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BlackBerry Priv : Reviewed

Metrosmag,SA

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A curved screen QWERTY slider by BlackBerry that runs Android, are we getting this right? We double checked and the Priv is just as exciting as it is unique. Honestly, it is one of those things many may’ve fantasized about but nobody actually believed would happen. It’s also probably the last chance for BlackBerry to try and turn things around.

The BlackBerry Priv is a risky and costly venture – acknowledging the irony of saying that about a device, which is both superbly equipped and tightly secured.

Hopefully, for BlackBerry’s sake, the Priv will meet the expectations it set for itself and go down as a visionary, not an anomaly. Before we start exploring it though, we simply feel compelled to stop and let its marvelous ambivalence sink in.

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The Priv looks strikingly like a highly customized car. It is almost as if BlackBerry walked into the dealership and ticked every possible box, even some that are barely compatible, and then went on to request a completely different engine. And if that wasn’t enough, BlackBerry then took it upon itself to fit its own security protocols so that the level of communication privacy matches its own high standards.

On the outside, the Priv is extremely attractive and instantly credible. Hardly a surprise though – the premium BlackBerries have always had it.

Now, the entire concept of a BlackBerry/Android hybrid has some enormous potential but the very first of this breed is definitely not for everyone. There’re many unknowns and there’s the price tag to consider as well. To continue with the car analogy – the top specs, the level of security and the BlackBerry badge on the hood all add up to an eye-watering price tag of about R13,715.00 (perhaps a bit less in the US).

That’s what Apple’s charging on the iPhone 6s, which we don’t say it’s fair, but last time we checked BlackBerry and Cupertino weren’t exactly neck to neck in the ratings.

There’s nothing wrong with exclusivity and fewer devices can do better at that than the Priv, but we can understand every bit of skepticism as to how well this will work out in BlackBerry’s current situation.

It’s exactly the less-than-the-stellar state of affairs though that makes one appreciate BlackBerry’s courage. Even more so for the attempt to maintain its high security standards on an open-source platform.

Key features

  • 5.4″ 1440 x 2560 pixels AMOLED (540 ppi) capacitive, curved edge touchscreen
  • Slider form factor, complete with a hardware 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
  • Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset – Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 418 GPU; 3GB of RAM;
  • 18MP 4896 x 3672 pixels phase detection autofocus camera with OIS, dual-tone LED flash, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, 2160p video recording.
  • 2MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording, selfie panorama mode
  • Android OS v5.1.1 Lollipop with a custom BlackBerry launcher
  • 32GB of built-in storage; dedicated microSD card slot
  • Cat. 9 LTE (up to 450Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1; A2DP, EDR, LE; GPS/GLONASS/; NFC; microUSB port with USB On-The-Go; 4k @30 fps video out supported with standard SlimPort adaptor
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • 3,410 mAh sealed in battery with wireless charging and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support

BlackBerry Priv

R 13,715.00
BlackBerry Priv
48

Design

6/10

    Interface

    4/10

      Software

      4/10

        Battery Life

        6/10

          Second hand value

          4/10

            Highs

            • Amazing battery life
            • Smooth, mostly Google interface
            • The best physical keyboard ever
            • Decent camera
            • Fantastic front-facing speaker

            Lows

            • Non-removable battery
            • No quick charger in the bundle
            • Wireless charging available only on the US model
            • Underwhelming front-facing camera
            • Quite a handful but for a better reason than most

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            Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

            David Aladegbaiye Patricks

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            Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  29 September 2017


            Storyline:


            Kingsman headquarters got destroyed and the world held hostage with an insane drug virus, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day.


            #MM RECOMMENDATION


            This film is pure entertainment and one of the few movies with a justifiable big spend.  Mathew Vaughn has delivered yet another great movie. It begins just as the last film ends with an impressive if not opportunistic car chase in the Taxi throughout London ending with Eggsy swimming through the London sewers all so that he can see his mates in Camden one last time and set the drug-fuelled story of this film rolling.

