A very good phone - especially since recent software updates. Having the combination of Blackberry Hub email and messaging system, with full Android capability, is unbeatable. The hardware is good too, especially with the slider keyboard which means the phone can be used as a proper productivity tool. There is also a mechanism of creating a work and personal platform, so it is like having two phones. It is effortless to switch between the two capabilities.
The Priv has a lovely curved screen, which it is possible to swipe to see productivity apps, like the Hub, notes, email and calendar. It also has some very good speakers for Google Play listening et al. The Camera is excellent, as is video recording.
Battery life is good, with the software updates, improving capacity still further. To make it even better, switch off google sync, as you have all your emails anyway, in the non-battery draining, and more useful Blackberry Hub. There are special - unique - security and encryption features, preventing hacking, unwanted app surveillance and viruses, built into both the hardware and software, that are pretty rare in modern smartphones.
The Blackberry Priv is a serious Smartphone for Business Users. The company has taken the good parts from Blackberry 10, and moulded them to Android, without the phone feeling that it has unnecessary Bloatware.
I am surprised that this phone has not had more success. I guess this comes down to the name 'Priv' (unremarkable), and lack of proper marketing/advertising by Blackberry. Very few people know that Blackberry has moved on from the Blackberry Bold or even Curve and that the company now produces state of the art smart phones like the Passport, or Priv.
Marketing this phone should be based on the unique hardware, with the keyboard, and the productivity and security features. That is the phoine's USP and makes it different from other high-end smarthones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, or even the Blackphone.
VINAREG06, 28 Aug 2016Hey guys.
I'm thinking of getting me this phone. Can you advise if I am about to make the r... moreI preorderd this phone and have had since launch...
I really like the phone. The battery life is more than a day, and I use the phone for at least 15 hours a day with medium use, and always have power to spare. The camera is good, but not the best. imgur.com/UEYd93t is really good example of the quality. (i shot this)
The screen is pretty good and the keyboard is useful (if you remember its there) You can scroll using it by rubbing your finger over the keys.
I'm thinking of getting me this phone. Can you advise if I am about to make the right decision.
I've just got the PRIV and I must say it's an incredible device. Beautiful, fast and full of surprises.
It does have stock Android but with a touch of BlackBerry. If you thinking of getting it, just get it!!!
BarryJ, 21 Aug 2016I Have my Priv since January 2016... no problem until 3 weeks ago.. I'm having something call ... moreDude see this link for solutions http://support.blackberry.com/kb/articleDetail?articleNumber=000038261
It affects most Android 6.0 users as well
Georgie, 23 Aug 2016I have a BlacKBerry, but was told from the end of 2016 one will not be able to use whatsapp on... moreDon't worry, that is for BB10 devices only , not for Android.. go ahead and buy PRIV. Its android with BB sweetness. You will love it.
Georgie, 23 Aug 2016I have a BlacKBerry, but was told from the end of 2016 one will not be able to use whatsapp on... moreNo , its only for BB10 devices, Priv is Android 6.0. Priv is a very good device at the current price point. I got it for a very steep price.
I have a BlacKBerry, but was told from the end of 2016 one will not be able to use whatsapp on BlackBerry! Is this true for all BB's as I was looking to buy the BB Priv but am now weary
BarryJ, 21 Aug 2016I Have my Priv since January 2016... no problem until 3 weeks ago.. I'm having something call ... moreTry with an update if not make a factory setting but before this you have to do a back up of all your data (SMS, Call, Gallery.......)
I had a dream using Priv and it's on the way from wonderland
I love priv and l love it
I Have my Priv since January 2016... no problem until 3 weeks ago.. I'm having something call Overlay... The Hub needs permission granted... I have done what it says to do... go to settings and temporarily turn off Overlay... doesn't WORK..
I don't have access to my Hub.. emails or Apps... HELP!
Yash, 19 Aug 2016The battery life of my Priv is just worst, I bought it 3 days back, yesterday I charged It to ... moreDude allow the phone to settle. Update all softwares. In a week ur battery will come for 2 days.. Guess u are new to android.