reviews were positive. Trusted Reviews said, “the screen is more than good enough for most regular users.” If you use your phone outdoors, some reviews noted that low screen brightness might prove troublesome.

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 2.15GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor--a standard for 2016 flagships--paired with 4GB of RAM. Performance reviews were great. Android Central noted, “From a performance standpoint, the DTEK60 will do everything you want it to do with nary a whine or whimper.” Trusted Reviews was the only one to mention heat or stuttering, saying, “The only time I noticed any performance issues was when running intensive 3D games.”

The phone includes 32GB of internal storage and the microSD card supports cards up to a massive 2TB. You shouldn't worry about fitting everything you need on your phone.

BlackBerry chose to use Android Marshmallow 6.0 for their latest release. There is no confirmation of a Nougat 7.0 release at the time of writing. However, BlackBerry is known for it’s fast patches and security updates. Reviews on the software for the phone are outstanding. Most noted that this is the best blend of Android and BlackBerry’s older interface yet.

While the phone’s 3,000mAh battery looks average on paper, reviewers raved about battery life. CNet called it, “The DTEK60's best feature.” Trusted Reviews used the phone for a week and noted, “With regular use I easily managed to get at least a day’s use out of the DTEK60.” Should you find yourself low on power, QuickCharge 3.0 support promises a up to 80% battery life in only 30 minutes of charge time.

One area where the reviews weren’t as great was the phone’s camera. Although the 21MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens represent the most powerful BlackBerry cameras to date, all reviews mentioned lackluster performance. “In good light, the focus speed is decent and images have nice detail,” CNet said, “In low light, it struggles to focus and images are quite noisy.”

Overall, unless you’re looking for an amazing camera, reviews for the DTEK60 are solid. Recombu called it “better equipped than any of the company’s previous attempts at serving as the perfect work/play smartphone.” Android Central showered the phone with praise, declaring, “I think BlackBerry's attention to user security and privacy is something that adds plenty of value and makes the DTEK60 stand out from other good phones at the price point. Especially when it comes without any drawbacks to using it.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.15 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
21+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Indian Express

The DTEK60 does a really good job in multitasking and is a consistent performer, but unfortunately falls short on camera front and the price-to-value proposition is not so impressive. So for us, it’s hard to recommend DTEK60 at this price, even if you are still a ‘BlackBerry Fan’.

- Hitesh Arora, The Indian Express
Notebookcheck

Learning from its recent missteps, BlackBerry introduces the new DTEK60, which offers a more than adequate smartphone at a reasonable price-point. The product’s shining feature is its improved security enhancements, which in the age of cyber-attacks is critical for both firms and private indiv...

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck
Cnet

Its focus on productivity and security will make business users quite happy. As for the rest of us, the phone is rather vanilla.

- Patrick Holland, Cnet
Android Community

The DTEK60 is more than just a phone for ex-BB users.

- Jerry Hildenbrand, Android Community
TrustedReviews

The DTEK60 is probably the best all-round BlackBerry phone in quite some time, building on the progress made by the quirky BlackBerry Priv. For £475 you get a solidly built smartphone, with speedy performance, great security and a decent battery life.

- Alastair Stevenson, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
5.5"

The BlackBerry DTEK60's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.15 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
21+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 21+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1560 minutes.

BlackBerry DTEK60 Specs

Overview
Release date October 25, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.15 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.36 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1560 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 165 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
21+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Image stabilization, HDR, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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