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    Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    This 5.4-inch Android smartphone with slide-out physical keyboard costs £579.
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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Must admit that this looks interesting, onscreen keyboard as well as the physical and moving away from Blackberry OS over to Android with extra security should help sell this.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    It's almost a shame they've had to do this. BB10 was/is a ****ing great OS, yet nobody bought into it really.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Was definitely thinking this would be my next phone, been so long since a qwerty Android phone has been released - but ouch not at that price! I guess it is pretty well spec'd but like most people in the world I don't need a phone that powerful. Hopefully it will sell like hot cakes though and it'll kick start the market to produce cheaper phones with proper keyboards.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    You can't get away with videoing a priv in this country..

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    It's kind of too little too late for BB.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    I think if it had come in around the £350 price I would have probably been interested.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Well, I saw "Blackberry", and the emphasis on security, and was starting to get interested, then I got to "costs £579."

    Oh, well.
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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    First phone in a long time i've actually been interested in.

    My personal opinion is that a slide-out keyboard plus a touchscreen is infinitely better to touchscreen only. I sorely miss my android slider phone of many years past.

    I do wish they had made the keyboard slide out landscape mode instead of portrait though, it looks awfully cramped. Other than that niggle, the hardware specs look nice, especially the relatively beefy battery capacity

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    ouch.... too expensive considering specs and the fact that it's being released with a year old os (yes I know it will work fine) which likely won't get updated anytime soon due to their customisations...the chipset also means no custom firmware or in all likelihood root access.

    Privacy is becoming more important but it's not worth an extra 100-200 over a comparable phone. I'd also argue that as soon as you browse the web, use google maps etc your privacy is lost as it doesn't seem to include vpn.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    It's almost a shame they've had to do this. BB10 was/is a ****ing great OS, yet nobody bought into it really.
    I like QNX, I'll always go for a MicroKernel model, but really I don't think BB10 was 'good' let alone great?

    What was it that really made it stand out from the crowd in your mind?
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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    "Priv" just sounded like "Spiv" to me.

    The BB Spiv doesn't have quite the same security ring to it.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    I've been looking for a slider keyboard for a long time. I might even get this if I can find the money... And I totally agree a landscape sliding keyboard would have been even better but you can't have it all these days!
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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Very nice looking device but price is ouch. I would prefer the physical keyboard but I think it's a little too small for my taste. If the screen was 5.7 it would be ideal for me.

    Shame it took BlackBerry so long to get android. If this was 2 years ago, they might not be in the state its in.
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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    It's almost a shame they've had to do this. BB10 was/is a ****ing great OS, yet nobody bought into it really.
    I like QNX, I'll always go for a MicroKernel model, but really I don't think BB10 was 'good' let alone great?

    What was it that really made it stand out from the crowd in your mind?
    Well, my experience is somewhat limited when it comes to other systems if I'm honest however, I got a Q5 around the same time as I had access to an android tablet (a high end samsung one) and I was constantly amazed by how much more intuitive the BB10 OS was. Even now, when it comes to multitasking (multiple youtube tabs open.. switching songs without the buffering wait during parties), browser speed and even simple things like turning specific connections or the torch on and off seem to be way faster than any of my friends can manage with their fancy Android or Apple products.

    I'll admit it has its drawbacks, such as a complete lack of decent (or perhaps I should say standardized across platform) third party apps. The android app support was a little half-baked too.. half-baked as in anything that required Google Play or wasn't on Amazon app store would not work.

    I think, in summary, it was largely the gesture support and 'hub' feature, decent optimisation IMO (again other systems seemed to lag though I'm sure this might be because I'm not one of those people that leaves a million apps open and then complains about poor performance and battery life).

    Once had an iOS user, who usually takes the piss out of me and my outdated BB, genuinely comment on how fast he thought the browser experience was.

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    Re: Blackberry PRIV official video published, pre-orders go live

    Eeesh, when and why have Blackberry started adopting Android over BBX?
    Beginning to get sick of Android and want to change, my only option now is Windows... hmmph

    In my ideal world, I'd like an OS not full of ads and one that doesn't have anything to do with iTunes


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