BlackBerry Priv Review

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The BlackBerry Priv is the latest flagship model from BlackBerry and is widely reported to have a lot riding on it, perhaps even the future of the company. Now running a modified version of Android, they completely redesigned the phone trying to expel the bad and keep the good. Does it live up to expectations? We took a look to see if the BlackBerry Priv is worth your attention. Here is what you need to know:

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Photo Credits – BlackBerry


Those looking for an old school smartphone design with a physical keypad will feel right at home with the BlackBerry Priv. It slides right out easily, and the keys feel responsive and well-spaced. Your mileage may vary, but it is clear BlackBerry put a lot of thought into the pad.

You should be acutely aware that this is a rather large phone, following the trend of larger screens and heavier models so people have what could be described as a miniature tablet in the palm of their hand. Smaller hands might not adjust so well to using the Priv, and this needs to be a legitimate consideration. I had no difficulties myself, but other testers might differ. That being said, the phone looks sleek and productive, and all of the inputs are logically placed.

The only real concern that I had with the design was that I feel like it could have been built more solidly. For a high-end phone, I felt as though a good fall would take it out for good, especially if it didn’t have a case.

The Hardware

The processor put in the Priv packs a solid punch, as the Snapdragon 808 processor handles all of the processes you throw at it. Multi-tasking is a necessity in today’s professional world, and multi-tasking it does with 3GB of RAM. It can get a bit warm with a lot of heavy use, but never to the point of discomfort or penalty to the phone’s performance. I couldn’t think of a way to overlord it.

The built in hard drive is a standard 32GB, but microSD expansion effectively nullifies this concern. Find the right card, and you can fit anything you want on your phone.

The battery isn’t a concern either. 3,410mAh meant I worked on it all day when being whisked around town and calling people off and on all day. Charge it up each night, and you’re good to go.

Things that aren’t particularly special are the camera (good but nothing outstanding for the price) and the screen resolution, which will get the job done but doesn’t match the latest and greatest 4k screens being released.


Some of you will be wondering what having Android on a BlackBerry phone means for the company’s trademark security and productivity. Working with the Priv, I felt as though it was still a BlackBerry phone. The hub still stands keeping your messages coming in and out at a steady rate, and a long list of security features means that this is one of the most secure phones on the market. The only things you’ll need are possibly a security application to bolster what you have already and a Virtual Private Network to keep you safe on those public networks (and watch Netflix on those long business trips overseas).

Some other things that might interest you include every sensor you could want on a phone, great connectivity to both Bluetooth and wireless networks, and access to the Google Play app store allowing greater versatility than any BlackBerry phone before it. All things considering, the phone is a step up in the features department.

BlackBerry Priv

Photo Credits – BlackBerry


Given its high price tag and some of the more specialized features in a field of great smartphones currently on the market, the BlackBerry Priv isn’t for everyone. It is, however, an excellent choice for anyone interested in the physical keyboard, business oriented individuals looking for a solid phone to get them through the day and people who are highly concerned about mobile security. BlackBerry has outdone themselves, it is just up to you to determine if you are in their scope.

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Do you have any thoughts on the BlackBerry Priv? Have you also managed to get your hands on one? Any questions or concerns about it? Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Shaneel Karia

Shaneel Karia

Founder and Author at reviewsmaniac
Founder at 3Deometry Innovations a 3D Printer Manufacturing firm. Loves Biking, collecting coins. A lil bit into sports and a Force India supporter in Formula One. Loves sharing uninfluenced reviews on products.
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