Design is sleek despite the extra hardware
Physical keyboard is a throwback but still useful
Display is high quality
Expandable storage
Front facing speaker
BlackBerry's version of Android is full featured and fun to use


Overall build quality just a little bit questionable
Snapdragon 808 bogged down by lack of software polish
Camera missing a lot of features and lacks in processing, aggressively decent
No fast charging
Battery life only slightly above average, despite size of unit
BlackBerry's own apps need to be updated for current needs

Bottom Line
BlackBerry Priv

The BlackBerry Priv is a great first attempt by the company to slide into Android, but it doesn't quite match up the competition where it truly counts.

It’s no secret that BlackBerry has faced a dramatic shift in fortunes over the past few years, but the Canadian company is now looking to make a comeback by doing what many wanted them to do for years now – to make an Android phone! The name of this high-end offering finds its roots in the word PRIVacy, and perhaps more appropriately, PRIVilege, given that this is a phone that stands out in more ways than one.

Related: Blackberry Priv Cases

How will this device fare against the intense competition it faces in the saturated Android flagship market it is entering? We find out, in this comprehensive BlackBerry Priv review!


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BlackBerry literally slides into the Android space by bringing back a feature that we haven’t seen from a flagship-level device in a long time, a hardware keyboard. Taking a look at the rest of the device however, Blackberry has done a good job of making it fit into the general Android lexicon. The large 5.4-inch has no capacitive keys accompanying it, and the very bottom portion of the phone does not slide, but houses a front-facing speaker.

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The power button is on the left side, which takes some getting used to, and the volume rocker is to the right, with a single button between the volume up and down keys, which, in my testing, doesn’t seem to do anything more than open the notification dialog to switch modes. Also noteworthy is that all of these buttons do not move when the screen is slid up, leaving them well within reach. The back of the phone features a soft plastic weave that helps a lot with grip, and while the camera optics up top do protrude, the ring around the glass is quite substantial. Despite everything the device is packing however, BlackBerry has managed to keep the Priv really thin.

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When sliding the screen, it slides up assuredly, but doesn’t snap into place with a satisfying click like other sliders you might remember, but instead moves up and softly locks into place. Focusing on the feel of the keyboard, though it takes on the classic BlackBerry construction and layout, it ultimately feels a bit squishy. It admittedly takes a while to get used to typing on a physical keyboard again, as the keys obviously require a tiny, but noticeable, bit of force, and something that you need to get acclimated to again. The keyboard feels about as standard and as good as you may remember it, but when it comes to the handling, the already large phone becomes harder to maneuver with the screen further away when slid up.

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The inclusion of the keyboard likely jacks up the price of the phone, and it is clear that BlackBerry, despite maintaining the executive look and feel of their pedigree, thus had to hold back just a little bit in overall build quality. The Priv is substantial in weight and overall size, and features a weight distribution that doesn’t become uneven when the screen is slid up. The soft backing is nice as well, but doesn’t feel incredibly solid when pressing down on the lower half of it.

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Ultimately, BlackBerry has succeeded in creating an Android smartphone that is simultaneously a throwback to the days of old, while also a sleek device worthy of today’s expected aesthetics and features. Executive is still a word that can easily be used to describe the way the Priv looks and feels, and with the screen slid up, the device is sure to turn heads and result in questions, and the answer of “BlackBerry” is bound to create a sense of nostalgia. On the other hand, in a world that has quickly become dominated by flagships with all-metal or metal/glass construction, the all-plastic design of the Blackberry Priv might be a bit of a turn off for some users.


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BlackBerry, despite not being a part of the full flagship game in a while, has worked hard to ensure that all of the right features are available from their first high-end Android offering, and the display is a great example of that. The Priv comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 540 ppi.

The screen is really good, with the right color saturation and sharp text, making it a great for choice all the work you might be looking to get done on this device. A subtle curve on the right and left help keep the whole device looking sleek, and provide an obvious starting point for sliding over particular features. The AMOLED construction is taken advantage of with features like Ambient Display, that only triggers when new notifications arrive, and the screen can be set to awake whenever you pick it up, even though this doesn’t work all the time.

Overall, we’re happy with the high-quality display BlackBerry has on offer, and not only is it enjoyable to use, but it also shows that the company is definitely trying here.


