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  1. maclancer's Avatar
    I have a BlackBerry Priv. It's a great phone.
    A great phone yes, but not worth the $700 dollars tag price.
    01-27-2016 11:20 PM
  2. rocktauber's Avatar
    Yes it is worth it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-09-2016 11:33 PM
  3. Norg's Avatar
    2 days in and really getting into this baby. Nice work BlackBerry.
    kewely098 likes this.
    02-12-2016 04:36 AM
  4. raino's Avatar
    I doubt he even checks this thread anymore, but I'll still ask:

    Russell, the Priv you say you were able to use on Verizon, what model was it? And which Verizon network were you connected to when you made phone calls and sent SMS (network band# would be great.)
    02-21-2016 09:49 AM
  5. sery1's Avatar
    thinking of buying Priv but not sure its hub can really repace bb10 hub or it can?
    03-31-2016 12:15 PM
  6. raino's Avatar
    thinking of buying Priv but not sure its hub can really repace bb10 hub or it can?
    Welcome to Android Central! This thread is pretty dead, how about jumping over to CrackBerry and taking a look at this very-much-alive thread: Verizon Priv user room - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com

    And if you ask your question there, I guarantee you'll get some responses!
    03-31-2016 12:28 PM
  7. sery1's Avatar
    huh, ye, those one definitely looks much more alive! Thanks!
    03-31-2016 12:34 PM
  8. kewely098's Avatar
    am planning on getting a blackberry priv in 2 days time, can you tell me if the phone is good to use? I have been using blackberry all my life
    02-27-2017 04:52 PM
  9. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    am planning on getting a blackberry priv in 2 days time, can you tell me if the phone is good to use? I have been using blackberry all my life
    They are a solid phone and the OS is mature and operates quite well. I'm using one now, it's my third one so I can attest to it by having owned three without problems. What else do u want to know?
    02-27-2017 05:06 PM
  10. Desynthesis's Avatar
    How is it as a music player?

    I'm thinking of picking up a Priv as a replacement for my very long-in-the-tooth Windows Phones I've owned (hence my attraction to the physical keyboard), but at least half my time with my phone, if not more, is spent as a music player. Is there any "Cracking" or other audio snapping when skipping tracks? Buzzing from the audio digitizer? That sort of thing?

    Of course, part of that is also dependent on the music player--and I'm barely familiar with the music playing apps on Android.
    Matty likes this.
    03-16-2017 08:23 AM
  11. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    How is it as a music player?

    I'm thinking of picking up a Priv as a replacement for my very long-in-the-tooth Windows Phones I've owned (hence my attraction to the physical keyboard), but at least half my time with my phone, if not more, is spent as a music player. Is there any "Cracking" or other audio snapping when skipping tracks? Buzzing from the audio digitizer? That sort of thing?

    Of course, part of that is also dependent on the music player--and I'm barely familiar with the music playing apps on Android.
    Mine works fine, many have been happy with its external speakers being louder than many others and with ear buds the sound is good, you can insert a 256GB micro SD card to download music to leaving you the 32GB built in for operation. But I cannot compare for you not having used a windows phone, you should be able to pick up a Passport fairly cheap on Amazon if you don't mind slight blemishes.
    03-16-2017 09:28 AM
  12. Matty's Avatar
    How is it as a music player?

    I'm thinking of picking up a Priv as a replacement for my very long-in-the-tooth Windows Phones I've owned (hence my attraction to the physical keyboard), but at least half my time with my phone, if not more, is spent as a music player. Is there any "Cracking" or other audio snapping when skipping tracks? Buzzing from the audio digitizer? That sort of thing?

    Of course, part of that is also dependent on the music player--and I'm barely familiar with the music playing apps on Android.
    I think the first positive thing is that the speaker is front facing. So the volume level is quite good. Some smartphone speakers fire downward which isn't ideal and in the case of the Blackberry Leap. It's rear facing completely.

    I would give the PRIV an overall 7 / 10 for quality. Voice is nice and clear and can get very loud if you push the speakers. The bass could be better and i think the Blackberry Passport does a batter job. But over all I've listened to many youtube videos and podcasts without thinking 'hmm i wish the speakers were better'.

