11-22-2015 07:30 PM
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  1. christenmartin's Avatar
    Hello! Never been on android central or owned a android devise. The priv has me interested. I am currently using WP and really like it. That being said I am wondering if there are WP to android users here that could comment on the differences, pros and cons, which one the prefer, etc..... I'm think I'm going to pick up a priv with the thought that if Its not going to work return it. It takes longer than a few weeks to get use to an os and utilize it fully so I would appreciate some input from someone that has used both for a substantial period of time. Thanks.
    11-15-2015 05:19 PM
  2. o4liberty's Avatar
    I have used all three and by far for apps android or apple rock! The Priv is a nice device a few launch issues but no big deal.

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    11-15-2015 05:52 PM
  3. christenmartin's Avatar
    I figure apps will be more plentiful. I'm not a big app user. Basics and I good. I'm more concerned with usability and how stable the os is.
    11-15-2015 08:00 PM
  4. guygardner73's Avatar
    I figure apps will be more plentiful. I'm not a big app user. Basics and I good. I'm more concerned with usability and how stable the os is.
    Well, without knowing your app needs and reason for having a smartphone, I can tell you that the Priv is an excellent device. The OS is stable as it's Android lollipop at the moment and the productivity enhancements that BlackBerry has made really do help with trying to get things done. I carry a BlackBerry Passport for work and a Priv for private use and the odd occasion when I have to do a little work outside of office hours on the fly. The key to being happy on Android is simply to change the things that you don't like. The Passport is the best workhorse i've ever owned, it makes me faster and more accurate than others in that arena but the Priv is easily on par with it when it comes to communication and it handles media extremely well.
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    11-16-2015 06:38 AM
  5. christenmartin's Avatar
    picked up a priv today. damn. android is different.
    11-16-2015 12:48 PM
  6. Mike-Mike's Avatar
    picked up a priv today. damn. android is different.
    So do you like the Priv?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-16-2015 07:37 PM
  7. DarkJoker33's Avatar
    Came from BB10 to Droid, So I understand your difficulty.
    11-16-2015 07:40 PM
  8. christenmartin's Avatar
    I would have to say the more I use it the more I'm liking it. Fast and smooth. You can definitely be productive with it. I love BlackBerry key boards. Problem is the screen clicks when you touch it on the left side top to bottom like it's loose. So it's going back tomorrow. But overall bad azz phone, so far.

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    11-16-2015 09:47 PM
  9. bbhybridchris's Avatar
    Overall just on your thoughts totally agree so far. The screen clicking or creaking you hear I honestly expected as I had two different torches in the past. I just think with a slider device it's hard to eliminate that completely. I have used all the OS'S over the past couple of years. I really like what Microsoft has done with the new WP10 but still think android is great if you like to customize your experience. The back camera is great....the selfie cam is a little lacking but I don't mind that as I rarely use the front camera. Productivity wise the phone is great there are a few lags and glitches but they are expected for a new device with new software. Case in point the hub is laggy to me. Great idea but it needs to be up to speed like the rest of the device. Otherwise I think anyone coming to this phone should have a good experience with it.

    Posted via my BlackBerry Priv
    11-17-2015 04:31 PM
  10. christenmartin's Avatar
    I had a torch too! Haha To be honest that was my favorite smart phone of all time. That is why I wanted to try the priv. I exchanged the phone as the clicking seemed to be a loose screen. The replacement seems fine. One of the problems I have seen with android is it gets glichy after some use. Granted I have not owned an android, just had second hand experience through friends. That is a concern. The phone runs good now but three months who knows. WP pretty much stays really smooth.

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    11-18-2015 08:54 PM
  11. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Hello! Never been on android central or owned a android devise. The priv has me interested. I am currently using WP and really like it. That being said I am wondering if there are WP to android users here that could comment on the differences, pros and cons, which one the prefer, etc..... I'm think I'm going to pick up a priv with the thought that if Its not going to work return it. It takes longer than a few weeks to get use to an os and utilize it fully so I would appreciate some input from someone that has used both for a substantial period of time. Thanks.
    Do yourself a favor and stick with WP. Wait for the 950 XL. You'll find you won't use the physical keyboard, and without that, the Priv is just a mid-range Android phone with poor cameras.

    I would know. I used the Priv and returned it after 9 days.
    11-19-2015 07:23 AM
  12. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    I had a torch too! Haha To be honest that was my favorite smart phone of all time. That is why I wanted to try the priv. I exchanged the phone as the clicking seemed to be a loose screen. The replacement seems fine. One of the problems I have seen with android is it gets glichy after some use. Granted I have not owned an android, just had second hand experience through friends. That is a concern. The phone runs good now but three months who knows. WP pretty much stays really smooth.

