BlackBerry PRIV Overview
PRIV combines everything you’ve come to expect from BlackBerry with all the apps and great experiences of Android. It features a slide-out keyboard, Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera and the best integrated messaging experience on Android. Added security lets you know when you could be at risk, so you can easily take action to protect your privacy
- Powered by Android OS, with full access to over one million applications on Google Play
- Dual keyboards, slide out physical keyboard and all touch keyboard
- Stunning 5.4-inch dual-curved Quad HD screen
- Long lasting 3410 mAh battery
- 18 MP dual-flash Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera
- DTEK by BlackBerry security warning system
- Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 2TB)
I want to take this opportunity to address the misconceptions spread by a lot of online blogs (including big names) about the BlackBerry Priv. I tested the phone for a week before ordering mine.
The build, which many blogs complain about, is actually robust. The phone is extremely sturdy and does not crack or scratch easily upon falling. A lot of people have been falsely claiming that battery life is poor. However, most people fail to state the fact that it is on its first OS cycle. BlackBerry has already heard feedback and has announced several updates to fix the issues. It has a 3410 mAh battery – It possibly cannot have poor battery life. The OS just needs to improve in order for the apps and system to run better.
That also brings me to the lagging issues a lot of bloggers talk about. Yes, if you hurry into the phone, and try downloading a million apps at once upon starting the phone. The phone might slow down a bit. Like i mentioned, it is on its first OS cycle. Give it a day or two to settle down, sync all the updates and apps and I can assure you that the phone won’t lag at all.
PRODUCTIVITY EDGE and POP-UP WIDGETS – these two features make the BlackBerry Priv extremely convenient to use. HUB is in fact very smooth functioning and is revolutionary according to me. People complaining about the HUB haven’t given it a fair chance. Also, the screen is simply perfect. BlackBerry has managed to avoid over exposure which is common with the AMOLED displays.
On the other end, I would like to point out that the camera app might not be the best. It is quite decent to some extent – but I did download the Google Camera app and I tend to switch between both. Also, use Mozilla Firefox instead of Google Chrome. Gives you the ability to keep videos/music on the browser running in the background.
Feel free to comment and engage in a conversation with me. I am not saying it is the best phone ever or it is better than certain other phones. But I am definitely going to say it is the best Android interface in my view. I have never found android to be a fluid experience until now.