    You can always just plug in some head phones or use Bluetooth to litem to music if the speaker isn't as good as you need it to be.
    03-16-2017 09:34 AM
  13. Desynthesis's Avatar
    I think the first positive thing is that the speaker is front facing. So the volume level is quite good. Some smartphone speakers fire downward which isn't ideal and in the case of the Blackberry Leap. It's rear facing completely.

    I would give the PRIV an overall 7 / 10 for quality. Voice is nice and clear and can get very loud if you push the speakers. The bass could be better and i think the Blackberry Passport does a batter job. But over all I've listened to many youtube videos and podcasts without thinking 'hmm i wish the speakers were better'.

    You can always just plug in some head phones or use Bluetooth to litem to music if the speaker isn't as good as you need it to be.
    Thank you both for your answers--I should've been more clear, good speakers, while of course appreciated, aren't that important--I'm more worried about the quality of digitizer when listening to headphones (really 1% of my time with a smartphone is spent using its own speakers for multimedia), where some phones do have lower quality digitzers that you can audibly hear switching on and off as necessary (right before the phone actually outputs audio).

    Likewise, some phones (like my own Lumia 830) when updated get a really annoying bug for music playback over bluetooth--if you skip a track, the player WILL play some randomly-chosen fraction of a second of the prior song in the gap between that song and the next one, a "CRACKING" noise basically. That's another thing that not everyone notices, which means I'd actually have to check it out upon getting the handset, and hope that an update doesn't add it.

    That being said, any information is appreciated--I don't know anything about contemporary Android, so I'd have to figure out how the default music player works, its BT integration, whether it handles podcasts as well, etc., b ut those aren't really Priv-specific issues. Hopefully my music, all tagged in TagScanner for ID3v2.3, would be properly organized, having a bunch of new genres appear always pisses me off.

    An easy answer to all these concerns would be, of course, "get an iPhone", as those are pretty consistently competent (if extremely expensive) music players....but the thought alone of using iTunes basically makes me want to find a Creative Zen or Zune HD just to avoid that.
    Matty likes this.
    03-16-2017 09:55 PM
  14. Matty's Avatar
    I'm more worried about the quality of digitizer when listening to headphones (really 1% of my time with a smartphone is spent using its own speakers for multimedia),
    Ah my apologies. Ill re answer your question then

    Lets start of by first saying, it does not have a Quad DAC like the LG G6 or V20 does but i think it performs fairly well and i haven't had any complaints. The actual connection isn't gold plated to give it that 'extra' clarity but its still good in my opinion

    a second of the prior song in the gap between that song and the next one, a "CRACKING" noise basically.
    With regards to your concern about 'cracking' i have not heard anything like that. Maybe my volume is a little lower so it's not audible? Maybe that specific song had some 'crackling' at the beginning? Anyway, mine seems really clear

    If you want to read another persons review, you can click this link. It will take you to a sister site 'Crackberry'
    Desynthesis likes this.
    03-17-2017 06:09 AM
  15. Desynthesis's Avatar
    Thanks for all your useful answers, Matty--having studied the phone longer, I've actually figured out a whole new set of questions to answer that have to deal with issues unique to Android (mostly) that I had never even considered--so I better ask them now.

    1) So, it seems like most people here own unlocked AT&T PRIVs (STV100-1), with all the AT&T branding, startup screen, etc. On one hand, physical branding is mostly a nuisance whereas the actual tech branding could really screw you over--I'm a T-Mobile customer, so being barred from Marshmallow and stuck on Lollipop (it'll be a while before I get used to those names) because of that will go from nuisance to a real problem. Is this a real problem, or something easily bypassed on Android?

    2) Is there anywhere to actually buy an unbranded phone except B&H Photo?

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...UvbUpU5716149=

    Really they were the only people I could find who seemed to clearly spell that out. I wish I could buy it off Amazon simply as a matter of convenience, but it really looks like all of those are AT&T models? Or not? Anyone have experience with that.

    3) Which ones have wireless charging? Okay, that listing above seems to have it, but apparently the T-Mobile branded model doesn't?

    Yeah, those are a lot more annoying questions--and I appreciate the patience of anyone who is willing to deal with them. So far BH seems like the only place you can actually get a "from Blackberry directly" actually unbranded model--except I guess BB's own webstore, which isn't great.
    03-18-2017 09:44 AM
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