Some folks will tell you that a smartphone talks by its price. Well, let's have a look at these two top-notch smartphones and get to discover your taste since it all depends on what suits you.
Talking of general outer features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has ensured to give you a unique sleek experience while the BlackBerry Priv reminds you that old is gold with the new vertically sliding Physical keyboard. You may also be a critic when it comes to plastic finishes but the new Priv assures you that there's a chance you'll fall in love with plastic again.
These two phones feel similarly high class despite their different general design. Both are curved on the back, a feature that makes them feel smaller than they actually are for user comfort while holding them in one hand. In order to cope with the Priv's added width, thickness and heaviness, an added grip is topped to that soft-touch plastic to enhance a firm grip. The Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, is taller than the Priv, an aspect that makes it a bit difficult to hold with one hand.
The added thickness and weight in the BlackBerry Priv is due to the added slider mechanism for the physical keyboard which entails a four-row QWERTY feature. This feature, which sounds old school to some, comes with the comfort of typing without swiping or autocorrecting after every two words. It's not a necessary feature but it surely saves some people the headache of tapping on that screen that is at times pretty stubborn. Talking of the Note 5 in which Samsung tried to mimic the same keyboard feature and one is left with much to wish for.
Coming to software language, these devices have some pretty wild differences despite the fact that they both run Android 5.1.1 currently and are planning to upgrade to Android 6.0 asap. First thing to note is that both companies have a history of taking their sweet time when it comes to software updates.
Samsung comes with a TouchWiz experience which mainly features on flat icons and bright colours coupled to Samsung-made software plus other features on top of the Android experience. This is one of the most common UIs on Android due to the fact that Samsung phones are quite popular. In recent years, there have been efforts to make this TouchWiz less complex so that all can enjoy it.
On the other hand, BlackBerry tried its charm using a Nexus-style Android experience to make their software and features. Despite being not as successful, a big number of its audience has appreciated this software. Blackberry has added its own features on top of the Android experience though it's nothing much to go by.
Despite being unique phones, both Galaxy Note 5 and Blackberry Priv do not appeal much to everyone. One might tell you that if you want to enjoy using the Blackberry, never touch that keyboard but if you are the type that likes getting down to real business, slide up that screen. The Note 5 comes with quite some catchy display and a jolly good camera that you'd drool over. However, it's size will make you want to use it on your table only and not out on the street.
All in all, Android makes the deal sweet for both devices by giving you the power to personalize them. Therefore, choosing between either of them all boils down to what you really want.