I recently decided to try out the new PRIV from BlackBerry. Since the new phone runs on Android (the OS that I’m used to) and because I used to have a Curve, I figured the transition would be easy and it would be a fun phone to use. Here are my takeaways after using the new phone for a month:
The physical keyboard is cool but ultimately pointless
BlackBerry has always been famous for their awesome keyboards. On the PRIV, the keyboard slides out and can be used for not only typing, but scrolling within apps, moving within a text and deleting, all by gently swiping on the keys. I found the physical keyboard to be an easy way to text with minimal mistakes and less need to look at the phone but pointless. When I decide to answer with a bit of urgency or want to do something quickly, I resort to using the touch screen because it’s there right away and easier to do things quicker. Although the hard keyboard is fun and has lots of functions, I can’t see that piece of hardware really making any sort of comeback with touch out there.