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Blackberry Priv £399.00 inc Free Delivery from Carphone Warehouse save £200

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Blackberry Priv with dedicated keyboard using Android. Sim Free so unlocked to all networks. Blackberry is not every ones cup of tea, but this price is lower for a new handset, than some second… Read More
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Blackberry Priv with dedicated keyboard using Android.

Sim Free so unlocked to all networks.

Blackberry is not every ones cup of tea, but this price is lower for a new handset, than some second hand prices on eBay.
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I paid £600 across the term of the contract for this a couple of months ago. Had been waiting on a price drop and it seemed to not be coming. GRRRRR. I had a perfectly good Huawei P8 and just got bored of waiting for them to drop the price. However, I got a contract deal with some pretty meaty allowances but I'd still have preferred to get it SIM free.

Pros

- Good OS experience, having used several Nexus devices it's nice to see a close to stock experience from someone else
- Lovely screen, FHD phones before it feel very old fashioned and I love the OLED as never had a phone with this sort of screen.
- Keyboard is great, I love the real tactile feedback of being able to type a message and not look at the screen, bashing a touch screen just doesn't work for me. Plus it makes posting to HUKD or Reddit very easy as you can power through posts.
- The touchscreen keyboard is like no other even swype and so on are put to shame by how accurate it is.
- Fast, it doesn't feel slow at any time, it's got plenty of RAM so applications load quickly if recently used and you can have many on the go before they purge out of RAM.
- Unique, other than my partner who also has a Priv I've never seen another bar a plastic fantastic non functioning demo model in a CPW store. It's a nice talking point when you flick the keyboard open and people look at you funny thinking it's a traditional candy bar phone.
- OS updates, in the couple of months I've had the phone It's had 4 updates, 1 of which was 6.0 Marshmallow.

Cons

- BB features feel like an afterthought when you've seen how slick they work in BB OS. Not awful, just slow to respond. I turned them off on mine in the end
- Overheating, not a major issue generally, however it happens quite a bit if you play games for anything more than 10 minutes.
- Back of the phone gets hot, not necessarily an issue but it's not pleasant in the current hot weather.
- Battery life can be hit and miss if you use the phone intensively. Some days it lasts and lasts, then do the same thing the next day and it manages half the usage.
- No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.

I hope they release another full keyboard phone in the next couple of years so that I have a worthy replacement. So overall I would say I'm happy.

Edited By: Astec123 on Aug 27, 2016 21:53
5 Likes
Houstieboy
£399 for a blackberry..... HAHAHAHAHAHA!


... From the guy whose last deal was a Windows 10 device? :{

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1 Like #1
Wow blackberry's gone android, neat
1 Like #2
Blackberry hardware and ergonomic worked quite well, now they they're employing android it sounds like a winning combination!
1 Like #3
Ooh I own one of those! Paid about £415 for it at the start of the year second hand. Initially it had some fairly major software problems but then android 6.0 came along and I haven't found a problem since. Does get hot while under load but so do all the SD810 or 808 based devices.
#4
yeah dect50 or whatever it is I was offered one for work or this priv didn't realise it was so expensive still went for the Samsung a5 2016 hate blackberry
#5
fantastic phone with brilliant software very close to stock android, in fact slightly better because of BB features. Did not have much use for the keyboard but might be useful for some. It's the only reason I got rid of it because of the thickness due to the physical keyboard. I hope they had made one without keyboard I definitely would have kept it.
£399.99 is a very good price for this phone I think it should have been retailing at that from the beginning might have done really well.
1 Like #6
fantastic phone with brilliant software very close to stock android, in fact slightly better because of BB features. Did not have much use for the keyboard but might be useful for some. It's the only reason I got rid of it because of the thickness due to the physical keyboard. I hope they had made one without keyboard I definitely would have kept it.
£399.99 is a very good price for this phone I think it should have been retailing at that from the beginning might have done really well.
2 Likes #7
£400 for a keyboard...
2 Likes #8
Love this phone but just too expensive. This needs to be around the 250/300 mark to attract people and save Blackberry.
1 Like #9
£300 and I'm in.....
8 Likes #10
I paid £600 across the term of the contract for this a couple of months ago. Had been waiting on a price drop and it seemed to not be coming. GRRRRR. I had a perfectly good Huawei P8 and just got bored of waiting for them to drop the price. However, I got a contract deal with some pretty meaty allowances but I'd still have preferred to get it SIM free.

