I have had nothing but BlackBerry since day one and this may be the worst phone I've ever had. It reminds me of the issues I had with the first - which disappeared with later models!
My biggest complaint: when editing any kind of message, the cursor jumps unpredictably all over the place:(
I'm very sad to see a great Canadian company sag so badly:(( but the PRIV is my last BB.
The top two biggest problems with the PRIV, to me at least and backup by Blackberry Tech Support. Which are issues that occur with all Blackberry Android devices. Firstly, the phone will not change while it is being used. So in order to start charging it, you have to either let it sit and not use it, which then takes several hours for the phone to charge completely. Or you can turn the phone off and charge. If you use the phone, while it is charging, it will actually lose power and eventually die. You can sometimes use certain low-power consuming apps, like Google Maps and the phone will then change, while using that app. But if you use more resource hungry apps or services, or multitask, then the phone will die. Secondly, the, what I like to call the "Nanny" feature. This is a service that exists in the Android OS, but Blackberry went crazy wuth, when they customized their own version if Android. Basically any word that Google & Blackberry find to be "Negative" words, are changed. So naturally curse words are changed and you have to keep retyping and doing other things, to keep them from being g changed. But these word changes also occur on such basic words as "Sexy". So if you text your partner and say they are looking Sexy, that word will be changed to such words as "Security" or "Such", ect. This Overly Protective Nanny, hasn't happened on any other Android device that I have ever owned. This seems to only occur with Blackberry's Auto-Correct version. Also, unlike other companies Auto-Correct, this version NEVER learns. So let's say just say on my Samsung Galaxy S6. After I keep typing in "Sexy", the phones customized Android version,, will eventually just realize that is the correct spelling of the word that you want. But with Blackberry's Auto-Correct? Nope! It will never, ever ever stop changing these words. Yeah, you can turn Nanny off, but that disables Auto-Correct altogether! Auto-Correct is actually a useful service. Flawed big time, but still useful. Nanny though? NOT AT ALL USEFUL! Unless you like being treated like a third grader! Another issue with this most horribly designed phone, is the fact that it heats up constantly. I mean really heats up! To the point where I can see it easily catching on fire! I actually have to use apps, to close out other background running apps, just to keep the phone somewhat cool. Like you can imagine, this has to be done constantly. Another poorly designed flaw built into the phone, the SIM and Memory card slots. Well the slots, have more issues then I can list here! One of the big reasons why I bought the phone, was because you are "Suppose" to be able to use a memory card, with a size of up to 2TB's, which would be awesome! The problem is, that the larger the card, the more issues you will run into with your phone. Issues like, the card coming in & out of being recognized, items/folders disappearing or the card not even being recognized at all. Sadly, on and on. Plus both the memory card and SIM card, have been designed to fit into the phone in the most accident prone way possible! First off, you have to use a paperclip to open these slots. Secondly, the trays are cheap and easily broken. I have been the a few myself, mainly the memory card tray. Thirdly, the way that the trays fit into the phone, sets up further problems, like breaking of the ports and/or cards. Forthly, the PRIV's card slots can basically just Junk your cards. Why? I have no idea and neither does Blackberry, but I have had cards that I formatted on my Chromebook, that I then tried to use on my PRIV and the card was Junked. I could go on about more problems that I have run into, just with the card slots, but you get the basic idea. With voice calls, the person on the other end, can not hear you at first. It takes a second or two, for them to hear you. It has also been impossible for me to make a three way call. One person always gets hung up on. It is also very difficult to add new contacts. The options where we are supposed to let you add contacts, don't work, in the way that they should. The phone also takes forever, whether on Cellular or WiFi, to upload / download pics through Text Messages. Ahh and yes, The Blackberry HUB is one of the most annoying apps that I have ever used! It is just simply Spyware, but I can't turn it off! It notifies me to sign-in all of the time and it will not stop nagging me to update it! The software keyboard is so mega annoying to use! Not just because of the stupid setup of Blackberry's am Auto-Correct, but even when I don't press the (Enter) key, the phone automatically does it anyways. I am serious, I will not even be typing, I am just reading a Web site and this stupid phone will press Enter and cause the Web site to reload, close or cause other apps to load , etc. You will also have times, where as you are typing, the phone will start running mega slow, then Back-Space and delete a bunch of things that you just wrote. Then it will type forward again, then closeout altogether. Also, the side toolbar on the left, gets in the way of everything! It is setup for BlackBerry services, but I end up activating it all of the time, while scrolling and such. Another issue that you will definitely run intoi, as your charging port dies. Which it most seriously will. Is that the banner that pops up when you plug the charging cable into your phone, will keep poping up and then closing. To the point, where you will have to unplug the cable to actually type. But if you keep