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  1. jeremyr4's Avatar
    I am calling this "new differences" because I don't believe anyone has mentioned these yet. I currently have both a Key2 and Key2 LE with me. Neither have been activated with a SIM - both are connected to WiFi and are connected to my Exchange Server. I have been trying them both to see which would be a better fit for me to keep and I haven't sorted that out yet. In the meantime, I thought some of these new differences would be helpful to anyone who is considering which phone to buy:

    - Interestingly the Key2 LE appears to have better WiFi signal connected to the same router. It's 1 bar up compared to the Key2. I believe I have read that some believe their cellular reception on the Key2 LE was slightly better than the Key2 (although the Key2 is ok on its own) so perhaps they made improvements to the antennas on the Key2 LE. It's worth noting that the antennas appear to be different between the 2 phones, as you can see an antenna "line" on the outside of the Key2 towards the top (on the side) whereas the line is not there on the Key2 LE. So there likely is a difference between the two.

    - The speaker on the Key2 LE is significantly louder than the Key2. I am guessing perhaps it was in response to some who say the Key2 speaker isn't loud enough.

    - Surprisingly the vibrate mechanism in the Key2 is MUCH more refined than the Key2 LE. I actually thought my LE was broken so I went to Best Buy to check their display model and I can confirm that the vibrate feel on the Key2 feels a lot better than the Key2 LE IMO. The LE vibrate just feels cheap (when pressing any buttons that switch menus, etc, where there is a vibration haptic feedback) vs the Key2 which feels richer. This might sound ridiculous if you haven't tried both phones but even my wife agreed and she doesn't normally notice these things.

    - The battery definitely lasts a little longer on the Key2 but I would say it's not more than about a 10% gain. On standby the phones appear to deplete at about the same pace - it's the usage where the Key2 LE doesn't quite last as long but it's not a huge difference.

    - The keyboards on both phones are surprisingly different in that it is absolutely noticeable. I would describe the Key2 keyboard as "spongy" and widely spaced out while the Key2 LE keyboard has very short travel and is much tighter. Very noticeable differences when they are both next to each other.

    - The screens are definitely NOT identical between the two, as the same brightness and setting does not make them close to identical. I would say that the Key2 screen is a little warmer, while the Key2 LE screen is brighter at the same brightness % but is colder. I believe the LE has a sliding scale to make the colors warmer/colder while the Key2 does not have that option. I suspect it's because they saved on screen cost on the LE and then provided the sliding scale to help users tweak the LE while it isn't as necessary on the Key2.

    - The weighting of both phones is VERY different. You will see that most people believe the LE spreads its weight more evenly than the Key2, making it easier to hold for extended periods, but I have found that in fact the weighting is DIFFERENT for each phone in that in some positions the Key2 is easier to hold while in others the LE is easier to hold. So if you're standing and just holding the phone horizontal then the weighting on the LE is much better - that's what most people are commenting on. BUT if you're lying in bed, for example, and you're holding the phone more vertically then the Key2 is actually easier to hold because the Key2 is more weighted towards the top while the LE is more weighted towards the bottom. So the LE actually feels heavier when holding it vertically while the Key2 feels heavier when holding it horizontally, which I am assuming is the more common way to hold it.

    - While I definitely think the LE has a less slippery back for holding it (it's quite noticeable), it's actually easier to grip the SIDES of the Key2 vs the LE. Meaning that the sides are actually more slippery on the LE while the back is more slippery on the Key2. So each phone is more slippery than the other depending on how you're holding it at the time.

    - The speed of the Key2 is definitely better than the Key2 LE but it's only noticeable when using both. The Key2 feels like there is no hesitation doing anything while the LE takes just a little longer when using the hub for messages, etc. It's very minor but noteworthy when comparing both.

    It's pretty interesting that most professional reviews of the Key2 just focus on the specs differences, which are pretty minor, while not paying any attention to the details. Overall I would say that each phone has its pros and cons. For example, if I had a choice I would take the speed, extra battery capacity, screen, vibrate mechanism, and less slippery sides of the Key2 with the keyboard, less slippery back, and better reception of the LE. With any luck they will combine all of this when making the Key3!

    As for me, I'm honestly torn between which is better for me. The LE's compatibility with Verizon will probably seal the deal for me but if it wasn't for that then I might stick with the Key2 (without the capacitive keyboard turned on due to the bugs) despite the fact that I like the LE's keyboard a lot more than the Key2. The extra speed, battery capacity, better vibrate mechanism, along with the better weighting when lying in bed are big pluses from my perspective in favor of the Key2. But the Verizon factor will likely trump things for me...

    I hope this was helpful for anyone trying to sort out which one to buy...
    01-12-19 11:22 PM
  2. the_boon's Avatar
    Nice detailed overview of some other differences between the two that most people here have indeed not gone over.

