With BlackBerry’s announcement of their latest smartphone model called the PRIV, many are getting excited about the specs on this new device; especially since it is the first BlackBerry device to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS and not the native software of its manufacturer. But in true BlackBerry fashion, the PRIV is set to have a full QWERTY keyboard set beneath its frame and as a slide-out keyboard. It will also have a 5.4-inch display with curved edges, 1440x2560p resolution, and 544ppi density index. The PRIV runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 418 GPU. Its built-in 32GB memory can be expanded by up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card. The smartphone will have an 18MP rear-facing camera that can record 4K videos, and a 5MP camera in front of the device as a secondary option.
I am a mobile architect and have tested hundreds of different devices for use in company environments as well as what crosses over well into the personal world. This device has been a joy to test. Features: Physical keyboard, it takes a few attempts to get back to a physical keyboard, but wow is it nice. You can actually swipe up, down, left and right on the keyboard to flip through pages in an app or document. It has a pull out screen from the right side that reminds me of the pull out shortcut menu from a Samsung. The home button can be pressed and held and it pops up a short cut menu for quick actions. The widgets and shortcuts are very robust. On the Samsung you have to download an extra app to add a shortcut for direct dial, etc where on the Nexus and Moto devices it is already in the shortcuts. However Blackberry has taken it to the next level with the amount of usable shortcuts. The next is the call quality. I have a year old Motorola X2 and a Samsung S6 that not only drop calls, but you can barely hear the person you are talking to and often times they can barely hear you either. The Blackberry is crystal clear and the voice quality is like the days of old with the tag line 'You can hear a pin drop'. From the security side, the device comes Encrypted and has DTEK which is an interesting security Application. It is easy to use and gives a friendly dashboard to see what apps have used what services, if there are any security vulnerabilities, etc. It will be great if this service can get incorporated into the EMM solutions most companies use. The device is a little pricey, but call quality, usability, expandable memory, long lasting battery(compared to some other devices) and user experience, make a compelling story.
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