Linas, 07 Jun 2016Blackberry was a sleep and didn't realise their name became unknown for many. That said they w... moreCompletely wrong. Bb 10 was very good. App store lacking but the rest of it was great
...the phone is indeed good, but two things would make me not buy it (a) the Google OS (its the same user experience nothing new about it and (b) the price is too steep, Ive gone retro and purchased the Classic
Striker, 07 Jun 2016Biggest mistake - to switch from a wonderful OS to Handroid...What was great about it? Limited app store, non-intuitive controls, limited by any smartphone standards, slow, unstable, lacking decent hardware as well (even Priv was weak offering)... It was set to die for long time..
Blackberry was a sleep and didn't realise their name became unknown for many. That said they went away and tried selling mid-range phone, with funny (dated for today) physical qwerty keyboard for premium price... at the time when Samsung came up with particularly strong S6 and S6 edge duo. I must admit (even I hate apple so much) even iphone in this context is better phone, better priced and easier to use. With appstore probably even more productive and I am talking about 6, not even 6s... so potentially as well cheaper. What did they expect? There are only 2 ways making phone to sell... either making it most premium and technologically advanced or making it affordable (well there is third - sticking apple logo on Sh**). BB didn't follow neither of these options...
Gilda, 07 Jun 2016Shame but was to be expected. A lot of BB loyalists felt cheated with the OS switch and did no... moreYou probably joking right? BB 10 is as intuitive and efficient to use as Symbian... at the best. It was (cannot say still is) one of the most non-intuitive systems which are very inconsistent controls, limited use, limited app store... not very "smartphoneish" at all.
Shame but was to be expected. A lot of BB loyalists felt cheated with the OS switch and did not jump on the bandwagon. And for good reason. BB 10 is a very efficient operating system and a joy to use.
I swear, so many companies are slipping into obscurity - the mobile landscape is ever changing and at this stage, making constant bad decisions can mean the end of you. Back in the day, I would have looked at mobile device-making companies like I would have any other company but if former giants like, Nokia, Siemens, Ericsson, and Motorola can be knocked into submission in the timeframe of less than a decade, I believe no cellphone company is safe (looks at HTC, Sony and BlackBerry in particular).
liemnguyen, 07 Jun 2016Hi Ho, do you think running Android apps on BB10 is suicidal? I am not sure if I should pick a... more"Do you think running Android apps on BB10 is suicidal?/Do Android apps drain battery fast?/Do they run smoothly?" - Not at all, I am using Z10 since the day it release until, most of the apps that absent from BlackBerry World would replace by Android counterpart, since I had install it with Google Play + Google service, so it solve most of my apps gap problem. Battery wise, I guess it's so far so good to me, one day use wouldn't be a big problem, even most of the apps are running android apps. And yes, it run pretty smooth, I won't lie to you that it is as smooth as running on Android it self, but it do run pretty smooth on a platform which is not Android.
I am not surprised at all, with this kind of price, people do expect a lot.
Arthur Ho, 07 Jun 2016Honestly, while I understand BlackBerry strategy to moved to android in order to solve the app... moreHi Ho, do you think running Android apps on BB10 is suicidal? I am not sure if I should pick a BB 10 to use Viber for example? If you already have a BB10, please share your experience (do Android apps drain battery fast? Do they run smoothly?). Thanks much
I've never been an BlackBerry fan, but their OS was pretty damn good. I owned a blackberry playbook when it came out and the OS on that tablet was much better than Android or iOS at the time. Too bad that apple and google hold monopol over the mobile OS market.
They need to get out of the hardware biz or they are gonna end up like so many other Canadian companies.
BlackBerry biggest mistake was teasing this device running BlackBerry OS10 then ditching it all together. You cannot convince me an Android device is worth more than 400 dollars with numerous OEM's competing. When it comes to Android, the Nexus route is the only way to go. Guaranteed 2-3 years of solid updates with an exceptional price.
No surprise there. The 700+$ price tag was the reason I didnt buy this phone. If BB would've sold it as a 500$ device, it would've been phone of the year 2015. Cuz its a really good looking phone with nice/loud front facing speaker, good camera, physical keyboard, decent hardware, BUT according to reviewers software had issues, and yea 700$ is just too much.
In my country with VAT and margins, stores sell it for ~900-1000$.
We bought one here in the UK and this does not surprise me. While the case was nice and grippy, the display great and the keyboard slide mechanism slick, the key feature of a Blackberry, the keyboard itself was a let down. The keys themselves on the Priv are way too small even from our middle sized English fingers, so for larger American hands they will be even worse.
We returned it and got a Note 4. Swiping with the S-Spen stylus is way faster. Plus the camera is outstanding. BB should have continued with the well received square model that had a larger keyboard and took an innovative approach.
I admire the extent to which Blackberry is mixing up the look of smartphones, but at $700 and little-to-no advertising on a company that's been off the radar (well in New Zealand anyway) for a while... you can't expect to have solid sales from that.
In saying that though, I'm not aware of the specs of this device, but still.
But that's just my opinion.
Honestly, while I understand BlackBerry strategy to moved to android in order to solve the apps gap issue. However, I found that PRIV doesn't really bring much uniqueness compare with other Android phone, it just like another Nexus phone with a keyboard and selling at expensive price. I do prefer with their BlackBerry 10 devices, apps gaps problem solved by installing the Google Play on it.