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BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv
alaScore 94

515 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 515 reviews of BlackBerry Priv. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the sound and price.

performance, usability, size, design, screen

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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for BlackBerry Priv

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Views about the camera and design are generally positive. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the reliability and portability. Comments are divided on the reception.

performance, usability, screen, design, camera

portability, reliability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BlackBerry Priv

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the usability and screen. The battery and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed comments about the sound. Many are less positive about the reliability.

performance, portability, battery, screen, usability

reliability

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for BlackBerry Priv

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from Amazon.ca. 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 Amazon.ca. People really like the design and screen. The portability and durability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the battery and price.

performance, durability, portability, screen, design

usability, reliability, price, battery

88% of the reviews on Amazon.ca 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

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

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

Expert review by: (dpreview.com)

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: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

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: Dieter Bohn (theverge.com)

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: Daniel Cooper (engadget.com)

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: Tim Moynihan (wired.com)

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: Zack Whittaker (zdnet.com)

BlackBerry Priv review: A passable Android phone, poor on privacy

 

Calling this a "privacy" phone is a stretch, but it has some redeeming features. A keyboard for one, and Android for another.

This is probably the best Android phone with a hardware keyboard on the market. ; The battery life is better than most comparable phones. ; The Priv has a hardened kernel and some strong security features.

Despite its branding, this phone does not actively mitigate privacy incursions. ; Performance can suffer at times, sometimes insufferably.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Nate Ralph (cnet.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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: John V. (phonearena.com)

BlackBerry PRIV Review

 

There are a handful of companies that have been undoubtedly on the decline for the last several years. The business is cutthroat, whereby things can rapidly change in a heartbeat, so if there's no substantial progress earned, it's feasible that the end...

Rich Android experience paired with BlackBerry’s legendary security ; Svelte looking industrial design for a phone with a keyboard ; Keyboard offers convenience in the form of tactility

No fingerprint sensor for increased security ; GPS and Bluetooth connections are finicky ; Too much static noise through the earpiece

The landscape is always evolving, that’s just the reality of things, as phone companies live and die by the rising tide of demand. BlackBerry, unfortunately, has been on the decline for the better part of the last several years – they’re just nowhere...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):18

Design

Curved Design:No / Yes

Display

Pixel density:540

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Navigation

GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G standards:HSPA+
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

USB port: Yes

Processor

Coprocessor: Yes
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A57
Coprocessor cores:2
Coprocessor frequency:1.8