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Sketch Tales review (early access)

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

Each week Marsh Davies turfs through the crude doodles of Early Access and comes back with any masterpieces-in-the-making he can find and/or amends his discoveries with an enthusiastically rendered dick or two. This week there is ample opportunity to append such appendages in Sketch Tales1, a firstperson hack-n-slash in which you re encouraged to re-draw and animate everything on the island you inhabit. I m guessing the name Tales from Penis Island didn t make it past Steam s terms of service.

A decade ago, I made the farsighted strategic decision to offset my vulnerability to the continuing economic decline of the UK by splitting my career into two equally unsuccessful careers: one as a writer and the other as an illustrator. So it s only natural that commissioning editors assume I should like the sorts of games where you build and draw stuff like penises or whatever. However, it turns out that the one thing I like more than drawing a proud, pulsing dingdong is being paid for it, and so these DIY games tend to combine a guilty sense of unprofitableness with tools that aren t as good as the ones I comfortably use every day.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

Sketch Tales tools are, in this context, a mixed bag. After a short animation outlines how the world was sapped of colour and your quest to return it, the tools are the first thing you encounter. There are aspects of them I like: the low resolution and the ovular, angled nib of your brush forces an inexactness upon your work that both matches the rest of the game and prevents you from pointlessly and time-consumingly over-rendering. The requirements for each sprite are laid out intelligently, prompting you to draw it from the various perspectives at which it might be seen and suggesting the sort of animations and sounds it will require for attacking, reacting to pain and so forth but the game will make do without these if you get bored and decide to skimp.

It also does an adequate job of presenting multiple frames for the purpose of animation and the biggest boon of all it saves it all away neatly without you having to fuss over filenames or export spritesheets. Colour-picking, however, is peculiar and restrictive, seemingly only allowing you to select saturation and lightness levels within a small number of hues. There is no orange in Sketch Tales. Nor can you easily manipulate parts of drawings: there is no select tool with which to shift a limb for a new frame of animation, for example. You must redraw, then recolour, and, currently, the fill tool is somewhat buggy, making the entire process rather more time-consuming than it needs to be and animation is already one of the most famously time-consuming creative endeavours you can pursue.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

And it is only after a good deal of time has been consumed drawing and animating my avatar that I remember that this is a first person game and I will only ever see it on an inventory screen. Still, I am pleased with my self-portrait, which accurately mimics my trademark bow-backed scuttle and limp-wristed flailing. Oddly, at this stage you can t edit the hands you will actually see in firstperson instead you must collect sprites such as these in the form of scrolls, dotted around the game world. Individual items can also be edited when stuffed into your inventory, but scrolls will allow you to spawn your creations at will (although the rate is restricted by a replenishing mana pool). The game then opens inside a jail, wherein a black spiny creature jibbers about retrieving a coin from a bridge and restoring a fountain which will somehow help bring back colour to the world. It is indeed very grey, and given a further noisy grey overlay to give the impression of old film stock.

In fact, it is so grey that, at night, the textures lack sufficient contrast to permit easy navigation. An incentive, if there were none other, to fulfill your quest.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

First I must escape from prison, and, surprisingly, this is as simple as going up to the bars and pressing E . I run into a spot of bother with a ferocious little potato-man, and though I m not sure if he s a fellow inmate or a jailer, I punch him with my placeholder hands until his sprite spirals across the room and explodes into bones and meat. Combat is hard to judge the effective range of attacks is unclear and the health pool of your opponent or their level of threat is never indicated. At least it demonstrates how important feedback is in animation: many of the creatures don t have pain frames, making it difficult to tell when they ve been hit. I do admire the voice work, though. You can supply your own soundclips as well as drawings, and the developers have done so with gusto, cackling, snorting and chirruping away. Some creatures emit rather beautiful chimes and someone in the jail periodically takes up the harmonica.

