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BlackBerry Priv

alaTest has collected and analyzed 578 reviews of BlackBerry Priv. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the design and screen are overall positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, but the sound and price get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Priv is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Comments about the camera and design are overall positive. The screen and usability also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the reliability and portability. Comments are divided on the reception.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry PRIV STV100-4 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone (Black)BlackBerry PRIV STV100-4 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone (Black)

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the usability and screen are overall positive. The battery and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the reliability. There are some mixed views about the sound.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone - Black (U.S. Warranty)Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone - Black (U.S. Warranty)

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for BlackBerry Priv


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of BlackBerry Priv from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Reviews about the design and screen are on the whole positive. The portability and durability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the battery and price.

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usability, reliability, price, battery

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked Android Smartphone-Retail PackagingBlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked Android Smartphone-Retail Packaging

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: John McCann (

BlackBerry Priv review


BlackBerry's first-ever Android phone is excellent – it's just too late

Great screen ; Stock Android ; Added security

Patchy performance ; Pricier than competition ; Lacks premium build quality

The BlackBerry Priv is the mullet of the smartphone world. It's still business in the front, but now there's a party in the back too. It will divide opinion, but this is the best BlackBerry in years.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (

BlackBerry Priv review: A sweet BlackBerry and Android pie


BlackBerry has trodden a rocky path these last few years that has lead us to a point that some felt was inevitable. With BB 7 and then BB 10 not really capturing the imagination in the way that iOS and Android have, it was of little surprise when...

Camera performance, BlackBerry Hub, stays close to Android, good build, some really clever software tweaks

No fingerprint scanner, pretty big and heavy, physical keyboard might not be that useful, needs software optimisation

The BlackBerry Priv comes to the Android table offering something different and it delivers. The biggest thing about this handset is the QWERTY keyboard that's uniquely BlackBerry. That might appeal to those who think they can't live without it, but...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

BlackBerry Priv review: BB's first Android smartphone is its best yet


BlackBerry mixes business with pleasure, and gets away with it

Top notch security ; Splendid screen ; Strong snapper

Bulky build ; High price tag ; Patchy Performance

Expert review by: (

BlackBerry Priv review


Does BlackBerry's first Android handset deserve a place in your pocket? We reckon so

Look past the logo prejudice, and you'll find an excellent, unique, and extremely capable Android powerhouse.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (

BlackBerry Priv


The BlackBerry Priv is a Hail Mary pass by the former tech powerhouse, hoping to revive its fortunes by adopting the Android operating system, resurrecting the slidable physical keyboard, and pushing a wealth of BlackBerry security and productivity...

Unique design ; Rich, sharp and colourful screen ; Robust productivity and privacy features ; Good for keyboard lovers

Below-average performance ; Expensive ; No fingerprint scanner

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (

BlackBerry Priv review


It's expensive and could be faster, but the Priv is a return to form for BlackBerry that elegantly combines a keyboard with a modern phone

The only real problem with the Priv is its extortionate price. At £560 SIM free or £49-per-month on contract, the Priv is one of the most expensive phones currently available, topping both the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and iPhone 6S. That's a lot to pay...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (

Blackberry Priv Review: In-Depth


Blackberry Priv Review: We review Blackberry's first ever Android mobile, the Blackberry Priv, a beast of a slider phone with a strong emphasis on privacy.The Blackberry Priv has finally arrived with…

Appealing blend of BB and Android ; Strong camera ; Sharp, spacious screen

No fingerprint sensor

The Blackberry Priv really is the best Blackberry phone of recent times, if not all time. By ditching its own OS for Android, Blackberry will hopefully tempt back lost followers and welcome fresh supporters to its fold, while the tweaks and bonus...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Robin-Leigh Chetty (

BlackBerry PRIV


The PRIV is BlackBerry's initial flagship for 2016. It's also an Android slider. Imbued with all the elements of a high-end smartphone, its only drawback remains its price.

Beautiful display; Great battery life; Fully blooded Android OS; Superb Camera

Too pricey; Heats up when multitasking; Physical keyboard easily forgotten

If a flagship device is judged by a handful of elements - display, camera, battery life, CPU performance - then the BlackBerry PRIV comes out tops. The real issue is price however. At just shy of R13 000, depending on your carrier of choice, the PRIV...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

BlackBerry Priv review: The smartphone BlackBerry should have made years ago


The Priv is BlackBerry's last, last chance – and it's actually quite good. Does it matter though?

Despite my moans over the unnecessarily messy software and the weight and sheer bulk of the thing, there’s something about the Priv that I find appealing. Perhaps it’s seeing BlackBerry (at last) getting itself on the right track with its hardware and...

Dec, 2015

IT Pro Recommended

Expert review by: Alan Lu (

Blackberry Priv review


The first Android-powered Blackberry is here and, surprisingly, it's not terrible

Physical keyboard; Lengthy battery life; Good build quality; Useful Android customisations

Software a bit buggy; Occasional overheating issues

Not everyone will care about the hardware keyboard and other phones are good enough for business, but the Priv is nonetheless a surprisingly good smartphone

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3410
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:72.7
Continuous video playback time:10.2

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):18
Maximum frame rate:60
Rear camera resolution (numeric):18
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:2560x1440@24fps
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p, 2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


Colour of product:Black
Curved Design:No / Yes
Form factor:Slider


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:13.7 / 13.8
Display Resolution:2560 x 1440
Display Type:AMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:540
Screen shape:Curved / Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ


Internal RAM:3


Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC, ADTS, AWB, FLAC, IMY, MID, MP3, MXMF, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, XMF
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, Xvid
Video formats supported:DIVX, H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, VP6, VP8, VP9, XVID
Voice codecs:AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y / Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:Y / Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 35

Packaging Content

Cables included:MICRO-USB


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:5.1.1
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0


64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A57
Coprocessor cores:2
Coprocessor frequency:1.8
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.44
Processor Model:808


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:5.1.1


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:200
USB mass storage:Y / Yes


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height :14.7 / 147
Width:7.72 / 77.2