A little over a decade ago, owning a BlackBerry smartphone was considered a thing for the high end market. In fact, this platform was at times labeled as the future, but it was easily dethroned by the dawn of iPhones and Android.
Since then, the story has been the same for BlackBerry as its sales keep dwindling year in year out. However, it seems this phone maker is back, but this time, it’s running on the most popular mobile operating system, Android. Some may be thinking this is too late for BlackBerry to try and revive its brand, but is it really? Find out more in the following comparison of the latest Apple flagship, iPhone 6S, and the newest member of the BlackBerry family, the BlackBerry Priv.
Design and quality of build
QWERTY keyboards are made BlackBerry what it is now. However, this phone maker tried some unsuccessful adventures with a number of touch screen phones, something that has led it back to the physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Priv comes in with a slide-out affair that is hidden just under the curved display screen. This means that you can have the keyboard when you need it and get rid of it when you don’t. However, this is something that meant the Priv features a thickness of 9.4 mm and weight of 192 g, which is massive compared to the iPhone 6S’s 7.1 mm of thickness and 143 g of weight.
The iPhone 6S has the same looks as the iPhone 6 and it’s basically what you’d expect from Apple. There is however a faintly different aluminum alloy that ensures this device is less slippery and more robust when compared to the build quality of the iPhone 6.
You will be mistaken to think the build quality of the Priv can match what we have on the iPhone 6S. The rear of the former feels a bit cheap and the keyboard is also a little over sensitive, better still, it is a cool device.
Apple kept on with the 4.7 inches of display screen that was introduced with iPhone 6 when designing the iPhone 6S iteration. There is also retina HD technology that manages a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi. You will come across amazing color reproduction as well as 3D Touch technology.
On the other hand, the Blackberry Priv features a larger 5.3 inch display screen that is capable of a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 540 ppi. The AMOLED screen is super bright when outside and it comes with Gorilla Glass 4. You will notice curved bits with details of charging progress and other app icons. When you tap on these icons, you will see small windows open up and using these windows, you can check for updates or notifications without the need to launch the full apps.
Processor, storage and camera
The BlackBerry Priv will come equipped with a 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor that is supported by an Adreno 418 GPU and a RAM of 3GB. On board storage memory will be 32GB, but there is room for a microSD card of up to 128GB.
iPhone 6S is installed with Apple’s A9 processor, a chipset that is believed to be the fastest Apple has ever created. In addition to this, there is a RAM of 2GB and onboard storage that begins from 16GB to 128GB. As usual, there is no slot for microSD card on iPhones.
The 6S comes with a rear snapper of 12MP, improved sensor and a new Live Photos feature for automatically capturing photos including the moments just before and after the main photo is captured. You will end up with a short video-like view of your photos, but this can easily kill the 16GB available for storage on the lower end model. There is no optical image stabilization, which is what differentiates this model from the 6S Plus model.
On the camera matters, the BlackBerry Priv has a rear snapper of 18MP that features optical image stabilization as well as 4K recording. When it comes to photography matters, the Priv will be among the most sought-after Android smartphones.
With matters regarding the OS, iPhone 6S is installed with iOS 9 while BlackBerry Priv uses Android Lollipop, but with some BlackBerry-based customizations.
BlackBerry Priv is the device that will make or break this phone maker. It takes off successfully, BlackBerry will be happy to say that it is finally back in the fold; however, if it fails, this might be the end of the company’s smartphone business. There is no doubt that BlackBerry really went for it when it comes to specs, especially the camera, but it is also a little pricey with its $699 price tag.
It would be hard for many Android or would-be iPhone 6S users to turn to this device with this kind of price, especially knowing that there are much cheaper, but still high quality Android devices on the market. In addition, the Priv is priced more than the iPhone 6S, which starts at $649.