Revolution in BlackBerry: With the P riv the faltering phone pioneer brings a smartphone based on Android for the first time. Here the practice test!
BlackBerry Priv: heavy fare
First impression: This thing is a Klopper. It is about the size of a 14.7 cm length Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + with 192 grams about as heavy as the iPhone 6S Plus. The normal Galaxy S6 Edge (5.1 inch display) looks almost delicate deviated (see photo gallery). For the Priv has a giant screen at 5.4 inches, and – typical BlackBerry – a real keyboard. The appear out of nowhere when you slide the screen upwards. The processing together with Gorilla glass 4 and the plastic housing with carbon fiber proportion leaves a decent, but not perfect impression. The back can be pressed approximately easy. Noble competitors like Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6S play with their aluminum housings a higher league. The screen with the two rounded edges reminiscent not only at first glance to the Galaxy S6 + Edge. He comes from the same manufacturer and makes its size (13.72 centimeters in diameter) and Focus (540 dpi) her a lot.
Comparison: Galaxy S6 Edge (1/2)
With the Galaxy S6 Edge (right) has the BlackBerry Priv the rounded display edges in common.
Comparison: Galaxy S6 Edge (2/2)
The Priv has a 5.4-inch screen, the S6 Edge a 5.1-inch screen.
How good is the keyboard?
A BlackBerry would not be a BlackBerry without a “real” keyboard. This also shines the Priv. Since the keys work below appears on the housing, the size of the keys fall out but dainty. Nevertheless, typing emails and messages with the Priv works particularly fast.Even when typing the first letter of each three possible terms, which then can be wipe in the text hastily upwards appear. This works surprisingly well. Made possible by a special technique, which simultaneously makes the keyboard a kind touch pad. In this way, users scroll around on Internet sites, without touching the screen.
BlackBerry, the Office Specialist
The previous BlackBerry 10 system – about the BlackBerry Passport – convinced by its many practical ideas that facilitate the daily work. Some of BlackBerry has salvaged on the specially adapted Android 5.1 system. In the App BlackBerry Hub about all incoming types of communication are bundled: e-mails, SMS, new calls or Facebook messages.Important messages that you want to read at another time again, can be mark by wiping gesture. This then land again later at the beginning of the message list. Clever also: Per wiping of the page you can see all calendar entries of the day at a glance. This is far more practical than accessing favorite app or contacts at Samsung.
Security as a unique selling point
Android and safety? This fits about as well together as firefighters and kerosene. Until now – at least promises BlackBerry. The Americans vow better against tampering to protect the Android core as it is the case with other Android devices. In acute threats, such as new virus enters the in-house Security Response Center on the plan. It promises the unit promptly with appropriate security updates to provide. On top of that the device encrypts all data and adds more elaborate security measures, which are of particular interest to companies. The high standard of BlackBerry OS 10 will not reach the Android model, but we work on it. In order to ensure the safety at his new smart phone anyway, BlackBerry builds additional protection. BlackBerry security chief Alex Manea recently declared in the company’s blog the “Hardware Root of Trust”. It is a process that the boot ROM, the operating system, the file system and the applications are verified during startup of smartphones in four stages and checked for tampering. In addition, the smartphone from the factory after the US security standard FIPS 140-2 encrypted (Federal Information Processing Standard).
In the first practice test impressed the new TEKTITE Cruises (“Detective”). Knowing full well that the biggest security hole often sits before Smartphone, checked out the app all the security settings and points to possible weaknesses. But not enough DTEKT keeps track of which apps have access to features such as GPS, contacts, microphone and camera.So it is not surprising the user when a photo app Instagram as accesses on microphone.He sees even exactly when and where it happened. If desired, even lets an alarm for certain apps to set up – in the event that once again exceed their competences.
18-Megapixel-Kamera im Test
The 18-megapixel notches with lens from made a good impression in the first Test. First test photos reveal pictures with many details, but the turn out a bit dark and bluish. Unusual: The shutter sound much too late. This creates unnecessarily the impression that the camera triggers very slowly. Good: Videos can be recorded in 4K and using the appropriate adapter cable via the Slim Port standard should be even wired directly reflect on televisions.
Hardware: Large Sedan
The device, which Priv a Snapdragon 808 processor, flanked by 3 gigabytes (GB) of memory. This is indeed a brisk model of his profession, speed records provides the chip but not on. When Geekbench multicore (2125 points) have Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6S with over 4,300 points clearly to his nose. That there is something missing in the Priv computing power, is also reflected in everyday life. Since it takes sometimes for a moment, until it responds to inputs. Striking: The rear of the unit heats up noticeably already at moderate load.
Long battery life?
Good: The installed memory (32 GB) can be expanded via SD memory card. Bad: The battery is built in and can not be readily change. Speaking of battery: BlackBerry has planted a particularly large caliber into the housing with 3,410 mAh. This would give the Priv wilt after 22.5 hours at mixed use. That would be great. Here, however, still needed further measurements and long-term experience.