Quick Comparison: BlackBerry Priv versus Nexus 6P

There is no shortage of high-end Android phones in 2015. The BlackBerry Priv and the Nexus 6P are two of them, and they also happen to be the two phones I've been using for a little while. We're going to compare them, and hopefully help you decide which would be better for you.

These two look wildly different, and have completely different ways to deliver the same base experience to us users. They are both also pretty darn awesome. When you put them side-by-side, it can be a tough choice.

We use the words "build quality" a lot when we talk about phones. And the term means something different to everyone who uses it it seems. When I say build quality, I mean the way the materials are used and put together and not the materials themselves. Aluminum or plastic or glass can all be great, as long as the design and construction were done well.

Both phones are well thought out without being pretentious

Both the Priv and the 6P feel like high-end phones. They each exhibit meticulous attention to design, even if they aren't your favorite. The 6P has wonderful double-beveled edges that provide a flat spot to hold it with, while not having any sharp areas that feel uncomfortable. The flat back isn't exactly my favorite thing, but that doesn't take away any of the attention to detail the designers had when they envisioned how it should be built.

The Priv has lovely curved edges on its display, and the iconic BlackBerry squared corners and flat top and bottoms we've seen from their recent models. The slider mechanism is rock-solid, and the keyboard has zero wiggle or "slop" in the individual keys.

Both phones are well thought out without being pretentious. They're subtle — if a 5-inch plus phone can be considered subtle — and look good. Both are a bit weighty, and you might notice. I don't mind the weight, and they both feel good to me when I'm holding them, though that's very subjective.

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CategoryBlackBerry PrivNexus 6P
OSAndroid 5.1.1Android 6.0
CPU/GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Adreno 430 GPU
Display5.43-inch curved AMOLED
2560x1440 (540 ppi)
5.7-inch AMOLED
2560x1440 (518 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Battery3410 mAh3450 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
ChargingQuick Charge 2.0Fast Charging via USB Type-C
Wireless chargingQi (some models)No
Fingerprint sensorNoYes
Rear camera18MP, f/2.2
OIS, phase-detect autofocus, 4K video
12.3MP, f/2.0
laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 1.55 µm pixel size, 4K video
Front camera2MP8MP
SD cardYesNo
Size147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
184 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (keyboard open)
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
Weight192 g178 g

These two phones look nothing like each other on the outside, and are also nothing like each other in the software.

At first glance, it appears that BlackBerry has followed the trend of offering a "stock" Android experience with a few of their own features (that are unavailable elsewhere) on top to offer something unique. Half of this is true.

The user experience — arguably the most important feature in any smartphone — from the BlackBerry Priv is very similar to that of the Nexus 6P, with some extra BlackBerry applications ingrained. Many will find these features helpful and useful, and we're glad to see them being offered. We praised Motorola for enhancing the user experience this way, and we're going to praise BlackBerry for doing the same.

But the Priv isn't running "stock" Android under the user interface.

I can't decide if you should trust BlackBerry, but there is no reason not to do so

BlackBerry has taken the Android code and changed plenty of the areas we can't see when using the Priv. They've added what they think is a better security solution, and to do this they have manipulated a good bit of Android's core. This is not a bad thing, but it becomes a matter of trust.

I "trust" Android as delivered on the Nexus 6P, because so many eyeballs are looking at the code every day to see exactly what it's doing. The open approach means the core of the operating system — including the way it gathers, retains and protects your sensitive user data — is subject to scrutiny. As an open-source fan, I think that level of peer-review is the best way to ensure security and reliability. Software gets built. Software gets inspected, exploited and bugs are found. New source code is developed, and the cycle starts anew.

With the Priv, you're essentially trusting BlackBerry to have made the right choices and to use the best practices when it comes to security and reliability. There's nothing wrong with this, and I do believe BlackBerry takes both very seriously. I trust BlackBerry because they've never given me a reason not to, and they have built a reputation atop privacy and security. But I still have to have blind faith in them, and so do you if you want to use a Priv.