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Under the hood, the Priv comes with an hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 418 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 808 may not be the latest and greatest, but this has been the go-to processing package for a few other flagships out there as well, and the performance remains as good as expected here. There haven’t been any problems doing just about anything on this device, and any stutters and bugs we did run into felt more like the fault of BlackBerry’s Android iteration.

General web browsing and media consumption go along without incident, and the device handles gaming very well too. Most of the work BlackBerry faithful will do on the Priv will involve the built-in Hub and other productivity tools, which all proved to be snappy. When BlackBerry gets an even better handle on their version of Android, the performance aspect will improve more, but even now, the Priv is still more than able to get the job done.


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In hardware, we start with the front-facing speaker, which is in and of itself a great choice and provides decent sound. It skews towards the higher end, though it could do with a little more volume. Still, Blackberry’s speakers are better than any rear mounted speakers out there. Voice calls were of no issue either, and with the phone connected to the T-Mobile network, there were no problems with call quality on either end. The phone also comes with all of the necessary connectivity options, including NFC, and up top are the SIM slot and the microSD card slot, to bolster the 32 GB of in-built in storage by up to 200 GB.


Such a large phone allows for an equally large battery as well, and the Priv packs a 3,410 mAh unit, but while that seems impressive, battery life has unfortunately been a pretty average affair, even if that isn’t particularly surprising, especially with there being a lot going on at all times if you leverage all of BlackBerry’s features and the Hub. Two other Android Authority team members have been using the Priv as well, and their battery life experiences have also been mixed. While Nirave has been able to get close to the 5 hour screen-on time mark, that has been an incredibly rare occurrence, and Lanh has at most managed about 3 hours of screen-on time.

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In my experience, the phone has been able to get through a full day of use and more, but that’s because most of my phone usage revolves around listening to podcasts and music, which means the screen is mostly off. With even slightly heavier usage however, and anything that was screen-centric, I often only touched 3 hours of screen-on time, and nothing more. Power users may find themselves needing to charge the device during their day, but at least the Priv does come with fast charging and wireless charging capabilities. However, keep in mind that the charger available in the box does not support Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0, so you will need to pick up a third party fast charger to take advantage of this feature.

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Finally, we get to the biggest difference this phone has over the rest, the physical keyboard. Slide the screen up, and revealing the physical keyboard hides the on-screen one, freeing up a lot of work space. As mentioned, the keys do take a little getting used to, and so, your mileage will vary when trying to type fast. In my personal experience, I am a very fast typer when using on-screen keyboards like Fleksy, and, even the very good BlackBerry on-screen keyboard, which makes the physical keyboard pale in comparison.

There are other uses for the keyboard however, such as, if typing occurs pretty much anywhere else in the interface, either an automatic Google search triggers, or any short or long presses can be used to trigger shortcuts. The entire keyboard is also outfitted with touch and swipe sensitivity, so that tasks like scrolling a webpage can be done by lightly passing the finger over the hardware keys. Though typing speed will probably be different for everyone, there are these extra features that make the keyboard useful. I found myself using the touchpad-like scroll very often, as well as a few shortcuts for easy access to particular tasks.


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The BlackBerry Priv looks to make good moves in the camera department by employing a 18 MP shooter with optical image stabilization and optics made by a reputable European company, Schneider-Kreuznach. A misstep is obvious right away however, with the front-facing shooter being just 2 MP.

BlackBerry’s camera application is another big tell that they’ve been out of the loop recently, as it is not only rather rudimentary in its design, but it is actually quite slow in processing as well. Only a few modes are available, from Video to Panorama, but HDR is Auto capable. Not much manual control is available either, aside from the ability to change the exposure compensation.

Shooting pictures take a solid second to do, and even more if you have HDR on. We found that the only way of shaving time off each shutter press is to change the picture quality from Fine to Standard, but it only helped a little. By far though, the one thing we really don’t like about this camera app is that it goes back to default settings each time it is opened, and as a person who almost always shoots without flash, having to turn it off every single time got annoying really fast.

