The Blackberry Priv is finally here and it turns out it’s pretty fantastic. Most people had written off Blackberry as left-for-dead, but the old king of mobile has returned to the market with a very strong showing. Here’s a review of the new Blackberry Priv.
In an era where the touchscreen is king, Blackberry has decided to have it both ways. The phone features a fully-interactive touchscreen, but also an entire qwerty keyboard hiding beneath the glass. A gentle application of force will result in the touchscreen easily gliding up its track to reveal the keyboard. Blackberry was the dominant smartphone before touchscreens became capable of handling full user input. Now that it’s back, the keyboard plus touchscreen is a killer combination. Even more impressive is that the keyboard also acts as a trackpad, can be programmed with shortcuts to launch apps and adjust location on a page, and when you activate the special symbols area of the keyboard it appears on the touchscreen for easy access. This is by far the best aspect of the phone and will be the defining feature of the experience.
Another big change for the Blackberry Priv is that it will no longer be running a version of Blackberry’s software. The Priv runs Android, which is a huge shift in business model for the company. While the initial software looks remarkably similar to Android on a Nexus device, Blackberry has tailored the experience to feel familiar to users of old Blackberry devices. It also makes it easier to launch Blackberry specific features like Blackberry Messaging. The other big feature of the Priv is that its name is short for “privacy”, which becomes clear when looking at the device’s impressive encryption features. The phone has a certified cryptographic module being used to keep data encrypted on the phone. The company also claims to have hardened the Linux kernel, which basically means that it will be harder for low-level exploits to damage the phone.
The Blackberry Priv is an impressive new phone and should prove to be successful with people who loved old Blackberry devices and people who value security. Check out the full review in the article below!
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