Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.
Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.
How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.
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What do you do when one of your devices fails to meet sales targets? You take drastic measures, that’s what. Take a look at action camera maker GoPro’s dramatic slashing of the GoPro Hero4 Session’s price, effectively halving its original USD400 price tag. It was simply too expensive for what it did and how it stacked up against GoPro’s own line, what more the competition.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen apparently has the same idea because he recently said that the company’s latest (and only) Android smartphone, the PRIV, will be receiving a price cut next year. So, early PRIV adopters…oops?
Alas, 365 days of 2015 is close to meeting its end but before we celebrate New Year’s, there’s much gift giving to be done. No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, there’s bound to be some presents heading your way and we’d like to help narrow down the tech gifts that you should be giving to your loved ones.
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The highly anticipated “saviour” of manufacturer BlackBerry, the PRIV, has finally been launched in Malaysia. This matrimony of the Android operating system and the security plus convenience of BlackBerry’s own operating system comes in a premium body with a curved display that will surely appeal to existing mainstream smartphone users. The PRIV does have a trick up its sleeve though as it features a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under its display.
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A BlackBerry running Android? Several years ago, the idea would be laughable, but today an Android smartphone could actually make or break this once dominate mobile brand. As BlackBerry continues to lose ground in smartphone market, they are pinning their hopes on the BlackBerry PRIV. Their first Android device that comes with a slider keyboard.
The PRIV will be launched in Malaysia next week and we’re lucky enough to get a brief hands-on with this new slider device.
Questions and searches about BlackBerry’s first Android device has finally bared fruit; for Malaysians will have the PRIV by next week. This do or die device will be the brand’s pivotal move to see if it can still play the mobile game or close down for good.
The BlackBerry PRIV has started rolling out internationally and those in Singapore will be getting it sometime next week. This is the BlackBerry’s first flagship to run on Android and it comes with its BlackBerry Torch-like slider keyboard. Available in retail stores and telcos from 12th December, the PRIV is priced at S$1,098 which converts to RM3,296. That’s slightly more than the Galaxy Note5 which was launched in the island state at S$1,088.
Luxury meets privacy in the form of a 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv by Vietnamese folks, Karalux. From skin makers like dbrand and Slickwraps, to pimped out editions with diamonds and just overall expensive devices from brands like Vertu; seems a powerful smartphone isn’t enough anymore for the rich. Those with a large net-worth need a little more from their smartphones and Priv owners can now join the upper class – as if adding gold to your smartphone elevates your status.
A slider device would require a slightly different bent test, since the mechanisms that make up the ability to pop out the keyboard is a whole new ball game. Having said, JerryRigEverything uses a different methodology when tackling this odd smartphone, at least for our generation. Does the BlackBerry Priv get his seal of approval?