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When it comes to picture quality, BlackBerry continues to show just how new they are in what has become a great camera space in Android. The optics are capable of some good detail capture, but processing looks to be the worst of it. Pictures in bright light look quite good with adequate color saturation and a bit of a boost in HDR, but lower light situations really show the flaws. Processing is a little too aggressive, so low light photos tend to look really smudgy. Add in the sensitive auto white balancing, and there are times when pictures are too warm. This is also a reason why I don’t prefer spot metering, with the Priv tending to overcompensate for the very spot picked, either making the surrounding areas way too blown out or too dark. This is the case in video as well, where the low light performance is the biggest issue we saw.

Overall,  the BlackBerry Priv camera is the biggest example of the company’s good intentions and poor execution. Whereas other companies have evolved their cameras in feature set and processing, BlackBerry simply has a lot of ground to make up in a short amount of time if their follow ups to the Priv are to be true competition against the likes of Samsung and LG.


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On the software side of things, the big story here is BlackBerry’s adoption of Google’s operating system in the hopes of becoming relevant again and they’ve done a pretty good job with it, despite trying just a little too hard. The general interface is very familiar, with homescreens and widgets easily within reach, and an app drawer that includes the old pages for widgets, and even the small shortcuts that used to permeate the OS. These little shortcuts can also be tied to any of the keyboard shortcuts, so with some due diligence, the keyboard can be a very powerful tool.

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There are, however, some extra features somewhat hidden within, such as the three dots under the icons on the homescreen, that mean that if you swipe up from it, a pop up widget will appear, which is a great way of saving space on the actual homescreens. Further, swiping up from the on-screen home key can be catered to any applications that you might need easy access to.

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The Recent Apps screen features a grid layout, which might be easier to use for some than the card-based iteration that Android currently employs. Notifications have been grouped together, and a line of icons at the top of the dropdown can easily sort them, which is great for seeing only what you need to see, rather than being inundated with information. The BlackBerry on-screen keyboard is also a stellar performer, which features swipes up from the next letter in a word to put the suggested word in, while swipes to the left delete whole words, which is a useful addition.

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Overall, BlackBerry’s little additions baked into the general shell of the Android interface have been pretty sublime, but it is when the company tried to start adding in layers and applications on top of it that we found some issues. Mainly, it is how BlackBerry has stuck to their guns for a number of functions, such as BBM, which is a nostalgic return to a once ubiquitous messaging network that no one uses anymore.

For security, DTEK is the way to see if the phone is as safe as it can be. These features can be anything from setting a screen lock, to encrypting the entire device, and this can be a good way of getting into some better security habits for the general user. The app will also show all that the applications are doing and what they are accessing, and even event logging is available for you to take a look back at what was going on. Any little bit of extra protection is beneficial, and BlackBerry’s commitment to security is commendable.

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For all tasks and messaging services, the BlackBerry Hub is the built-in way of consolidating all of them. Opening it up and setting up GMail and social media accounts,  gives you access everything in one place. The Hub works well enough, but picking specific accounts to dial down the information helps. If you already have an app for consolidating all your of e-mails though, this might not cut it. For one thing, there is no unified login for the Hub, so you have to set up every account individually, and there are a lot more settings to fix up after that. To that end, the Hub needs to be updated to support some main features of GMail, such as the ability to search more than what has been synced to it, and the ability to archive messages rather than just completely deleting them.

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Push notifications are also available for all accounts, but by default, it checks every 15 minutes for new messages, which is a relic of a long-passed generation of smartphones. The Hub does connect to one nice feature, which is triggered by swiping from a specific area on the side of the screen. Quick access to most recent messages in the Hub, as well as Calendar and task entries, make this an easy way to maintain productivity without having to file through apps and further screens.

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BlackBerry clearly knows how to make Android work for its own purposes, with extra little features baked into the core of the interface. The fundamental uses of their long-standing applications are not quite updated for today’s Android landscape however, such as how the ways of the Enterprise Server don’t quite fit in with the way a lot of Android users simply go about their daily business. Of course, it is possible to forego all of the BlackBerry-specific applications, and just use any that you may already be used to, but that isn’t entirely the point of what BlackBerry is trying to do here.


