BlackBerry Priv unboxing

Today is finally the day! The Priv by BlackBerry is now officially available, and we’ve been checking one out for some time now. For those of you in the US eager to snag this new gadget, AT&T will be selling it for $249.99 on-contract – or $699 off-contract.

BlackBerry has been going in and out of obscurity for the last several years. At certain points, they were able to generate interest for a short period of time, only to fail in obtaining long term success with its devices. Well, there’s a major shift happening, as the Priv signals the reality of an Android smartphone from the folks over at BlackBerry. Some never believed this would’ve happened, but here it is finally!

The packaging itself is pretty sizable in contrast to the compact offering of other rival phones, so you get the feeling that there’s a lot accompanying the phone in question. Donning a black packaging with an embossed BlackBerry pattern stitched throughout it, very little information regarding the Priv is actually shown – with the obvious print on the front reading “BlackBerry Powered by Android.”

Opening it up, the first thing we come across is the phone itself, covered in plastic of course. Beneath that, the SIM removal tool is held in place with by the cardboard piece holding together all of the phone’s documentation. And lastly, taking out that middle component reveals the wall charger, microUSB cable, and stereo headphones with replaceable tips. For BlackBerry, the included goodies are rather pale in comparison to what came with many BlackBerry phones in the past – such as a slip case or something. Still, the focus here is about the new marriage between Android and BlackBerry.

We’ve been playing around with the Priv for some time now, so expect our in-depth review soon!

Related phones

  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh



2. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015


39. TeyaIman unregistered

This phone stutters and is pretty s**tty. The processor inside cant even push the screen smoothly without stutters and jank. The battery life is okish and the camera is pretty poor and the dam speaker is only on left side which blows... I am not a fan of this Priv as i and many are not a fan at all of this turd blackberry decided to rush out. It is clearly a rushed product!!!!!!.... The priv is a rush product, there is no denying this

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So, do you actually have the Priv, are are you just logging into recent BlackBerry articles to troll?

43. TeyaIman unregistered

Trolling? No, judging by using the phone in person my self and also watching 60 fps videos on YouTube, i can clearly see what i have mention. The processor inside cannot push the high resolution display that well and there is stuttering.. Although you know BlackBerry can patch thay but still... It's a brand new device. I don't know you or what your like at all but judging by your profile picture you seem to like BlackBerry a whole ton . there is a difference between fair criticism and trolling booboo, i am giving fair criticism that i and others have seen and mentioned and have experienced BlackBerry could of done better here and i and others think and know that, you should too. It is blackberry's first Android device, it is expected The things i have mentioned are valid and are actually truee... Now i cant actually tell if YOU are trolling me now for voicing my opinion and criticism wich has weight to it

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Judging by several reputable site reviews, I call suspect on your comments. Most reviews say that the processor handles what's thrown at it just fine...excellent, in fact. And they also say it has great battery life, and a good back camera, but ok front facing camera. And calling a product $#!++¥ and a turd makes you seem like a troll. Not liking the device and thinking it could be better is one thing, but a turd? Smh... I would say your criticism is about as fair as the review that PA just put up, which is to say it's not fair at all. Especially after you spending, what? 30 minutes with the Priv? An hour? And anyone can come on the Internet and say anything and pass it off as's the Internet, after all. I'll take that comment with a huge of "suspect", please. I don't know you either, and I don't think you really want to know what I think judging by your profile picture. And don't call me "booboo". It's just not very masculine of you.

