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The BlackBerry Priv is a smartphone I've been genuinely excited to see, as it brings The BlackBerry Priv is a smartphone I've been genuinely excited to see, as it brings something different to the Android market, and I was pretty content when I got it in my hands.It's been years since I had a slider phone – I loved myNokia N95– and the satisfying sound and action as you pop open and close the BlackBerry Priv will no doubt transport you back to the early noughties, when slider phones were big business.There's a slight metal ridge towards the bottom of the Priv, between the screen glass and front-facingspeaker, enabling you to get your thumb under andpush the handset up to reveal the keyboard.Push the screen two-thirds of the way up the keyboard and the Priv will complete the sliding pop action for you. I found myself idly playing withthe slider throughout the day – there's something comforting about flicking the Priv open and closed.Satisfying slide action aside, the BlackBerry Priv isn't exactly small, and nor is it lightweight. At 147 x 77.2 x 9.4mm the Priv is sizeable in the hand, although not completely dominating.I was able to hold it one-handed and perform basictasks, but for intensive periods of writing you'll want to hold on with both mitts, especially when you consider that the Priv tips the scales at 192g. Just to place that in context, theNexus 6, which many have derided for its excessive bulk, weighs 'just' 184g.Flip the phone's display up to reveal the keyboard and the height extends to 184mm, which feels very top-heavy when you're tapping away on the keys – but more on that in the next section.BlackBerry has followed in Samsung's footsteps when it comes to the screen, as the Priv sports dual-curved sides just like the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge before it. The edges aren't quite aspronounced as Samsung's implementation, but it still generates an eye-catching effect which draws the eye in.The glass front surrounded by a metal rim, which is raised at the top and bottom to protect the screen when it's face-down, makes the Priv appearsuitably premium. Pick it up, though, and the illusion is somewhat shattered.BlackBerry has clad the back and sides of the Priv in what it calls a tensile weave, which basically means it's not metal or glass, but what feels like rubbery plastic.It's the same finish as found on theQ10andZ30, and while it does have a nicer finish than the plastic Samsung used to insist on splashing on its flagships it's certainly no match for the elegance of theiPhone 6S, One M9 orGalaxy S6.The plus side here is that the material is extremelygrippy, and the rounded edges of the BlackBerry Priv means it can be held securely in hand.I found the plastic covering to be a little creaky in places too, and applying just a small amount of pressure on the side below the power/lock key generated a squeaking noise from my launch handset. The second handset we got in for testing further down the line doesn't have this issue, however, so it may just have been a one-off or an issue with the initial batch.The rear of the Priv is dominated by a sizeable, protruding Schneider Kreuznach camera sensor, with a dual-LED flash to its side. These, plus the iconic BlackBerry logo, are the only features on theflat rear of the handset.On top you'll find trays for the nanoSIM and microSD card, while on the base a centralized microUSB port resides next to a headphone jack.All in all, the BlackBerry Priv is a bit of a mixed bagwhen it comes to design. I love the slider action and the dual-curved display, but it's let down by a weighty construction and creaky plastic. different to the Android market, and I was pretty content when I got it in my hands.It's been years since I had a slider phone – I loved myNokia N95– and the satisfying sound and action as you pop open and close the BlackBerry Priv will no doubt transport you back to the early noughties, when slider phones were big business.There's a slight metal ridge towards the bottom of the Priv, between the screen glass and front-facingspeaker, enabling you to get your thumb under andpush the handset up to reveal the keyboard.Push the screen two-thirds of the way up the keyboard and the Priv will complete the sliding pop action for you. I found myself idly playing withthe slider throughout the day – there's something comforting about flicking the Priv open and closed.Satisfying slide action aside, the BlackBerry Priv isn't exactly small, and nor is it lightweight. At 147 x 77.2 x 9.4mm the Priv is sizeable in the hand, although not completely dominating.I was able to hold it one-handed and perform basictasks, but for intensive periods of writing you'll want to hold on with both mitts, especially when you consider that the Priv tips the scales at 192g. Just to place that in context, theNexus 6, which many have derided for its excessive bulk, weighs 'just' 184g.Flip the phone's display up to reveal the keyboard and the height extends to 184mm, which feels very top-heavy when you're tapping away on the keys – but more on that in the next section.BlackBerry has followed in Samsung's footsteps when it comes to the screen, as the Priv sports dual-curved sides just like the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge before it. The edges aren't quite aspronounced as Samsung's implementation, but it still generates an eye-catching effect which draws the eye in.The glass front surrounded by a metal rim, which is raised at the top and bottom to protect the screen when it's face-down, makes the Priv appearsuitably premium. Pick it up, though, and the illusion is somewhat shattered.BlackBerry has clad the back and sides of the Priv in what it calls a tensile weave, which basically means it's not metal or glass, but what feels like rubbery plastic.It's the same finish as found on theQ10andZ30, and while it does have a nicer finish than the plastic Samsung used to insist on splashing on its flagships it's certainly no match for the elegance of theiPhone 6S, One M9 orGalaxy S6.The plus side here is that the material is extremelygrippy, and the rounded edges of the BlackBerry Priv means it can be held securely in hand.I found the plastic covering to be a little creaky in places too, and applying just a small amount of pressure on the side below the power/lock key generated a squeaking noise from my launch handset. The second handset we got in for testing further down the line doesn't have this issue, however, so it may just have been a one-off or an issue with the initial batch.The rear of the Priv is dominated by a sizeable, protruding Schneider Kreuznach camera sensor, with a dual-LED flash to its side. These, plus the iconic BlackBerry logo, are the only features on theflat rear of the handset.On top you'll find trays the slider action and the dual-curved display, but it's let down by a weighty construction and creaky plastic.


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