Pros

- Good OS experience, having used several Nexus devices it's nice to see a close to stock experience from someone else
- Lovely screen, FHD phones before it feel very old fashioned and I love the OLED as never had a phone with this sort of screen.
- Keyboard is great, I love the real tactile feedback of being able to type a message and not look at the screen, bashing a touch screen just doesn't work for me. Plus it makes posting to HUKD or Reddit very easy as you can power through posts.
- The touchscreen keyboard is like no other even swype and so on are put to shame by how accurate it is.
- Fast, it doesn't feel slow at any time, it's got plenty of RAM so applications load quickly if recently used and you can have many on the go before they purge out of RAM.
- Unique, other than my partner who also has a Priv I've never seen another bar a plastic fantastic non functioning demo model in a CPW store. It's a nice talking point when you flick the keyboard open and people look at you funny thinking it's a traditional candy bar phone.
- OS updates, in the couple of months I've had the phone It's had 4 updates, 1 of which was 6.0 Marshmallow.

Cons

- BB features feel like an afterthought when you've seen how slick they work in BB OS. Not awful, just slow to respond. I turned them off on mine in the end
- Overheating, not a major issue generally, however it happens quite a bit if you play games for anything more than 10 minutes.
- Back of the phone gets hot, not necessarily an issue but it's not pleasant in the current hot weather.
- Battery life can be hit and miss if you use the phone intensively. Some days it lasts and lasts, then do the same thing the next day and it manages half the usage.
- No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.

I hope they release another full keyboard phone in the next couple of years so that I have a worthy replacement. So overall I would say I'm happy.

Edited By: Astec123 on Aug 27, 2016 21:53
banned#11
Blackberry priv- physical keyboard!!
#12
I have to say I did love unboxing this phone and testing It for the first time when It came In at the beginning of the year. I like the sliding mechanism It feels well made and sturdy and I quite liked the keyboard feature being hidden away. Screen was very nice but theres a bit of flex in the rear of the phone which put me off a little.

I decided to wait for a price drop on it but It never came unfortunately and now I've ended up going for a Note 7 on contract as I got a good deal. Anyways have some Heat OP.
#13
Love my b b hot
1 Like #14
Have some heat, I was too afraid to post this haha
#15
Love the Hub app...
#16
Got my priv a few weeks ago again like others above I waited for about a year before i finally gave up and bought a refurb from amazon marketplace for £400. :(

It also has interesting feature on the keyboard which acts like a trackpad.
ie i can scroll around by running my finger along the pkb.
No finger prints on screen now :)

Supports qualcom quickcharge v2 as well.
#17
This is a very good price. Just note that the camera lens is plastic NOT glass.
#18
Got mine for £385 refurb from ebay Currys literally 6 weeks ago.
Fab phone bought it for the keyboard, but its a great all rounder and then plus the keyboard cannot beat it!

Edited By: ticket1 on Aug 29, 2016 00:29
#19
Blackberry still exists?
#20
These regularly go on ebay.com for $300, and they're the AT&T version that include wireless charging.
4 Likes #21
£399 for a blackberry..... HAHAHAHAHAHA!
#22
Screen on this phone is great!
#23
Not a huge BB fan. But I do like the look of this phone. Something about having a proper keyboard back...
5 Likes #24
Houstieboy
£399 for a blackberry..... HAHAHAHAHAHA!


