Blackberry Priv vs Microsoft Lumia 950: Who’s The Champ?

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Both the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and the Blackberry Priv has something of their own to offer. The Lumia 950 XL is all about the Windows 10 (though we won’t deny the fact that it’s also mostly met with criticisms). As for the Blackberry Priv, it has the Blackberry security all packed together with the Android OS. So which of these two is the better device?

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL will be coming in with a 5.7-inch display screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel count of 515ppi. The device will be running on the Windows 10 OS and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset of 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The Lumia 950 XL will be powered by a 3340mAh battery and will be fitted with a 20MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.

The Blackberry Priv, on the other hand, will come with a slightly smaller 5.4-inch display screen with a resolution o 1440 x 2560 and 541ppi. The device will be running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.

Powering it is a larger 3410mAh battery. The Blackberry Priv will also be fitted with an 18MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. So which of these two will you be going for?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.


  1. Ron Corso

    January 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    You criticize the 950XL right at the beginning because it runs on Windows 10 which is a great OS. I assume that’s based on the usual lesser apps on Windows 10. The number of apps is now in the hundreds of thousands. Let’s be honest, you’re beef is with Microsoft. The 950XL is the better phone. BTW, I don’t own one.

  2. Jamie

    January 18, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I personally am one of the few hold outs using a traditional BlackBerry 10 device. I’m comfortable with it and I love how it works so as long as I can I will continue to stay with the BB10 platform. However, I’m also a realist who thinks that BlackBerry will not continue making handsets with two operating systems so eventually I will have to switch. I have no interest in Apple, I don’t like what the company stands for and I hate that you can’t expand the memory or use NFC for routine file transfers. I honestly can’t stand Window’s 10 phones, for that matter I hate Windows 10 on my home computer. That is why I have ignored the repeated pop ups on my work desk top telling me to upgrade for free. I will stick with Windows 7 as long as I can. I would there for migrate to Android and If I did that right now it would be the Priv I would select because of the keyboard. I currently use the Passport and I don’t think I could make the switch again to pounding on a glass screen. It actually starts to hurt my fingers after a long email. I think most people have their heals dug in as far as which operating system they will buy, that’s why I believe BB10 has not caught on, so I’m thinking that if either of these phones will be a success it would be the Priv.

  3. detectiv7

    January 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I’ve seen similar article elsewhere. Maybe it’s even the same one.

    The main point missing here is that any Lumina phone is becoming useless by each passing day. Reason: Unupdated apps or no apps in MS app store. Devs are walking away, not creating new apps and not updating old ones with fixes and new features. Why? Because MS mobile market share has hit a ceiling and is slowly decreasing. Devs know this and it’s why they are walking away from MS platform. There is just no money in it for them in a dying platform.

    It doesn’t matter how good your phone is, no proper apps means no phone sales, and that means no devs making apps.

    The Priv, on the other hand, has access to all the apps thriving in Goolge’s app store.

    If you like apps, MS Lumina phone is a no go. Even if MS had apps, the Priv is still a better choice (by that bit is just my personal opinion. Unfortunately, MS doesn’t have good apps and the ones it still has will be obsolete soon if not already. So:

    Lumina – thumbs down
    Priv – thumbs up