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    As an android specialist (not so much), but I have used it for a long time.

    First, no it doesn't bog down after a while. Yes, if the SD card gets TOO FULL then it might happen. So I'd suggest getting a bigger card. Also, don't start installing these phone boosting apps and cleaning apps and ram enhancing apps. These are the apps which are the worst! They get deep into the system and ruins it.

    It's blackberrys first attempt at android. If the experience gets a little choppy don't panic. Just keep using the phone, turn the phone off for awhile if the situation gets out of hand and just relax. It will get back to normal.

    Keep your phone light. Take care of the SD card. And that's it. You'll be fine.

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    11-19-2015 08:26 AM
  13. benjamin19's Avatar
    Do yourself a favor and stick with WP. Wait for the 950 XL. You'll find you won't use the physical keyboard, and without that, the Priv is just a mid-range Android phone with poor cameras.

    I would know. I used the Priv and returned it after 9 days.
    I find this post humorous. First, if someone is interested in the Priv, they are either a) wanting a keyboard or b) wanting android for the apps (or c wanting both, the most likely option.) Windows phone has neither, so I don't see the suggestion being applicable.

    Also, the fact that you say the phone is mid range with a poor camera sounds like sour grapes. I hate that you didn't like your experience, but the phone is using the processor of many 2015 flagship phones and the camera, although isn't better than LG, Samsung, or the 6P, is better than just about everything else.

    This is a great phone and Blackberry is in its infancy when producing android, so the experience will only get better.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Priv.
    11-19-2015 10:58 AM
  14. christenmartin's Avatar
    The 950 is hitting stores tomorrow so I will check it out. I disagree this is a half azz phone. I like it and the camera is not industry leading but I have been putting it through its paces and it does pretty damn good. That being said the 950 is going have a bad azz camera that I'm looking forward to using. The priv is pretty fast and smooth and looking at the specs it would be hard to call it anything other than high end with an awesome keyboard.

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    11-19-2015 11:01 AM
  15. christenmartin's Avatar
    As an android specialist (not so much), but I have used it for a long time.

    First, no it doesn't bog down after a while. Yes, if the SD card gets TOO FULL then it might happen. So I'd suggest getting a bigger card. Also, don't start installing these phone boosting apps and cleaning apps and ram enhancing apps. These are the apps which are the worst! They get deep into the system and ruins it.

    It's blackberrys first attempt at android. If the experience gets a little choppy don't panic. Just keep using the phone, turn the phone off for awhile if the situation gets out of hand and just relax. It will get back to normal.

    Keep your phone light. Take care of the SD card. And that's it. You'll be fine.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    That sounds like any other phone. Through my exhaustive research (hearsay on the Internet;-)) it sounds like that was android a couple of years and updates ago. Good to hear because the longer I use it the more I like it.

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    11-19-2015 11:38 AM
  16. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I find this post humorous. First, if someone is interested in the Priv, they are either a) wanting a keyboard or b) wanting android for the apps (or c wanting both, the most likely option.) Windows phone has neither, so I don't see the suggestion being applicable.

    Also, the fact that you say the phone is mid range with a poor camera sounds like sour grapes. I hate that you didn't like your experience, but the phone is using the processor of many 2015 flagship phones and the camera, although isn't better than LG, Samsung, or the 6P, is better than just about everything else.

    This is a great phone and Blackberry is in its infancy when producing android, so the experience will only get better.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Priv.
    It's not sour grapes when it's true.

    There's better out there. All of Samsung's 2015 phones, all of LG's 2015 phones, the Nexus 6P, the Lumia 950/950 XL...all better than the Priv. Get one of those phones instead.You'll get more bang for your buck.
    11-19-2015 04:44 PM
  17. CarGuy1368's Avatar
    I have been a BlackBerry user since 2009, so I am as new to Android as you would be. Here are a few things that I have noticed on the Priv, good and not-so-good.
    -The keyboard takes some getting used to. I have been using a BlackBerry keyboard for six years, but this one is a little different because the keys don't have that much travel.
    -There is a sizeable learning curve for Android, but once I get the hang of it, I will love it even more than I do now.
    -The phone gets warm. It's not that bad, but it is noticeable. Hopefully it will get fixed in a software update.
    -I will NEVER run out of apps to download!
    -The screen is gorgeous
    -It is a big phone, especially when compared to my now toy-like Q10.
    -Android is very easy to customize
    11-19-2015 09:39 PM
  18. christenmartin's Avatar
    I have been a BlackBerry user since 2009, so I am as new to Android as you would be. Here are a few things that I have noticed on the Priv, good and not-so-good.
    -The keyboard takes some getting used to. I have been using a BlackBerry keyboard for six years, but this one is a little different because the keys don't have that much travel.
    -There is a sizeable learning curve for Android, but once I get the hang of it, I will love it even more than I do now.
    -The phone gets warm. It's not that bad, but it is noticeable. Hopefully it will get fixed in a software update.
    -I will NEVER run out of apps to download!
    -The screen is gorgeous
    -It is a big phone, especially when compared to my now toy-like Q10.
    -Android is very easy to customize
    I would say I have to agree with you on those points. I am coming from windows and it looks like android does not like Microsoft ecosystem to much. Bummer. I may jus have to work on it a bit.