the cable plugged in, then the Battery Screen will keep poping up, which as you know already from other Android devices, takes over the screen and us difficult to close-out. If you unplug the cable, then you will continue to futher damage the charging port even more so. The PRIV, like I would imagine on any other Blackberry/Android devices also has a mega slow long reset/restart time. Which leads into another pathetic design flaw. The phone has NO removable battery. So while this flaw alone leads to yet another book of problems, will cause you to go through so many problems. When, not if, then phone locks up, it becomes torture to reset the phone! Look on Google to see how how to how to do it. This non-removable battery (((FlAW))) will also force the phone to become Bricked, once the battery dies! Yeah....Wow Blackberry...Such A Great Idea, To Rip People Off Further!!!! Chrome Windows are also extremely slow to load, when you have over 30 opened, but dormant. This is an issue will all android versions so far, but with Blackberry's customized version of Android, it is far worse. This version will also cause the browser to slow even further, lockup and then crash, as you go between different dormant Chrome windows. Never happened on any other of the Android phone that I have used before. But see Blackberry's version is special. It is like Blackberry read up on all of their complaints that other Android issues that people have complained about and then Blackberry specifically designed the PRIV to contain all of these issues!
You also can't automatically download files to the memory card. You have to change settings and download apps, in order to transfer the content from the phones Internal memory, to the SD Card. With the Spell-Check, It doesn't let you choose a word from a list above the keyboard, like it normally is. It basically just types in whatever it wants to. You can see all of the possible spellings l, all over the keyboard, but you can't click on any of them. You actually have yo basically just keep typing I'm the letters and hope that the word will automatically type itself in. A fact that is both annoying and no where near ads effective. With this problem, you have to Back-Space, in order to correctly add the words that you really wanted in the first place. You will figure out what I am swying, if you get stuck with this hunk of trash, but I guarantee that you will see why this way off doing things, like Blackberry wants you to do them, will bother you he you'd belief like it has for me. I honestly could go on for 100 more pages, but you should get the idea. Please message me if you can and I will try and help you in anyway that I can.
(((WARNING))) If you bought this phone, like me, with high hopes and are now stuck with it. (((PLEASE DO NOT))) try and get help on Blackberry's Help Forum! It is full of useless, rude, Mindless Drones and Trolls! People who will do things like, bash you or make it out to seem like the issues that you are facing, don't exist. Even when Blackberry themselves have admitted that many of the issues that you are facing, are 100% Known Issues! FACTS! The people on that site, will go out if their ways to offend and not make any type if attempt to help!
I hope that I have helped you avoid a $700+ mistake!!!
Chandramouli, 11 Oct 2016Just switched from iPhone to Priv. The amazing BlackBerry is back. Yes, it doesn't match marke... moreWhat about camera performance and result both primary as well as secondary?
Just switched from iPhone to Priv. The amazing BlackBerry is back. Yes, it doesn't match marketing of apple or samsung. But trust its every penny worth. Much better battery, much better interface.
according to the BlackBerry website this phone takes nano sim not micro sim
I upgraded from my BlackBerry Z3 (BB10) to the Priv. I was so impressed with the productivity of BB10 OS that I didn't feel like upgrading to any other phone.. The network kept asking what my next phone will be so I chose the Priv after reading reviews and watching videos about it. At first I wanted to throw the phone against a wall because it just wanted to eat all my data and update my OS without my consent (which is typical for Android). Where BB10 software is preloaded and eg. Media player can play everything but you must download a player on the Priv like VLC player. BB10 also gives you more control and you data don't just disappear. 99% of people who talk crap about BB10 OS never really checked it out. All the Android users are just hypnotised by thinking Android is better without checking out other OS systems. I asked other Android users on how to set background restrictions on certain Apps one by one. Then only I could start living with the Priv. The hub is not integrated but just another app which you can access via icon or shortcuts. Battery, camera and processor is very good. Don't know why people say the phone is expensive but S7 is the same price and it looks the same as other Samsung phones. Blackberry had to change from BB10 OS to Android because a lot of idiots wanted more apps from the Android store. Why do you also need to change your phone to Android just for 1 Whatsapp app? BBM was made by BlackBerry and you can still continue on that and BB10 support some of the Android apps. My wife is using my Z3. She used C share app to transfer Whatsapp from another Android phone to test and it works.. With Android the government/illuminati can spy better on us all, have more control and gather easier information about what we do. That is why we have to update so much and the phones eat so much data but it still look the same after the updates
Not happy with my Blackberry Priv. I am used to the simplicity of the old Blackberrys. Have had problems with the screen touch feature. Today, the screen completely locked up on me. I couldn't answer incoming calls, texts or messages.