The world is otherwise soundtracked with a strange and uneasy music, dissonant and sparse. It s a fine, if sinister, accompaniment to exploration, but perhaps a little too repetitive to adequately cover the large amounts of time spent drawing.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

Scrolls aren t hard to come by, and quite quickly I have replaced my stumpy little hands with the sort of malformed claws you get after years of holding a Wacom pen and redrawn the potato man as the disembodied horror-head of Donald Trump. Disappointingly, this doesn t immediately transform all instances of potato-men already in the world, and so the only way you get to see your creation in motion is to spawn it yourself. (I am, however, too kind a man to introduce more Trump upon this already troubled land.) This is doubly a shame, because it means that your ambition to bring colour back to the world does not affect the existing geometry, and though you find scrolls that allow you to place blocks, ramps, stairs and much more, your elaborate structures will most likely be dwarfed by the greyscale landscape they sit within. Looming over it all is the fabled bridge although currently in such a state of disrepair that it doesn t really adequately fulfil that title. Just to get onto it, I need to build a substantial winding ramp, which is made slightly trickier by the framerate s inversely proportional relationship to my altitude. I tumble from the bridge and die, but the only punishment is to respawn in prison and I ve already built a ramp which gives me an easy escape-route from my cell. This is fortunate, as I respawn there multiple times as I work my way through the bridge s formidable but ungratifying gauntlet of fights a grim reaper; a floating, snake-fringed eye; and a skull on a foot. This is made all the harder by a bug which sometimes spawns a still-living duplicate of the monster you have just slain.

But eventually I get by and loot the treasure chests therein. A gold coin! In celebration, I edit it to resemble a shiny golden penis (forgive me, but I have been very restrained so far) and then somehow trigger a cutscene which I confess I do not comprehend in the slightest.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

The cutscene seems to imply the end of the current content but the game lets me continue all the same. My quest suggested I locate the fountain, but I scour the island and find nothing that resembles one. Other, non-hostile inhabitants offer me quests, but they all seem to involve killing something, and that has largely proved to be a joyless process. However, I read on the game s website that you can spawn creatures to do your fighting for you. Does that mean any creature I spawn is friendly to me? I sort through my available scrolls, until I find a monster with a high mana requirement, which I take as an indication of its might. I rename it Graham and attempt a drawing to match his stoic, noble countenance and the blood red embers of his eyes.

I resist adding a cock to him in case that makes things weird. I spawn several Grahams (a fleet of Grahams? A scotch of Grahams?) and set upon a Skull-Foot, only to find myself betrayed by those very Grahams to which I had given life. Why, Grahams, why? I yell as I fall beneath those baleful red eyes.

Sketch Tales Review (early Access)

And so, back to the paradox at the heart of so much user-generated content: Sketch Tales rewards those with an inclination to creativity but then directs it, via limited but WYSIWYG tools, into a pursuit which is ultimately isolated from the wider world.

Whether or not this satisfies depends on how content you are to create things for your pleasure alone (or, alternately, how successful your YouTube channel is). For myself, the act of creation would have to be tied into the broader purpose and mechanical liberation of the world. As it stands, Sketch Tales RPG-lite questing falls short of tying these things together, so, for now, I might just keep my pixelly penises for those who pay.

Sketch Tales2 is available from Steam for 7.

I played version on 26/11/2015.


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Organize Your Fridge for Healthy Eating This Holiday

Stock up on pepper slices, carrot sticks, cut fruit, hummus, yogurt1, and hard-boiled eggs, and keep it all at eye level. You re three times more likely to reach for healthy food if it s on the middle shelf, according to research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Go a step further and store healthy foods2 in clear containers or bags, Siegel advises. What to keep in the fridge drawers? Cheese, luncheon meat, and sweets like pies, sweet drinks, and pudding, and other foods you want to cut back on, she says. Out of sight, out of mind.


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BlackBerry PRIV Review: Good, Just Not GREAT

As we approach Christmas let’s all take a minute to recognise that the BlackBerry Priv is a reminder that miracles do happen! Yes folks, the BlackBerry Priv is something we never thought we’d see; a BlackBerry-made device running on Google’s Android software. That’s a promising combo, teasing excellent hardware with one of the biggest and best software platofrms and content ecosystems on the market today – access to all the things you know and love from Google’s catalogue of apps and services, but right there on a physical-keyboard toting BlackBerry! Does this tempting combination deliver the goods? We aim to answer that vital question…

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Design

I d seen the leaks and read the reports and knew ALL about the specs and hardware before my briefing with BlackBerry. I had a pretty solid idea about what the PRIV would look and function like. At least I thought I did, but once I sat down and looked at the handset I realised it was VERY different looking in real life — the pictures really do not do it justice. The PRIV is bigger and has a lot more presence than I had anticipated. The first thing I noticed about the handset was its display; the curved QHD panel looks utterly stunning. The finish and gait of the handset is pure BlackBerry, with its traditional silver-on-black livery, but it also looks completely unlike anything the company has ever produced, sort of like the bastard child of the Galaxy S6 EDGE and the Passport.