... From the guy whose last deal was a Windows 10 device? :{
#25
Have some heat , took the plunge in december with a contract costing circa 700.
I dropped mine last month and cracked the screen ,due to it being a curved screen the whole phone was deemed a write off and a new one was sent out from insures.
On my old one i was using the google now launcher ,with this one ive left it stock and actually use the keyboard now.

Brilliant phone
#26
Over heats but a great phone.
#27
This is an excellent phone. Essentially running stock android with excellent security updates. Hardware is very good minus the slight overheating.
#28
secretmsg
Over heats but a great phone.

Marshmallow seems to help with the heat problem.
It ships with Lollipop
#29
khamito
These regularly go on ebay.com for $300, and they're the AT&T version that include wireless charging.

Miss the wireless charging but the AT&T version has not been receiving updates unlike the unlocked version.
Seems AT &T have abandoned support for it
1 Like #30
£400 is slightly over priced. Needs to be £250 to be more competitive.
#31
It's an awful phone though. Get a nexus
#32
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
1 Like #33
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)

People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.

However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
1 Like #34
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.

Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!
#35
aLV426
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!

Sadly BB was their own cause of their own demise. When Android came to the market and innovated, pushing for a broader range of apps, ways to interact with phones and so on. BB stood by saying 'we can't do that as it will make the BB OS less secure'. BB spent their entire time coming up with reasons they couldn't keep up with iOS and features it offered because 'security', 'users don't want this' and so forth. What they should have been doing is saying this feature from a competing OS is coming to BB OS soon and making promises to push the OS forward, instead they just left it stagnate.

It's a shame because they are one of those manufacturers who at one point had a lot of respect from the buying public as well as buying teams in large corporations. It's a shame they squandered it. However, it would be nice to see BB take Android and push the boundaries of what can be done with it. There's a rumour they may fork it too which would be interesting to see.

Edited By: Astec123 on Aug 29, 2016 18:42
#36
Astec123
aLV426
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!
Sadly BB was their own cause of their own demise. When Android came to the market and innovated, pushing for a broader range of apps, ways to interact with phones and so on. BB stood by saying 'we can't do that as it will make the BB OS less secure'. BB spent their entire time coming up with reasons they couldn't keep up with iOS and features it offered because 'security', 'users don't want this' and so forth. What they should have been doing is saying this feature from a competing OS is coming to BB OS soon and making promises to push the OS forward, instead they just left it stagnate.
It's a shame because they are one of those manufacturers who at one point had a lot of respect from the buying public as well as buying teams in large corporations. It's a shame they squandered it. However, it would be nice to see BB take Android and push the boundaries of what can be done with it. There's a rumour they may fork it too which would be interesting to see.

They are certainly pushing out a lot of security updates (monthly) so their focus is still is on security.
#37
trott3r
Astec123
aLV426
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!
Sadly BB was their own cause of their own demise. When Android came to the market and innovated, pushing for a broader range of apps, ways to interact with phones and so on. BB stood by saying 'we can't do that as it will make the BB OS less secure'. BB spent their entire time coming up with reasons they couldn't keep up with iOS and features it offered because 'security', 'users don't want this' and so forth. What they should have been doing is saying this feature from a competing OS is coming to BB OS soon and making promises to push the OS forward, instead they just left it stagnate.
It's a shame because they are one of those manufacturers who at one point had a lot of respect from the buying public as well as buying teams in large corporations. It's a shame they squandered it. However, it would be nice to see BB take Android and push the boundaries of what can be done with it. There's a rumour they may fork it too which would be interesting to see.
They are certainly pushing out a lot of security updates (monthly) so their focus is still is on security.

