We are told that “PrIV” in the BlackBerry PrIV, the first Android phone in the Canadian handset manufacturer, is both privilege and privacy.

Privilege is possible because now privat pitched very much as the flagship Android device with a price tag that pits him from iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S6S world.

privat can also be privative, indicating the lack or loss of the attribute or quality of

Standout features include premium 5’4 “curved display as a Samsung recently debuted on the edge of S6 AN double flash camera 18 megapixel with optics “certified” by Schneider-Kreuznach – by analogy with the emphasis Nokia, at Carl Zeiss for their cameras focused champions back in the day – and a sliding physical keyboard QWERTY (more on this later).

Meanwhile, privacy is a reflection of the heritage of the BlackBerry’s security and privacy feature some additions are bringing it to the OS from Google.

These include the incorporation of encryption by default, a new picture on the basis of a pass code that states that protects against finger smudge trails and probably the key logging, and application for BlackBerry called DTEK, which gives the device an overall rating of safety and control such things like change the permissions of applications in the future.

However, after using the handset for just over a week, “anchor” can also be [19459013privativnaya], indicating the lack or loss of the attribute or quality. What is an attribute or quality, I can not quite put your finger on, but I’m sure it has something to do physical keyboard PrIV, which is a poor second day, never lived up to the expectations of the beginning.

slide out keyboard feels awkward and I found my arms tiring more quickly than I expected

BlackBerry has made a name for being the best-in-class QWERTY keyboard, but it suffers from the to “slider” and one that is attached to the already very high monoblock. Carrying heavy and broad device while typing on the slide out keyboard feels awkward and I found my arms tiring more quickly than I expected.

For comparison, private weighs 192 grams compared to the iPhone 6 plus 172 grams. The extra weight is partly due to the huge all-day battery 3410 mAh PrIV, which in itself is welcome, but it has a special compromise when it comes to agility and overall comfort.

The second issue I have with the keyboard, like most of the sliders to him, the top row of keys feel a little closer to the edge of the speaker just above it.

Due to the protection of information is as thin as possible – though it is still quite sturdy 9.4mm, then unconvincingly he said that the BlackBerry makes it more comfortable to hold – the keys are also quite flush with the device and do not quite have as much travel as the BlackBerry Q10 or brave the past. Or at least, as far as I remember.

Third, the on-screen keyboard, which is the same one found on the BlackBerry 10, quite brilliant, not least its AutoCorrect word suggestions. As a result, I was rarely, if ever, slipping in his own physical keyboard, and I say that as someone who has been QWERTY-tightening, until I finally made the switch to the iPhone 5. I even wrote to Steve Jobs on this issue.

Finally, the distance between the physical keyboard and the top of the screen, where many of the programs to place important buttons on the screen means that you will constantly find yourself adjusting the position of the hands as you jump on the keys on the screen, if you have a particularly large hands or fingers . Long

This is a shame, because I really like the physical keyboard on PrIV is touch enabled, doubling as a touchpad that can be used to quickly wade through tons of e-mail or quickly scroll through Web pages and other documents. You can also display specific keys to quickly launch applications or actions through a long press. You know, everything that the BlackBerry device is traditionally good for, how to actually get things done.

So, if you are not going to buy PrIV its physical keyboard – and no doubt some people – is not this just another Android-powered device? In short, yes. But judged solely as Android phones SANS physical keyboard, it still has a few things going for it.

(In fact, during the briefing, Gareth Hurn, director of the Global Smartphone & SW product management for BlackBerry, tried to convince me that people will buy PrIV regardless of its physical QWERTY-touted power. Why, therefore, does not release a version without one, I said, but it does not really get an answer.)

This is in the details, where you are likely to appreciate PrIV more for a long time

I especially like how the BlackBerry brought on his BlackBerry Hub on BlackBerry 10, a single mailbox for all your communications, including e-mail accounts and Twitter and DM interactions.

You can now also have a “Repeat”, messages that have it float on top of in the box again at a later time, say, two hours, or when you arrive at a certain place, for example, returning to the office after lunch. The new e-mail client by Google “Inbox” has a similar function, but nevertheless it is a welcome addition to the BlackBerry Hub.

In addition, you can carry out / pull-down list Hub connection for fast browsing up to 4 of your next meeting or event calendar, which is a simple but nice touch. This in detail, where you most likely value PrIV more for a long time.

Gestures to BlackBerry 10 as what I miss, and although not quite on the same level, BlackBerry brought over some of this thinking to its first Android phone. Swipe up from the bottom of the phone anywhere and it brings three tappable shortcuts to quickly launch any of the three applications. I have my displays on the BlackBerry Hub, Google Now and Twitter.

Priv also introduces something for BlackBerry calls tab Performance tab on the screen, which is located along the curved edge of the screen to provide ‘at a glance’ view of important information from the BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Tasks and Contacts. Despite the fact, a little uncomfortable, it works pretty well, and somehow comes to justifying that the curved screen. However, duplicating the function of BlackBerry 10’s “Peak”, which enables you to access the full BlackBerry Hub from any fast swipe left to right, it would be preferable.


There is no doubt the efforts for BlackBerry done here, not only to bring a new prize and the first Android device on the market – an important step in itself – but also the one that offers something different largely commoditised soup Android devices available in every price imaginable.

Once you go from Android, there is little room to differentiate

Once you go from Android, there is little room to differentiate. That is, as a rule, be reduced to branding, basically finished by hardware selection and, to a much lesser extent, software. Blackberry Priv made some interesting choices in all three areas.

How strong brand BlackBerry is, I’m not sure, but most likely, a privat increase does not reduce it. It is priced at a premium and feels it.

Camera top of the range, including shooting 4K, battery life is solid, it has a curved screen the latest technology, modern and fast processor – this thing is no slouch. And now, typing on glass is the norm, you can not get more than the different physical QWERTY, even if I can not help but think it will deter a lot of people, as this will entice considering compromises that slide keyboard is almost always entails a.

And in one fell swoop, by switching to Android, BlackBerry decided notorious “problem of the application” of the company – the lack of applications for BlackBerry 10, which are the number one complaint from existing and past customers, including me. But the company went further, setting Android, to be more secure and privacy-configured out of the box and brought over some of the best apps and software features of the BlackBerry 10, or at least re-interpret them for Android. Both aspects should be applauded.

However, as gallant as the first Android effort BlackBerry is the fact that I found the physical keyboard in his own, to be almost completely redundant means that almost certainly the best, if I’m in the market for a premium phone running the mobile OS from Google, Drew See review the latest flagship Nexus, for example.

Finally, and as an afterthought (just in case for BlackBerry is reading this), I’d rather have a lot of Android phone is more akin BlackBerry Q10 or classic, but slightly higher for maximum compatibility Android applications. That’s what I’d buy in a heartbeat, and I expect that it will be many other BlackBerry fans past and present.