47. TeyaIman unregistered

808 is known to stutter sometimes on quad hd displays , this is fact. It doesnt always push the display smoothly as the gpu is only 20% faster then one in snapdragon 801, and slower then snapdragon 810 gpu and other high end gpu's. I got to play with the device for over a hour, my friend works at my local AT&T store and i got to play with display model for a while. And i also read reviews on the Priv(quite a few ) and have also seen ,60 fps videos on youtube and isee the same stutters i experienced. The 18 megapixel camera is not that good and get outclassed by devies like moto x pure, 5X, all which are considerably cheaper. Blackberry is ripping off consumers for what they are offering. A device like the moto x pure is better in almost every way and is alot cheaper. The $ blackberry wants us consumers to spend on the priv is ridiculous. That is flagship pricing and the Priv is absolutely not on the level of flagship like 6P or note 5/edge + all which have better spec across the whole entire board. So yes i am gonna call the Priv a turd because the price point on it the device is really bad and the specs are nothing special and it defitnetly, clearly feels like a 1st gen product, which it is. All youare doing is seeing the good and completly ignorin/blocking out the bad and what has been mentioned that is not in favor for the Priv. All you have done so far is just troll me and try to bash me for actual geniune valid concerns and criticisms of the device, that would be called trolling. You arent holding a intelligent conversation now and you are subtly throwing shade and personal atttacks at me for mentioning my opinion which has been voiced by many, also on XDA foruns. I dont care what you think or judge about me, that just proves you cant be objective or level headed. I could care less what you may think of me or my picture of me, it does not bother me one bit at all.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, reputable sites that have reviews the Priv mention absolutely nothing about stuttering. Even PA doesn't mention it. You cannot judge one devices performance by anothers. Of course the 810 is faster, it's a later model gpu. That's common sense. I've seen YouTube videos and many, many reviews on the Priv, and most do not mention stutters. Once again, other reputable sites have stated that the camera is pretty good. I can provide links, if necessary. And it's quite subjective to the the MXPE is "better in almost every way", but you're allowed your opinion. However, benchmarks on this show show the MXPE winning some, and the Priv winning others, when comparing these two devices. BlackBerry is marketing the Priv primarily to enterprises, like all of its devices, but it also makes for a great consumer device, IMO. It be pricey to you, but I find that the price is justifiable for what it brings to the table. You thinking it's not on the same level as other devices is subjective. It depends on the individuals needs and wants. You calling it a turd is rather trollish, whether you care to admit it or not. The specs are fine, and if you don't think that they are, then you must also think that the G4 is a turd, as it has almost identical hardware. I won't discuss pricing again, as I already did. The same way that you say all I'm doing is seeing the good in the Priv, I can say that al you're seeing is the bad in the Priv. Touché. I didn't bash you or troll you. I started asking you a genuine question, and as the conversation went on, I found information to either contradict what you're saying, or flat out prove it to be false. XDA forums? Lmao!! If they have anything negative to say about the Priv, it's most likely because they can't root it. Lol! I don't care for what you think as well, but your comments were utterly suspect, and you have proven that you can't be "objective or level headed", just like you're saying about me, as evident by your post.

48. TeyaIman unregistered

We will agree to disagree. Please leave me alone after this okay and you dont bother me i wont bother you? I wont bother to reply to you again if you just resort to bashing me

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. Agree to disagree. And I never "bashed" you. I asked you a question. You got defensive and resorted to name calling. But it's equally fine by me if we never converse again.

3. dovking

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Waiting for Australia Release. :)

31. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Same but I don't think that will ever happen. But here's to hope.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

CrackBerry already has their review up. I'm eager to see how phonearena's review will turn out.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I saw that. Thought it was a pretty fair review for one done by a site dedicated to Blackberry fans. However, I did take issue with two things they mentioned as a con: headphone jack at the bottom and speaker grill collects dust. Headphone jacks have been placed at the bottom in a lot of devices including the iPhone. It wouldn't make sense to put it at the top since that's the part that's sliding. And with the speaker issue, I don't know how you could prevent that. Unless they wanted the speaker to face out the bottom like in the Passport.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree with your assessment.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think the headphone jack thing is strictly a "Blackberry-diehard" thing since they also mention in the review that the jack has always been at the top for Blackberries. It's not mentioned as a con in Android Central's review, and the two sites are siblings.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Reading through the reviews, it appears that some either love it or think it's at least above average (with just a couple I read that absolutely hate it). It appears the main problem is software related issues which hopefully Blackberry would resolve soon.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Doesn't seem like it's worth $700 based on the mixed feedback.

38. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

At least it doesn't bend like your Nexus 6P

29. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Agreed.. Matter of fact I only want a phone with the headphone jack at the bottom. When I put it in my pocket it is the natural placement for it

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It makes for a better user experience, especially when sliding the keyboard out while headphones are in place. I think complaints about the headset jack placement are unwarranted as well.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Android Central did a review, and it was very favorable. Edit: And I see below you beat me to it.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, it's all good.

5. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Waiting for review

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014 Another review from Android Central.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

Thanks for the links to the 2 reviews! Man, it's turning out to be one heck of an amazing phone. I'm glad that the battery life tests have been great so far.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're welcome. Battery life is pretty good on the Priv, and it actually is turning out to be a pretty good handset!

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

If they have had it for a while now why not say anything about it before...

15. Rager722 unregistered

This is a smartphone lovers dream. Two amazing companies collabing!

19. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

God, but those side bezels look hideous Toe-to-toe with the Droid Turbo 2's

21. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Just wish they would release the BlackBerry 10 version, but don't get me wrong, I am not a die hard BlackBerry Fan nor a Android Hater. But if I wanted to buy a BlackBerry device, I more preferable the device come with their own brew software, just same goes with the Nexus devices.

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