Blackberry Priv Now Available From Verizon for a Whole Lot of Money

The Blackberry Priv, the first from the former smartphone king to run Android, is now available at Verizon. The phone went up for sale last night, but Verizon made it all official this morning.

If you are interested, the Priv will set you back $30 per month on a payment plan or $720 at full retail. At that price, we’re in the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6s Plus range, yet I don’t know that I would consider this phone to be anywhere near those levels. Thankfully, that’s for you to decide, Priv future owner.  (more…)

Blackberry Priv Camera, Keyboard, and Launcher Apps Receive Updates

Blackberry, today, is pushing a bunch of updates to key apps on its Android phone, the Priv. Updates include improvements to the phone’s camera, keyboard, and launcher apps, most of which were likely based on user feedback.

In the camera, Blackberry is adding in “smooth” 120fps slow motion video capture, while addressing stability and performance improvements. With the keyboard, predictive typing is learning new tricks and the physical keyboard’s fine cursor control is improved. Finally, the app launcher has a new default view for apps, there is a new “flick” action for removing application shortcuts, and overlays throughout are improved.

Below, you’ll find details for each app, in Blackberry’s own words.  (more…)

Best Android Phones on AT&T: February 2016

At the end of January, we shared with you the best Android phones you could walk into a Verizon store and buy. Some of you agreed with our picks, while others disagreed and pointed out that there are far better phones that work on Verizon, even if they aren’t sold there. While we agree that the Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition would likely be on each list for each carrier, they aren’t sold at Verizon stores and thus were left out. Same goes for today’s list, which is a short list of the best Android phones on AT&T.

The list of phones below are those that can actually be purchased at an AT&T store, not those that could technically work if you knew how and where to buy one. So, we’ve got three options for you below, two of which are/were unique to AT&T at one time or another.

Ready?  (more…)

BlackBerry Priv Launches Onto T-Mobile January 26

The BlackBerry Priv is making its way to T-Mobile, available beginning January 26 for $0 down through JUMP! On Demand. After a solid amount of time with the Priv only available through AT&T, the Priv has been receiving updates here and there, focusing on the rear-facing camera and software features. The device should receive just as much love on T-Mobile, so if a QWERTY keyboard is something you have been missing, now is the time.  (more…)

BlackBerry Priv Reported to Hit T-Mobile Network on January 26

According to a leaked image, the BlackBerry Priv will hit T-Mobile’s network on January 26, bringing an official end to the current exclusive AT&T holds on the device. If the image is to be believed, then not only can BlackBerry fans pick up the device through T-Mobile, but Verizon also confirmed last month that it will also carry the device, “soon.” (more…)

BlackBerry Priv Review

The BlackBerry Priv is, in my opinion, the most important phone of the year. That’s not something I say lightly. The Priv gets so many things right and has a uniquely beneficial experience that you can’t get on any other device, but like every other phone there are flaws. Is the Priv the phone of the year or just another nail in BlackBerry’s (née RIM) coffin?

This is our BlackBerry Priv review. (more…)