    The spacebar is what pretty much moved me away from the KEY2 to the LE, I'm too OCD about this stuff and I NEED the biggest key of to have a satisfying and firm click.

    Another thing is the RGB LED, it's MUCH better on the KEY2 than on the LE.

    I'm sacrificing alot to have a nice spacebar lol because that's what matters to me the most, cause other than that, the KEY2 is absolutely the superior device overall.
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    01-13-19 03:04 PM
  3. jeremyr4's Avatar
    It's worth noting that the Key2 that I bought from Amazon recently has a spacebar that is literally as solid as the LE. I suspect they made some modifications to it. My build date was sometime in Sep. I am not sure whether there will be durability issues with the Key2 spacebar but, at this point, I wouldn't consider the spacebar a reason not to go with the Key2 given the change...
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    01-13-19 03:55 PM
  4. conite's Avatar
    It's worth noting that the Key2 that I bought from Amazon recently has a spacebar that is literally as solid as the LE. I suspect they made some modifications to it. My build date was sometime in Sep. I am not sure whether there will be durability issues with the Key2 spacebar but, at this point, I wouldn't consider the spacebar a reason not to go with the Key2 given the change...
    My KEY² is Sep as well - absolutely perfect spacebar.

    If true, I would suspect the KEY² LE has slightly better reception because of being plastic.
    Last edited by conite; 01-13-19 at 04:24 PM.
    01-13-19 04:10 PM
  5. OMGitsRLR-1's Avatar
    Yeah this is a really great comparison and is totally spot-on. I've had both devices and had to give up my main Key2's as they both had space bar issues. Really liking the LE at the moment as I feel it's lightweight is so beneficial and the keyboard feels a lot more easier to use, just miss the Key2's battery life & camera quality sometimes!
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    01-13-19 05:38 PM
  6. neuropre's Avatar
    As a new BB user (K2LE), thank you for listing these things which I didn't see mentioned elsewhere. The differences overall are a moot point for me since I could only afford the LE.

    Does anyone have a picture which shows a side-by-side comparison of the top (headphone location, etc) and the bottom (speaker/charger locations) or where I can see one please? Thanks.
    01-13-19 09:57 PM
  7. neuropre's Avatar
    As a new BB user (K2LE), thank you for listing these things which I didn't see mentioned elsewhere. The differences overall are a moot point for me since I could only afford the LE.

    Does anyone have a picture which shows a side-by-side comparison of the top (headphone location, etc) and the bottom (speaker/charger locations) or where I can see one please? Thanks.
    Something like what's shown here in a comparison of Key2 vs Keyone.
    01-13-19 10:26 PM
  8. Adam Matlock's Avatar
    Interesting information on the spacebar. I just bought a new one from Best Buy. I need to look at the build date to see if it's pre SEPT'ish, becuase it's just as clicky as the first one I had back in August. If so, I may go ahead and return this one and get an Amazon model and hope for the best.
    01-14-19 01:33 PM
  9. the_boon's Avatar
    Interesting information on the spacebar. I just bought a new one from Best Buy. I need to look at the build date to see if it's pre SEPT'ish, becuase it's just as clicky as the first one I had back in August. If so, I may go ahead and return this one and get an Amazon model and hope for the best.
    By clicky you mean the same high pitched sound compared to the rest of the keys?

    The different sound doesn't really bother me, as it's only noticeable in a really quiet environment.

    And actually, some slight to moderate wobbling (not rattling) would even be ok for me if, IF, the spacebar had the same clicking resistance as the rest of the keys.

    But it doesn't, which means on a unit with a loose spacebar we'd get 3 annoyances:

    the loose key

    not enough resistance to press said key

    the louder noise
    01-14-19 03:37 PM
  10. Luke Beauchamp's Avatar
    The keyboards on both phones are surprisingly different in that it is absolutely noticeable. I would describe the Key2 keyboard as "spongy" and widely spaced out while the Key2 LE keyboard has very short travel and is much tighter. Very noticeable differences when they are both next to each other.
    So much for the claim that the feel of the Key2 keyboard was based off the Blackberry Bold 9900.
    01-14-19 10:03 PM
  11. conite's Avatar
    So much for the claim that the feel of the Key2 keyboard was based off the Blackberry Bold 9900.
    Seems on the money to me.
    01-14-19 10:05 PM
  12. Luke Beauchamp's Avatar
    The spacebar on my Key2 worked perfectly for the first few months and then it went wrong. Now it only works when I either press it very hard or press it fairly hard on the far left side. This has certainly slowed down my typing.
    01-14-19 10:07 PM
  13. conite's Avatar
    The spacebar on my Key2 worked perfectly for the first few months and then it went wrong. Now it only works when I either press it very hard or press it fairly hard on the far left side. This has certainly slowed down my typing.
    Sounds like a warranty issue.
    01-14-19 10:16 PM
  14. conbrio29's Avatar
    So much for the claim that the feel of the Key2 keyboard was based off the Blackberry Bold 9900.
    Do you mean to say that the LE is more like the 9900 than the Key2 in terms of the keyboard?
    01-14-19 11:42 PM
  15. the_boon's Avatar
    Do you mean to say that the LE is more like the 9900 than the Key2 in terms of the keyboard?
    Well, the 9900's keyboard wasn't capacitive, and it's spacebar felt the same as the other keys.

