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Bb10 user here, I looked at the priv in a bell store and thought it was quite nice. Hardware wise it was a little big for me but manageable, in winter at least when I'd have a coat pocket to put it in. I thought the pkb was a bit on the cramped side but I could probably get use to it. On the software side I found android fairly intuitive and seemed pretty responsive but I am much more comfortable with BlackBerry 10 obviously. This was my first exposure to Android. I hope the priv does well and keeps them in the hardware game.
 

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Worth noting that most of the BlackBerry services will install on other Android phones, including the launcher and virtual keyboard.
The Hub on the Priv pales in comparison to the Hub on BB10. Anyone installing it thinking they're getting the "BlackBerry experience" is in for disappointment. The keyboard however is great and I'm sure the Priv version is the same as BB10.
 

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I think the BB10 version has SwiftKey underpinnings. It's the best I've tried by far. Something simple like not having to hit "shift" to get an uppercase letter is great.
 

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My main complaint is Swiftkey doesn't play nice with the physical keyboard.
It's not bad but not as good as good as the stock on screen keyboard.
Problem is the stock on screen sucks compared to swiftkey.
I do find myself opting for the physical more and more as time goes on.
 

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Was at a Costco yesterday and asked at the wireless kiosk if they had one. Answer: yes, a non-functioning demo.

It wasn't tethered, so I was able to hand-hold without the distortion of weight perception caused by a coiled cord.

Immediate impression: it's HUGE and somewhat heavy, compared to my Galaxy SIII. Liked the keyboard layout. I can see where people are concerned about the sliding keyboard and it's durability. I'm looking to see one actually usable next.

I still have an old BlackBerry 8700, ancient by today's standards, but the scroll wheel is next to useless now. But I greatly liked the keyboard ergonomics on it, and prefer it over the GSIII's virtual keyboard.

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Couple of guys at work bought Privs in December, both very happy with them.

I am tempted. My big issue is Rogers won't subsidize a phone for me unless I go to a more expensive plan, I don't want to as I get 6GB for $54. So... to pay $799 outright is a little painful.
 

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Folks on the Crackberry forums seem to have a love/hate relationship with them. There have been some reports of poor build quality and many complaints that the Hub on Android isn't nearly as good as on BlackBerry's own OS. Which doesn't come as a surprise - it's an app on Android and fully integrated in BB10.

I don't see the Priv as being a general consumer phone - most don't want a keyboard (although you get the added benefits of it being a touch sensitive keyboard for scrolling) and there are plenty of quality Android (oxymoron?) phones for less.
 

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Consumers are all too happy to settle for what works for them.

BB10 came too late and didn't have the app support consumers wanted right away. As such, many consumers felt that BB10 was mediocre - not the other way around.

We know you are a die-hard BB10 fanatic ssbtech, and that is perfectly fine. We also know you will not be able to convince us that our mobile OS platform of choice is "mediocre" and "bad quality."

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And yet my sister at the Christmas dinner this year couldn't take a family portrait because her big, beautiful iPhone didn't have a shutter timer on it. But it's an iPhone so it must be better!

Most people get caught up in the app hype, and then use very few apps beyond what's built into the OS. The only reason they appreciate the apps on Android is because Google has done such a poor job of building core functionality into the phone in the first place.

I don't know, when I email documents and pictures to a client immediately from my phone and my colleague has to wait until he gets back to the office, that's a pretty big productivity hit. 8 years and Apple still hasn't figured this out.
 

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Not everyone needs the features you do.

As for the self timer though, iOS 8 brought that to the camera app.

http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/12/ios-8-how-to-use-the-self-timer-in-the-camera-app/

As for your email thing, I can do just fine with my Nexus. It also has a much better camera than any BlackBerry, and I can customize things a lot more as well. It was also cheaper than the Priv! Sure, it doesn't have a physical keyboard, but I've found I can't type fast on a BlackBerry keyboard, so onscreen keyboards are just fine for me.

So yes, for me, Android works incredibly well. It's not mediocre by any means for my usage

Also, BlackBerry has consistently overpriced their handsets, while not being able to easily demonstrate why they are worth the premium price to consumers. Aside from the BlackBerry Hub (which is neat), there really isn't much that your average smartphone buyer would see in a BlackBerry that would sway them away from the competition.

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Overpriced? I don't know. I spend $200 on a brand new, unlocked Z30. I don't care for the physical keyboards, but the touch feature does make things like text selection quite nice.

Of course BB10 makes text selection ridiculously simple anyway. Long press highlights a word, longer press highlights a sentence, longer still and it highlights a paragraph. Excellent feature if you're trying to compile any sort of document or arrange thoughts in an email.

The hub isn't just "neat", it's an excellent timesaver and much more than a simple notification system.

And not being signed into Google tracking is a big plus, too.
 

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I don't know, when I email documents and pictures to a client immediately from my phone and my colleague has to wait until he gets back to the office, that's a pretty big productivity hit. 8 years and Apple still hasn't figured this out.
No idea what you're talking about. Didn't you try to make this claim before?
 

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Well again, it took them 8 revisions to add such a basic feature to the OS. Many had moved on by then when they realized it lacked this functionality.

Even with iOS9, it's a rather tedious process to add multiple files and types to an email at once.
 
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