There are a lot of things to really like about the BlackBerry Priv. In fact, it is one of the best Android phones in the market at the moment. However, that does not mean this is a phone without any flaws. That is a tough ask for any phone, still the Priv manages to stay clear of major blemishes.
Here is a look at some things I almost hated in this phone.
Hot, really hot: The BlackBerry Priv can become really hot, especially when you are browsing or using some of the apps. There is a spot about the size of a Rs 5 coin, just where you hold the phone, that heats up every time you use the phone for over five minutes or so. This also means the Priv has battery issues. When the heating starts, the phone tends to drain its battery in an hour. There were occasions when the phone’s battery did not last even four hours because I watched YouTube for half an hour or so.
The keyboard is great, but only for those desperate few: The keyboard is undoubtedly one of the best features of the Priv. However, I doubt if anyone who is comfortable on the touchscreen will need it. Yes, those who were waiting for a good keyboard device to get rid of their aging BlackBerry now have some hope, especially when more affordable devices come along.
That’s one sharp camera: The Priv has a good camera that clicks decent photos most of the time. I still believe the BlackBerry Passport had a great camera, but the Priv does not seem to live up to those expectations. Also, the phone struggles with certain colours, especially bright red which bleeds all over the place. It lacks details when the lighting is not good.
Where are BlackBerry apps? While BlackBerry has finally opened itself up to the whole wide world of app, it hasn’t really give access to the thousands of BB OS apps. So if you are thinking of Priv for an upgrade after years on a BB OS device, be warned that you might not have access to some of the apps you are used to, unless the developer already has an Android version. It seems the ban for third party stores extends to BlackBerry too.
Please read tomorrow’s Express Review of BlackBerry Priv for our verdict
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