Friday, November 27, 2015

Blackberry Priv - second look

Blackberry Priv - first look - Nov 17th, 2015

Got the phone all set up; am enjoying it thus far - great screen; the keyboard works well for me (though physically smaller, I actually like it better than the larger Passport keyboard because a number of the functions e.g. numbers, @, punctuation, etc. can be done on the actual hardware keyboard, as opposed to having to be done on the virtual Passport keyboard); good music/sound; great video; etc. It's better than some of the very critical reviews below, but not as great as the most laudatory ones...





Blackberry Priv reviews:
Blackberry Priv Review
Blackberry Priv review - c|net
Featured Review: Blackberry Priv
BlackBerry Priv: 6 features that have got us excited
BlackBerry Priv Review: Good, Just Not GREAT -- Yet...
BlackBerry Priv review – I’m in love with a BlackBerry again
BlackBerry Priv review: Android alone can't save the company 
BlackBerry Priv review - A solid first effort, but not without its flaws 
BlackBerry Priv review: Android fixes the OS, but the hardware can’t compete 

Blackberry Priv Reviews (YouTube):

Blackberry Priv Review
Blackberry Priv Review

Monday, November 23, 2015

Random charts - U.S. crime rates


"... Overall,homicide and violent crime rates have been trending downward for more than two decades, and both rates are at historic lows.. An analysis comparing 2014 and 2015 homicide data from the nation’s 60 most populous cities suggests that violent crime is not increasing. Overall,reported homicides were up 16% in 2015, but a majority of cities (44 of 60) have not seen a statistically significant increase in homicides. The general consensus is that it is too early to draw any conclusions about the reversal of long-term trends..."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BlackBerry Priv - first look

The Blackberry Priv alongside an old Blackberry Torch 2, a Blackberry Passport, and a NEC Medias W N-05E (with keyboard closed and open):


The specifications include:

Size (LxWxD): 147 (184 opened) x 77.2 x 9.4mm
Weight (w/battery): 192g

• Qualcomm 8992 with 64 bit Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 and Quad-core 1.44 GHz CortexA53 (Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core, 64 bit)
• Adreno 418, 600MHz GPU

• 3GB Low Power RAM
• 32GB Flash
• Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 2TB)

• Curved 5.43”
• 2560 x 1440 resolution
• 540 DPI
• High Brightness Mode for Outdoor Readability
• 24-bit color depth
• 16:9 aspect ratio
• Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Rear Facing Camera:
• 18MP Auto-Focus
• Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
• 6-element f2.2 lens
• Dual Colour, Dual 2 mm2 LED Flash – Enhanced photo color balance
• 4k Video Recording: 30 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps, 6DOF video stabilization combined with OIS for incredibly smooth video
• 4x digital zoom

 Front Facing Camera:
• 2MP Fixed-Focus, f2.8
• Image & video stabilization
• 720p HD video recording
• 2x digital zoom
• Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama)
• Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement

 Voice Input/output:
• Integrated speaker and 3 microphones
• BlackBerry Natural Sound enabled• Hands-free headset capable
• Bluetooth headset capable
• Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone

Headset : 3.5 mm stereo

Ports and Connectivity:
• USB 2.0 Connector with SlimPort enabled

• 3410 (typ) 3360 (min) mAh 4.4V 680 Wh/L integrated non-removable battery
• Fast charge enabled

• 802.11 b/g/n for 2.4GHz
• 802.11 a/n for 5GHz
• 802.11 ac for 5GHz
• 4G Mobile Hotspot
• Wi-Fi Direct 2x2 MIMO

Bluetooth Support: Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy (LE)

Blackberry Priv reviews:
BlackBerry Priv: Is it worth getting excited about?
Blackberry Priv: A second opinion
Why BlackBerry's Android-powered Priv is a big deal: What we know, think we know and expect in this phone

Blackberry PRIV: First Look (2015) (YouTube)
PRIV Feature Overview (YouTube)