I can't decide if you should trust BlackBerry or not. But I can say there is no reason not to do so.

Nexus 6P vs BlackBerry Priv

When it comes to using each phone, the experience is (as mentioned) mostly the same. You might appreciate extra software like the BlackBerry Hub or the extra security "enhancements" offered through the DTEK application, or the BlackBerry Password manager. Or you may not, and will never use them. Some of these extras can be disabled, while some can't. Either way, things feel very much like "stock" Android Lollipop.

Both phones offer a very nice display, and have the full range of connectivity options. And they all work well. In this regard, both deliver an excellent experience.

The Nexus 6P does better when to comes to battery life, but Marshmallow may have a lot to do with that. The 6P also has a much better camera, though the Priv camera isn't horrible by any means.

One place where the Priv is unmatched in the Android world — and the reason I like it so much — is the physical keyboard. Slide the screen assembly up and a keyboard that looks absolutely unusable greets you. When you try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how well that tiny, cramped keyboard works once you get used to it. Combined with good software — a SwiftKey built word prediction and auto complete engine, and BlackBerry's own custom dictionary and gesture support — you get something that nobody else can offer when it comes to the keyboard.

BlackBerry priv

I really like both of these phones, and am lucky to be in a position where I can use both. But most of us will pick one model and stick with it for a while, and are looking for a recommendation. As usual, that's a difficult thing to provide.

Both the Nexus 6P and the BlackBerry Priv are excellent choices and I can recommend either

I really dig the keyboard on the Priv, and I appreciate the way BlackBerry has tried to mold Android into something that meets their vision of security and reliability. Neither of these should be overlooked.

Personally, I trust the "open" model more, and would choose the Nexus 6P if I were forced to make a choice. I would give up the keyboard that I've long wished for on a high-end Android phone, but when the next real security issue arises, I like knowing that I can count on a timely fix that's also open to peer review.

You may disagree, and would rather have BlackBerry in charge of security matters than what appears to be a haphazard mix of Google engineers and self-proclaimed "experts" patching bugs and closing exploits. I can't fault you there. I'm pretty confident that BlackBerry would act quickly and help their users, so you shouldn't really worry too much.

