Black­Berry Mo­tion

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Black­Berry con­tin­ues to morph into its true sec­ond phase in 2017. The KeyOne was a mi­nor suc­cess in tech cir­cles, with peo­ple en­joy­ing the clas­sic aes­thetic, phys­i­cal key­board and up to date An­droid ex­pe­ri­ence. The Mo­tion con­tin­ues that re­vival as part of Black­Berry Mo­bile’s li­cens­ing deal with TCL. The for­mer mar­kets, the lat­ter man­u­fac­tures. On this ev­i­dence, it is do­ing a pretty great job.

The Mo­tion is a solid, aus­tere slab of smart­phone at an af­ford­able price point, but when you look at the

spec­i­fi­ca­tions, there are high-end op­tions out there for less than £100 more.


Black­Berry is re­mem­bered for its mid-2000s hey­day when hand­sets like the Bold 9900 were strictly busi­ness look­ing and felt close to in­de­struc­tible. The Mo­tion is go­ing to pick up scratches, dents and maybe a smashed screen like any other phone might, but it does feel solid with its alu­minium frame, a nice ad­di­tion at the price point.

Un­like the DTEK50 and DTEK60, TCL and BB Mo­bile’s other all-touch­screen Black­Berry phones, the Mo­tion feels pre­mium. It is slightly larger than the KeyOne and boasts a 5.5in dis­play.

The bot­tom bezel is a tad chunky but houses ca­pac­i­tive nav­i­ga­tion but­tons that you can’t swap over as they are back­lit, spe­cific sym­bols. A phys­i­cal but­ton in­te­grates a fin­ger­print sen­sor and an un­sub­tle bit of Black­Berry brand­ing. The top bezel is slim­mer with cam­era and LED no­ti­fi­ca­tion light if you long for the retro Black­Berry vibe.

Black­Berry’s map­pable con­ve­nience key is now on the right edge next to the power but­ton, while you’ll also find a head­phone jack (hooray), down­ward fac­ing speaker and cam­era with flash. The back also has a Kevlar-es­que tex­ture that is less pro­nounced than on the KeyOne, but is still a great ad­di­tion for grip and also doesn’t show fin­ger­prints like so many other phones do. It charges via USB-C and has an at­trac­tive tex­tured de­tail to the metal­lic sil­ver bumper. We also like how the phone curves over at the top rather than

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