Category Archives: BlackBerry

BlackBerry Priv – Detailed Overview and Specifications – New Video

The BlackBerry Priv running android OS is about to on sale in a few days across the world. Information on the new phone is in short supply, but luckily AT & T have produced a great 4 min video covering.

So have fun and enjoy nearly 4 mins of BlackBerry Priv!

BlackBerry Priv – The full specifications

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BlackBerry has finally released the full specs for its upcoming android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv.

– Screen 5.4-inch dual curved QHD display, 2560 x 1440, 540 PPI
– Battery – 3,410mAh
– Cameras – 18MP rear OIS and Phase Detect Auto Focus, 4K at 30fps, 2MP front
– Processor – Snapdragon 808, 3gb ram
– Both touch and physical keyboards
– Schneider-Kreuznach® certified camera
– Android 5.1.1
– Price – Expensive £579

So at launch its running android 5.1.1 not android 6.0 and only has a snapdragon 808.

Is this worth the price of £579?

Source – androidcentral.com

The Top 10 Reviews ranked by You in 2015

So what are the 10 most popular reviews on Gavin’s Gadgets?

Ranked with the most popular first. A few surprises too. Notice none of the Samsung phones featured in the top 10!

1 – Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review

2 – Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review

3 – LG G4 – Full Review plus all 26 additional posts

4 – LG G3 review – 31 Part Review

5 – FitBit Charge HR review

6 – Oppo PM-3 Headphone review

7 – HTC One M9 review

8 – Honor 6+ – My Review

9 – Honor 6 – 12 Part Review

10 – Xiaomi Mi Note Pro -review

So have a look at the 100 or so reviews here – https://gavinsgadgets.com/review-links/ and let me know which one you preferred and why?

60 Reviews covering Smartphones from all Platforms, Tablets, Laptops and Chromebooks

The reviews pages often get unnoticed, but this is where you will find my reviews on smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables, internet of things, accessories, headphones, DAC’s and power amps. There are also historical reviews covering some popular classic smartphones. Whatever device you’re browsing on, just click menu, reviews, or if on a PC web browser, reviews and then choose the sub category.

Tablets/Laptops/Chromebooks

Nexus 9 – First Impressions
Nexus 9 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 – 9 Part Review
Sony Xperia Z Tablet – 12 Part Review
Nvidia Shield Tablet – 7 Part review
Acer V15 Nitro Windows 8.1 laptop review
Acer C720 Chromebook review
Acer Aspire Switch 11 review
Acer Iconia 8 Android Tablet review

Amazon Devices

Amazon Fire Phone – 2 Part review

Apple Phones

Apple iPhone 6 Plus – 24 Part Review

BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry Passport 10 Part Mammoth review

Android Phones

Xiaomi Mi 4i – First Impressions

3 Way Camera Shootout – Xiaomi Mi 4i vs LG G4 vs Huawei P8 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/06/30/3-way-camera-shootout-lg-g4-vs-huawei-p8-vs-xiaomi-mi4i/

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro (Xiaomi’s Flagship Phone) – Main review coming soon. In the meantime, 19 camera shots – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/07/02/xiaomi-mi-note-pro-camera-shots/ and First Impressions https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/06/29/xiaomi-mi-note-pro-first-impressions-and-photos-the-flagship-from-xiaomi/

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Hands On
Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Samsung Note Edge – 14 Part Review
Samsung Note 4 – lollipop review
Samsung Note 4 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy Alpha – 2 Part review
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – 26 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy S5 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Note 3 – 16 Part review
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – 18 Part Review
Samsung Note 2 – 8 Part review

LG G4 – Full Review plus all 26 additional posts
LG G4 – Hands on and First Impressions
LG G3 review – 31 Part Review
LG G Flex – 3 Part Review

HTC One M9 review
HTC Desire 820 review
HTC Desire Eye – 13 Part Review
HTC One M8 – 11 Part review
HTC One M7 – 20 Part Review

Acer S55 review – 6 Part Review

Yotaphone 2 – 4 Part review

Oneplus One – review

Huawei P8 review
Huawei P8 – First Impressions and Camera Shots
Honor 4X review
Honor 6+ – My Review
Honor Holly – 4 Part review
Honor 6 – 12 Part Review
Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Lollipop Impressions
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Sony Z Ultra views and Camera Samples
Sony Xperia Z1 – 10 Part Review

Motorola Moto X – 4 Part review
Motorola Moto G – 8 Part review

Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Samsung Note 4 camera
Nokia Lumia 830 – First Impressions / What App Shortages?
Microsoft Lumia 535 review
Nokia Lumia 1520 – 6 Part review
Nokia Lumia 820 – 5 Part review
Nokia Lumia 1020 – 10 Part review
Nokia Lumia 925 – 9 Part review
Nokia Lumia 620 – 7 Part review

Other

ZTE Open Review – Firefox OS

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Read my reviews of the latest 50+ Smartphones & more – S6, G4, M9, 830, Z3 and on