Both the Nexus 6P and the BlackBerry Priv are excellent choices and I can recommend either.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • i just ordered the PRIV. i currently am using a galaxy s5 rooted with priv hub and launcher couldn't take it much longer. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE PRIVeeeee
  • If you are buying priv for security then you will be wrong. A recent security company said that nexus 6p is much more secure than Priv and blackberry did almost nothing to improve the security. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/copperhead-nexus-more-secure-priv,30565... You buy priv for just the physical keyboard
  • Time will tell on the Priv but this is just an advertisement for Copperhead's security. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have friends that can root android in 20 minutes. They spent 2 days trying to root the Priv and didn't succeed. If they did or not I'm not sure but I'd say 2 days is better than 20 minutes Posted via Android Central App
  • they did several things. dont advertise for your bs company here. burn in hell.
  • We really have no idea what they did, other that what they tell us they did. That's my whole issue.
  • Supply chain security for hardware root of trust. That means we “sign” all of our hardware with digital keys at the manufacturing level to ensure device integrity.
    Improvements to the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) security technique that are not in Android L or M and make it far more difficult for malware – even something like Stagefright – to exploit Android software bugs.
    Improvements to the SELinux mandatory access control policy system not in L or M.
    The Pathtrust utility, which goes above L or M in ensuring that untrusted code cannot be introduced into the system dynamically via malware.
    Hundreds of hardening improvements to the Linux kernel and Android service framework to enable features like DTEK, our new app that helps you protect your own security and privacy.
    Tamper-proofing of critical security parameters.
    Cryptographic improvements, including the use of BlackBerry Certicom certified-FIPS 140-2 security compliant cryptographic library and other techniques that improve upon the Android password’s protection against brute-force attacks.
    Smart card development framework and other enterprise-specific features that benefit business users. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/11/why-blackberrys-android-is-best-for-...
  • I know what they say because they email it to me. I also know there's no way to verify exactly what they have done past their claims. Closed source software sorta works that way.
  • You're hilarious, Jerry. Why would you put so much blind trust into a company that isn't even focused on security from the outset? Do you think these exploits would exist if Google was trying to fully secure Android? Of course not. But yet you'd rather put blind trust in Google "after the fact" rather than a company that is known for securing a platform "before the fact". AFterall, you don't hear about Blackberry phones having such major exploits. Instead you hear of governments booting Blackberry out of their country because they can't get around Blackberry's encryption and security. It's just astounding that you imply that Blackberry could just be blowing smoke up everyone's kazoo about securing the Priv. Yes, you are definitely implying that it's possible. So why don't we go ahead and stick to what we actually do know. We know Google is not a software security company. We know that Blackberry is. We know that Android is not a secure platform and has maintained a consistent record of vulnerabilities and exploits. We know that Blackberry software does not have this reputation.
    We also know that Blackberry took the open source Android platform and tweaked it their way just like Samsng, LG, and Motorola have tweaked it, but with a focus on security above all else. And what we do know for sure is that Blackberry isn't going to take Android and slap it into their branded hardware and claim it's secure without actually doing their homework to ensure that it is secure....or at least more secure than stock android. So when Google is busy scrambling to patch whatever the next exploit happens to be, we know that the Priv will more than likely not need said patch because it will already be secure. Sure, the vulnerability may still exist in the Android portion of the phone, but the security precautions that Blackberry has integrated will keep the said vulnerability from being exploited which is what you want. The only drawback obviously is that the Priv will have a longer delay time when its time to upgrade to the next iteration of Android. "I also know there's no way to verify exactly what they have done past their claims. Closed source software sorta works that way." -- Jerry Jerry, there's also no way to verify that your Android phone is secure once that patch is made because of all the other unknown vulnerabilities in Android yet to surface (just like the last exploit). All you can do is keep your fingers crossed. But at least with the Priv, you know that the security has been applied to the hardware & software so much so that the company was willing to put its name and reputation on it emphasizing security. That's something I've never seen Google do when they release a version of Android. Yet here you are putting more faith in stock Android. I'm still laughing.