Display5.4-inch AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 540 ppi
Processor1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
Storage32 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
Camera18 MP rear camera with OIS, dual LED flash
Schneider-Kreuznach optics
2 MP front-facing camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
microUSB 2.0
Battery3,410 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
Dimensions147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
192 grams


Pricing and final thoughts

The BlackBerry Priv is available now for the very premium price of $699, which is certainly steep, though there’s always the option of signing up for a monthly payment or getting the phone cheaper by signing a contract through a carrier like AT&T. For those looking to buy the phone off-contract and fully unlocked, the Priv is still a little hard to come by, and pricing on Amazon is as high as $1000 for the privilege.

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So, there you have it for this in-depth look at the BlackBerry Priv! The BlackBerry brand used to be iconic, and in the wake of a declining public image, the Priv is supposed to be the phone that brought them back to the limelight. However, you may be paying a lot of money just to be a part of the nostalgia that the BlackBerry name evokes. By prioritizing features like the keyboard and security measures though, BlackBerry is also selling exclusivity. By getting this phone, you just might be a part of the privileged group that not only still believes in the brand, but can manage to deal with the high price for what is BlackBerry’s first effort at Android.

Credit has to be given where it is due, and the Priv does get a lot right. Plenty of features and extra ways of getting tasks done keep the Priv viable as a productivity tool, but the company has to improve the features that users often require from current Android flagships, like the camera, and better ease of use in the operating system. If BlackBerry manages to stick around long enough in this market and learn from its competitors, we just might see a real comeback for a company that, especially now, is fundamentally different from what we’ve had over the last couple of years.

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!

    I remember when I had a slider phone, it was 2005.

    • me too. I thought I was the sh*t. haha

    • Mr_Meee

      It bet it was just buttons on the keyboard back then :-)

    • Mr_Meee

      Just afterwards, 2007? came Apple’s all-touchscreens. Someone told me they saw that the first all-touchscreen was in year 2000, man that is such a long time ago and most of us are still using all-touch. Hope you enjoyed your slider :-)


        At the time, the iPhone looked like hot garbage with little to no functionality for me (no MMS, no camera flash or Bluetooth) on top of it being like $300-$500 ON contract.

      • calden74

        Sure, the Ericsson R380, I had one, awesome phone. Than Nokia introduced the Communicator, a fantastic series of phones. In fact when when first iPhone came out I of couse being a Apple must bought one to replace my already three year old Nokia 9500. The iPhone couldn’t do a 10th of what the Nokia 9500 could do an I’m being generous. In fact it took 5 generations of iPhones before that number came up another 10%, it was that good. As such I stayed with Nokia all the way up to the N950 (N9 with keyboard), never buying another iPhone. Even though the iPhone has a really nice UI, is fast, attractive, etc. it just was a missing to many important features. I mean iOS really never had proper multitasking, sure app switching was good but that’s not fully what I would call multitasking, for me it was about running apps in the background, all of them and not just a few audio and GPS apps. You still can’t stream a video to your TV and use the phone at the same time. So I always just skipped the iPhone, no matter how many apps or how good they were. Besides, I like using my phone as a phone, go figure and not a tablet. Though I did enjoy running a LAMP server on my Nokia N900. So after Nokia went all in with Windows Mobile, which was just a horrid or at least my Nokia 800 was, I started to use Android. However I used Android Phones with keyboards. When those ran out I started to use Blackbery, the Q10 and haven’t looked back. My Passport and now my Priv are just simply awesome phones. Anyone stating otherwise has simply not used one or is a troll, simple as that.

  • dannyR

    Reviews of this phone so far run from poor to meh, it seems. Priv has given BB stalwarts a reason not to jump ship, but nothing to get the rest of the world to get on board for what looks to be its last cruise. BB has not produced an Android all-touch, and Venice appears to seal that policy.

    • agreed, i was honestly curious about this device when first announced. Especially when we were given the specs. Now it appears nothing has added up to make a solid device. Shame really, they really needed to make a big splash IMO.

      • rarinrob

        I’m in exactly the same position as you. I’ve had my Oneplus One for a year and was curious to know what the Priv and 6P were like. The 6P looks like the phone for me, but I think I’m going to hang on to my One for a bit longer – the battery still lasts for ages and most of the software glitches have now been sorted.