Tablets/Laptops/Chromebooks

Nexus 9 – First Impressions
Nexus 9 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 – 9 Part Review
Sony Xperia Z Tablet – 12 Part Review
Nvidia Shield Tablet – 7 Part review
Acer V15 Nitro Windows 8.1 laptop review
Acer C720 Chromebook review
Acer Aspire Switch 11 review
Acer Iconia 8 Android Tablet review

Amazon Devices

Amazon Fire Phone – 2 Part review

Apple Phones

Apple iPhone 6 Plus – 24 Part Review

BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry Passport 10 Part Mammoth review

Android Phones

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Hands On
Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Samsung Note Edge – 14 Part Review
Samsung Note 4 – lollipop review
Samsung Note 4 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy Alpha – 2 Part review
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – 26 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy S5 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Note 3 – 16 Part review
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – 18 Part Review
Samsung Note 2 – 8 Part review

LG G4 full review coming soon

LG G4 – Hands on and First Impressions
LG G3 review – 31 Part Review
LG G Flex – 3 Part Review

HTC One M9 review
HTC Desire 820 review
HTC Desire Eye – 13 Part Review
HTC One M8 – 11 Part review
HTC One M7 – 20 Part Review

Acer S55 review – 6 Part Review

Yotaphone 2 – 4 Part review

Oneplus One – review

Honor 6+ review coming soon

Honor Holly – 4 Part review
Honor 6 – 12 Part Review
Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Sony Xperia Z3 review coming soon

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Sony Z Ultra views and Camera Samples
Sony Xperia Z1 – 10 Part Review

Motorola Moto X – 4 Part review
Motorola Moto G – 8 Part review

Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 830 vs Samsung Note 4 camera
Nokia Lumia 830 – First Impressions / What App Shortages?
Microsoft Lumia 535 review
Nokia Lumia 1520 – 6 Part review
Nokia Lumia 820 – 5 Part review
Nokia Lumia 1020 – 10 Part review
Nokia Lumia 925 – 9 Part review
Nokia Lumia 620 – 7 Part review

Other

ZTE Open Review – Firefox OS

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The Hottest Reviews/Editorials – Oppo HA-2 & PM-2, Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy A5, HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge, Lumia 535, Acer Aspire 11& Iconia 8, Sony SBH80 & 50 more

If you have been busy over the last 10 days, don’t worry. Below are the reviews and special editorial pieces that have been published on Gavin’s Gadgets.

And stay tuned for more reviews over the next few weeks including HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128gb, Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S Charger Kit, Oppo PM-2 Headphones, HTC Desire 820, Nokia Lumia 830 and the next episode of “Gav & Dave’s Tech Podcast”.

Tablets/Notebooks

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 – 9 Part Review
Acer V15 Nitro Windows 8.1 laptop review
Acer C720 Chromebook review
Acer Aspire Switch 11 review
Nvidia Shield Tablet – 7 Part review
Acer Iconia 8 Android Tablet review

Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Hands On
Yotaphone 2 – 4 Part review
Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Samsung Note Edge – 14 Part Review
Samsung Note 4 – 17 Part Review
BlackBerry Passport 10 Part Mammoth review
Apple iPhone 6 Plus – 24 Part Review
Amazon Fire Phone – 2 Part review
LG G3 review – 31 Part Review
HTC Desire Eye – 13 Part Review
HTC One M8 – 11 Part review
Acer S55 review – 6 Part Review
Honor Holly – 4 Part review
Honor 6 – 12 Part Review
Microsoft Lumia 535 review
Nokia Lumia 1520 – 6 Part review

Wearables/Virtual Reality Headsets/Fitness Trackers

Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset – Review
FitBit Charge HR review
Acer Liquid Heap Smartband review
Samsung Gear S – 9 Part Review
LG G Watch R – review

Audio Reviews

Oppo PM-2 Headphones – First Impressions after 100 hours
V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review

Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review
Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Fiio E12 – master review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review

The Internet of Things

Belkin WeMo Smart light Bulb starter kit review
Mipow Playbulb Rainbow review
Mipow Playbulb review

Editorials

Technology working in Harmony
HTC One M9 Camera vs Samsung Note 4
The Myths of High End Audio Blown Apart – Plus Photos of a £100,000 system

WOW – 30 Smartphone Cameras Shootout – Samsung, Apple, BlackBerry, Lumia, LG, Honor and More

Not sure about which phone or brand takes the best photos, then have a look at this super sized collection of photos from all the best and latest smartphones and some budget phones as a comparison.

