Great phone. I've recently bought gone back to this phone and bought a new one for super low price of £169. Went back to the priv because phones seem to have become all the same and boring and this one is a little different with its slide out keyboard. Yes it gets a bit warm and stutters if too many apps are open at the same time but the battery life I find is acceptable, the camera is decent (especially the 4K video) and the backlit capacitive physical keyboard is great to type on. The only major downsides are the old version of android and the occasional performance hiccups.
Been using my priv since mid 2016, in that time it's run flawlessly if warm at times. Few battery issues if I forgot to charge it overnight but that's on me not the phone.
Only starting to show it's age slightly now with some intensive programs/games but for day to day use I'm loath to look for upgrades as I still love the design. Full screen and keyboard.... nothing else really compares for packing in options for how to use it and I'd love to see an updated version with a bit more performance.
Ritesh, 12 May 2018is battery life good? can it last upto a day ? if i run heavy apps will the battery drain hav... moreMy Priv lasts a day, but i think if you are using heavy apps it will drain faster, for comparison the Priv using heavy apps (not games) will last about the same time as an iphone 5s/6. My Priv doesn't overheat all the time, but for some reason it does have an issue with Instagram, the app fully works but if you go from watching stories to searching for users it will crash, but once you re-open it and go to search for users it's fine, i thought i was the only person having this issue but i guess i'm not, it could also be an android issue and not exclusively a Priv issue. I use Facebook lite, messenger lite and Skype Lite, i find they are good and don't cause excessive battery drain or memory usage, if you need the full facebook and messenger it doesn't ruin the performance so much, i just don't use facebook that much, i only use the app to accept friend requests but i use messenger daily to talk with people, If you don't need the added stories and other things in the full messenger then lite messenger is best and will save battery. One thing that really saves battery and stops the overheating process is if you can use the phone on one connectivity band, for instance 2G only or 3G only, if you have the 2G option and you are travelling and it has bad network coverage choose this option because the phone will overheat and drain battery trying to search for a signal, i made this mistake once.
Terrible all around phone. It feels flimsy in the hand, the plastic camera lens makes me nervous to set it anywhere, and the hardware overall does not work very well. Android Marshmallow runs criminally bad on here. I have had my Priv for a month and I am already looking for a replacement. The battery drains itself and never makes it past 4 hours without the phone dying. Battery saver mode does NOTHING. I can't even use the phone while charging plugged into the power cable and charging base directly from BlackBerry. The phone loses charge while plugged in if you do something as simple as checking the time. The phone does nothing smoothly. I can't use SnapChat, Instagram, or even Google without the app crashing or asking if I want to close it. I have done every fix recommended and nothing worked. Will not be buying another Blackberry handset ever again.
Priv User, 07 May 2018I bought my Priv in November 2017 on Amazon. I have found it to be an outstanding phone. Th... moreis battery life good? can it last upto a day ?
if i run heavy apps will the battery drain have you used any heavy apps ?
i am not talking about games, if battery life is good as you are saying than will buy as i am using windows phone.
I bought my Priv in November 2017 on Amazon. I have found it to be an outstanding phone. The camera is better then the LG, iPhone and Samsung. I talk a lot on the phone and only charge it every 48 hours. It is a true android phone with app access via google play store. And it has the much more secure BBM platform. that platform is so good that android has an app for it for other android phones (My wife uses it on her samsung). It watch my Hulu, NetFlix and Amazon movies and TV shows on it. My daughters brand new iPhone gave up the ghost. She bought the unlocked Priv on Amazon and loves it too. I would certainly recommend it.
Except looks there is nothing good in this phone. Heats up within 5 minutes of using. Heck, even switching it on makes the phone heat up. Not good processor. I regret buying this junk that looks like Ferrari, performs like Tata Nano. Wish Blackberry would launch a Priv 2 with better internals like newer processor, upgraded RAM, Metal body etc.
After 16 months i was told the software of my BlackBerry Priv needs an update.
Vinnu, 08 Apr 2018Is it safe to buy from eBay India? Please tell. Anyone have any experince? I want a specific m... moreIt is safe if you're ordering from a trusted seller. Please check the seller ratings and confirm if you're getting a brand new deal from the seller, only then go ahead because on ebay, there are a lot of refurbished models on sale. Check the condition and verify with the seller. Most of the listings for Blackberry Priv on ebay India are imported models. There are 4 models of Blackberry Priv. STV100-1, STV100-2, STV100-3 & STV100-4. I've had the STV100-2 model (US Verizon) and it supports Jio 4G VoLTE. You'll be able to make and receive calls on Jio 4G network on the STV100-2 model but it lacks band 2300 Mhz which is the main band for Jio 4G in India. STV100-3 is the best model if you're going to use Jio 4G VoLTE in India but it doesn't support wireless charging compared to other models. So I would say, choose between STV100-2 and STV100-3 model according to your preference.
Is it safe to buy from eBay India? Please tell. Anyone have any experince? I want a specific model STV100-3 which supports all Jio 4G bands in India.
Anonymous, 30 Mar 2018someone kindly tell me about battery performance of this phone. Does it drain fast when in use... morethe battery drain quite fast when you always use it, SOT just about 1.5 to 2.5 hours. but I always come out with better solution by using Qualcomm QC 3.0 charger. it charge quite fast and save my time. base on my experience after using blackberry priv for nearly one year.
Anonymous, 30 Mar 2018someone kindly tell me about battery performance of this phone. Does it drain fast when in use... moreIt will last a full day from full charge easily. you will get 4-5 SOT even with continuous video playback. With games i dont know.
someone kindly tell me about battery performance of this phone. Does it drain fast when in use and does it drain when off screen. How many hours on screen am i guaranteed.
I have had 3 PRIV phones. They last only 1 year and began to get hot and basically cook the always ends up shutdown and never turns back on. But I still keep coming back. Best size screen with amazing video/picture quality.
I think the PRiv is one of the best BlackBerrys to date. Strong and reliable. I can seriously say this because I accidentally drove over mine and guess what. Im actually typing this review from that same phone. Yes the phone was badly bent and if it any other phone Im sure it would've been a lot worse. The screen is so messed up but honestly the phone works fine. I still use it everyday. And every feature works. It would've been nice if it had LTE but besides that fact. Its a awesome little big phone. 💯 percent love it.