  • We also know that the Priv doesn't run Blackberry OS, so nothing we know about security on prior Blackberry devices means squat on a device running Android.
  • Are you sure? Because we know a lot more about Blackberry security on Android than we know about security from Google on Android which truthfully is non existent. Blackberry, a software security company, claims to have secured the phone from the start. Google, from the start, never ever makes this claim. I have more faith in a security company known for their expertise in security versus a company who always has to play catch up on security IF AND ONLY IF some one else finds a problem and announces it to the world. That much we do know!
  • You speak as if you know about Android security, yet with every word you prove you know very little. Google has its issues, but you are very naive. Google is not hear to make the public feel warm and fuzzy with great marketing about security like Blackberry. Fact is, that if you work in security or the open source community, you would know that Google has proven they are on top of security. You would also know that the real problem with security that you hear about is the phone manufacturers version of Android, not Googles. Finally, you would also know that every OS company is playing catch up on security. That is the way it works in the real world.
  • But they are transparent about how they secure it.
  • I'm putting faith in what I can read and inspect. If you don't understand that, you'll need to find someone else who can explain it in simpler terms. Posted via the Android Central App using The Nexus 6P.
  • Hi Jerry, I trust BlackBerry devs are taking full advantage of Android's "open" model and should be among the first to scrutinize and test the code themselves to find weaknesses or a better way to do things. by the way: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/12/the-privs-first-software-update-is-l... - An improved camera: We’ve implemented a number of tweaks that improve the speed of our camera app, and re-tuned it for better low-light image quality. - Better performance: We’ve also tweaked the PRIV’s software to improve overall system performance
    Improved stability: The update further includes a number of adjustments designed to improve device reliability and reduce instances of crashing and freezing. - Enhanced security: Lastly, the release includes December’s security patches – rest easy knowing your device is protected against the latest Android security threats. And the Priv is finally in stock at Amazon for $699.
  • So neither then.
  • no priv has been rooted yet because of the hardware pin embedded physically in each unit. how may privs have hackers bought trying to root it and perma bricking them. smart move by blackberry as it will add a couple hundred sales. lol they wanna root it just to say they can. GOOD luck guys keep trying
  • a blackberry guys defending BB. truth hurts ha
  • But is it true? I doubt it, this is BlackBerry we're talking about after all. Posted via the MATERIAL AC App
  • Nice comparison Jerry. In response to user who posted about Copperhead Research's CTO saying that Nexus phones are more secure : TL;DR - Copperhead is a direct competitor of grsecurity (the company that provided the patches to harden the Priv's Android implementation). So trust this CTO as much as you'd trust Tim Cook saying the iPhone 6s is better than any Android phone... BlackBerry uses grsecurity's hardening patches on the Linux Kernel to make its Android implementation more secure. Copperhead is a firm created just this year that sells it's own security patches for the kernel. In other words, grsecurity and Copperhead are direct competitors. " Copperhead is a Toronto-based security firm created this year that aims to significantly improve the security of Android by adding enhancements to Android's kernel and userspace" " Grsecurity® is an extensive security enhancement to the Linux kernel that defends against a wide range of security threats through intelligent access control, memory corruption-based exploit prevention, and a host of other system hardening that generally require no configuration. It has been actively developed and maintained for the past 14 years." Posted via the Android Central App
  • The head of BlackBerry security just issued a statement on the BlackBerry's blog disproving Copperhead's claims. Blackberry goes well beyond the Nexus security platform. Read the article and you will understand why. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uh here they come, BlackBerry defense force
  • Trolling their way here from Crackberry as they have nothing else to look forward to at the moment Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey there. Interesting the Android Stockists feel the need to defend a stock product. Not all of Google's code is open-sourced, so the full openness and peer review argument doesn't really apply, imho... :-D
  • Yeah, suddenly Blackberry is the proven leader in Android Security. Easy to make claims when you have no OS worth hacking yourself. Blackberry is on about equal ground with BLU in the Android world. I hope they do well, but they have a lot to prove.
