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BlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked GSM Slider Android Cell Phone - Black
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Phone But Needs Work 05/01/2016

This review is from: BlackBerry Priv STV100-1 Unlocked GSM Slider Android Cell Phone - Black

Pros: This is a pretty good phone for those who aren't high-powered business types. Blackberry made a phone that's pretty good as an everyday device despite the reputation it has for making only business-focused phones.

Gorgeous curved display - AMOLED so it gets pretty bright if you need it to on sunny days and the 540ppi pixel density is on par with the Galaxy S7 Edge. I know that Blackberry isn't the phone manufacturer of choice for phones with great displays but they really did an amazing job.

Camera takes good photos - you might not expect much from a Blackberry camera but they actually included one that will make you proud. Also, a recent update allows the camera to be silenced so that it's not constantly making annoying noises when you shoot photos.

4K video

Keyboard works pretty well - you'll enjoy having more screen space and being able to actually hit the keys you want instead of having the screen keyboard misinterpret your taps.

Loud speaker

Despite the Blackberry suite of apps being a bit of a mixed bag, the Blackberry Hub which collects all of your call, text, email, etc. information and displays it all on one screen is a nice one. If you deal with numerous communications throughout the day you might find it to be fairly convenient.

Relatively free from bloat. Included AT&T applications can be disabled in minutes and some of the Blackberry apps are actually fairly useful.

32GB internal storage

Purchased phone for $400 - it's a great deal at this price point. I wouldn't pay more than $500 for it though.

Cons: Occasionally the phone is a bit buggy (LED notifications not working without multiple restarts, keyboard gestures not working terribly well)

Swipe recognition on keyboard is buggy

No root - Blackberry has taken a very firm stance against rooting on the Priv under the guise of user security - it's more of an inconvenience for enthusiasts (yes, I know - most enthusiasts wouldn't get a blackberry but the point still stands) and users wishing to exercise more control over their devices.

No removable battery (a teardown video shows that the only way to access the battery is to remove the screen which is held in place by adhesive)

The whole "privacy" feature that they advertise with the DTek app is more of a waste of time than anything else.

Not many cases available

Other Thoughts: This is my first Blackberry - I'm upgrading form a Samsung Galaxy S3.

Battery life is decent - you should get most of a day's use out of it although

It won't recognize SDXC cards properly out of the box, you'll need to download the Microsoft ExFat driver from the Google Play Store but the Priv prompts you to do this. It's strange but a mild inconvenience at worst.

Uses a Nano SIM, if yo have a normal sim or a mini-sim you can cut it down to size (google: Nano Sim template pdf)
Wish there were more of a case section

Team C125 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12516GS01
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4 out of 5 eggs Good But Slow 03/28/2014

This review is from: Team C125 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12516GS01

Pros: Cheap, no caps to lose, sturdy.

Cons: Slow write speeds (I usually get 2 MB/s), not convenient for writing large files to on a regular basis.

Other Thoughts: Good drive to keep operating system installers on

Blu Deco Mini 64 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM Blue Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone 2.0
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Backup Phone 07/25/2012

This review is from: Blu Deco Mini 64 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM Blue Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone 2.0"

Pros: For such a cheap phone, this little guy came packed with plenty of features.
+ Bluetooth (for headsets and transferring files)
+ Can play mp3's (has a 3.5mm jack for ear-buds)
+ Loud
+ Impressive battery life (4-5 days with light to moderate usage)
+ Micro SD slot for memory expansion (you will need a card if you want to listen to music on this thing)
+ Dual SIM capability (I can only see this being convenient for somebody who has to lug around personal and work phones)
+ Has FM radio (you will need to pug in earbuds to get it working)
+ One of the cheapest phones you can buy without a contract
+ Come with earbuds and a usb cable.

All things considered, this phone has a rather impressive feature set for the price. Being able to connect a bluetooth headset and listen to music on a forty dollar phone is quite nice.

Cons: - Small screen
- Poor documentation
- UI makes phone difficult to navigate at times
- Keyboard feels cheap (keys are rubbery)
- 1.3 mp camera is decent at best (naturally you can't expect more from a fort dollar phone)

Other Thoughts: While its not realistic to expect much from a phone for this price, you do get an impressive host of features. I would not recommend this phone as a primary device but it does make a great backup for those occasions when your nice (expensive) cellphone breaks because or you just had to try to install a custom rom...

If you need nothing more from a phone and to make calls and to occasionally send text-messages then this little guy fits the bill perfectly.


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