    So.... Maybe that's what he meant ?
    01-15-19 05:16 PM
  16. conbrio29's Avatar
    That's kinda what I gathered too. If that's the case, maybe BlackBerry Mobile could market the LE as the "true" 9900 remake lol
    01-15-19 05:21 PM
  17. bh7171's Avatar
    Nice detailed overview of some other differences between the two that most people here have indeed not gone over.

    The spacebar is what pretty much moved me away from the KEY2 to the LE, I'm too OCD about this stuff and I NEED the biggest key of to have a satisfying and firm click.

    Another thing is the RGB LED, it's MUCH better on the KEY2 than on the LE.

    I'm sacrificing alot to have a nice spacebar lol because that's what matters to me the most, cause other than that, the KEY2 is absolutely the superior device overall.
    I believe I had read you owned a BlackBerry Keyone Black Edition prior. How does this slot in and compare with the Key2 LE as far as typing, keyboard, call quality and reception. Would appreciate your thoughts as the Black Edition Key One is priced so reasonably right now I am considering picking one up to try out. (My favorite BlackBerry in my cabinet of former BlackBerry devices going back to my Curve 9000 for keyboard is my Classic- which I believe you used as well)
    01-17-19 02:53 AM
  18. anon(10572257)'s Avatar
    I believe I had read you owned a BlackBerry Keyone Black Edition prior. How does this slot in and compare with the Key2 LE as far as typing, keyboard, call quality and reception. Would appreciate your thoughts as the Black Edition Key One is priced so reasonably right now I am considering picking one up to try out. (My favorite BlackBerry in my cabinet of former BlackBerry devices going back to my Curve 9000 for keyboard is my Classic- which I believe you used as well)
    If I had a choice right now between the two I would probably by the black edition. It's still a fantastic device and as you said it's very reasonably priced now
    01-18-19 09:43 AM
  19. Livermore's Avatar
    This is probably the best comparison review I've read. Thank you for this.
    01-22-19 11:38 PM
  20. Livermore's Avatar
    I own the LE and so far it's a flawless machine. Such an upgrade from my silver KeyOne and the best berry I've owned to date. The lack of capacitive keys made me deter at first but finally pulled the trigger and my expectations have been surmounted. Love my slate LE.
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    01-22-19 11:41 PM
  21. jeremyr4's Avatar
    This is probably the best comparison review I've read. Thank you for this.
    No problem. I am glad it was helpful! I posted it with the hope that it would help others. I'm always appreciate of the amount of info that is shared by this community so it's the least I could do!
    01-23-19 12:12 AM
  22. Livermore's Avatar
    No problem. I am glad it was helpful! I posted it with the hope that it would help others. I'm always appreciate of the amount of info that is shared by this community so it's the least I could do!
    I'm on Verizon so I had to go with the LE. Prior to owning the LE I really wanted a Key2 since it was specifically better. After all these reviews it's amazing to see that the LE is just as great. In my opinion the LE is the best berry I've owned and I own a lot. I never touched a Key2 yet but have seen it in public (japanese girl sitting next to me had a all black K2). But I'm loving the LE in every aspect, and the capacitivelessness of its keyboard hasn't hindered me a bit. Although I do miss scrolling webpages and swiping left to delete.

    LE for the win!

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    01-23-19 03:51 AM
  23. anon(10573286)'s Avatar
    It's worth noting that the Key2 that I bought from Amazon recently has a spacebar that is literally as solid as the LE. I suspect they made some modifications to it. My build date was sometime in Sep. I am not sure whether there will be durability issues with the Key2 spacebar but, at this point, I wouldn't consider the spacebar a reason not to go with the Key2 given the change...
    Did you buy this new off Amazon?
    01-23-19 08:31 PM
  24. jeremyr4's Avatar
    Did you buy this new off Amazon?
    Yes - I bought it from Amazon. I actually bought both the Key2 and the LE from Amazon.
    01-24-19 01:11 AM
  25. bmhillegass87's Avatar
    LE here because of the weight different prefer the lighter device.
    01-26-19 07:17 PM

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