BlackBerry's newest release, the DTEK60, is a midrange Android phone that aims to be as productive and secure as it possibly can. Its target is clear: the business user.
But if you're not a business user, the DTEK60 might just seem so-so. While its specs and performance are good, there are better phones at lower prices that are just as useful and far more enjoyable -- like the OnePlus 3T.
The DTEK60 is one of the nicest BlackBerrys released in a long time. It's filled with useful features and decent specs. Business users should find it quite the capable phone. But for the rest of us, it misses out on being fun. I'm not excited to pick it up and use it like I am a Google Pixel or an iPhone or a OnePlus 3T. Those phones offer good security and productivity features, but they also have things like Google Assistant, iMessage and better cameras. Through use, those phones feel like they become a reflection of who I am. Whereas the DTEK60 feels like I'm using a scientific calculator -- it wants me to adapt to it. And maybe that's the point. Maybe that's what makes this a good work phone.
|BlackBerry DTEK60||Alcatel Idol 4S||BlackBerry DTEK50||OnePlus 3T|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels AMOLED||5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels AMOLED||5.2-inch; 1,920x1080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920x1080 pixels|
|Pixel density||534 ppi||534 ppi||424 ppi||401ppi|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Processor||2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||1.8GHz + 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652||1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617||2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Storage||32GB||32GB||16GB||64GB or 128GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Back cover||None||Home button|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$499||$400||$229||$439 (16GB) or $479 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£475||£385||£275||£399 (16GB) or £439 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to about AU$660||AU$470||About AU$395||About AU$590 (16GB) or AU$650 (128GB)|