This is true but, BB OS pushing security updates is one thing to please an IT head, it doesn't make a handset user happy when they can't join in with the latest app that iOS or AOSP users are enjoying. Features that an end user isn't aware of don't sell phones, but being able to load the current favourite chat application, or silly photo editing app are things that users are interested in. This is what killed BB OS.
#38
Astec123
trott3r
Astec123
aLV426
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!
Sadly BB was their own cause of their own demise. When Android came to the market and innovated, pushing for a broader range of apps, ways to interact with phones and so on. BB stood by saying 'we can't do that as it will make the BB OS less secure'. BB spent their entire time coming up with reasons they couldn't keep up with iOS and features it offered because 'security', 'users don't want this' and so forth. What they should have been doing is saying this feature from a competing OS is coming to BB OS soon and making promises to push the OS forward, instead they just left it stagnate.
It's a shame because they are one of those manufacturers who at one point had a lot of respect from the buying public as well as buying teams in large corporations. It's a shame they squandered it. However, it would be nice to see BB take Android and push the boundaries of what can be done with it. There's a rumour they may fork it too which would be interesting to see.
They are certainly pushing out a lot of security updates (monthly) so their focus is still is on security.
This is true but, BB OS pushing security updates is one thing to please an IT head, it doesn't make a handset user happy when they can't join in with the latest app that iOS or AOSP users are enjoying. Features that an end user isn't aware of don't sell phones, but being able to load the current favourite chat application, or silly photo editing app are things that users are interested in. This is what killed BB OS.

Didnt realise you were talking about BBOS.

On the android priv they are putting out monthly updates as well like the quadrooter vulnerability that hit the headlines recently
#39
trott3r
Astec123
trott3r
Astec123
aLV426
Astec123
aLV426
No wireless charging in the UK. But the Americans get this feature and the phone for quite significantly better prices.
I guess thats true with most things...
Heat for posting the deal. Personally I'd not do BB again (I have had quite a selection too!)
People say this all the time, but then I get a landline telephone and fibre broadband for less than £30 per month (I could probably do even better if I put some effort in). Many Americans pay about 3 times as much for 1/10th of the service. The same happens with mobile contracts. $50 a month to have a Priv for 2 years + $100 upfront? At the same time, the same deal here was £31 per month with better allowances and £10 upfront. After currency conversion we still get a better deal.
However, I would say compared to BB phones of old, the Priv is quite nice because of it having Android. I'll certainly consider another. However, I wont consider BB OS powered phones.
Fair comments, I guess the advantage of BB OS has been lost (Which is a pity as I'm a BES admin!). My Q10 had a camera problem - which according to the support team is a known software issue! My 9720 types on it's own and has rung the emergency services on it's own when sitting on my desk! These errors aren't unique either!
Sadly BB was their own cause of their own demise. When Android came to the market and innovated, pushing for a broader range of apps, ways to interact with phones and so on. BB stood by saying 'we can't do that as it will make the BB OS less secure'. BB spent their entire time coming up with reasons they couldn't keep up with iOS and features it offered because 'security', 'users don't want this' and so forth. What they should have been doing is saying this feature from a competing OS is coming to BB OS soon and making promises to push the OS forward, instead they just left it stagnate.
It's a shame because they are one of those manufacturers who at one point had a lot of respect from the buying public as well as buying teams in large corporations. It's a shame they squandered it. However, it would be nice to see BB take Android and push the boundaries of what can be done with it. There's a rumour they may fork it too which would be interesting to see.
They are certainly pushing out a lot of security updates (monthly) so their focus is still is on security.
This is true but, BB OS pushing security updates is one thing to please an IT head, it doesn't make a handset user happy when they can't join in with the latest app that iOS or AOSP users are enjoying. Features that an end user isn't aware of don't sell phones, but being able to load the current favourite chat application, or silly photo editing app are things that users are interested in. This is what killed BB OS.
Didnt realise you were talking about BBOS.
On the android priv they are putting out monthly updates as well like the quadrooter vulnerability that hit the headlines recently

I'm well aware as I've been enjoying the updates on my Priv :p I was referring to BB OS in relation to aLV426 and their comment.
1 Like #40
iAmLegendFam
Blackberry still exists?
Yes and STILL the most secure of all the manufacturers.

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