BlackBerry Priv Review

BlackBerry Priv Review: BlackBerry Priv features a capacitive 5.4 inches’ touchscreen display. This device runs on an operating system of Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). The BlackBerry Priv price is $310. The device comes with 18 MP rear camera. The front side also has 2 MP selfie camera. It comes with a RAM of 3 GB. A non-removable Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery powers the device.

 

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BLACKBERRY PRIV SPECIFICATIONS

The Priv has just one version of internal memory which is 32 GB which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 256 GB. The phone comes with a 3 GB RAM with a hexa-core processor. The Priv also has a plastic body that is designed to slide up and down. When the slide is up, a qwerty keyboard will be seen. When the slide is down, you will only see the screen. The device has just one color version which is Black color version.

The rear camera is a big 18-megapixel rear camera. The camera comes with dual-LED flash, HDR and panorama. You can capture videos of about 4k resolution with the rear camera of the Priv. While the 2 MP selfie camera can capture 720p videos.

There is an AMOLED screen of 5.4 inches at its front that has a resolution of 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels. The operating system is Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), that can be upgraded to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). The device comes with single SIM technology.

There is no fingerprint sensor for maximum security of the phone. There is an earphone jack and a single speaker. But the battery is not impressive at 3000 mAh though is charges fast.

Unboxing

Unwrapping the black cartoon of the device will reveal many black accessories like a black two-pinned charger adapter, a black headphone, a black USB chord. Always make sure that the cartoon is properly sealed so as to get the full content in box. If not, you might be getting half or fewer content when you unbox a supposed new device.

Operating systemAndroid 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Display5.4 inches
Dimension147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
Screen Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels
NetworkGSM / HSPA / LTE
SIMNano-SIM
CPUHexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A57)
Rear Camera18 MP
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
Battery Capacity3410 mAh battery

 

The rear camera is a big 18-megapixel rear camera. The camera comes with dual-LED flash, HDR and panorama. You can capture videos of about 4k resolution with the rear camera of the Priv. While the 2 MP selfie camera can capture 720p videos.

There is an AMOLED screen of 5.4 inches at its front that has a resolution of 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels. The operating system is Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), that can be upgraded to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). The device comes with single SIM technology.

There is no fingerprint sensor for maximum security of the phone. There is an earphone jack and a single speaker. But the battery is not impressive at 3000 mAh though is charges fast.

Unboxing

Unwrapping the black cartoon of the device will reveal many black accessories like a black two-pinned charger adapter, a black headphone, a black USB chord. Always make sure that the cartoon is properly sealed so as to get the full content in box. If not, you might be getting half or fewer content when you unbox a supposed new device.

Design

The BlackBerry Priv has a physical dimension of 147 millimeters long, 77.2 millimeters wide, 9.4-millimeter-thick and also weighs 192 grams. The front side of the phone is made with a corning gorilla glass 4 that also acts a protection for the AMOLED screen of the device. The rear part of the phone is made with plastic and also the frame of the device is a plastic frame.

At the front side of the Priv, you will see a 5.4 inches’ AMOLED display. The 5.4 inches’ display screen on Priv comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 16:9. The display almost covered every part of the front view including the part were the home key was supposed to be. But it didn’t cover the region meant for the earpiece and selfie camera with its sensors. But noting that the phone has slider, you will see a QWERTY keyboard when the slider is up.

The device comes with an audio jack and also comes with a wired headphone. The device is no a waterproof and dustproof device and with the slide there, you will need to avoid it dropping off hands or balance because slides hardly stand drops.

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With the earpiece at the top front-side of the phone, the front side also sees a 2 MP camera. There is no button on the front side of the device when the slide is down, but when up, you will see a QWERTY keyboard.

The right side of the phone has two volume keys and a button in between them. The button in between them will pull down notification list or activate mute mode while making calls. The left side has power button.

The separate SIM slot for a Nano SIM is at the top of the phone, so is also the memory card slot on a separate slot on the top of the phone.

At the bottom of the phone, there is an earphone jack at the bottom-right with a USB port for USB at the center bottom of the phone.

At the back you will see an 18-megapixel camera place at the center-top of the rear part of the phone. The camera has its dual-LED flash and sensor placed at its left side This device has only black color version.

Display

The device has a 5.4 inches’ display. The display comes with a 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels’ resolution that has a pixel density of 540ppi. The display type is an AMOLED screen that has curved edges. The device has a brightness of 440 nits which comes with an always-on display technology.

