So after 1 week with the BlackBerry Priv here are my thoughts and initial opinions. Do bear in mind that I am moving to the Priv from the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Starting with the bad.
The device can get quite hot. Not dangerously so, but hotter than one would like or expect. This was first noticeable on initial setup as all my apps etc were downloading, but also when used in the car for navigation whilst being charged. It is the back of the phone that gets hot and not the front.
I have noticed the odd bit of lag which is frustrating given this has 3gb of ram.
The notification drawer can be a bit buggy, particularly if accessing blackberry hub. You appear to have to click things twice to react or sometimes not at all.
I changed my email sync frequency to never on the belief that I would be able to refresh the account as and when I wanted rather than push or a times sync. This does not appear to work properly and the only way to get around this is to flick a switch to turn email sync off completely but then clicking refresh means no emails sync. Really looking to be able to downloading email when I want but that does not appear to work properly.
Intermittently the camera detects the memory card and asks if I wish to save files here. The memory card is the chosen storage location already and there appears to be no pattern when this happens. The card is brand new.
Within the settings image stabilisation for the camera only seems available with certain resolutions, 1080p at 60fps is not one, why?
As for the size yes it is big and bulky but I am getting used to it. Can't really use 1 handed.
So to the good.
This thing is solid and feels really well built. The slider moves perfectly with no wobble and offers a satisfying click and click when open and closed.
It is grippy, the back cover feels almost tacky but stops this thing sliding away from you.
The screen is bright and the dual edge is nice. Nice smooth silky feel to the display. The edge does not affect the experience and the productivity tab that can be accessed is useful.
The keyboard is smaller than I would like but I am getting used to it and it is at present about 60/40 split in favour of the touchscreen when typing. Sometimes it is a case of just remembering it is even there. I find the shift and alt keys the wrong was round in my opinion for what is natural.
I think BlackBerry have done a pretty decent job on an installation of android given it is their first attempt. Lots of settings options and features such as flip to mute are a nice touch that suit the professional and the consumer.
There is no proper gallery app installed out of the box so Google photos is a must.
The single speaker is loud and clear and the headphone jack on the bottom is ideally placed.
Call quality is good even when through the loudspeaker.
The camera is good but not the best. What more testing is needed auto her seems to be the way to go me.
Battery life is comparable for me compared to my compact. A few more weeks before I can really tell as so far the battery has not been under normal conditions.
So that's a few of my thoughts. I could talk for a long while on this device and I believe although I still need to learn to get the most out of this I will keep it.#blackberry #blackberrypriv #privbyblackberry #android #keyboard