BlackBerry s never had any issues with creating premium, great-looking handsets, so I wasn t surprised by just how attractive the PRIV was. It is definitely a lot more modern-looking than what came before and is obviously designed to pique the interest of your average iPhone or Samsung user — basically, most people nowadays. But the PRIV is no clone. It has more than enough going on with its design to separate it from the pack and, no, I m not just talking about its slide out QWERTY keyboard. The PRIV has an odd and very intriguing profile. The display (and entire front of the chassis) is curved, sloping gently down to the sides, while the top and bottom, in direct contrast, are completely flat — so much so you can stand the handset up on its end.

And it is this contradiction in design language that makes the PRIV so interesting to behold — it s soft, yet hard; angular but also smooth. The PRIV measures in at 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm and weighs 192g. It s robust in the hand and feels sturdy, but this was down for two reasons: 1) the PRIV is a large handset, so BlackBerry wanted to make sure it felt solid in the hand, and 2) BlackBerry wanted to fit a MASSIVE battery inside it and this obviously requires more space. I wouldn t describe either of these things as concessions, though. I ve been using the iPhone 6 Plus for over a year now and if I could change one thing about the handset it would be to make it slightly thicker, as it does have a habit of slipping out of my hand at the most inopportune moments.

The PRIV features microSD-support, which can be found next door to the SIM-tray on the top of the handset. The Power/Unlock key is located on the left side of the handset, just over mid-way up. The volume rocker is on the right side in the same position. Both are easy to access but you can wake the handset simply by double-tapping on the display. Sadly, the battery is not removable. To access the QWERTY keyboard you simply slide the display up, an action that can be completed with one hand or both. The back of the PRIV is constructed out of some kind of exotic, Kevlar-style material that is apparently used inside fancy planes and spaceships.

The only thing that breaks up the flat, rubberised feel of the back panel is a silver BlackBerry logo and the porthole-style housing for the PRIV s 18MP camera. All in all the outer chassis of the PRIV is basically just what you d expect: professional, premium and very well put together. There’s been a slight hiccup at BlackBerry’s end, apparently. According to a report from reputable Canadian news source MobileSyrup1, BlackBerry has stated it has been “overwhelmed” by consumer interest. The firm has already begun shipping pre-ordered unlocked SIM-free handsets purchased directly from its own webstore, but that’s specifically orders that have already been placed. Word is that demand has been so high it can’t keep up just now. So BlackBerry has pushed back the shipping date for any orders made from now, specifically if you order a Priv right now it won’t ship until November 23.

BlackBerry confirmed it would operate shipping in phases, with November 23 being phase two

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Keyboard

One of the BlackBerry PRIV s bug USPs, depending on who you speak to, is its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. These things have been a staple of BlackBerry handsets since day one, but whether they re relevant these days, particularly when you have a touchscreen keyboard as good as the one aboard the PRIV, remains to be seen. Whether a physical keyboard is an actual demand these days remains to be seen; no one seems all that bothered about them when they re buying iPhones or Samsung Galaxy handsets. But perhaps they do have a place in today s market, for some users? I know I loved the one aboard the Passport, which looked great and performed even better.

This isn t the Passport, though. It is the PRIV and it has more in common with a Galaxy S6 than it does with anything BlackBerry has previously released. For this reason, I kind of get the impression that the keyboard was stuck on because, well… that s kind of what BlackBerry handsets are all about. Or used to be, anyway.

The PRIV s isn t great if I m honest — and I really do enjoy a good QWERTY keyboard on my phone. It lacks the tactility and precision of the Passport s and, while it does have a few nifty tricks up its sleeve, you can use it to scroll through menus and the like, it just doesn t live up to expectation. A nice addition to a very different-style of BlackBerry, yes, but something the phone could also have survived without, which brings me back to my original point: is BlackBerry s obsession with keyboards built on nostalgia or actual consumer demands? After trying to use this one for two weeks, I have to admit, it sort of feels like the former

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Display

BlackBerry has never been one for keeping up with the Jones , but this year s PRIV bucks that trend with its bleeding-edge specs, cutting edge design and awesome hardware. And nowhere is this more apparent than the PRIV s utterly gorgeous, 5.4in curved QHD display which is by far and away one of the most impressive looking panels I have ever seen. But when you see its resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels; 540 ppi pixel density) this is kind of a given. Still, it s nice to see BlackBerry matching the biggest and best players in the Android space.

