BlackBerry Priv: Conclusion

January 15, 2016 by Brighthand Staff Reads (1,036)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 7
    • Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Value
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


BlackBerryPrivKeyboardOverall, the BlackBerry Priv is a great device. The display is crisp and not too big. The keyboard scrolling and the software tweaks benefit the user experience. The team at NotebookReview would also like to point out that there were initial inconsistencies with the keyboard performance, overheating, random reboots and camera speed seemed to have been fixed in a recent software update. This makes the Priv all the more attractive as a device.

The price of the Priv varies. You can get it unlocked directly from BlackBerry for $699 and they’ll even throw in a flip case and a desktop charger. AT&T sells it off-contract for $740, $250 on a 2-year contract or $24.67 a month on payment plan. Supposedly, there is a version coming to Verizon, but nothing has been officially announced. That puts it in between the prices of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and a little more than comparable devices like the Droid Turbo 2.

It is a premium device you’ll have to pay a premium price for. But is it worth it? While the team at NotebookReview was initially hesitant due to the numerous bugs, the most recent update addressed all the problems, making this a device to really consider if you are on AT&T or T-Mobile.


  • Amazing quad HD display
  • microSD card slot
  • Slideout keyboard with haptic scrolling
  • Snappy performance
  • Good speaker
  • Solid battery life


  • Keyboard performance inconsistent
  • Randomly rebooted several times during testing
  • Slow camera with inconsistent quality
  • So much AT&T bloatware



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