Blackberry is not dead yet. When Android smartphones came into the Nigerian market with killer features, better performance, long battery life, a reasonable price tag and availability of millions of apps, people gradually started switching from Blackberry to Android phones.
However, BBM (Blackberry Messenger) lovers stayed back but when other messaging apps like WatsApp and 2GO gained popularity, the very existence of the Blackberry phone was threatened. Then in 2013, Blackberry announced that BBM will be available on Android and IOS. At this point, there's really no need to buy a Blackberry phone right? Well... wrong.
It's 2016 and Blackberry is still alive. Although sales remain weak for the once-mighty smartphone maker, 2016 is looking like a good sales year especially because of their recent move to Android.
Damian Tay, senior director, APAC product management at BlackBerry, in an interview with Economic Times at the launch of the new Blackberry PRIV device in India, confirmed Blackberry's move to Android saying: "The PRIV device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a platform".
They will however, continue to sell and support old Blackberry 10 devices.
We will be posting a quick review as well as the specs and price of the latest BlackBerry phones in the Nigerian market on this page throughout 2016.
This page will be updated as soon as a new Blackberry device enters Nigeria.
Last Update: 03 Feb 2016.
PRIV, short for "privacy" and "privilege" is Blackberry's first Android phone and it's the best Blackberry phone in years. With 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 18MP camera and a large 5.4-inch curved-edge screen, the Blackberry PRIV can easily compete with any high-end Android phone in the market today.
At about ₦220,000, the PRIV is currently more expensive than other high-end Android phones like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - 32GB (₦184,000), and HTC One M9 (₦140,000). The PRIV however, has features that you can't find in other high-end Android smartphones: more security and a slide-out backlit keyboard.
The PRIV is a security-focused phone. All your data is encrypted by default (anything that's encrypted never leaves your device) and with DTEK (by Blackberry for Android) you can monitor and control application access to your personal information. However, modern security features like a finger print scanner or an iris scanner is noticeably missing from the device.
Blackberry PRIV has followed in Samsung's footsteps with its dual-curved screen - protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The curved-edge screen does generate an eye-catching effect but is not as useful as that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The curved sides of the S6 Edge allow you to store app shortcuts, serve up notifications and keep tabs on missed calls. The PRIV's curved sides host a battery status indicator and a productivity app.
- OS: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- CPU: Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808. Adreno 418, 600MHz GPU
- Screen: 5.4in curved-edge AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours,
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Display Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
- RAM: 3GB
- Memory: 32GB internal memory. up to 200GB micro SD support
- Camera: Rear camera - 18MP. Front camera - 2MP
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery. Up to 22hrs mixed usage
- Dimension: 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 in)
- Weight: 192g
- Connectivity: Wi Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
- Network: 2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE
- SIM: Nano SIM
- Finger Print Sensor: No
- Keyboard: Yes (QWERTY)
- Radio: No
- Status: Available in Nigeria - January 2016. Released - November 2015
If you're a security conscious person and a keyboard lover, the PRIV is pretty much the best device you can get but if not, you'll find cheaper phones with better features than the PRIV.
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