  • Yeah, don't be silly. The president of the U.S. of A uses Blackberry and so do about 90% of folks worth more than $1,000,000. BlackBerry is THE device to hack. That said, as a longtime BlackBerrry user, the Passport was my last. I am moving to the Nexus because:
    a) I am NOT worth over $1,000,000
    b) I am SICK of BlackBerry not giving a $h1t if my browser works or not
    c) I am TIRED of BlackBerry not addressing the obvious problem of not having base applications available So as much as I will miss BlackBerry's unmistakably superior hardware and security, I am sick of always hitting the "reload" button to make a browser page load and not having even the most basic things like NetFlix or a FaceBook app that actually works. As much as I detest screen-based keyboards, I look forward to knowing that I'll be getting regular updates from Android on my new Nexus 6P. I am, One very unhappy Canadian :-(
  • I'd love to see a BlackBerry Nexus next year .... I usually keep my phones for 2 years and I'm loving my 6p, but that would be an automatic purchase. BlackBerry's calendar is awesome ... hopefully it'll be available in the Play Store.
  • Which phone feels faster and has more fluid animations in the UI? Posted via the Android Central App
  • 6P. But Marshmallow has a lot to do with that I think.
  • Nothing is optimized for stock android like a Nexus device, though. So You'll never have as smooth an experience as Nexus 6P, imo. Even the Note 5 slows down, terrible ram issues on an otherwise great phone. Also, the Priv has quite a few bugs and a couple lags.
  • Nice comparison and I really like my Nexus 6P. Not sure why I keep going to SWAPPA and checking the unlocked Priv prices. If the Priv had 6.0 and or a fingerprint sensor I doubt I could resist getting it. For now I am determined to wait for the Priv 2...
  • same here. I actually need a second phone for work, but I'm waiting to see how fast they update it. If it gets 6.0 and maybe a slight price drop in next couple months I'll definitely consider it. I'm also interested to see how they evolve with Android. I take a lot of before and after photos with my work phone so a better camera would've won me over, but that physical keyboard would be nice as some of my emails need to be error free. Eventually I'll either grab the Note or Blackberry, they're just a bit too pricey at the moment and I'm not in a huge rush. It's for a second business that's seasonal so I can work with what I have now til then.
  • Understandable. Keyboard makes sense for you as well as the spen on the note. I love my note and the pen. I don't fully utilize it but it's nice for scrolling and doodling on my friends faces for fun. Plus I haven't had a single issue with my note 5. But the priv does entice me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My mom (shockingly) traded in her iPhone for the Note 5 and. I used it non stop for 10 days when she was on vacation. TW has its issues but I'm definitely a big fan and will seriously consider one. The pen would really come in handy cause I use Square to accept credit cards and giving the customer the pen would make a nice presentation. I can also take pictures of their house and then take notes or draw on the areas that need work. The Priv would be more for office work, sending emails and quotes.
  • and I have no issue with Apple, I love my MacBook and have an iPad, but how anyone could be so limited to one option in the iPhone makes no sense to me. A guy in his 30s running two businesses shouldn't have the same phone as some 16 year old girl taking selfies and using Facebook all day!!
  • I'm a huge Android fan, myself, but I have met many small businessmen who successfully use iPhones to help run their businesses. I know you can do better than that!
  • iPhones have their place in business. Although I find them boring myself, the fact is, they just flat out work. And if they don't, you can immediately go to an Apple store for a solution. For a business, this is a big plus. I know people who use them in business and it makes sense for them. I can't argue it with them.
  • It's been shown that iPhones crash more often than Android phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • as a huge samsung fan. 5 tvs all samsung and i note 5 and s5. im going priv for sd card alone. haha. got an offer for my s5 for 360. soo good enough. samsung may have lost me forever in phones but i will always buy their tvs. ALWAYS.
  • I bought a Samsung the week LEDs came out (and paid about $2500 for it unfortunately). Since then I've only bought Samsung TVs. There might be better options out there but I'll never know cause both my TVs are flawless.
  • Cannot believe how much the current prices of the UHD TV's have come down! I cannot wait until some 4K content hits! Samsung does make a very nice screen panel. Three Sammy TV's and the S6 an S6 Active with superb screens! I believe they also made the screen for the the Nexus 6P.
  • I'm definitely sold with the quality of Samsung tvs. With that said lg makes a damn good tv as well. I do prefer Samsung over lg when it comes to tv but when it comes to mobile devices I'd take an lg over a Sam's flagship any day. I do think Samsung will finally do well with cleaning up tw, I've read they are actually working directly with Google to do so. This coupled with the fact that they are likely reintroducing the SD card into the GS7 and Note 6 has my attention. I'm no fanboi of any one particular brand. If you bring a great device to the table that's all that matters. 2016 will be the year that phone tech finally takes a step forward after being pretty much stagnant over the last few years. I'm looking forward to new screen tech along with better battery and sensor tech. Hopefully 3d touch is more useful than gimmicky. And they all lived happily ever after the end.
    Thank you for reading my first book published to AC. Posted via the MATERIAL AC App
  • The picture password is more secure than the fingerprint sensor.
  • Yup, all about that 6peezy... Doubt you will find a better experience. Actually u won't :-) Posted via a nexus
  • Agreed, I had high hopes for it, and even said I expect it to be the best phone ever made. It's exceeded my lofty expectations, and once USB-C becomes the norm it'll be even better as more charging options at reasonable prices will become available. I haven't experienced a single moment where it lagged and I've been running it hard since I got it 4 weeks ago.
  • I love my Priv!
  • I'm really enjoying mine as well. The Galaxy S6 edge is sitting on a desk in my office.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love to see a Passport model. I played with the Priv for 20-30 min or so, but, there is something about the width of the Passport that has me hooked. They might have to pry this from my hands...or until the 4.3 Android runtime no longer does the trick. Posted via the Android Central App on my BlackBerry Passport
  • PURE desktop experience in your pocket. Enhanced widescreen! :-)
  • 4th day with my priv, sweeeeeet phone!
  • Pricing was the deciding factor between the two. In Canada a Telus 6P was $100 on a two year while Priv was $410 (Black Friday). Not a hard decision. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just have to wonder.... No other site has raved about the Priv like mobile nations sites have raved about it. Other reviewers have numerous complaints, none of which seem to register with AC.
  • Yep, I also realized that dreaming of electric sheep
  • If you're talking about Droid Life, they're Nexus fanboys. The Verge should change its name to iVerge.
  • having said that i thought that iVerge review of Priv was pretty good actually
  • iVerge's review was snarky, and focused mostly on the bad parts of the pre-release PRIV. But it wasn't a offensive viscous assault on the BlackBerry brand. In other words, it was the iVerge equivalent of a ringing endorsement for the PRIV. Posted via the Android Central App
  • meyerweb..... I think that speaks a lot to why I like AC. They are open minded to change and seeing things improve, no matter who makes it. It isn't an US vs. Them thing. They call it the way they see it. They are also more forgiving on first run devices with small issues that can be improved with updates. I happen to agree. If I have learned anything being in the Tech field for years, there are many great devices that didn't start out that way.
  • Jerry seems like a straight shooter. Doesn't seem like the kind of person to write "blind praise" articles. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the great review! I was hoping to have someone do a 6p vs Priv face off. Why? Because the 6p still is the phone I plan to get at tax time on the one hand, and the Priv is without question the 3rd-party Android I'd get were I actually in the market for a 3rd party Android phone on the other. As is keeping with the consistent refrains from before, it sounds like both are stellar phones, and it's not a matter of which one is the superior device, but which one fits your wants and needs more. The reason that's the Nexus for me is it has the closest thing in the universe to a completely pure, completely vanilla Android, which is a look, feel, vibe, and experience I cherish, and perhaps even more importantly, it is the fastest to get updates, the most regular, and the longest supported. I am super intrigued by the BB keyboard, want to see BB succeed, and actually think I'd personally trust it for security over the Nexy....but my priorities are my priorities, I guess. If I could find a way to mentally justify (and monetarily/temporally) "afford" to go quad-platform over against my current "tri-platform aspirations then I would do that by sharply distinguishing between 1st and 3rd party Android (rather than the 1st-party leaning mix of the two I follow now), and pursue both simultaneously and distinctly. You know, get a Priv, and make that my 4th phone. But that's not to be short of a big lottery windfall so I'll pass on the Priv for now. Keep up the great work!!! Cheers!
  • I went to Best Buy today trying to check out the Priv and didn't see any in the store. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's because all the employees are over at the apple display shining them up and treating all other devices like they have ebola! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Excellent comparison, much appreciated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Geezus - you're really clutching at straws if you're saying you'll take the 6P over the Priv cause ' open source' and 'security'. Security is essentially central to Blackberry's business plan - which can't be said for Google at all. Not saying Google don't do a good job but it's not their focus at all. I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 people asked would agree. Yeah, I'm worried about updates from Blackberry - but if you're really arguing that the Android ecosystem can get security patches out faster than Blackberry overall I think that's an argument you'll lose.
  • 6P is from Google which has been with Android for long without a security or privacy focus vs Priv from BlackBerry which is new to Android but with a focus on both security and privacy. For me, Priv is the obvious choice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Blackberry hasn't proven anything yet with Android. Whereas, Google has a lot more experience and a proven track record of getting security updates out to the Nexus devices. It has nothing really to do with the "Android Ecosystem". Nexus wins in more secure code and in security over almost any device. If you want to buy into Blackberry's marketing, by all means do it, but the rest of us will take a more realistic approach and see if they will prove they are more secure and that they do the updates.
  • 'We use the words "build quality" a lot when we talk about phones. And the term means something different to everyone who uses it it seems.' And to Nexus fans, "build quality" doesn't include how easily you can bend the phone into a clam shell, obviously.
  • I'm confused about why "Bendgate: Android Edition" is still going on. I've had my Nexus 6P for close to 2 months now and keep it in my back pocket and do end up sitting on it pretty regularly. I haven't had a single issue. Granted, the seats are cushioned and I don't have the widest behind but it seems like anyone up in arms about it has never used the phone in real life. As long as you don't re-enact a test video you should be more than fine.
  • You're right that most people should be fine. But the fact that you can so easily break it in half compared to almost every other phone on the market does speak to its crappy build quality. That's simply a fact. According to the video, the front and rear glass also scratches very easily. I don't know if that's true, or if people have experienced that problem. But I'd want to know before I'd invest in such a phone.
  • you're still yapping about the 6p bending? funny that the only people saying its a problem is the dude on YouTube that intentionally did it (which can be done to any phone) and you .... find me the person that accidentally has it break on em, oh that's right, there isn't one cause it'll never happen.
  • These phones have little in common. Other then they are ones that Jerry likes. They are physically both different. The BBP is much heavier then the 6P and the 6P is much larger then the BBP. Stock Android vs highly modified Android (even if it looks stock). I think anyone interested in either of these phones most likely will not be very interested in the other. Then you say you can't go wrong with either. Except, that isn't true. This is Blackberry's first Android and they have absolutely no track record in the OS. They could abandon it next week. Combined with their financial situation, Blackberry has not yet earned the prominent spot you are giving them. I hope they do well, but I won't recommend them to anyone until there is an Android track record. We just don't know.
  • Jerry, I'm disappointed in that you didn't reveal your true preference for the Nexus 6P, so allow me to articulate it for your readers: You're a Tinkerer, and that phone's open-source software is a dream device for you! You will NOT be able to do that with the Priv.
    There, that's the honest truth; forget all the double-speak: “I can only fully trust what I'm able to access.” I got invaluable help from you and XDA when I first moved from Apple's 3GS to the wonderful Samsung GNex three years ago – so I do trust you to an extent. I currently use a BlackBerry Z30 and an Android LG G3. (I just wanted to spell that out for all). Of course, my G3 is rooted, downgraded from L to KK, and am doing anything I can possibly think of doing on it – and to it. That is not possible with my Z30. Which do I trust more? Without any hesitation, the BB of course!
    You may have time – and knowledge – to go through all the Unix code in rooting software – and all the wonderful apps you get from Xposed Framework, etc.; I don't. So, not only is BB – with its world-recognized security software – protecting me from the world, it's also protecting me from myself. BlackBerry is a security software company that makes decent hardware to go along with its software. Google/Alphabet is an advertising company that throws out *anything* it thinks it can monetize, and security software isn't its priority. Oh, and one more thing: Damn straight I'll trust Canadian- and South Korean-controlled hardware over Chinese! (But that could be because I just got home and haven't taken off my tin-foil hat yet; nah!)
  • Can we all agree that if Blackberry went open source it would be the most beautiful thing ever? XD I understand trusting the open source model more as I do support it myself, and I too am still a little concerned with what exactly Blackberry did to secure the OS. As you said, Blackberry has really never given any reason not to trust them and to clarify for anybody who isn't familiar with Blackberry's security, basically every major government uses it. In fact it is the only phone on the planet that meets the strict cyber security standards of the German government. Blackberry has never made anything insecure but for some odd reason that I can't quite explain it feels like the Priv isn't quite as secure as Blackberry's other devices which run BBOS 10. The problem as you mentioned really does come back to transparency. I would get the Blackberry Priv in a heartbeat if I just had more information on what exactly they did to the OS. I've already searched everywhere on the Internet for more information but all I've found is basic non technical information about it. Which is another concern of mine. If they're not talking about all the technical security features and simply dumbing it down to saying, "It's secure" then that means that this phone is really geared towards consumers. Which we knew going in but seeing as though previous Blackberry phones have really been centered around Enterprise and Government scenarios, I can't help but wonder if Blackberry held back on some of the security features. Which really sucks because I really want the Blackberry Priv, but if I can get comparable security from the Nexus 6p then I think I'd have to go with it. Sorry for the rant and thank you if you've read this far XD
  • See the comment above with the BlackBerry Blog web address explaining how BlackBerry goes beyond the Nexus 6P in providing the best security. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Blackberry has always been about security and i am glad to see Blackberry improving Android security. I love my BB10 because I know this is the most secure OS on the planet. Android on the other hand not so much but with Blackberry help this can change. :)
  • I have an LG G4 and I love it. That said, I would definitely prefer the BlackBerry Priv. I had the BlackBerry Torch 9800 2 years ago, and I miss that slide-out keyboard so much! I always couldn't stand touch-screens, which is why I did not think the first iPhone would be a success. I was reluctant to get a smartphone 2 years ago. A secure Android OS on a BlackBerry phone is just what they needed. I hope this brings them back. If only it was a bit cheaper... Or, what would be great is if I could get Windows 10 Mobile on my LG G4! Yeah I don't generally go with the crowd. Hence my hatred of Apple's reliance on their brand :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the article Jerry. Although both phones are very good and have features I like, neither one is on my wishlist and therefore I don't have a preference. In terms of security though, I think the whole BB versus Google argument misses a key point: the Priv runs Google software. Security updates will come from Google, then BB will have to adjust their flavor of Android before pushing out the updates. The only logical way BB would have an advantage is when a security flaw is found in the BB software itself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey Jerry, great comparison. I am in the market for neither phone but your article was a fair comparison.. The BB security wackadoodles aside, I enjoyed the read!
  • An excellent read! I understand where you are coming from with open source versus closed. You could be right, but security is part of Blackberry's value proposition, so you have to think they'll be quick with patches if needed. That remains to be seen. My patriotic side wants to like the Priv (Canadian, eh!), but I have a real love for Google as well. My last 2 phones have been Nexuses, and they've both been very good, in my opinion. I will look closely at both if it becomes necessary to replace my Nexus 6 over the next while. This article will probably be a good starting point.
  • i would not buy Nexus phone for one simple reason. Google is undercutting competition. Not just blackberry but every other company. Google is subsidizing phones and selling them at loss. Just for that i would not buy Nexus phone. Competition is healthy and good for us consumers.
  • As long time Blackberry user (currently on Z30) Priv would be my ONLY choice to go to Android. Just the mare fact that this phone cannot be rooted is big plus for me. Security and privacy first and foremost for me. Simple but yet effective interface.
  • After some of Crackberry's rants this has been a refreshingly interesting read with modest bias and passion. I am a Blackberry fan and on a Priv. I also live in Blackberry's home town. Just thought I should say it up front. I am not techie but must say I like the open architecture philosophy. I am sure it breeds innovation. But I can also see where all that openness is difficult to secure. I can't help thinking that if raw android is the most secure platform then governments and business would already be there. I hope Blackberry can beef up androids security so that I can finally get to enjoy the fruits of all that innovation - apps apps apps - without feeling like I am leaving the key to the front door under the mat.