Performance and Memory

The BlackBerry Priv is powered by an operating system of Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) which is upgradable to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). The Priv comes with Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chip. The chips have six cores running at 4x 1.4 GHz. The Qualcomm chip has an Adreno 418 (Graphics Processing Unit) GPU for it.

This device comes with a 3 GB RAM and has just one versions of internal memory which is 32 GB internal memory. But the internal memory can be expanded up to 256 GB using a microSD card.

The BlackBerry Priv is a record-setter, but having a Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM, it won’t be able compete with the present group of flagship devices. It is unsatisfactory that the top-of-the-line chip, like the Snapdragon 810 didn’t go with OEM, like one would consider the BlackBerry priv price tag, but the 808 still bids plenty power for even the most progressive efficiency tasks currently attainable with Android.

BlackBerry did a remarkable job for its first attempt at Android phone that has all the features you would expect in an android phone. But some parts of the GUI and a few apps, like the camera lacks optimization thereby freezing up occasionally.

Camera

BlackBerry really tried to improve in their camera specifications on the Priv. They have not gone too close to 18-megapixel shooter if not for the BlackBerry passport that has 13-megapixel shooter that produced nice shots.

The BlackBerry Priv comes with just a single rear camera of 18 megapixels. The Priv has an aperture of f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED dual-tone flash, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, HDR, panorama. It is a nice camera on android operating system from blackberry, but the camera app keeps crashing at some points which would make the phone difficult to be rebooted.

Disabling auto-HDR seems difficult as taking photos has a slow speed. Guessing correctly, the camera department of the Priv seems to be the department with short comings on the Priv. The BlackBerry Priv price fits the camera

HDR on the camera can be put off, on or on automatic activation. The automatic mode is better because it comes in the best scenarios that in which they are needed. The Priv also captures paranomic photos with high contrast. The panorama also works in video shooting.

You can capture 4K videos with the BlackBerry Priv and other lower qualities. Thus you have 4K videos at 30fps for 10s amounting to 37MB, 1080p video at 30fps for 10s amounting to 21MB and also 1080p video at 60fps for 10s amounting to 21MB.

The selfie camera is 2MP camera 0n BlackBerry Priv. The selfie camera comes with a video recording resolution of 720 pixels.

Connectivity and Sensors

The BlackBerry Priv has a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct and a hotspot. A 4.1 version of Bluetooth is on the device, as it comes with an A-GPS and also an NFC. It has no radio. The USB port is version is a microUSB 2.0.

The device comes with no iris scanner nor fingerprint sensor mounted on any part of the phone, but it has an accelerometer, altimeter, gyro, ToF proximity and a compass.

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Talking about the network technology, we have 2G bands (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900), 3G bands (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – USA (STV100-1), Europe (STV100-4)) and 4G bands (LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 29(700), 30(2300) – USA (STV100-1)) and LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 8(900), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700) – Europe (STV100-4)).

The connectivity speed for HSPA is 42.2 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 is 450 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload.

 

Software and Applications

It is pre-installed with messaging features like SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM and BBM. The browser is HTML5. Blackberry preinstalled cool software like Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0), Qi/PMA wireless charging (STV100-1, STV100-2, STV100-5, STV100-6), MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player, MP4/H.264 player, Photo/video editor and a Document viewer.

There is a standard phonebook that has three tabs navigated by swipes. The phonebook is in the same App with dialer and messenger. Despite the presence of a QWERTY keyboard, there is also an integrated keyboard that has dictionaries and predictive text functions.

This is no simple task that the Priv intensely goes up against without truly keeping down. The OEM was going for absolutely the full BlackBerry involvement on Android. Obviously, no product is really impeccable, particularly Android assembles, and there are a couple of eminent hiccups in BlackBerry’s spearheading exertion and a great deal of opportunity to get better.

In any case, generally, everything works fine and as promoted, there is no conspicuous nonappearance of any real component and there are even a couple of additional seemingly insignificant details tossed in for an upgraded understanding.

The OS designed for the Priv has an unmistakable Vanilla Android look and believe and is by all accounts very near stock. That implies, there is for all intents and purposes no bloatware to discuss, well, except if you have no requirement for the broad BlackBerry app suite, yet that sounds increasingly like an instance of wrong desires. In any case, BlackBerry has made a point to include a couple of contacts all over for additional efficiency, which we will make certain to call attention to.

Beginning off with the lock screen, it is the typical undertaking – a major clock, slide to unlock and a team of unlock alternate routes at the base – phone and camera. Sharp spectators will most likely notice the marginally abnormal notice symbol underneath the clock, which is a piece of Blackberry’s custom notice gathering system, however more on that in a bit.

