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BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

from  $249.93+
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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Mixes the best of BlackBerry and Android
  • Good-looking device, comfortable to hold
  • Decent camera
Cons
  • Keyboard isn't great
  • High price
  • Ships with Android Lollipop
77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

77
 

User Reviews

90
Clarekj
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
svoboman
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
77
Average Critic Score
 
80
Stuff
Look past the logo prejudice, and you'll find an excellent, unique, and extremely capable Android powerhouse.
 
60
Gizmodo Australia
I 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.
 
90
Android Central
BlackBerry has assembled a thoroughly enjoyable piece of hardware, and while the BlackBerry/Android software mashup isn't perfect it's a solid first attempt.
 
70
Know Your Mobile
This 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.
 
80
Forbes
I 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.
 
80
CNET
Android 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.
 
70
The Verge
Take 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).
 
80
The Wall Street Journal
For 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.
 
80
VentureBeat
I’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.
 
80
Engadget
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.