    • JohnOne

      That’s true they are some poor review of the PRIV out there but there are some great reviews of the PRIV out there too it’s just a mixed review right now some people are having great battery life and some people having poor battery life it’s a software issue BlackBerry has to work out right now BlackBerry is still new to Android and its shows in the software department Android 6.0 will solve most of the software issue the PRIV is having right now I pre-ordered the unlock PRIV from blackberry on some great review from TechnoBuffalo he has no issue with the software he also said the phone has great camera great battery life and for me that’s a buy

      • dannyR

        I don’t see any great reviews from the _upscale_ sites. At best, they amount to a sort of ‘damning with faint praise’. Chen needed a blockbuster phone if they were going to sell at flagship prices, and this thing has too many flaws to get away with that.

        • JohnOne

          TechnoBuffalo.com is a very popular site and they give the phone a great review because they have a device that was working properly not with are all the glitches that some PRIV were having with battery issue on the latest software build all these issues are fix

    • djinn123

      You’re in each and every blackberry article on the Internet. LOL.. So much interest and dedication for someone who doesn’t like the phone/company. Haha! Who does that? ;)

      • calden74

        Thank you, I was just about to say that. People like this have to the worst part about comment sections. It’s as if they believe that their comments will have some sort of impact. The Priv is a fantastic phone and everyone and I mean everyone who has bought one absolutely adores it. I have both Passport (for work) and Priv (for private use), though I still give the Passport, best phone ever badge, the Priv is a must for any IT Professional, especially one that spends a lot of time in a terminal like I do. The virtual keyboard just sucks with a terminal.

        • djinn123

          The worst part is he doesn’t even own one to be able to describe the device fully. He depends on info provided by reviewers themselves and thrive on the negative ones. What’s up with that? I mean yeah the phone is not perfect but what sort of benefit would anyone get for bashing the phone and company on each and every discussion board?

    • Mr_Meee

      Probably mostly that’s about the people doing the writing. The media also, they said the Passport was the last BB, and the Leap the last BB, and the Z30 the last BB, and the Z10 the last BB, and the Torch the last BB. They also said BB were going to go bust years and years ago. You can listen to that stuff but the truth is very different isn’t it.

  • NamelessStar

    Had mine for 2 weeks and been pretty happy with the battery life best i could do so far was 16 hours, than realized that nfc on was the draining factor. Once i had disabled nfc i was able to get closer to 30 hours. Stanby on this thing is fantastic overnight no charge used up 1-2% battery if i turned on battery saving mode it would take 0% over a 7 hour period.

    • Karly Johnston

      NFC wouldn’t drain 100% faster, it is like 1%.

      • Aadil

        Maybe it was a bug. The phone looks great otherwise only the software seems buggy according to the reviews

        • NamelessStar

          agreed on this point, seems like the nfc usage on this device is a problem but…. luckily for me i don’t use it alot and cant toggle it for google pay.

          • Aadil

            Probably that’s the only problem

      • NamelessStar

        I beg to differ 1 change i made on the device since i have gotten it has almost doubled my battery life usage giving me more SOT and usage.

  • have yet to read anything good about this phone TBH. And i’m no math wizard but the sum of those numbers up there does not equal 8, they come out to 7.7.

    • Mr_Meee

      That might be more about the people writing, than about the device.

    • Karl Schneider

      Ummmm this article same “good” things about the phone. I’m guessing you use absolutes a lot.

      • Ummmm just looked up 9 reviews. 6 of them note this phone at being mediocre. Sure, it has its good. But it has plenty of just averages too. It will be more interesting when they update the phone to fix the obvious software issues. Nothing wrong with it hardware wise. As of its initial release, the phone is just meh. I’m giving it credit for being a sexy phone with great specs. I think it’s a software update or two away from being great though.

  • 4ron

    A good, fair review! BlackBerry will make continuous improvements to the Priv. I am really enjoying mine. It has unique BlackBerry features overlayed on Android for a worthy experience.

  • larson

    No really sure about your experience with the Priv’s battery. But for me, I am getting on an average 36 hours of usage per charge.

    • Jason Menezes

      To buy backberry phones at a discounted price visit NewSmartphoneDeals;com

  • systemupdate

    if anyone needs a oneplus 2 invite leave me your email.