I don't like Smartphones and the Priv reminds me too much of a Smartphone.
I hope Blackberry will soon make something similar to the old ones
Anonymous, 03 Oct 2016I bought the priv 2 weeks ago and I love it . Nothing beats it in design and manufacture the k... moreHi i also have the priv ,please can you tell about the micro sd maximum capacity : is it 200 gb or 256 gb as written by gsmarena ???
Anonymous, 01 Oct 2016The have decided to exit my friend and it officially declared by BB.Well they stop investing in R&D for hardware only, they are still coming out new phones but using Alcatel as their hardware manufacturer while Blackberry remains as the software developer. The new phones will be under Blackberry of course...
I bought the priv 2 weeks ago and I love it . Nothing beats it in design and manufacture the keyboard experience is wonderful . Spec wise its good but the only problem for me is screen on time is not great .
I would like to change from a Q10 to the Priv, but I am wondering if anyone can tell me if the Priv allows the text conversations to be copied in full as for the bbm ones and email them to oneself (showing participants and times of message) for future reference or record of the conversation?
Great design. We are happy for such smartphones with qwerty keypad.
Anonymous, 10 Sep 2016Have always been a BB fan, now I bought the Priv and find it worthless. Battery running out in... moreI have the same issues with Android 5.1.1, but when it update to Marshmallow 6.0, everything changes. Stay with this phone, it is awesome.
tito, 25 Sep 2016Dear All, Kindly I bought BB priv ( AT&T) in Egypt last week and till now I can not upd... morePlease have a look at this link http://crackberry.com/how-install-android-marshmallow-your-unlocked-att-blackberry-priv-using-autoloader
Aussie, 25 Sep 2016Hello everyone, I'm interested in buying the Blackberry Priv. But I have no idea where to buy ... moreHi there, I just got blackberry priv from ebay.com (not ebay.com.au) with sales price at US$299.99 + US$30 (shipping fee). But it is the STV100-1 version from AT&T. Totally unlocked, but not work with all LTE band in Australia. I am using Vodafone so it is OK. STV100-1 also support wireless charging.
In Australia, it is STV100-3 version.
About battery time: This depends very much on how you use your phone. I am using it mostly for calls, SMS, E-mails, notepad, a little net browsing (FireFox) and with that I get about 5 hours SOT (Screen On Time). If I dont use it much, stand by time can get pretty good - one week easily (with about 1 or 2 SOT).
Here is little tip for extending your battery life a little: Apps that you use most, choose dark theme (preferably black) since screen is OLED and it will benefit from it.
Keep in mind that if you install apps that run in background you might decrease your battery life significantly.
CPU seems bit slower comparing to competitors for that price tag, but overall I think that is the best phone.
I am using a lot physical keyboard and it is good (tho it could be improved).
Only thing I am really missing is stand by screen (to show clock and some indicators when phone goes in standby/sleep).
Aram1976, 25 Sep 2016Hello, do you have an idea what will happen if blackberry exited the smartphone markets as rum... moreDon't think they will exit the smartphone business, Blackberry CEO John Chen said there will be 2 phones by February 2017...Dtek 50 was one of them and the rumoured Dtek 60 could be release at the start of 2017 or later. Another point why i can't see them exiting is because their Dtek 50 was quite well received by major corporate companies as it's cheap and reliable.
Reason why the Priv didn't do so well like iPhone 6S or the S7 is not because of the hefty pricing of the Priv, but rather Blackberry didn't invest much on marketing unlike Apple and Samsung