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    11-20-2015 06:01 AM
  19. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    I'm coming from Android, and have ordered a Priv, because I'd like to try a phone with a keyboard again. The specs are fine. Android phones work smoothly with two-year-old hardware. This phone has recent hardware, lots of storage, a fat battery, and a nice screen. Unless BlackBerry has botched the OS, it will run nicely on the processor it has. And the reviews suggest they didn't botch Android.
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    11-20-2015 07:34 AM
  20. christenmartin's Avatar
    I'm pretty heavy into Microsoft ecosystem. Anybody use android and windows together and if so is it efficient and smooth?

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    11-20-2015 08:13 AM
  21. benjamin19's Avatar
    I'm pretty heavy into Microsoft ecosystem. Anybody use android and windows together and if so is it efficient and smooth?

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    Not sure how well Apple products integrate with Microsoft, I would guess not very well, Microsoft and Android have a good relationship. Microsoft realized that they shouldn't compete, they should work with android. Microsoft has made apps themselves that link with their ecosystems. The fact that there are 1st party apps from them should be enough evidence that you will be fine with an Android/Microsoft combo.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Priv.
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    11-20-2015 09:26 AM
  22. benjamin19's Avatar
    It's not sour grapes when it's true.

    There's better out there. All of Samsung's 2015 phones, all of LG's 2015 phones, the Nexus 6P, the Lumia 950/950 XL...all better than the Priv. Get one of those phones instead.You'll get more bang for your buck.
    Better is definitely a relative term. Samsung phones have more raw power, but are held back a bit by bloated and heavily skinned software. Nexus phones have great software but are really beta phones for all updates, so you have to expect many bugs and have to be patient (many more than what we are experiencing). Nokia phones have the absolute best camera and smooth OS but suffer from a terrible ecosystem that is not supported by many developers. Blackberry is the same way. It's really good in many areas. Does it have weaknesses,of course, but the strengths are the reasons why we buy the phones. Their stock software with great additions and the best Android keyboard is the main reason people will buy this thing. I'm not sold that it's crazily more secure than a Nexus, but it's as secure as you can get on Android. If a keyboard and stock Android software aren't your priorities, then by all means go get another phone. But in no means is this a poor phone.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Priv.
    11-20-2015 09:35 AM
  23. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Better is definitely a relative term. Samsung phones have more raw power, but are held back a bit by bloated and heavily skinned software. Nexus phones have great software but are really beta phones for all updates, so you have to expect many bugs and have to be patient (many more than what we are experiencing). Nokia phones have the absolute best camera and smooth OS but suffer from a terrible ecosystem that is not supported by many developers. Blackberry is the same way. It's really good in many areas. Does it have weaknesses,of course, but the strengths are the reasons why we buy the phones. Their stock software with great additions and the best Android keyboard is the main reason people will buy this thing. I'm not sold that it's crazily more secure than a Nexus, but it's as secure as you can get on Android. If a keyboard and stock Android software aren't your priorities, then by all means go get another phone. But in no means is this a poor phone.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Priv.
    The only good things about the Priv is the physical keyboard, if you actually use it, and the security. The cameras are terrible.
    11-20-2015 06:51 PM
  24. christenmartin's Avatar
    The only good things about the Priv is the physical keyboard, if you actually use it, and the security. The cameras are terrible.
    I've been testing the camera and it is on par with other high end devises. I have read and seen this in reviews and I'm wondering if they actually use it. I compared it to a galaxy edge and 950. I did not see an appreciable difference. I'm not a professional photographer but I'm also not a fanboy.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-20-2015 07:01 PM
  25. Mark Sb's Avatar
    I have had my Priv for about a week or so...liked it a lot at first...and I like it even more now.
    I came from an s5.

    What makes it better? It just seems more intuitive. It really is a smart phone. Oh and the hub...the hub is a must have...and its fun to be on a pkb again.
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    11-20-2015 07:44 PM
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