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)
did they review this after the update , because the ringing volume is very good on my device. camera is way better than it was with another update on 14th. gsm arena should have held back on the review for another couple of weeks .
Battery is only bad sector but they will fix it . They new on android and with time,will fiind out how to manage that sector. Sound and audio reproduction are good i don't know why people complain. In a future update they will,put and aptx.
I hate android I was close to buy this but i will buy a passport till Microsoft will have Surface Phone on the table or who knows maybe New iPhone will be fantastic. #Passport SE here I come.
I will take your advice. I want this phone, but there's one thing wrong with it. The price. If/when it gets Â€400 or so its a dead cert.
Maybe this phone is not the best of starts, but it's still better than nothing. At least we can be more optimistic about BB - it's gonna get better along the way. They just need more time and practice.
The device is wider than the Classic , and has the same keyboard size , why are you saying it has a bad keyboard ? it is OK !
the Price is the bad thing , IMO thi phone with the 808 chip is worth only $450
BB , sell it for $450-$500 and it will be a best seller in no time.
Too expensive !
BB should sell this for $450 max . and it will become a bestseller.
[deleted post]Yeah except the s6 edge and z5 premium are both glass and metal builds while the priv is mostly plastic. When you compare them both the z5 premium and s6 edge offer a whole lot more for the price than the priv does.
I was really interested in this phone, but few things are really poor:
Keyboard: It seems nowhere near the BB keyboard experience. I mean its quite normal though, you can do magic when you are forced to cram up the keys in a small space, but BB could have worked something out. Keyboard would have been one of the main reason for this device to sell well, but if its not the same BB keyboard fell, then well....
OS Optimisation: This is another thing which shocked me. Yes yes, BB's first attempt to Android and all that, but how could a near stock Android be that laggy is beyond me! One Plus and those new companies have done it pretty well, so why can't BB? I was shocked when I was seeing some video reviews of the phone, it stuttered so poorly!
Camera: Well, whatever you say, people WILL expect one of the top notch cameras when they are paying flagship price, and to be quite honest those shots don't look like they can give any competition to S6, Note 5 or Z5!
Sorry BB, probably next time. Nice first attempt though.
[deleted post]Well by choosing the price-tag they did, Blackberry set the bar for expectations pretty high.
So flimsy backplate and wobbly display mechanism is not what we should expect.
We all knew the keys are tiny (Portrait and keyboard does not go well together except on even huger devices), and that there are quite a bit of firmware bugs in their initial Android attempt were expected too - though the worst hopefully will be fixed in updates soon.
The allegedly poor battery life, might very well be something that will be improved with less buggy and more optimized firm ware too.
But it would be wrong NOT to mention faults even if they are likely to be remedied.
Thanks for the review.
The Priv seems to be a bit worse than I feared, I better hold my horses, at least for some major updates. ... But don't be surprised if can't and get so angry with my Iphone that I buy the Priv before the end of the year, despite its drawbacks, it is hard to imaging that it will not be an improvement.
I really like the analogies in this review... "Highly customizable car" ... "Overdue messiah" etc but does the phone really lives to the hype for the standard android user?
One of the worst phones in my life.. I just returned it.
GSMArena you really so slow, after over a month of its release, you still don't have the battery life test!
The battery life of this phone was so bad... I was looking for for your test and conclusion.
Great design, great CPU and GPU, good main camera. Well, the best BB in years.
Much better than Lumia 950 which looks like entry level phone for 50 $