Judging by the PRIV, do you think BlackBerry should adopt Android exclusively? (poll results)


Alike to Nokia, BlackBerry also finally cracked and decided to test the grounds with an Android device that still incorporates some of the core principles of the company — like security and a physical keyboard — but is otherwise quite different. An Android slider, the BlackBerry PRIV did pretty well in our review, and we gave it a 7.2 out of 10. A good start. But should BlackBerry continue working on Google's platform? That's what we asked you yesterday.

And over a thousand of you answered. There's no unanimity here, though, with nearly 55% of voters thinking that BlackBerry would be better off if it ditched its own OS and focused on Android exclusively, while ~41% of you say that the company should invest in both. Judging by the comments that most of you left down below, the latter scenario would see an arrangement such as BlackBerry OS for enterprise and Android for the consumer masses. Not a bad idea, but probably not feasible given the financial strain on the company right now. 

As for the remaining 4.4% of the votes, those would be what we'd call the BlackBerry hardliners who seem to believe that chasing Android fans is folly. We can't say we agree completely, though we certainly see their point — the market is already so saturated that new entrants struggle breaking through.

Are you surprised by the outcome of the poll, and specifically by the not so insignificant number of BlackBerry hardliners (relative at least to the comparatively tiny BlackBerry community)? Do you agree that BlackBerry supporting two whole platforms would be too much of a strain on its shrunken team? Tell us!

Judging by the PRIV, do you think BlackBerry should adopt Android exclusively?

Absolutely!
54.88%
They should continue investing in Android, but also keep making BlackBerry OS devices
40.69%
Absolutely not
4.43%

FEATURED VIDEO

25 Comments

1. TriniRDB

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

It might be too little to late.....

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Very risky, but still not a bad time to buy BlackBerry stock for anyone who has a few dollars to throw away.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think blackberry is asking too much for the Priv. It's not unlocked like the Nexus, iphone 6S series, and the Moto X. It's facing some sleep competition.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Steep*

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Priv is sold unlocked. It works on all GSM networks. CDMA networks have their own Priv variant, like the one slated for Verizon. For what it offers, and what it's bringing to the Android ecosystem, it is priced right. It is in line with other flagship handsets at launch.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

GSM unlocked, not global unlocked like the Nexus and the MXPE. If I wanted to use AT&T, I can do that. If not, I can drop them and go to Verizon. If some crazy reason I decide to use Sprint, I can do that. The point is that it is GSM unlocked, not global unlocked and that's where it comes at a disadvantage.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

But how big of a disadvantage is it really if the majority of the world is GSM anyway? They are serving the larger group of people with it being GSM unlocked. And for those wanting it that are on say, Verizon, there is a variant for that too, so I don't see this as too much of a disadvantage, if at all.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well I'm speaking as a person from the US. If you aren't, it may not apply to you as much as it does to me. It's about a matter of choice. The iPhone is now unlocked for all US carriers. The point I am making is that if you don't like one carrier the Priv is on, instead of worrying about having to get one that is compatible with that network as I explained above, you'd just be able to swap out the SIM card and go from there. That's why I said it was at a disadvantage, but I'll say a disadvantage if you're in the US.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

I live in the U.S. You do have a choice of carrier with the Priv in the U.S. You can get it GSM unlocked for AT&T, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Cricket, several T-Mobile and AT&T MVNO's...a CDMA version will be released soon for Verizon users, and I wouldn't be surprised if Sprint announced availability soon. Most carriers in the U.S. are GSM, as are the majority of MVNO's, so no real problem there. I don't see this "disadvantage" as you say, as a problem for buyers of the Priv. It sounds more like nitpicking to me. It's certainly not a deal breaker, even in the U.S.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Which is why I worded that sentence the way I did. You may not feel the same way as I do, but it's all about the element of choice. Or why not just have one version that has the CDMA radios already in it so you won't just be limited to one network? Granted, Verizon devices are unlocked but you still have to worry about Verizon bloat. Most, but not all of them. You may see it as nitpicking, but when you have cost friendly devices like the Nexus and the MXPE, it ceases to be a minor nitpick in my honest opinion.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

Maybe Verizon wanted a version of the phone made specifically for them, like AT&T did the Passport? Have you considered that? I definitely see it as nitpicking, and I don't think that it will turn out to be a deal breaker for anyone. The Priv offers more than enough in the way of choice concerning carrier networks, especially when you factor in GSM variants.

3. SonyOwner unregistered

Due to so many violent reaction they change the rate of 7.2 to 7.8 Imo the rate would be 8.5 because it doesn't have an excellent camera. Other area of this phone were close to perfection.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

No its still showing 7.2

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those violent reactions are just from people who can't understand the concept of opinions. In order words they should just stop complaining.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

The reactions were from individuals voicing their opinion about the device. Everyone is entitled to one, although they should be informed opinions. However, if you're reviewing a device for a tech site, it should be as objective as possible, as well as well informed. The review from Gizmodo, for example, showed that the reviewer barely used the device, if at all. Gizmodo's review was based solely on the reviewers feelings towards BlackBerry as a whole.

5. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Blackberry should be appreciated for choosing pure Android stock experience rather customizing and putting a skin on top of it.

10. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

BB should keep both....not that hard to think about....why crap on the old customers just to get new ones? this is where u F up a company...maybe they should take a page from t-mobiles hand book

15. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Exactly my point. BB users had been using the os even when they knew android was there! Now blackberry wants to force them to use Android! It does not work like that. Blackberry needs to bring out a new version of BB10os along with a PRIV BB10os version ASAP.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

As I mentioned before, I think BlackBerry should support devices running both Android (for a consumer play) and BB10 (for an enterprise play and BB10 loyalist).

20. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

yup, i said the same thing 2 post up

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I too have been critical of the pricing of this device and of the score PA used. The whole blog was written poorly by John V so I expressed my feeling towards it. It got removed from the comment section but my point stands with the fact that he shouldn't be reviewing android phones as he is pretty bias. Now on to price.. Yes i was very critical of it but in the end I still ordered one yesterday. Hopefully I enjoy the phone immensely as my wife was none too pleased at yet another phone purchase.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I feel you on the wife part. My Fiancée is never happy when I go around buying phones. She doesn't get that it's something that we geeks do.

21. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

"it's something that we geeks do" aint that the truth!

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21993; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, indeed!

22. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

ill be getting one next month for a x-mas gift for myself

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.