Viewing angles are superb. Ditto for blacks and colour-fidelity in general. I really enjoyed the look and feel of the Galaxy S6 EDGE, despite the fact such screen technology is largely pointless, and it is much the same here, save for a handy battery-charging level which pops up when you plug the handset in to charge. Beyond this the curved display is essentially ALL ABOUT aesthetics. Nothing more, nothing less. But like the Galaxy S6 EDGE it really bloody works! The PRIV s display looks simply amazing — from all angles.

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Android Lollipop

This is easily the most important aspect of the PRIV. BlackBerry adopting Android is HUGE. Not only because it is the first instance in the company s history where it hasn t used proprietary software, but also because it is arguably the only card the company has left to play before calling it quits for good as a handset maker. John Chen has even stated the company will exit the phone-making business if it doesn t return to profit in 2016. So, yeah, the stakes are pretty HIGH. Sensibly, BlackBerry has left Android s UX well alone. Boot up the handset and what you re presented with, after logging in, is essentially the same deal as you get aboard Nexus and Motorola handsets.

And this is a very good thing, indeed — Android no longer needs a custom skin layered over the top of it, despite what Samsung and HTC would have you believe. There are whiffs of BlackBerry smattered throughout, however, such as the Android version of the BlackBerry Hub, accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, as well as the traditional BB notification icons. Everything else, more or less, functions just as it does on normal Android handsets. BlackBerry has made a few changes to the UX, but nothing drastic: the app tray is a down-scroller here, widgets and whatnot are accessed via swiping right and there is something called the BlackBerry Productivity Tab, which sits on the right hand side of the display and can be accessed from anywhere in the phone. Inside you ll find your calendar, task list, BlackBerry Hub, and contacts list. It s handy, but you need to get used to using it before it really comes into its own.

BlackBerry Reveals Android Marshmallow Update Plans For 2016

Well kind of. Yes folks, we’ve known for some time the BlackBerry Priv would launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop onboard, but we also knew that Marshmallow was coming – and of course it’s now here as a more up-to-date build of the software. So does BlackBerry have plans to update the Priv after launch? In a word, yes. It’s not quite as straightforward as that though. BlackBerry president of devices Ron Louks has confirmed that the Priv will be updated to Marshmallow “sometimes in the new year”, but hasn’t narrowed it down.

It’s wide open at this point, but at least we know it’s coming. What’s more, Louks also confirmed that going forward BlackBerry intends to keep pace with Google’s release of subsequent patches, stating that the idea is to follow each Google rollout within 30 days. Good going, here’s hoping the firm can stick to that! BlackBerry LOVES security and prides itself on offering best in class solutions to its customers. Using Android created quite a few problems for the company in this regard, as it is no longer in complete control of the software running on its devices.

Nevertheless, the engineers at BlackBerry took measures into their own hands, adding in a cryptographic key at hardware level, augmenting the Linux kernel and, if that wasn t enough, they even included the Dtek security app which monitors what s going on in your phone and reports anything nefarious. Beyond this BlackBerry has promised a three-prong approach to Android security going forwards, which is detailed in full below:

Android Monthly Security Updates

Each month Google releases to BlackBerry and other Android OEMs a security bulletin containing a list of recently discovered Android vulnerabilities. Approximately one month later, Google exposes these in the public domain, so it is critical that BlackBerry release software in advance of public disclosure. BlackBerry will release these monthly updates to users that have purchased PRIV through and to PRIV resellers (carriers and other authorized dealers) that have agreed to participate in our regular monthly update program and facilitate rapid approval of our monthly updates for over-the-air (OTA) to subscribers.


