Nokia and BlackBerry were once two of the biggest mobile phone brands in the world, but the rise of smartphone giants such as Samsung and Apple in recent years has since seen Nokia and BlackBerry lose their previously untouchable popularity. But to their credit, both brands are still around and selling devices, or more accurately, licensed their brand names to Android powered handsets.
For instance, HMD Global, who acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand name, took full advantage of the legendary epic-ness of the original early 2000s Nokia 3310 phone in releasing the 2017 Nokia 3310. Sure, the new 3310 may be far from being a full fledged Android phone (and it only works on 3G networks), but it does have a battery that lasts almost forever (just like the original), a colored screen, a 2 megapixel camera, a slot for micro SD cards, the ability to allow users to check Facebook or their mail inbox, and of course, Snake.
Initially, the 2017 Nokia 3310 could not function on US mobile networks. But HMD Global has since made some adjustments to make the device America friendly. The 2017 Nokia 3310 can now be preordered for $60 from Best Buy’s official website. The phone is made available in four color options -- namely red, yellow, azure, and charcoal.
As for BlackBerry, the brand got a second chance at life after it had struck a partnership with phone maker TCL. Also, the decision to embrace Google’s Android mobile operating system might have been a really good one. The result of that decision is the release of the KEYone, a smartphone which manages to please the hardcore BlackBerry fans (thanks to the device’s physical keyboard) and attract new users (by way of the Android platform).
BlackBerry then decided to launch a Black Edition of its KEYone, and this particular variant not only offers a change in shade, but also twice the onboard storage capacity (from 32 gigabytes to 64 gigabytes), and a bigger RAM (from 3 gigabytes to 4 gigabytes). One can argue that the KEYOne Black Edition may be the best BlackBerry device out in the market, and if BlackBerry wants to regain its former mojo, it certainly needs to produce more phones like the KEYone Black Edition.
The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has officially launched in Canada, and can be purchased at Amazon, Telus, and Walmart for a price of $799.99 (no contract).
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