I like this phone, there I said it.
Given that it'll spend it's life in a case the plastic doesn't bother me as much as some people, I like the slide and qwerty keyboard - it makes it stand out whether you think it's unnecessary or not, it's an amoled fhd screen - which is all you need under 7" despite what people may say, it has a decent battery size/life, the chipset is outdated now but this is a work phone not a game phone and really the 808 will still handle pretty much everything you throw at it.
The only thing that lets this down is the ridiculous price. Even the BB CEO agrees. Cut the price and it could be the game changer BB needs.
Aster, 24 Apr 2016I have used this phone and sell it because of the unnecessary physical keyboard they put it in... moreYes you are precisely correct. . the physical keyboard is an overkill. .waste of material and adds weight unnecessarily. .
Is Facebook messenger is working in Priv? like native android phone?
WESAM, 24 Apr 2016BB took a lot of time in designing this phone and wanted to add every feature in the physical ... moreThe BB priv is a phone design for users who miss and enjoy the use of a physical keyboard alongside a spectacular OS, such as Android. If one does not desire the keyboard (the thickness along with it) then one should simple go for a full touch or something else. One should NOT waste one's money a phone if all one's going to do is give negative feedback!
BB took a lot of time in designing this phone and wanted to add every feature in the physical design to make sure it will attract the majority of users (i.e edge side , physical keyboard, and black premium finish), but they they didn't consider that it will affect:
- The snapdragon version will be outdated (Processor) by the time of release.
- The front camera is below 5 out 10.
- Heat up by normal usage.
- Consume battery more than average phone therefore the number in mAH is not exact in term of performance.
Releasing this phone simply without the keyboard, and work more in the software upgrade and processor specification, will make this phone goes to the very top, by the unique features of BB Hub and smart touch keyboard features.
I have used this phone and sell it because of the unnecessary physical keyboard they put it in this phone :( and two of my friends sell it for the same reason, I have never used the keyboard and it just add weight and thickness to the phone, the thing is bb still believe that they will make more sales by adding keyboard and this is wrong!! it takes space and the buttons are so small, the design will be very limited!!
I think if this phone released without a keyboard with some good features and shortcuts in the BB hubs (&stable software) it will make this phone one of the top phone for variety of users.
can someone tell me y the BlackBerry priv cant work on the BlackBerry OS.... buh they had to go for android????
Lawrence, 21 Apr 2016apk on my bb z10 was working properly not until 2 weeks ago when I can't get them on-line like... moreNot Priv related, but the same happened with my blackberry passport.
Android apps worked flawlessly until last week when the "no connection" warning appeared with Facebook messenger, Facebook Lite and other apps. This only happened with mobile connection, not with Wi-Fi.
It seems that the android apps stopped recognising the mobile connection.
Here is how I solved the issue:
I installed an android app called "Android Assistant"
Since you can't download it directly from the google play store I downloaded it to an android phone, extracted it with "android apk extractor" and sent it to my Blackberry
After installing, you have to choose the "Tools" tab and make sure that the wifi and mobile network icons are "on" (green color).
Everything is working again.
Hope this helps
apk on my bb z10 was working properly not until 2 weeks ago when I can't get them on-line like my fb messenger. Showing not connected to network even though I'm already connected. It has also a note saying that app wasn't inspected, could not connect to Blackberry Guardian. Any ideas on how to fix this? My OS is 10.3.1
Agreed, Priv is a really good phone. Only set back is non removable battery. Much more functional than any available phone in the market....
Everything about the PRIV is great...
Except for that BlackBerry decided to make the battery non-removable.
Aceraldo, 26 Mar 2016I have a Passport and LOVE it. Wife has a Z10. The Z10 is getting old. Any suggestions what... moreOn Z10 do securitu wipe,backup your contacts first.After that,you will have native facebook app,and simply dont update it,it will work fine.I did same thing.
AnonD-523074, 06 Apr 2016hi.. recently i got bb priv.phone running well but only the isue is it's getting over heat.is ... moreHave you tried to update? Someone wrote here it helped her a lot and got better after. Good luck
m, 18 Mar 2016my z30 was the best phone I ever used much better than s4 I used previously. Never lags, bette... moreAgreed. Z30 is a very good phone. BOS 10.3 is a great OS (even without considering it's age).
Too bad Chen came in and immediately gave up on BOS and touchscreen only phones.
AnonD-516993, 21 Mar 2016I have passport since 4 month, it was able to download most of Android Apps and is working p... moreI figured that installing the android version from 3rd party websites would work fine. Nice to have that confirmed.
I don't know why Chen, Blackberry or Facebook mentioned this as an option ( actually I'm fairly certain I do know...he wants BOS 10.x to go away :< )
Aceraldo, 26 Mar 2016I have a Passport and LOVE it. Wife has a Z10. The Z10 is getting old. Any suggestions what... moreThere is an update for the Facebook and Whatsapp applications, but that just takes you to a web app and it's not integrated with Blackberry Hub.
I would suggest this. Uninstall the native Facebook app for Blackberry. Go to the web and find the latest Facebook app for Android (or maybe look on Amazon Store through BB Amazon app, might be there?) and download the APK. Once downloaded, install it on your phone. Say yes when asking about allowing install from unverified source (or whatever the verbage is to that effect).
No guarantee that it will integrate with the BB Hub, but it will be a native Facebook app instead of the web app.
Note: I have a Z30 and don't use either of these apps, but I use the Android version of Line (downloaded the APK from 3rd party website). Used the method described for installing the Line application.