BlackBerry ran with Google’s default photo and video viewing app: Google Photos. The Gallery isn’t as direct or instinctive as other custom display apps, yet there are loads of highlights and services accessible for Google Photos users, regardless of whether you quit Google Photo’s reinforcement service.

You can manage and edit collections and photos. Editing instruments are in abundance, and you can trim, rotate, apply filters, lighten/darken and change levels of the photos. What you won’t discover is an approach to scrawl or draw on photos, nor are there any stickers.

On the off chance that you do utilize Google’s Photos service, backing up your photos will empower a couple of cool highlights. Face acknowledgment and watchword seek (it will even perceive your pet), consequently created arrangements and video montages, and you can even request a physical photobook straightforwardly from Google. Hit the “Free up space” choice to clear just the photos and videos officially sponsored up to Google Photos.

The Video player is extremely fundamental. There’s solitary an advancement bar, a share button, and a flip to circle the video. There is no help for captions, swipe-to-seek, or playback speed alternative. You can edit videos taken with the phone, however it’s solitary constrained to trimming, pivoting, and stabilizing.

Android Messages is the default SMS application for Android. You can expect a truly direct SMS involvement with a lot of sharing choices. Android Messages has gradually increased some clever highlights in the course of recent months like sticker packs (like Allo), sending and asking for cash (by means of Google Wallet), and fundamental area sharing.

Google’s default music player is here too. Google Play Music offers a substantial gathering of music to stream, or you can transfer up to 50,000 of your own MP3 tracks from your PC that you would then be able to stream from anyplace. You can likewise pick to pay for Google’s music membership that additionally incorporates boundless skips and no promotions.

YouTube Red additionally comes packaged in business sectors where it’s accessible. Beside no more video promotions, you can download videos to watch disconnected, screen-off playback, and access to YouTube Red’s select substance.

 

Battery and BlackBerry Priv Price

A non-removable Li-Ion battery of 3410 mAh powers the device. The Snapdragon 808 on the device supports quick charge 2.0 which gives 60% charge from 0% in 30 minutes. Its talk time is up to 15 hours on 3G mode. BlackBerry Priv price is about $310.

 

Conclusion

The 5.4 inches’ screen that has a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels is an AMOLED touchscreen with a pixel density of 540 ppi that curved edge touchscreen.

The device is a Slider phone revealing a hardware 4-row BlackBerry keyboard when the slide is up. With Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset having a dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 and an Adreno 418 GPU, the device goes well on executing tasks except for the camera that freezes at some points. The 3GB RAM powers an internal memory of 32 GB on an Android operating system of 5.1.1 Lollipop which is upgradable to version Android version 6.

The rear camera is 18MP which is the biggest camera from blackberry at the point Priv was launched. The big camera has 4896 x 3672 pixels’ phase detection autofocus with OIS. It also has Schneider-Kreuznach optics, dual-tone LED flash and 2160p video recording. The front camera is 2MP front-facing camera having a 720p video recording.

The Android encounter is another forehead raiser. Some developing pains are everything and BlackBerry will clearly work out the kicks in the long run, yet, in the event that you go into a store today and spend the eye-watering measure of cash for the Priv, you may normally anticipate that it should in any event perform satisfactory with suppose a Galaxy S7 phone, an iPhone 6s or some other hip gadget.

However, that is simply it. The Priv probably won’t sparkle as an enticing ordinary client offer, however maybe we should try to take a gander at it from another point of view, a quintessentially BlackBerry one and that would be as an undertaking grade secure specialized instrument.

BlackBerry is as yet a power to be figured with in the corporate world with its conclusion to-end correspondence stage and different extraordinary custom fitted arrangements. One could contend this is the embodiment of BlackBerry and its actual subject matter and it is in this setting the Priv winds up in the midst of a progressively positive group.

It establishes a colossal advance forward in a couple of regards. It is certainly a major jump in front of its BlackBerry kin regarding equipment, in any case, maybe more-critically, it opens up a totally different domain of conceivable outcomes since it runs Android locally.

Come to consider it, this is not really another advancement way for BlackBerry, which has since quite a while ago demonstrated a ton of friendship for the Google’s rambling app environment. Regardless of whether the Priv will be met with approval and set BlackBerry on another advancement way is yet to be seen, however it is obvious that in spite of its imperfections, it is as of now outstanding amongst other business smartphones out there.

 

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