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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. BlackBerry Priv – Which One To Choose?

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BlackBerry went through a state of decay in the past years, because Android and iOS have become people’s favorite operating platforms and it’s hard to resist on the market with a product that doesn’t offer too many exciting features or applications. In a similar situation is Microsoft, but this company has released a variety of smartphones with awesome cameras and a superior performance, so things are going quite well. However, BlackBerry has changed its strategy and built its first Android device, which will make many keyboard lovers very happy. But, is this phone better than a Note 5?

Designs and Displays

The Note 5 is a larger variant of the Galaxy S6, but it’s curved on the sides and offers a stylus with an improved sensitivity. Its back is made of glass (Corning Gorilla), so it’s resistant to scratches, but it can crack if it fells from a great height, on a rough surface. The great news is that the sides are protected with a metal frame, so you won’t have problems with it. The available colors for the back are Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan and White Pearl and the physical dimensions of the body are 153.2×76.1×7.6 mm, resulting in a total weight of 171grams. The device benefits from a Super AMOLED screen made by Samsung, whose diagonal measures 5.7-inch and which is capable of supporting a resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 518ppi. Below the screen is found the usual oval home button, but inside it was integrated a fingerprint scanner.

The BlackBerry Priv is very attractive with its retro QWERTY keyboard which slides out from behind the dual-curved-edge display sized at 5.4-inch (AMOLED), whose resolution is also 1440x2560pixels, but which gives a higher pixel density of 540ppi. Also, the keyboard has four rows of keys and at the bottom is placed the speaker with laser-drilled holes. The device measures 147×77.2×9.4mm and it’s much heavier at 192grams.

Hardware

The Note 5 is definitely a beast with a more powerful processor which is an Exynos 7420 with eight cores that run at a clock speed of 2.1GHz along with 4GB of RAM. The BlackBerry Priv has weaker specs, using a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, which is backed by 3GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Samsung has removed the microSD card slot for expansion of the internal memory, which comes in variants of 32GB or 64GB, but the BlackBerry Priv has this feature and it allows you to increase the storage from 32GB up to 200GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The main camera (Sony IMX240 sensor) of the Note 5 has a resolution of 16MP and features such as OIS, autofocus, LED flash F1.9 aperture and 4K video recording, while the front camera supports 5MP. The BlackBerry has a 18MP rear camera with an f2.2 aperture, OIS, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, but the front camera is very weak at 2MP.

As for the batteries, the Note 5 supports a Li-Po 3,000 mAh unit with qi wireless charging, while the BlackBerry Priv houses a bigger Li-Ion 3,410 mAh cell with the same feature.

Prices

The BlackBerry Priv costs $699 in the US, while the 32Gb variant of the Note 5 is $50 more expensive.