    • calden74

      Now that’s a great phone, probably the best bang for your buck available today. In fact all of these people slapping money down for an iPhone or Samsung S6, Note 5 a simply ignorant of th fact that their using phones that cost about the same to produce than the One Plus 2. Yeah, it’s true, the iPhone 6S costs less than 300 dollars to make. Aluminum, not only is it cheaper than a lot of these new plastics that are being used today but it’s just not a good material to use with phones. There isn’t a day that goes by that I haven’t seen at least 5 cracked iPhones, this is because there just isn’t any give. Why do you think Apple is investing in liquid metal, there’s give, it absorbs shock like plastic. A UK insurance company recently Stated that 25 percent of all their incurred iPhones have cracked within the first year of ownership. Here is Switzerland, where I’m from, mobile companies now only allow 2 replacement screens a year with the extended warranty. It’s also only the iPhone that has such a arrangement, all other phones have unlimited. Hmm, something isn’t right when that is the case. However people line up for days to get their hands on the newest handsets from apple, these people should be pitied.

      • Gordo

        lol now this is hilarious

        • calden74

          In a good way or are you mocking me, what I stated are facts. The iPhone does easy break, I’ve already seen 3 broken iPhone 7’s, which were what, a couple of weeks old. I’ve dropped my Nextbit Robin 4 times, no, I’m not a clux, at the moment I’m in a wheel chair after major back surgery and the right side of my body, including arm is weak at the moment. Anyway, my phone hasn’t even endured a scratch, even after a drop down a marble star case. The same goes for my Nexus 6p, though yes, it’s in a clear plastic case, the iPhone would have never survived the drops that happened to it, no way.

          As such I simply do not understand why people still buy the iPhone, especially after having their displays repaired multiple times. My daughter has had her display fixed 4 times, she now also has a Nextbit Robin, as well as my son. They wanted one after seeing mine as it’s design is a lot more appealing to the younger generation station, she has the red one, my son and I both have the blue with the red case. I also preordered the new Google Pixel Phone, which after owning a Nexus 6P, I will forever own either a Nexus or Google phone.

          The sheer amount of missing features in the iPhone is enough to make even an Amish person wanting more. Put aside it’s build quality, I could never, ever own one simple because it’s missing a viable file-managment, lacks full multitasking for all of my apps, unable to select my own default apps, unable to view all of my files once it’s plugged into a computer, no wireless or fast charging (my phone charges to 75% in 15 minutes), cannot play emulators (not only do I have an emulator for the N64, SNES, Sega, Play Station, etc. but I also have replica USB game controllers for them, as well as able to play them on my TV, in native resolution and aspect ratio of the TV, iOS’s external display support is the worst I’ve ever seen, period), no customizations, no automation of any sort which I require to create reports in the background or scripting languages (I have PHP, Perl, Python, etc.), I even have an Apache and MySQL server running in the background so I can use my phone as a dev server when out and about, heck, I even have Debian running under a Chroot which gives a Linux server when needed, something an iOS user will never be able to do, this list just goes on and on and on……..

          The iPhone is nothing more than a toy OS to me, not even a good one at that. My Little Jolla phone which in which bought to play on, develop for, is a much, much more powerful OS.

  • Anthony Roberts

    Huh what do you mean there is no fast charging on the device. It has fast charging of course however for some strange reason they don’t include the fast charger 2.0 in the package. I find very disappointing especially considering the price of the phone. Otherwise yes it does have fast charging enabled.

    • Dominick Wheeler

      It also has wireless charging.. Very disappointed AA. You should have done your research.

      • Anthony Roberts

        I know it does.

        • Frenchman75

          I have tried the PRIV and it is an amazing device that brings together the best of both Android and B10 together! Go to Carphonewarehouse in the UK and see for yourself. 60 customer reviews already in, 92% recommending and PRIV is ranked higher in terms of best selling device than LG G4, HTC One A9 and Google Nexus 6P!

    • jamesschneiderfreuden

      I think they updated the article, but it’s lists no Fast charging as a con and then in the review say it has fast charging, but no fast charger in the package. Kind of confusing.

  • Randy Sudot

    The Priv STV100-1 does have wireless charging and fast charging! The cons should have stated the model he had didn’t have it! Most US models and models from AT&T do have both and I love it! Qi and Powermat compatible! Good review, not the best but much better than others I’ve seen, just lack of research!

