How does the BlackBerry Priv hold up under fire?

How does the BlackBerry Priv hold up under fire?
The same person who started the brouhaha over the bending of the Nexus 6P by easily snapping a pair of units on video, is back. Under the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, the BlackBerry Priv was put through a similar test as the one that was ultimately failed by Huawei's first Nexus handset.

The first test was designed to measure the strength of the display. That test showed that the screen will hold up to keys and the change in your pocket, but an abrasive like sand could leave a permanent mark on the display. What might disappoint Priv buyers is the camera lens, which scratched when car keys were rubbed against it. While the plastic keys on the QWERTY did scratch (they are made from plastic, hello!), underneath them is a layer of rubber that keeps out dirt and grime.

When a flame was applied to the AMOLED screen, the pixels closed down, turning white. Once the flame was removed, the pixels turned back on and all was well. When the same test was done to the Nexus 6P, the pixels were permanently damaged.

The bend test was passed up because a slider, with two movable parts, is easier to bend. With the QWERTY pulled out, enough separation between the two parts of the phone was seen even when employing just two fingers to bend the unit. Priv users will have the slider shut most of the time though, so this isn't something to be terribly concerned about.

Check out this Priv durability test by clicking on the video below.

source: JerryRigEverything via Crackberry

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  • 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



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Talk about coming undunder fire.

15. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What is 'undunder" mxyz? New word from iphone?

22. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

iOS autocorrect fail

23. MuhatorMomahad

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

Blackberry is a dead zombie under fire

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Jerry again...

3. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Played with one earlier... very creaky phone. =[

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It is very creaky. One of the reasons I'm sending mine back.

9. Shocky unregistered

Nice, so in terms of build quality they are two generations behind everyone else.

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The build quality is not good at all if I'm being honest. Screen is beautiful, the vibration motor has the most pleasant feedback/sound, call quality seems very good. Really it's just the hardware that isn't up to par and certainly isn't 700.00 quality

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's no secret around here that I'm a hard-core BB user but I'll admit I wasn't impressed with the "feel" of the phone when I went to an AT&T store to check it out. The slider feels nice and tight but the overall structural rigidity did not make my wallet flinch. The screen is gorgeous, the interaction was every bit as fluid and quick as if it were BB OS10 but the light weight did not inspire confidence.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely not as solidly built as BlackBerry's BB10 offerings, like the Passport and Classic.

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

That's what I'm most upset about.. The build quality just isn't up to snuff. Screen is amazing and it's a great size

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can dig it. I've noticed that, while I like the build quality of the Priv, it's just not up to par with the Passport or Classic. Maybe it's because of the slide-out keyboard? I remember the BlackBerry Bold having better build quality than the BlackBerry Torch, which also had a slide-out keyboard. I know that for me, I have to stop comparing the Priv to the Passport in terms of build quality. I have to try and compare it to other Android handsets in terms of build quality.

25. MuhatorMomahad

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

And yet you give a review score of 8???

24. MuhatorMomahad

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 22, 2015

You buy blackberry and you expect apple?

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

At least it survived the burn test. Why would you bother with this mediocre phone anyway. I'd imagine most people who'll get it only got it because its a BB and a few just for the keyboard. Pretty upsetting as it looked pretty decent before it got reviewed. People are faster on software keyboards now.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mediocre? So you've used the device for a decent amount of time to make such a claim? I'd really like to know. I think before anyone PERSONALLY judges any device, they should use it for a good amount of time. Then you can make an informed opinion. As far as reviews go, here is a list of sites that counter your "mediocre" opinion: As far as you thinking that people are faster in software keyboards, I would have to say I think not. I'm much faster on a physical keyboard, as I believe most people are.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not always possible to try out every device especially given the price overlap of device release dates. You can still make an informed opinion based on available information provided what you say is at least cohesive and not something just strung up together to piss people off and is backed up by sources, facts, or something similar.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can also go inside of carrier stores to test out devices. That's what most people do. It helps with making an informed decision about a device. One should use all avenues available to them when forming an opinion on a device. If not, then how informed can your opinion actually be? You can't take an individual seriously concerning their opinion if it's half-@$$3d.

5. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'll tell you that this screen is a real treat to use and it's the perfect size for me.

10. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Why do people test s**t like that?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Views, hits, $$$.

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

and you get nothing out of it. What a waste of time

18. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

It's an amazing device with top end hardware. Haters will hate and will try and find anything to latch onto. Go try one out at the store, make an informed decision yourself.

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