Some critical Android vulnerabilities for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute root privileged malware simply can t wait for a monthly update cycle. Depending on the severity of the problem, complexity of the fix, and timing relative to the monthly update cycle, BlackBerry will opt to perform a hotfix, where the code to address only the specific critical problem is pushed to customers. Because a hotfix is typically limited in scope, the balance between a longer testing and approval process and the risk from the critical flaw makes this approach an important addition to helping keep users safe and secure. While BlackBerry will work with its go-to-market partners on approval and delivery of hotfixes, BlackBerry has the ability to directly patch all PRIV variants and will do so when necessary to protect users and enterprises.

Enterprise-Managed Updates

Historically, IT has managed the delivery of OS updates to business PCs. By controlling when and to which devices and users that patches are delivered, IT can avoid expensive software incompatibilities and ensure that the security issues most important to the business are mitigated. In the mobile world, enterprises have lost this control. BlackBerry aims to bring back this control through BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and OTA management systems. With respect to performance, the BlackBerry PRIV is an odd one.

In most instances the software runs fine and is similar to what you d experience on any top flight handset from Google, Samsung, HTC or LG. But every now and then it seems to fall over itself and is overcome with these horrible, spluttery fits where everything just stops working and the only way around this is a reboot. I don t know if this was specific to my handset or something experienced by other reviewers, but it was certainly unexpected, given the specs and price of the PRIV, and it occurred often enough for me to make a mental note about it and include it in my review. Perhaps these niggles can be ironed out with an update?

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Specs, Hardware & Performance

Like Apple, BlackBerry has never been one for Keeping Up With The Jones when it comes to spec and hardware. Previous handsets have been decent, most notably the Passport, but most have settled for middling spec and hardware because, put simply, people used BlackBerry s differently to how they use Android phones.

The PRIV bucks this trend in SPECTACULAR fashion. Looking like the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE and packing specs and hardware to rival it, the BlackBerry PRIV is the most powerful and feature-packed phone BlackBerry has ever released. Hell, it s probably one of the best phones on market at present in this respect too. But as Apple likes to teach us once a year: specs and hardware aren t everything. Here are the BlackBerry PRIV s specs in full:

Operating system Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (8992) Hexa-Core, 64 bit GPU Adreno 418, 600 MHz Display 5.43-inch curved AMOLED, 2560×1440 resolution (540 ppi) Memory 3GB low-power RAM Storage 32GB Flash storage
MicroSD up to 2TB Rear camera 18MP, f/2.2, OIS, phase-detect autofocus Front camera 2MP, f/2.8, 1.75um pixel size Battery 3,410 mAh, 4.4volt
Non-removable Charging Quick Charge 2.0
Qi wireless (some models) Size 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
184 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (keyboard open) Weight 192 g Network FD-LTE: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30
HSPA+: Band 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE Connectivity Wifi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, SB© USB 2.0

For the most part everything does tick along nicely but, as I mentioned above, there are some notable glitches (at least on my handset, anyway) when the PRIV simply becomes completely unworkable. I don t know what causes this and I don t know if it affects ALL handsets but I do know that when it happened the handset is basically unusable until you ve switched it off and turned it back on again. The PRIV also features QuickCharge but for some reason mine did not work.

Again, I have no idea if this is specific to my handset or not — either way, it’s a bit disappointing. This is the first time BlackBerry has used Android though, so I am more than willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt. Nailing software and getting it perfectly integrated with hardware is VERY difficult and it has taken the likes of Samsung and HTC years to get it 100% right. Everything else, beyond this, is very tight. The new BlackBerry Hub, while not quite as intuitive as it is inside BB10, is a welcome addition to the Android experience, giving you A LOT more control over your notifications than the traditional, slide-down menu.

At its core, though, the PRIV kind of feels just like any other Android handset. It does everything they do, with access to things like Google Now and Google Play, just with a few additional extras peppered ontop. Given time, and providing things like the Hub and Blend (sadly, not present here) are developed further, BlackBerry could really begin to carve a niche out for itself in the Android Kingdom.

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Camera

The 18MP sensor on the BlackBerry PRIV is EASILY the finest camera unit ever fitted to a BlackBerry handset. Images are crisp and detailed and there are plenty of settings and effects for augmenting shots both prior and after the fact. The rear setup, to be specific, is an 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach-certified imaging sensor. Think Carl Zeiss optics, like on old Nokia handsets, and you re in the same ballpark of what this essentially means — very good imaging but not quite as good as it sounds. The PRIV will not replace your DSLR, like, at all, but it is perfect for what 99.9% of people s require from a camera, meaning it is more than decent enough for uploading images to Facebook and Instagram.

