Blackberry Priv and HTC One A9 Now Available in the US

Just got paid and need to blow all that cash on a new smartphone? Today would be a decent day, as we have two devices available worth at least a few minutes of your time. On one hand, we have the Blackberry Priv, which is the first Android-powered phone from the Canadian keyboard aficionado. On the other, you have HTC’s One A9, which is actually a pretty great phone, aside from the fact that it looks like an iPhone 6.  (more…)

Choo Choo: BlackBerry Hops on the Monthly Android Security Update Train

Picking up a BlackBerry Priv? If so, you should be happy to learn that BlackBerry is committing to monthly Android security updates, just as we have seen from Google, Samsung, and LG. These updates will include enterprise-managed updates, as well as general vulnerability updates that Google notifies OEMs about. More importantly, BlackBerry also states that they will handle hotfixes, which require faster rollout.  (more…)

Blackberry Priv Arrives at AT&T on November 6

If you were turned off at the unlocked price of the Blackberry Priv when it went up for pre-order a couple of weeks ago, I can’t say I blame you. After all, this is Blackberry’s first real Android device and we all have a right to be a bit skeptical at the execution here from a company whose struggles have been well-documented in recent years. So if you were instead waiting for some official carrier attachment to hopefully help cut that cost, we now have it.  (more…)

Watch: BlackBerry Priv Feature Overview Video

Set to begin shipping November 6, with pre-orders already taking place, BlackBerry has uploaded a feature overview video to YouTube, detailing a few of the highlights offered by the Priv.

As detailed in the video, the phone features a dual-curved 5.4″ QHD display, 18MP rear-facing camera with OIS, innovative Android features such as pop-up widgets (sorta like Apple’s 3D Touch), as well as its physical keyboard with Smart Slide.  (more…)

Why the Blackberry Priv Matters [Opinion]

I’ve never been a Blackberry fan. Before I ended up getting an HTC Touch Pro 2 I had considered getting a Blackberry Storm because Verizon was offering a buy one get one free deal. I was too young to know that was a bad sign, but eventually I ended up doing more research before landing on the Touch Pro 2.

Since then I’ve continued to do what most smartphone fans have done regarding Blackberry; I’ve ignored them until a press release reminds me that they haven’t been sold to someone or finally closed up shop. I remember laughing to myself that the company who prided itself on having a stellar email experience (which, by the way, was not the case if you were a business that used Microsoft Exchange) didn’t have an email application for their first tablet. I remember reading about how the company was so baffled that Apple had made an honest to God smartphone that they thought Apple had faked the whole thing until they could get their hands on one. Blackberry has always been a joke to me, but the Priv is different.

Blackberry Priv Goes Back Up for Pre-Order, This Time at $699

The Blackberry Priv, after a brief appearance on a pre-order page two days ago, is back up for pre-order! We think officially this time too.

The Blackberry site that previously listed the phone is live once again and this time wit ha $50 discount. The original listing showed a $749 price, but we are now looking at $699 in the US. That’s still insanely expensive, but maybe that’s the price we have to pay for a physical throwback keyboard and a unified inbox.  (more…)

Blackberry Priv Specs (Official)

The Blackberry Priv is now up for pre-order in the US for $749. That’s kind of a crazy steep price that I can’t imagine a whole bunch of people being willing to step up to the plate to take a crack at, but hey, you have all been excited enough about it that anything is possible. With that said, tonight’s open pre-orders mean we finally have the full list of specs for this Android-powered security machine. And honestly, they sound freaking amazing.  (more…)