blackberry-priv-review_ubergizmo_09The BlackBerry PRIV (as in PRIVacy) is the first true Android phone from the company, and it comes with exactly what made BlackBerry great: a good physical keyboard. On paper, it seems like a dream come true for BB fans: finally, a handset that merges the positives of both Android (Apps) and BlackBerry (text communications + keyboard).

It almost sounds too good to be true, but it is. The question is: is it really as great as you think it is, or are you just reminiscing about the old good days when smartphones didn’t exist and BlackBerry was the best smartphone in town?

The reality is somewhere in between and this review will try to show you what using the BB PRIV is like, so you can decide for yourself.

Context

First, let me tell you a bit how I use my phone, so that you can extrapolate how different it is from your own usage model.

I mostly use it for email, Facebook, web browsing and news apps. That is 90% of what I do on the phone. I rarely call or get calls, and I launch games only if I’m exceptionally bored.

I don’t have lots of apps: maybe 25 at most, and I use about 10 on a regular basis, so my phone isn’t a cluttered mess.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about BlackBerry and Blackberry Priv.

Display
5.4"
2560x1440
OLED
544 PPI
Price
~$365 - Amazon
Camera
18 MP
F2.2 Aperture F-Stop
OIS
Weight
192 g
Battery
3410 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2015-09-25
System
3GB RAM
Snapdragon 808 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
32
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