The UX is easy to use and there are plenty of nice filters to make your shots look more professional. Images for the most part are great, as you can see below. I have ZERO complaints in this regard. The BlackBerry PRIV features optical image stabilization (OIS), phase-detect auto focus and the ability to record 4K video at 30fps. In this respect it matches and in some cases surpasses pretty much every currently available on market. So if imaging is something you look for in a handset, the PRIV s setup should cause you no concern. It s not the best by any stretch of the imagination but it is certainly closer to the top than most current players.

BlackBerry PRIV Review: Battery

The PRIV features an utterly MASSIVE 3,410 mAh battery inside its chassis and BlackBerry promised me a full day s usage without worry. To date, the only handset I have ever used that actually managed to achieve this was Apple s iPhone 6 Plus — my current daily driver. Based on the size of the battery and BlackBerry s expertise with software and optimisation, I had high hopes for the BlackBerry PRIV. The reality is quite a bit different, though, unfortunately. During my two week test of the handset, the PRIV seldom made it through a full day — 8am to 11pm — without requiring a top-up at some point.

Now, this real-world type of battery testing is entirely subjective to how I used the phone — your experience might be different — but I did notice the PRIV eats through charge at a rather alarming rate when you re actually using it, something I m assuming BlackBerry is very keen for you to do. For instance, while checking emails and the like over coffee most mornings I was able to drain around 15%-20% off the battery in about 30 minutes. On my iPhone 6 Plus, for the sake of comparison, the same ritual took about ~5% of the handset s charge. Again, this is something that can potentially be resolved with further optimisations to the software, every phone is different in how it manages power consumption, but this is something BlackBerry really needs to drill down on because the PRIV is VERY thirsty for power and this has a very negative effect, obviously, on its overall performance. So what s causing this?

I d argue the QHD panel. But it could just as easily be something else. Part of me wishes BlackBerry had used a 1080p display on the PRIV, too. I don t think anyone would have minded. QHD panels are great when they don t KILL battery life, but in this respect — if, indeed, it is the culprit — I d take a few extra hours of actual usage over slightly crisper visuals EVERY day of the week.

BlackBerry Priv Review: Verdict

It s very popular to bash BlackBerry these days. The once-great company has had a turbulent couple of years and, should things get worse, will exit the phone-making game altogether. Basically, in most people s eyes BlackBerry can do no good. This was evident when it released BB10 and when it launched the Passport and it is evident now with the release of the BlackBerry PRIV.

The PRIV, because it runs Android, is seen by many as the company s last ditch, fumbling attempt at making itself relevant once again. It is also a HUGE talking point for the mobile technology space, sort of like if Apple decided to release a Windows 10-powered iPhone. But this is all by the by. BlackBerry has pedigree and it has consistently shown this over the past few years with advancements to BB10, the release of BlackBerry Blend and, of course, the excellent BlackBerry Passport. The PRIV isn t perfect, as I ve noted throughout this review, but I have tried to be as diplomatic as possible, highlighting why certain things might not work quite as well as they should, commending its positives, and attempting to explain the presence of certain performance gremlins. This is a new beginning of sorts for BlackBerry and the true test of the PRIV is not sales or this first batch of reviews, but how it develops in the coming months once BlackBerry has some user data to work with and can update the software accordingly.

I wanted the PRIV to be perfect; the best of both worlds — Android and BlackBerry in one. The marriage isn t a disaster, not by a long shot, and BlackBerry has made all the right decisions. The overall experience of the using the PRIV is just slightly hampered by a few performance bugs. Beyond this I have ZERO complaints, though I do admit the keyboard could have been A LOT better — or just left off the device entirely. Handset makers rarely hit the nail in the head first time around when releasing a new handset running new software.

It takes time to finesse things and gain an understanding of the software s nuances and finer points. For a first attempt, though, the PRIV is more than adequate as an Android device. I just don t know if this will be enough for the majority of people. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have now switched back to my iPhone 6 Plus. I need a phone that can consistently last all day with issue.

Nevertheless, I will be keeping a close eye on BlackBerry s software updates for the PRIV to see how things change in the coming weeks and months.


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