Samsung Note 4 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648796796660/
Samsung Note Edge – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157647404207644/
Samsung S5 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157643875623354/
Samsung Note 3 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644034132513/
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644532639249/
Samsung S4 Zoom – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039495565/

Apple iPhone 6 Plus – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157647679181549/
Apple iPhone 5S – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035336913/

BlackBerry Passport – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648520943848/

LG G3 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157645618979801/
LG G Flex – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644114354349/

Honor 6 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650041826847/
Honor Holly – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650823415601/
Huawei Ascend P6 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644028833151/

HTC Desire Eye – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650368916456/
HTC One M8 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157643265004874/
HTC One M7 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039700054/

Yotaphone 2 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650816294865/

Acer Jade S55 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648344100003/

LG Nexus 4 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039660933/

Amazon Fire Phone – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157648220945873/

Sony Z1 Compact Z1 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644028694521/
Sony Xperia Z1 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644039246935/
Sony Z Ultra – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644083052095/

Sony QX100 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035811453/
Sony QX10 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035335185/

Nokia Lumia 1520 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035105534/
Nokia Lumia 1020 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644035516523/
Nokia Lumia 925 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157634991010769/
Nokia Lumia 620 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157644083348093/

To see the sets in one indexed page click here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/

So which phone is your winner?

BlackBerry Passport – Impressions – Part 6 – Keyboard

Today, I am going to look at the keyboard, notes and the settings. First up is the note taking app which does more that just take notes.

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You can add photos, files, voice recordings and more, and also share with ease.

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So how does the keyboard work entering text in this situation. I was going to attach some more screen shots and photos, but if you really want to see how crazy clever and complex the Passport keyboard is, look at this instructional video from BlackBerry. In fact, this should be mandatory to watch for all Passport owners.

Moving on from the keyboard, lets have a close look at the settings app.

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Now as the Passport features top of the range hardware it should come as no surprise that the settings menu is rather comprehensive.

With the Networks and Connections settings is options for Mobile Network (mode, data switch), WiFi, Bluetooth, VPN, NFC, Mobile Hotspot and Internet Tethering.

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Within the Notifications, Main Volume, Accounts and Quick Settings there are no surprises really. Just your standard affair of options for controlling these parameters. Data Management displays data usage, setup for data limits, options to show a setting for email resizing and whether to download images automatically in emails. In fact most of the options are self explanatory and even provide text under the headings to assist you.

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For my final thoughts so far, don’t forget to listen to the next episode due out on Sunday of “Gav & Dave’s Tech Podcast”.

BlackBerry Passport – Impressions Part 5 – Office, Clock and Video Options

So today I am going to cover off some of the other apps on the BlackBerry Passport. From a business point of view the Passport comes with Docs To Go, Contacts, Calendar, Adobe Reader, Evernote, Box, Dropbox sync, and Remember. And don’t forget BlackBerry Blend mentioned on Sunday’s post.

Docs To Go covers off Microsoft office docs and editing, from excel, word and powerpoint. It is worth remembering that BlackBerry has in terms of security a whole wealth of enterprise options and security. To be honest all the above apps mentioned to exactly what they say on the tin. The BlackBerry Passport really makes an excellent productivity tool.

So let’s have a look at some of the other included apps. The video app apart from play videos allows some basic editing from trimming, cropping, enhancing and adding filters. Quick sharing options are also available. Story Maker is another app that allows you to create new memories combining photos and videos with effects, music, titles and more. Below are some of the effects available shown at the top of the screen shot.

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Some another app is the Clock app. This is a simple app with a few options to switch between digital or analogue, and some bedside options as shown below.

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The clock app also allows for alarms, world clock, stopwatch and timer controls.To be honest there are no surprises here.

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So finally for today, the file manager.
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This does exactly what you would expect from a file manager, and links in with BlackBerry Blend. As you can see my iPad is now showing as part of the file manager. This is due to the BlackBerry Blend app.

All in all the Passport has a wealth of options. More tomorrow and in particular the keyboard.

BlackBerry Passport – Compass, Weather and Maps

The BlackBerry Passport includes a wealth of software as standard. Today I am going to look at the compass , weather and maps apps.

First up is the Compass app. It is a simple app that displays a 3D compass that moves dependant on how you hold the Passport. It is rather cool to look at actually.

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Next up is the BlackBerry Maps application. This provides a basic but reasonable solution if you need to find a place or type of place, or need turn by turn directions.

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There is no street and terrain views like that found in Google Maps, but you can share your location with ease. Not shown in the screen shots, but the turn by turn directions are really clear and accurate in my testing so far. I gather the mapping data is provided by TomTom which explains why the turn by turn directions are quite good. Also live traffic information was overlaid. Overall, I was quite pleased with the mapping solution. I have used more advanced solutions but I would be happy using Blackberry’s own solution.

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Finally, every phone needs a weather app and the BlackBerry Passport is no exception. Data is provided by Accuweather and you are shown the weather is a perfect 4.5 inch square 🙂

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After updating the inbuilt apps using BlackBerry World, my Passport did receive a new app which provides analysis of the phone. Like a diagnostic app. This and all the over aspects of the software will be covered next week along with my views.

In the few days I have owned this phone it does get more impressive as time moves on. However, it does have its weaknesses but I feel at the moment the positives outweigh any negatives. More on that next week.

For now, have a good weekend.