PRI­VACY IS PRICEY

Black­Berry PRIV

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

Black­Berry never re­ally went away. Mov­ing with the times, they've come up with a great idea for a prod­uct – by com­bin­ing all their strengths, such as their hall­mark phys­i­cal key­board, and height­ened smart­phone se­cu­rity fea­tures that they're renowned for, but pair­ing all that with a smart­phone run­ning on an An­droid OS.

The Black­Berry PRIV has a huge (com­pared to most Black­Berry devices) 5.4-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pix­els) res­o­lu­tion dis­play, re­sult­ing in a rea­son­ably high pixel den­sity of 550 ppi. The phone's in­ter­face and apps are clearly ren­dered, though app lo­gos do not look very sharp. How­ever, text ap­pears sharp and clear, a huge plus given that the PRIV is still tar­geted at busi­ness-minded users.

The screen is ac­tu­ally curved at the edges, which gives it a nice vis­ual feel but has lim­ited prac­ti­cal use and does not wrap the rim like how Sam­sung's Galaxy S6 edge+ does. The PRIV doesn't com­pro­mise screen real es­tate for a phys­i­cal key­board too, as large screen ac­tu­ally hides a slid­ing key­board.

At a glance, the key­board seems like a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of the old Black­Berry key­boards. Our ex­pe­ri­ence with it though was cramped with but­tons that were too small for our thumbs; this ob­ser­va­tion made in com­par­i­son with the Black­Berry Bold 9900. None­the­less, the ac­cu­racy and tac­tile feel turned out well on for the PRIV once you get past this (re-)learn­ing curve.

The PRIV is loaded with An­droid 5.1.1 (Lol­lipop) and pow­ered by Qual­comm's Snap­dragon 808 64-bit pro­ces­sor. It is ac­com­pa­nied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age. We had no is­sues with its per­for­mance, as it is one of the smoothest and fastest Black­Berry phones we've en­coun­tered so far. Stor­age space is fur­ther ex­pand­able by an­other 2TB via mi­croSD.

Of course, be­ing an An­droid smart­phone now means the PRIV has typ­i­cal An­droid fea­tures and ac­cess to all Google Play store and apps. But Black­Berry be­ing Black­Berry, they've lay­ered it with some of their fa­bled se­cu­rity mea­sures un­der-the­hood. All data on the PRIV is en­crypted by de­fault, and

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