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Years before the BlackBerry Priv, the Motorola DROID PRO brought Android to the enterprise

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Years before the BlackBerry Priv, the Motorola DROID PRO brought Android to the enterprise
The BlackBerry Priv means business. The manufacturer's first Android smartphone features a slider that when open, reveals a physical QWERTY keyboard. The device comes with the DTEK app that helps users keep an eye on how secure their device is, and also keeps an eye on which apps are accessing your camera, microphone, location data and more. 

BlackBerry itself points out six reasons why the Priv is an excellent phone for the enterprise. These reasons include the physical QWERTY; the 3410mAh battery that provides up to 22.5-hours of mixed use on a single charge; the phone's security; the use of BlackBerry features on Android such as Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BBM and default encryption; the form factor, and the way security updates bypass carriers and are sent each month directly to the phone.

While the BlackBerry Priv might be the latest Android phone made with business in mind, it certainly wasn't the first. One of the first Android phones designed for the enterprise was the Motorola DROID PRO, launched in late 2010. With its front-facing physical QWERTY, the DROID PRO resembled the BlackBerry handsets that were available at the time. Motorola advertised on television how the DROID PRO featured corporate email and was powered by a "powerful 1GHz processor" that was proof that the phone meant business. The commercial went on to mention how the handset offered Wi-Fi connectivity in over 200 countries. The browser was equipped with Adobe Flash, and (at the time) there were over 100,000 apps in the "Android Market." According to Motorola, the DROID PRO was a work phone worth taking home.

The Motorola DROID PRO gave businessmen (at least the ones subscribed to Verizon) the ability to see what the Android hubbub was all about. It featured a 3.1-inch screen with a 320 x 480 resolution and 512MB of RAM. You can check out our review of the handset by clicking here.


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posted on 17 Jan 2016, 05:10

1. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


posted on 17 Jan 2016, 05:40

2. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

I actually am a fan of the Droid Razr design with all that Kevlar and that camera bar, too bad Huawei copied it and took away all the mean aggressive look of the Droid and made it look feminine such is the 6P...
This phone... Meh. Nokia E71 was the preferred choice back then...

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 05:51 1

3. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

Moto used to make some nice unique design, just like motorola mpx, RAZR, XT810, Droid XTreme, etc
and now they follow mainstream design :-/

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 10:30 3

7. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Mainstream design? Like your choice of colors, wood and leather backs, and customizable accents? Or maybe you mean the (thick in the center) curved body that emphasizes comfort over silly thinness.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 07:22 3

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

BB priv is a copy of Dell venue mobile..http://m.gsmarena.com/dell_venue-3281.php
Years ago, dell launched both android & windows variant of it's dell venue mobile phones..

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 07:48 3

5. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

But only the Venue Pro (the WP one) had a sliding keyboard. The Android model was a simple candybar phone. The Priv is slightly similar to the Venue Pro, but only passingly so.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 09:11 1

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 16601; Member since: 28 May 2014)

I would think that the Priv was more along the lines of the first BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard, the BlackBerry Torch, launched in 2010.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 11:41 1

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Oddly enough, the Torch only predates the Venue Pro by a few months, and the Priv more strongly resembles the Venue Pro.

Still, the differences are enough to show that it isn't a copy of anything really. The Priv is a pretty unique device.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 12:57 3

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 16601; Member since: 28 May 2014)

I was referring to the the fact that BlackBerry put out another slider phone because they had already done so previously with the Torch. The BlackBerry community had been demanding that they do so for quite a long time.

I think that BlackBerry also went with the Priv design to placate both sets of users: The slide out PKB is obviously for BlackBerry users, while the vkb on the Priv is for Android users that don't want to, or won't use, the PKB on the Priv.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 14:39

17. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Oh, absolutely. The only thing to note is that the Torch had a very different design physically. It was a far more rounded build. The fact that the Priv more resembles the Venue Pro is almost certainly nothing more than a coincidence.

The Priv design brings the best of both worlds. A physical keyboard with a nice, big screen. The biggest feat of engineering anyone should be paying attention to here is how they managed to keep the thing so darn thin.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 16:02

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 16601; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Totally agree.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 11:52

12. Zeeya (Posts: 325; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

And the dell venue was copied by the BlackBerry Torch. You twat.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 10:42 2

8. Bernoulli (Posts: 4327; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Even if it was first, security levels were abysmal.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 11:33 4

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

In 2010, aside from BB, security was almost non existent in the mobile world.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 14:19

16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Security wasn't as important then as it is now.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 11:21 1

9. rdaex (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

And the worst default ringtone known to man.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 13:28 1

14. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)

Motorola, you'll always be remembered as a great brand.
Rot and die lenovo

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 13:31 1

15. Whitefur (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)

I swear 80% of this article is quoting the commercial...

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 15:59 1

18. geodude074 (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Dontchya wish your workphone was HOT like ME?


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