Recently I had a chat about the Blackberry Priv and why I use one,to date its been a solid performer and serves me well,check out what I had to say…

Greene: You’ve got a pretty busy schedule – how does PRIV fit into all that?

O’Brien: Since I often work on the road looking after clients or connecting with people from my company, the PRIV for me is essential for my business. I’m usually up at around eight in the morning, whether I’m traveling or working from home, and I regularly have to balance my schedule around my business, Tech Buzz Ireland, and my family.

PRIV has all the aspects I need to do that – Google Maps is an essential part of my day-to-day, while applications such asMicrosoft Office Mobile allow me to put together spreadsheets like invoices and send off documents on the fly. The camera’s also proven essential for my blogging work, and its photo quality is excellent. Apps like the Hub tie all that together with Google Calendar and Event Reminders, which together help me stay organized.

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Greene: What really strikes you about PRIV? What couldn’t you live without?

O’Brien: DTEK, for one. I like to know exactly what my installed apps are doing and how they’re using my information – DTEK provides me with that insight, and serves as a nice touch atop BlackBerry’s other security features. The keyboards, without a doubt, are also excellent. The physical keyboard makes typing, note-taking and documentation very simple and effective, while the virtual keyboard is great for quick messages and searches.

As I mentioned, I also quite like the physical design of the phone. When you hold it and slide it open, it’s well-balanced in the hand, not too big or cumbersome regardless of whether or not you’re using the keyboard. It’s easy to use as a one-handed device, too.

Greene: What sort of reaction has your PRIV gotten from friends and colleagues?

O’Brien: A lot of people here haven’t physically seen the phone, but the first thing they always notice is that it’s a BlackBerry. Those who know me usually have one reaction; something along the lines of “What the hell, Jim? You’ve been an Android and Windows fan for years! Why are you using BlackBerry now?”

Then I show them the device. When they actually get a chance to look at it, to slide open the keyboard and feel it in their hands, they change their tune.  I’d say about 15 or 20 people I know bought their own PRIV based solely on my feedback.

Greene: How would you rate PRIV overall?

O’Brien: I’d rate it 9/10.

See the full article HERE on Inside Blackberry..

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV.Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.