Classic Physical QWERTY keyboard, Optical trackpad and 5.4-inch AMOLED Touchscreen
4G LTE Data Speeds; Android Operating System
18 Megapixel Camera w/ Schneider-Kreuznach optics) & Optical Image Stabilization,+ Front-Facing 2 Megapixel Camera
Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808, Adreno 418 Graphics
Internal Memory: 32GB, 3GB RAM + microSD Slot Expandable up to 200GB
PRIV brings remarkable features to Android that make sharing ideas and connecting with people faster and easier. And with Android and Google Play, all of the apps you would ever need are available at your fingertips. Manage your conversations in one place with BlackBerry Hub, an exclusive productivity feature. Quickly organize and respond from your inbox without having to open each message.
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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April 1, 2017
October 17, 2016
I have been a BlackBerry fan over many years. I have never had an iPhone or a Samsung mobile. My first mobile was a Nokia, then BlackBerry since 2009.
I had a BlackBerry Z10, then a BlackBerry Z30 (both purchased at Amazon), but not BlackBerry Passport because it looked uncomfortable to me. Let’s go to the important points.
1. Data transfer from BlackBerry Z30 to BlackBerry Priv: I have followed the instructions at the website http://helpblog.blackberry.com/, under the topic “How to switch from a BlackBerry 10 device to PRIV”. It worked perfectly. However, please note that it is NOT possible to save and transfer old Whatsapp chats. Additionally, photos, movies and other files can be saved in a micro SD media card and copied into the new device. These procedures are also very well described at the webpage mentioned above. Everything worked smoothly.
2. Design: This is the nicest BlackBerry I have ever used, even considering that Z30 was also very nice. The curved screen make it appears as “infinite”. The screen definition is crystal clear. The luminosity of the screen is wisely adaptable to the environment luminosity. Although there is a lot of information on the main screen (new messages, new notifications and other updates are indicated at the top of the screen until the user check them), the icons and other informations are very well defined and easy to find. The mobile case is locked – the battery cannot be changed (at least in principle). The most “unique” feature of the PRIV BlackBerry is the physical keyboard which can be found by swiping the screen. Some people say that this mobile is heavy because of this feature. OK, maybe. Overall, I very much like PRIV design.
3. Responsiveness: I am extremely well impressed how fast is BlackBerry PRIV response to any touch. Internet navigation is incredibly fast. To change the position of icons, though, it is necessary to push it a little harder. The mobile can be used as a scanner, camera (see below), voice recorder and as an editor for different types of documents (including WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT, etc.). The Blackberry Hub is extremely useful as a “finder” for all types of messages (email, msn, Whatsapp), very effectively. Netflix works beautifully in this device (see the movie below). Reading documents and webpages is pleasant since the luminosity of the screen is adjusted to the environment. The responsiveness is overall excellent.
4. Physical keyboard: well, well… This is a featured presented as a “must” by BlackBerry. Hum, I found the keys of the keyboard a bit small. It is not that easy to use it. The user has to find out how-to-do many commands (there are webpages available to explain the shortcuts). However, the screen keyboard is so responsive that, I think, compensate the somewhat limited physical keyboard.
5. Camera: be prepared to get some of the best shots with a mobile phone, ever. With a 18 megapixel camera, the definition of the pictures and movies is absolutely stunning. Great feature.
6. Phone calls: Fellows, please note that I live in Brazil, where the phone services are not the best. Nevertheless, where 3G or 4G signal is available, the calls are very fast and effective, and the sound transmission is of excellent quality
7. Simultaneous connection with 3G or 4G and wifi: this was one of the good surprises provided by PRIV. Where wifi is available, the phone automatically DOES NOT connect to 3G or 4G but only to the wifi, saving money for the user. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that, if the phone is connected to a wifi which does not provide internet browsing (yes, this happens in Brazil), the device will not connect to 3G or 4G. It is then necessary to turn off the wifi in order to enable the device to connect to 3G and 4G. As mentioned, wherever and whenever the internet is available, the device connection and rapidity to internet is extremely good, enabling very good calls using skype or Whatsapp.
7. Battery life: the BlackBerry advertising movie for PRIV mentions up to 22h of battery life. OK, it can get close to that if you are using the device wisely. If you use it intensively, I would say that you can reach up to 16 to 17 h of battery life, at best. Since I am not a compulsive user, I put the mobile on airplane mode when I am working in order not to be disturbed. Then the BlackBerry PRIV can reach up to 24 h of battery life. If the user is connected non stop to spotify or other streaming services, of course the battery life will be shortened.
8. Temperature of the device: this is a drawback. When using it intensively, PRIV gets warm. Not at a point to be really uncomfortable, but it is warm. Hum, too bad. This is the first time I noticed such a problem in a BlackBerry cell phone device.
9. Data storage: the device has 32GB capacity of storage. If you are an app adicted, be careful at installing many apps because some apps require significant amount of space. Therefore, the installation of a SD card is advised.
10. RAM memory: PRIV has 2.8 GB memory capacity. As mentioned, the device responsiveness is excellent. It is possible to clean the memory of internet browsers and other apps. Under use, my device is using 2.1 GB out of 2.8 GB. I have not too many apps installed.
11. Using Android: during all my life using BlackBerry, over all those years, I very much enjoyed the BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry Z30 was a particular awesome mobile, in my opinion. I changed to PRIV because Whatsapp will end serving BlackBerry OS by Dec. 31st, 2016. UBER is also not available for BlackBerry OS, as well as many other apps, including the one of my bank account. It was really regrettable had to change the phone only because of apps availability. However, I have to say that, after 6 days I am very well impressed with Android devised for BlackBerry. It works very well. I read some comments about viruses infecting Android-based devices, and all of them say that this is very unlikely. I invite the readers of this review to check this information in the internet. I decided not to install an anti-virus in my cell phone. The apps availability is very impressive at Android Play Store. But, again, be advised of the cell phone storage capacity.
12. Size: some people complaint that PRIV is a bit too large. This is a very personal feeling. I do like its size, although is a bit larger than Z30. I don’t carry it in my pocket, but in a small bag. It is not a small cell phone device, but there are larger ones.
My overall impression of BlackBerry PRIV is extremely good. I reccomend the purchase of BlackBerry PRIV. Enjoy.
January 13, 2018
Personally I feel the keys are too close to each other, slow down typing.
F and J keys can be made more recognizable by touch.
I returned it because IMEI of the device I received doesn’t work with Verizon.
September 24, 2016
January 27, 2018
September 20, 2017