Anonymous, 10 Dec 2015Could've just used Windows instead of Android. Faster, better UI, secure and smooth.That would have defeated the whole purpose of moving away from BlackBerry 10 - low adoption and poor app selection
I'm quote hopeful of BB android, but evidently they still need some work. There's a chance they'll leave the smartphone market but I don't think they will.
the tech nerd, 10 Dec 2015It's open source os and that's why they went for it, you can't customise windows, can't e... moreCould've just used Windows instead of Android. Faster, better UI, secure and smooth.
I had the phone before the update (decided to return it) and the main thing that bothered me was the build quality - really creaky on the back! Read somewhere it was the Wireless charger coil being left out of the version we have in the UK (not sure how true this is) but it was horrible to hear creaking even when I just picked the phone up in my hand. Could have just been my unit but I read a few complaints similar to mine.
I liked the keyboard and the software was OK - I guess it will keep getting better with updates. But build quality can't be fixed through updates.
It's a shame because BB have a history of solid well built phones. Given the price paid, just not acceptable. Hope the phone is a success though - I would be interested in any future generations they make to improve on this version.
Jkz, 10 Dec 2015Looks like they didn't update the device. After the update many of their issues were vastly im... moreDid you read the review?
".....Core app updates were constantly flying in during the review process, so, hopefully, all of these will be fixed in a timely manner."
It's encrypted out of the box at hardware level. You have to factor that into any discussion about the device and how fast it operates compared to other expensive high end handsets. Those other premium devices if they too had taken similar choices would have a slight hit on performance. Blackberry is trying to give some control back to the user. I know that the next version of Android will address it also at software level.
B-utiful...magical. superb. if I needed the qwerty keyboard I wouldn't mind getting this one :)
willboyce, 10 Dec 2015did they review this after the update , because the ringing volume is very good on my device. ... moreLooks like they didn't update the device. After the update many of their issues were vastly improved or solved.
Anonymous, 10 Dec 2015I am very shocked to see performance of the Priv. Its really very disappointing for such a exp... moreI am sure they will improve many things by giving update after update as the ringing volume and camera performance is improved after update
its a shemale of phones "blackberry passport" the original edition is the best of the best from blackberry had the display been amoled on that.
Anonymous, 10 Dec 2015Nice hardware, nice design, fail OS. They just went for the worst OS out of the big three out ... moreIt's open source os and that's why they went for it, you can't customise windows, can't even touch ios(apple won't give them), android is open source and a very good os
I am very shocked to see performance of the Priv. Its really very disappointing for such a expensive phone. Priv is touching the dust in benchmark. I hope it may improve through updates especially when Marshmallow update will hit next year.
Blackberry did the right thing with Android, but it didn't with the price tag. I can agree that you get a lot of hardware, including the keyboard, but these days the pricing pressure is so high from the Chinese (even Samsung is rumored to sell the upcoming S7 10% cheaper) that Blackberry is likely to suffer another big failure unless they lower the price by at least $150/150EUR. And they just cannot afford another failure.
Hey GSMArena, an off topic request, but can you guys please retest LG G4 battery life after Marshmallow update?
Nice hardware, nice design, fail OS. They just went for the worst OS out of the big three out there. (Android, iOS, Windows)