CLEO Tries Out The Blackberry Key2 And Mi A2 And Here Are The Honest Reviews

Here’s a look at some Android underdogs that might fit your needs and/or your budget.

Living in a world that’s flooded by Androids, I do have to admit that I do enjoy staying in my iOs “bubble”. As someone who’s only familiar with one phone, navigating the world of the Androids does get a little overwhelming. “You’re a noob, that’s why,” you may say. It’s true. There are just too many types, phones, variations, updates.

Call it decision fatigue — too much choice and my mind bends in upon itself. So when the team came across these two particular new releases in the Android market, I figured, let’s give them a whirl. There’s always a first time for everything!

There were two of them: The Mi A2, and the Blackberry Key2.

Why these two, you ask? As a person who does have overchoice issues, I wanted to see how the underdogs fared. Because obviously, the super-famous Huaweis and Samsungs are market leaders and will surely promise performance. People associate themselves with the underdog because sometimes it is difficult to identify with the winner since people generally don’t win all of the time.

Surely, there’s always a phone to fit any person or their needs and/or budget. Off the bat? We were impressed by them in certain respects, and wished there were some improvements in others. Here are simple breakdowns of the phones for you to consider if you ever needed a new purchase or a back-up.

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Mi A2

A great looking phone, for a fraction of the price.

Release Date: Mid-2018

Price at Nov 2018: RM1,099

Basic Specs

First off, you’ll realise what a good-looking phone this is. While slightly derivative of other models, it borrows some concepts and packages it into a wallet-friendly option that’s able to perform well. The Mi A2 is a contender for flipping an iOS user because it’s an entry-level Android that’s simple  to use.

What you will like:
– Design-wise, it’s pretty, sleek and the screen graphics are crystal-clear.

– The fingerprint sensor is ultra-quick and sensitive; no weird delays or detection issues for that — we loved how this made it easy to attend to calls and other urgent things.

– It is also such a comfortable price to pay, which means you get to experience everything you need to — at literally a quarter of the price of leading phones.

What you won’t like:
– While it promises performance, some apps seem to lag.

– The camera quality is impressive, (20 mega pixels!) however the instant beauty filter can be a little #overload unless you’re really into that kind of thing (we prefer au naturel).

– Also, it doesn’t have a headphone jack which can put you in a bind if you want to plug in


As a person who is more used to using iOs, this is the entry-level Android that you would use to ease yourself into the world of Android. It’s comfortable to use, intuitive, and it’s a great phone for being on a budget, and for performing your daily tasks. It’s great-looking and slim, sleek and ticks all the boxes — for the price tag it packs a punch!

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