  • Mr_Meee

    This review should be revised a little to say that things like camera software and such like will get better with later builds of the apps and OS. This is based on hard evidence of other BB software efforts historically. Other than that this looks like a very unbiased review of the device.Thank you.

    • dannyR

      One can’t write an unbiased review of actual performance with an admixture of projections. That’s the stuff of opinion-pieces, comments, and blogs.

      • Mr_Meee

        I agree the review should state the actual performance of the device. But also people will still be reading this review when newer versions of the software have been released, so it’s reasonable to let the readers know that this manufacturer has a track record of improving software over it’s first version. The software for the camera is mentioned only in it’s #1 build as not perfect. When people read the review in a month or two they need to be see a fair outlook for what they may be buying.

      • Karl Schneider

        Seriously? YOU are talking about bias? The person who seems to troll every BB article talking about bias?

  • Karl Schneider

    “The keyboard feels about as standard and as good as you may remember it, but when it comes to the handling, the already large phone becomes harder to maneuver with the screen further away when slid up.”
    Does he know the keyboard is touch sensitive ? That you can assign apps to individual keys? Or does he mean its Balance?

    I just read another article and it was interesting some of the differences. The other said it had a satisfying “click” when extending and retracting. Yet this one said the exact opposite. Where a bunch of others too

  • Stian Kristiansen

    Hi! Can some of you help me, i live in norway, and i want to buy this phone, is it possible? Will the shipment be expensiv? We you sim card in norway, is it sim card on this phone?

  • John Doe

    For BB’s first Android phone I think they did a fantastic job!!
    Look at Samsung, LG and HTC, etc .. it has taken them years to
    perfect an Android phone (HTC is still trying .. lol).
    Is it perfect?? No.. but I am sure that it will get better with updates
    over time..
    Trying to do a review of a First try, one must step back and take into
    consideration what they are looking at ..
    Some of the best and well known artists in the world are not reviewed
    and judged on their first work, but work that has evolved over time..
    I usually like Joshua’s reviews, but this one does not really take into consideration
    that it is their first kick at the bucket, but tries to compare it to everything else in the
    marketplace (which is understandable I guess, but can be harsh). BB is trying to do something
    that 99% of the other manufacturers could only dream of .. Security is a huge concern these
    days, BB should get cred for attempting make their version of an Android phone that much more
    secure for business and regular users.
    If he was to do a comparison, maybe he should have compared it to the Blackphone 2 (Silent Circle), at least it would have been a good comparison.
    I bought one for my GF for an early Christmas present and it is great phone (so far). The screen is fantastic, but I hope that they make more use of the curved screen features in updates ..
    The battery seems to lasts almost 2 days on normal use, not sure what Joshua is talking about, he must
    have the screen turned up to full and watching videos, etc non-stop, which is not what 90% of normal users do ..
    Anywho, the phone is great, and don’t let others deter you from trying it out for yourself …
    I cannot wait to see the next version of this phone or the next Android phones that are in the works as I
    write this ..

  • Eden

    Good review, thank you for share


  • Dominick Wheeler

    Hey AA, I know you did a “second look”, but would it be possible to see a “follow up review” for the system update that was pushed out? Everything I’ve read from users on reddit, etc. say that the update vastly improved a lot of the software niggles in most reviews up to that point, and I’m curious on your take on it with the update.

  • Mr_Meee

    New software has been made available after this review was done, so readers should take some of the findings as potentially fixed.

  • pkcable

    Did you get a prerelease device? Mine has fast charging. :)

  • Bitekr

    Priv has fast charging. Just the charger included with the phone does not support quick charge 2.0

  • Karl Mueller

    I’ve had the Priv for 2+ months now. Great screen. Good speed. Love the keyboard and how you can “flick” words into your text. Would really miss that. Don’t like the placement of the power switch – often puts the phone on when its in my pocket. Disappointed in the battery life. I’m getting 8-10 hours in my normal use. Was hope for 12-14 like my Note 4. Hope this will be addressed with the 2nd version of the Priv or with Marshmallow. Outside of the battery life, I’m very happy with the Priv.

  • Gordo

    love you are straight-up haters the phone is all around built phones but phones but for the money it is good. The software is decent but it was lagging at times but remember bb hadn’t been making phones until recently again.

    • Gordo

      not to mention it has security settings