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BlackBerry Priv

alaTest has collected and analyzed 613 reviews of BlackBerry Priv. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and screen. The size and usability also get good views, but comments about the sound and price are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Priv is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on People really like the camera and design. The screen and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability and portability. Reviews are divided on the reception.

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portability, reliability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry PRIV STV100-4 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone (Black)BlackBerry PRIV STV100-4 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone (Black)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on People are impressed by the usability and screen. The battery and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the sound, while many are critical about the reliability.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone - Black (U.S. Warranty)Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone - Black (U.S. Warranty)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers really like the design and screen. The portability and durability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the battery and price.

performance, durability, portability, screen, design

usability, reliability, price, battery

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked Android Smartphone-Retail PackagingBlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked Android Smartphone-Retail Packaging

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Daniel Cooper (

BlackBerry Priv review: Android alone can't save the company


BlackBerry's first Android phone is good, but not good enough to justify the price.

Mixes the best of BlackBerry and Android ; Good-looking device, comfortable to hold ; Decent camera

Keyboard isn't great ; High price ; Ships with Android Lollipop

For physical keyboard devotees, there’s not much choice in the smartphone world right now, but BlackBerry does a decent job with the Priv. The high price will deter fair-weather buyers, but if you can’t stand typing on glass, this is your only option.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by (

Blackberry Priv Review


The BlackBerry Priv combines Google's Android operating system with BlackBerry's security features and a slider form factor with hardware qwerty-keyboard. In the camera module an 18MP sensor works together with a Schneider Kreuznach designed lens and...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Dieter Bohn (

BlackBerry Priv review: can an Android phone save BlackBerry?


This is the phone that's supposed to save BlackBerry. That seems like a dire thing to say about the new Android-powered BlackBerry Priv, which in any other context would just be yet-another...

Physical keyboard ; Clever software optimizations ; Improved camera

Software bugs ; Slow camera ; Expensive for an Android phone

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

BlackBerry Priv (Unlocked)


The unlocked Priv brings BlackBerry's basic strengths—a physical keyboard and notifications—to Android in a big, heavy, pricey package, making it a niche buy.

Physical QWERTY keyboard. Beautiful screen. Good notifications. Excellent voice quality and battery life.

Expensive. Heavy. Camera focus issues. Super-thick Android skin.

Comparisons and Conclusions I've been reviewing BlackBerrys for more than 11 years now , and it's funny how the company's heritage comes through on the Priv. It's a terrific voice phone, with great battery life and a solid keyboard. It's also really...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

Review: BlackBerry Priv


You still see them from time to time—the people who carry two phones: An Android or iPhone for the fun stuff, and a BlackBerry for work. While BlackBerry's global market share may have dropped from more than 20 percent in 2009 to just half a percent...

All the messaging strengths of a BlackBerry with all the apps of an Android phone. The software keyboard is excellent, and the physical keyboard feels great for smaller hands. Using the keyboard as a touchpad while viewing the full screen is useful....

In touchscreen mode, there's give to the screen due to the slider design. Using the physical keyboard as a touchpad doesn't always work the way you'd want it to. Setting security notifications in DTEK involves going through a list of apps, one by one....

Ultimately, how you feel about the BlackBerry Priv likely has a lot to do with your last phone. If you’re a longtime BlackBerry user who’s looking for something that finally—finally—gives you a hardware keyboard with a legitimate app ecosystem and some...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Nate Ralph (

BlackBerry Priv review


BlackBerry is on the ropes. Once the darling of the smartphone world, these days the company has been long displaced by upstarts like Apple and Google. The new BlackBerry Priv won't change that, but it's aimed at bringing the BlackBerry brand back into...

The BlackBerry Priv delivers strong performance in a sleek, solid package. The subtle tweaks to Android are useful, and the compact keyboard packs in useful functionality. It's also fun to slide open, over and over again.

The keyboard is a bit narrow for large hands, and the device feels top heavy when fully extended. This security-focused phone is missing a few modern protection options, like a fingerprint reader or iris scanner.

Android and an awesome keyboard make the Priv the best BlackBerry in years, but if you're not a keyboard lover and aren't much of a security seeker, you'll find phones that are cheaper, or offer better features than the Priv.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Florence Ion (

BlackBerry Priv review: If you simply must have a physical keyboard


BlackBerry's first stab at an Android phone is a pretty decent attempt. But will it be enough to save the company?

Consistent, capable 18-megapixel camera ; Long lasting battery life that can make it through a whole day

Phone construction is a little flimsy ; Physical keyboard requires a bit of a learning curve

I was impressed with the Priv’s 18-megapixel rear-facing camera. I thought surely that BlackBerry would have flubbed the camera part of its Android smartphone, but it actually equipped it with some very capable hardware.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Andreas Kilian (

BlackBerry Priv Smartphone Review


Hot handset. Opposing the trend of touch control, Blackberry still incorporates a physical keyboard with slider mechanism in its Priv top model. Our report reveals whether this balancing act between classic and modernity is successful, and what...

physical keyboard with slider mechanism ; rigid, non-slip casing ; latest Android Marshmallow ; practical software adaptations ; USB OTG, NFC, Slimport & Miracast ; micro-SD card can be used as internal storage ; fast WiFi ac ; very good phone...

no fingerprint scanner ; poor front-facing camera ; non-removable battery ; high temperature development & throttling in some cases ; below-average performance for the premium range ; hollow sound when tapping front and back ; USB 2.0 only

The BlackBerry Priv has not been a major success for the company despite the solid hardware: The accurate touchscreen, the non-slip casing material, and the high-resolution screen please in everyday use. The various software modification and decent...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Burns (

BlackBerry PRIV Review Part I: or why you might want this


Hello there BlackBerry users, and welcome back! It's been quite a while since we've had a review of BB device like the BlackBerry Priv - one that's a real competitor on the open marketplace. One that feels like BlackBerry is confident in the product...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (

BlackBerry PRIV Review


The 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...

You get all the Android and the BB strengths in one nice package. If that sounds like a great proposition, you may just fall in love with it.

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3410
Battery performance:3410
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:72.7
Continuous video playback time:10.2

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):18
Maximum frame rate:60
Rear camera resolution (numeric):18
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:2560x1440@24fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Slider


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5.4 / 5.43
Display Resolution:2560 x 1140 / 2560 x 1440
Display Type:AMOLED / OLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:540
Screen shape:Curved / Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ


Internal RAM:3


Chat: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes


Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Video compression format:DIVX, H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, VP6, VP8, VP9, XVID
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, Xvid
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,AVI,DIVX,MKV,MPEG4,WMV / DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,MPEG2,MPEG4,VC-1,VP6,VP8,VP9,XVID
Voice codecs:AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+
4G bands supported:2500 / 700,800,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE / TD-LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 LE / 4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 35
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 35

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

Cables included:Micro-USB


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 418
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1.1
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


64-bit computing: Yes
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A57
Coprocessor cores:2
Coprocessor frequency:1.8
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4 / 6
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:0.6 / 1.44
Processor model:808


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1.1


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:200 / 2000
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage: Yes


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions