BlackBerry Priv Full Review and Rating

BlackBerry Priv Full Review and Rating – There are some companies that have definitely lost charm over a time of a few years. When it comes to mobile phones, the cutthroat competition had made lots of companies decline. If there isn’t gradual improvement and change, then it is likely that the end is not too far. Sure, some companies can be mentioned, like HTC, which has always struggled to stay. Or a worst case of Motorola which ended up being, gobbled up by Google, followed by Lenovo. Here, when we stand at the threshold of 2016, the future seems uncertain for BlackBerry. Though it still firmly holds to the unrivaled security commitment, but instead of simply relying on it, BlackBerry has decided to turn to the Android platform, with the new BlackBerry Priv.

BlackBerry Priv Full Review and Rating

BlackBerry Priv Full Review

In a world of portrait sliders, this has surely got as good as it can!

Phones with physical keypads have almost become non -existent. As the first impression goes, BlackBerry Priv too seems to be an all touch phone. But surely that won’t do justice to the name and the tag of BlackBerry. So a keyboard comes along.

Check Out: BlackBerry Priv Full Specifications, Features, Price and Release Date

The Priv exudes a styling, which is industrial and attractive. It is long and achieves a 9.4 mm profile. Definitely, that is not at all disappointed, for a phone which has a packed physical keypad too. Even with that, the dimensions are come compact, compared to the iPhone 6S Plus. Attention to details is quite evident in the design of BlackBerry Priv. The casing texture, which is black and rubbery, goes extremely well with the aircraft grade aluminium frame. An almost carbon fibre esque pattern is sported. Also, due to this finish, the phone does not have a slippery feel. But at the same time, due to the two components, the sliding front panel of the screen and the keyboard, the construction is not as solid as may be for a single panel phone. The mechanism of sliding is smooth and locks with a click sound. In the arena of Android phones, the design of BlackBerry Priv is surely unique.

It also does not lose the Blackberry edge. The right edge has the characteristic volume control buttons. The right edge has the power button left to itself. The speaker has been placed exactly below the display while the microdots get to extend along the width. Also, a multi – coloured LED is present and notification and colour adjustments can be made from the settings. The keyboard is the QWERTY keyboard.

The phone weighs 192 grams and has a display of 540 pixels per inch. The resolution of the display is 2560 X 1440 pixels. It is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The text looks crisp and sharp. It is powered by Lollipop, which is android 5.1.1. It also supports gesture controls and has the DTEK security software by BlackBerry. It will eventually make the move to Marshmallow, or the Android 6.0. The phone also provides access to the Google Play store.

When plugged into a charger, a line darts along the screen border, which represents the battery edge. It glows in different colours, ranging from red, yellow and green. The colour depends on the power level in the BlackBerry Priv smartphone. There is also a productivity tab.

Pros & Cons of the Blackberry Priv

The Good – A strong performance is delivered by the BlackBerry Priv, in a solid, yet sleek package. Useful functionality is packed in with the compact keyboard and there have been subtle tweaks made to the android. Also, it is a fun game to slide it open and close again and again.

The Bad – The keyboard will seem a little narrow if you have large hands. Also, when extended fully, the top of the device feels heavy. Though the phone has been tagged as security focussed, there are many modern security features, which are missing. Fingerprint reader and iris scanner are a few to name.

Rating – Blackberry Priv

An overall rating of 3 out of 5 can be given to the phone.

Individual ratings –

  • Battery life – 7.0/10
  • Camera – 6.0/10
  • Performance – 7.0/10
  • Features – 8.0/10
  • Design – 8.0/10

The Bottom Line – Android paired with an amazing keyboard makes this phone the best that has been delivered by BlackBerry over the past years. But on the other hand, in case you aren’t one of those who seek security or love keyboard, you can easily get cheaper options with better features.

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