Review: BlackBerry Priv for AT&T
The Priv is perhaps BlackBerry's most well-rounded handset. It isn't a perfect fit for everyone, but it covers many of the bases that BlackBerry fans need while opening up the brand to the apps everyone wants (Android, FTW!)
BlackBerry designed an attractive and usable smartphone in the Priv. The materials and manufacturing quality are top notch in a handset that balances form and function. The Priv is impressively thin for a slider hiding a keyboard. I wish the keyboard were a little bigger, but at this point beggars can't be choosers. The screen is good, and performance in core areas such as call quality and battery life are on point.
The stock Android user interface performs well, and BlackBerry's customizations add real value for hard-working people. The core communications Tab and BlackBerry Hub let mobile pros triage and fully manage their key accounts in a way that rivals what's possible on BlackBerry's old smartphones. Toss in BBM for secure messaging and DTEK for gauging overall handset security, and you have a smartphone that enterprise customers can get behind.
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At $699, the Priv is pricey. There are plenty of handsets that offer a better overall experience for hundreds less; but they don't have keyboards. As solid as the Priv is, I'd only recommend it to business users who need the security tools or people who simply need a physical keyboard.
Hands On with the BlackBerry Priv
The Priv is BlackBerry's new flagship phone, but it's also much more than that. As the company's first phone to use Google's Android instead of a BlackBerry OS, it represents a major new strategic direction.
AT&T Drops BlackBerry Priv Price to $640
BlackBerry said AT&T has lowered the price of the the Priv smartphone by $100. The phone now costs $640 at full retail, instead of $740, or $199 with a two-year contract, instead of $250.
BlackBerry Priv Gets a Taste of Marshmallow
BlackBerry today said Priv owners can expect to see the Android 6.0 Marshmallow system update hit their devices in the days ahead. BlackBerry has been testing Marshmallow on the Priv for a couple of weeks.
BlackBerry Priv Runs Android, Costs $699, Ships November 6
BlackBerry today made the Priv, its first Android smartphone, available for preorder. The device is a vertical slider that includes a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.