BlackBerry DTEK60 review
Bigger and better
Our BlackBerry DTEK60 review highlights a phone that sisters the DTEK50. However the BlackBerry DTEK60 is bigger and better, in almost every way.
The DTEK60 has a camera and screen with better definition, a faster processor, a larger internal memory, a slimmer form and a larger battery with longer usage times.
Design - Big on screen resolution
The BlackBerry DTEK60 has a large 5.5” scratch-resistant display. The Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels equates to 534 pixels per inch, which is very fine indeed (Apple iPhone 7 326ppi / Samsung Galaxy S7 577ppi). In short, the DTEK60 shows four times the number of pixels than those shown on a standard HDTV.
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It isn’t just pixel density though, as the DTEK60 uses AMOLED screen technology to give deep blacks and rich colours, all while using less power. The all-touch screen with intuitive gesture-based navigation, has an oleophobic coating, to help resist fingerprint smudges.
This BlackBerry phone weighs 165g and is on the thinner side of what we see today, at 7mm thick. The processor has plenty of punch too with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. With this sort of power, there is nothing that BlackBerry DTEK60 can’t handle.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Fingerprint security
The BlackBerry DTEK60 has a fingerprint sensor and this can be used to unlock the phone, give access to the BlackBerry Password Keeper and for making purchases (including with Android Pay). It is possible to add up to five fully encrypted fingerprints, enabling access by multiple users.
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Content from an old smartphone can be transferred onto the 32GB internal memory and this can be expanded upon with a microSD card of any value up to 2TB. The set up includes the option to play around with scalable fonts, zoom magnification and high contrast text with colour correction.
Malware & hacks - DTEK by BlackBerry
The DTEK60 is the world’s most secure Android smartphone, meaning that you don’t need to worry about malware and malicious NFC bumps.
DTEK by BlackBerry for Android, monitors the OS and apps to let you know when your privacy may be at risk, and how to handle that risk. The software protects against your microphone being turned on, text being sent, accessing of contacts or location and the taking of photos or video, without your knowledge.
An overall security rating can be viewed in graphic form, along with what to do to improve it. BlackBerry is also the fastest to deliver security patches, so you can be assured that your content, photos and bank info is always safe.
Software - Operating system and apps
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is powered by the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, so you get a series of pre-loaded Google apps, such as Maps, Voice Search, the Google Now Voice Assistant and YouTube. In addition to these, BlackBerry has pre-loaded some of its most useful apps such as the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, Tasks by BlackBerry and Notes by BlackBerry.
There are three BlackBerry features that really stand out:
- BlackBerry Pop-Up Widgets - There is only so much space on a home screen for widgets and BlackBerry has tackled this issue by creating Pop-Up Widgets. The widgets are shown when the user swipes a finger over the apps icon. The real beauty of these is that you can access widget information without opening up the app.
- Convenience key - This customisable key is located on the side of the phone and it can be used to mute a call or launch apps or tasks.
- BlackBerry Inteligent Keyboard - With contextual auto-correction and next word prediction with a personal learning engine, this is one of the most intuitive keyboards around. The keyboard can be used in one of two modes. Flick typing predicts words as you type and these appear between the rows of keyboard letters, so that they can be flicked for selection. The alternative is flow typing, where you slide your finger from letter to letter, which saves an enormous amount of time.
Camera & Video
Photography - 21 million pixels
It sounds like an extreme number but the BlackBerry DTEK60 does have a 21MP camera (Apple iPhone 7 12MP/ Samsung Galaxy S7 12MP/ BlackBerry DTEK50 13MP). Like many other flagship smartphones, it can also capture 4K video at 30 frames per second but you will need a 4K TV in order to playback at 4K quality.
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Much of the latest camera tech has made its way onto the BlackBerry DTEK60 and this includes Phase Detect Auto Focus with fast focus lock, HDR, a dual tone LED flash, 4x digital zoom, Panorama, Burst, Live Filters and Multi-frame Low Light Enhancement.
Portrait photography - Panorama selfies
The 8MP selfie camera already has an 84 degrees wide angle lens, but it can also be used in Wide Selfie Mode to capture panorama selfies. Live Filters can be applied as you shoot and there is a Selfie Flash, for low light or indoors photography.
Power - High capacity / Quick Charge
The high capacity 3,000mAh battery is charged through the included USB Type-C cable and the phone employs Quick Charge 3.0 technology, to give hours of use from minutes of charge.
The battery will typically offer up to 24 hours of mixed use or up to 26 hours of talk time, 14 days standby, 17 hours of video playback or up to 88 hours of audio playback.
Next review: Google Pixel XL
Written by: Michael Brown
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