The first An­droid smart­phone by Black­Berry is quite im­pres­sive, but needs more con­vinc­ing.

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SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem An­droid 5.1.1 Lol­lipop // Mem­ory 3GB RAM // Con­nec­tiv­ity 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz), 802.11a/n/ac (5GHz), 4G mo­bile hotspot, Blue­tooth 4.1 LE, NFC, USB 2.0 con­nec­tor // Stor­age 32GB Flash, ex­pand­able up to 2TB via mi­croSD // Cam­era 18MP rear, 2MP front // Key­board Slide-out, touch-en­abled 4-row phys­i­cal key­board // Bat­tery 3,410mAh Liion (non-re­mov­able) // Di­men­sions 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm // Weight 192g // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact Bright­star Dis­tri­bu­tion Sdn Bhd // Tele­phone (03) 7940 2888 // URL global.black­berry.com it has Black­Berry's DTEK for An­droid, which gives users an overview of what apps are us­ing phone re­sources. For ex­am­ple, a sim­ple torch­light app that tries to ac­cess the phone's mic or cam­era can be sin­gled out as a breach in se­cu­rity.

The curved side of­fers a Black­Berry-sque pro­duc­tiv­ity wid­get when you slide it across the screen. It's quite sim­ple, han­dling your events, un­read emails, to-do list and fa­vorite con­tacts.

On the rear, the PRIV comes with an 18MP rear cam­era, with an f/2.2 aper­ture us­ing a six-el­e­ment lens con­fig­u­ra­tion. It boasts many pow­er­ful pho­tog­ra­phy fea­tures, such as Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bi­liza­tion – for less blurry pho­tos, phase de­tect aut­o­fo­cus – for break­neck aut­o­fo­cus speeds, Back Side Il­lu­mi­na­tion stacked sen­sor – for bet­ter per­for­mance in low-light con­di­tions. Our quick rear cam­era test proved that the pho­tos taken have some ar­ti­facts along the edges of the sub­ject and back­ground, but it is oth­er­wise a very de­cent cam­era for a mod­ern smart­phone.

The 3,400mAh bat­tery ca­pac­ity is larger than some other 5.5-inch smart­phones on the mar­ket, such as the Oppo R7s, and even the Ap­ple iPhone 6s Plus. Ac­cord­ing to Black­Berry, the PRIV is ca­pa­ble of up to 23.9 hours of talk time, and av­er­ages about 22.5 hours for mixed use. It uses a Mi­cro-USB 2.0 port to charge and trans­fer files, which is the norm for most other phones.

The PRIV works like a de­cent An­droid smart­phone through and through. It is a solid ef­fort by Black­Berry on their first An­droid de­vice. How­ever, it still has much room for im­prove­ment if Black­Berry wants to woo back the av­er­age con­sumer. At RM3,559, there is a sea of An­droid devices that of­fer more for less.

Our in­for­mal poll around the of­fice show that the re­turn of the phys­i­cal key­board isn't as highly re­garded any­more. Not only is the key­board on the PRIV a lit­tle pinched, touch­screen key­boards and tech­nolo­gies have vastly im­proved since Black­Berry was in its prime. How­ever, we can't ar­gue with the sat­is­fac­tion of slid­ing open the key­board. Se­cu­rity, as the main com­po­nent of the PRIV is a strong ar­gu­ment in its fa­vor, though the lack of fin­ger­print sen­sor in­te­gra­tion is telling. Black­Berry, how­ever, claims bio­met­rics is not ac­tu­ally that se­cure and it was a con­scious de­ci­sion to leave out of the PRIV.

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FE­BRU­ARY 2016

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The PRIV isn't just about soft­ware or the Black­Berry ex­pe­ri­ence – it comes with an im­pres­sive 18-megapixel rear cam­era, mak­ing it a flag­ship de­vice.

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