Hands-On With The Priv, BlackBerry’s Long-Awaited Android Handset

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We take the BlackBerry Priv's bodily keyboard for an extended-awaited spin.
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I needed to say that I have been ready for this chance for months, however in all honesty, it has been a heck of lots longer than that. Years, actually—ever since BlackBerry (nee RIM) first ceded it is spot on the prime of the smartphone heap, first to Apple after which Google.

The Android BlackBerry has lengthy felt like an inevitability for the Canadian firm—nicely, both an Android phone or a cussed demise. It is exhausting to not get too caught up within the too-little, too-late echo chamber earlier than even playing with the handset, however let's maintain politics out of this for a second to say that, at first touch, at the least, it looks like the corporate is again within the recreation.

Naturally, the keyboard continues to be intact on the BlackBerry Priv—take away the corporate's prioprietary OS and that was actually customers' primary grievance as they jumped ship for touchscreen pastures. Regardless of how a lot haptic suggestions you jam right into a phone, there's simply no changing the bodily keyboard.

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The handset takes a cue from earlier Android units, hiding the QWERTY beneath a slider. It isn't the nicest bodily keyboard I've felt on a phone—that distinction belongs to different BlackBerry forebearers—however the Priv's is fairly strong, together with the added bonus of doubling as a scroll bar once you slid your fingers throughout it.

Not surprisingly, it takes some getting used to, notably with my meaty digits, however because the BlackBerry rep fortunately (and revealing identified), so did these preliminary touchscreens. And, fortunately, there is a massive shiny screen right here as properly, for these occasions when it is simply simpler to sort that approach.

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The Priv feels strong and is surprisingly mild. It is also, fortunately, not too prime heavy—an enormous grievance with earlier slider fashions. It is a bummer that BlackBerry waited this lengthy to get into the inventory Android camp, however maybe the time is good, as smartphone industrial design has superior to some extent the place a noncumbersome slider is an actual risk.

BlackBerry has additionally fortunately maintained one thing near inventory Android, whereas sprinkling acquainted software touches like BBM and the corporate's safety features on prime, moderately than trying to bend Google's mobile working system to its UI whims.

Extra impressions coming as quickly as we get a review unit of our very personal.

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