For physical keyboard devotees, there’s not much choice in the smartphone world right now, but BlackBerry does a decent job with the Priv. The high price will deter fair-weather buyers, but if you can’t stand typing on glass, this is your only option.
- Mixes the best of BlackBerry and Android
- Good-looking device, comfortable to hold
- Decent camera
- Keyboard isn't great
- High price
- Ships with Android Lollipop
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (2)
- 77AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsEngadget80BlackBerry Priv review: Android alone can't save the companyFor physical keyboard devotees, there’s not much choice in the smartphone world right now, but BlackBerry does a decent job with the Priv. The high price will deter fair-weather buyers, but if you can’t stand typing on glass, this is your only option.The Wall Street Journal80BlackBerry Priv Review: BlackBerry May Win You BacFor the first time in years, BlackBerry has a phone that can win back the hearts and dollars of people it lost years ago—at least enough that I’ll once again spot a BlackBerry owner or two among my friends and colleagues.CNET80BlackBerry Priv review: Slick Android slider withAndroid and an awesome keyboard make the Priv the best BlackBerry in years, but if you're not a keyboard lover and aren't much of a security seeker, you'll find phones that are cheaper, or offer better features than the Priv.Gizmodo Australia60BlackBerry Priv Review: Nope, Not For Me -- Not EvI suppose there is a kind of person who might want a flagship quality phone that has a keyboard, even if the keyboard isn’t totally useful. ... But there’s nobody who wants to pay top dollar when there’s a cheaper option that’s much, much, much better. Get the Nexus 6P instead.The Verge70BlackBerry Priv reviewTake those good ideas and buff off their rough edges, make the software just a little more stable. Because as a first effort at an Android phone, the Priv is remarkable, and I couldn't wait to see what a second push would do for it (assuming, of course, that BlackBerry gets the chance).Forbes80BlackBerry Priv Review: Impressive, Tragic ComebacI don’t love the Priv, but I want to. BlackBerry is fighting for its life and the Priv does enough to suggest it is a life worth saving.Android Central90BlackBerry Priv reviewBlackBerry has assembled a thoroughly enjoyable piece of hardware, and while the BlackBerry/Android software mashup isn't perfect it's a solid first attempt.VentureBeat80BlackBerry Priv review: Android with a hardware keI’m betting Marshmallow will be on the Priv in just a few months. Still, this shouldn’t hold you back if you want a slider with a physical keyboard. If you do, look no further than the Priv. If you don’t, there are plenty of Android phones to choose from.Know Your Mobile70BlackBerry PRIV Review: Good, Just Not GREAT -- YeThis is a new beginning of sorts for BlackBerry and the true test of the PRIV is not sales or this first batch of reviews, but how it develops in the coming months once BlackBerry has some user data to work with and can update the software accordingly.Stuff80BlackBerry Priv reviewLook past the logo prejudice, and you'll find an excellent, unique, and extremely capable Android powerhouse.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE2 ReviewsEngadget Reader90May 8, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70February 4, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget