Sometimes it’s difficult to separate my personal life from my work as a blogger. As a blogger, I showcase all aspects of my life even when I’m technically not “working”. I guess that’s one of the plus sides of enjoying my job; not minding the constant hustle. Though, finding the right balance between personal and work time is extremely important to me, and it takes the right technology to do so. This is where the BlackBerry PRIV has come in.

BlackBerry PRIV

I was recently sent the new BlackBerry PRIV to review, the first BlackBerry to run on Android, giving access to over one million applications on Google Play. Because the PRIV is running the latest Android OS, I’m able to use all of my favorite apps, like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Candy Crush. Social Media has been a major component of my personal and work life, so it’s important for me to have access to them on the go.

Any true BlackBerry fan will tell you, a keyboard is one of the reasons they have never parted from their BlackBerry phone. The PRIV not only has the touchscreen you expect from a new smartphone, but a slide out physical keyboard as well. This makes typing long or short emails, texts, and notes a breeze. Not to mention the slide out keyboard frees up more screen real estate to enjoy apps, videos and web surfing on its 5.4” Quad HD dual-curved screen. BlackBerry fans rejoice!

BlackBerry PRIV Slide Out Keyboard

As someone who lives on their email and calendar, I was happy to see BlackBerry created a one-stop-shop to manage all my conversations. It’s called BlackBerry HUB, and it handles emails, texts, BBMs, phone calls, calendars, social media, and more. This has been a lifesaver when I’m scheduling conference calls. Without requesting a notification, BlackBerry Hub will alert me when it’s time for a call with a simple Join Now button that automatically dials me into the call. No longer will I enter a meeting late or forget to call the doctors office.

Of course there is more to the phone than just the items I talked about above. Below you will find a few additional specs the PRIV has that I think are worth mentioning.

Additional BlackBerry PRIV Specs

  • Long lasting 3410 mAh battery with 22.5 hours of battery life
  • 18 MP dual flash Schneider-Kreuznach camera
  • 4 inch Quad HD dual-curve display made from drop tested Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 4K resolution video
  • Micro SD cars up to 2 TB
  • DTEK by BlackBerry for Android lets you know if your privacy is at risk

If you’re interested in learning more about the BlackBerry PRIV and the plans offered by AT&T, visit Or if you’re looking to just upgrade, you could consider my strategy, which is to sell your Blackberry for a new model.