            It’s brilliant because the script did not lose its unique British vernacular that set the first film apart from so many other spy comedies. It’s still a British film dominated by British acting. This film will only hold out as long as America can laugh at its stupid stereotypes, which are meant to be funny for all, as Brits do in most Blockbuster movies.

            Overcompensated CGI effects were glaringly obvious throughout the film and were slightly painful in certain scenes, but it allowed the film to create these brilliantly imagined and engaging action scenes in which the first film based it success upon. Without it, the action scenes would be gun fights like we have seen hundreds of times before. Although there is no scene on the same level as the church scene in the first film, the Diner scene at the end does come close with Pedro Pascal’s “skipping rope” as a weapon adding something new and slightly sickening as he cuts through one Italian guard like a hot knife would through butter.

            Finally, this being a year for big failed celebrity cameos in movies and TV (Ed Sheeran in GOT and David Beckham in King Arthur in particular), Elton John in this film is hilarious and plays a much bigger role than expected, which was all for seeing. His Kick ass fight scene and the part scene of him and Colin Firth killing the Robot Dog is a loveable scene.

            If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course, it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.

            If you like action comedy movies, then this is a must. This movie would be great for friends, lovers but due to the vulgar and violent scene would not fit a family movie.

            BlackBerry Priv

            R 13,715.00
            BlackBerry Priv
            48

            Design

            6/10

              Interface

              4/10

                Software

                4/10

                  Battery Life

                  6/10

                    Second hand value

                    4/10

                      Highs

                      • Amazing battery life
                      • Smooth, mostly Google interface
                      • The best physical keyboard ever
                      • Decent camera
                      • Fantastic front-facing speaker

                      Lows

                      • Non-removable battery
                      • No quick charger in the bundle
                      • Wireless charging available only on the US model
                      • Underwhelming front-facing camera
                      • Quite a handful but for a better reason than most
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                      Reviewed: The Emoji Movie

                      Metrosmag,SA

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                      Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  22 September 2017


                      Storyline:


                      The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.


                      #MM RECOMMENDATION


                      If movies were reviewed only on creativity this would be a whopping 101 but considering all elements, it fell short in some aspects and the first being that anime are usually assumed to be created for family.

                      This one is not for the whole family, if Tim was 5 then he would be clueless or rather blank on the screenplay most of the time, and this makes the movie loose some of it’s viewers. When we saw the average rating we were not sure why but after watching the movie we sure got it. The movie started with a very interesting introduction, fifteen minutes into the movie and it became a motivational movie that encourages people to follow their hearts and not the norms. The Creativity around the cast (giving life to each emoticons) and the humors were excellent except most kids would not comprehend the level of communications.

                      The movie dwelled on Gene’s journey to self discovery that was followed by a stream of other hopefuls that deepens into the untouched world of spams, virus, hacks and some major red flag areas that should be filtered down. If it was created for Kids there are couple of red flags but computer geeks, phone lovers and some techy people would love it.

                      Out of the 12 kids at the movie, only 3 got the story-line, others were waiting for the funny scenes and lost the plot.

                      If you like comedy movies, you should see this. We would not call this a family movie but something for young adults and teenagers. Over protective parents would feel their Kids are being sold the mobile world and would get more clued to their cellphones.  It’s a decent watch for friends.

                      BlackBerry Priv

                      R 13,715.00
                      BlackBerry Priv
                      48

                      Design

                      6/10

                        Interface

                        4/10

                          Software

                          4/10

                            Battery Life

                            6/10

                              Second hand value

                              4/10

                                Highs

                                • Amazing battery life
                                • Smooth, mostly Google interface
                                • The best physical keyboard ever
                                • Decent camera
                                • Fantastic front-facing speaker

                                Lows

                                • Non-removable battery
                                • No quick charger in the bundle
                                • Wireless charging available only on the US model
                                • Underwhelming front-facing camera
                                • Quite a handful but for a better reason than most
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                                The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Laughable Action

                                Metrosmag,SA

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                                Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  25 August  2017


                                Storyline:


                                From Summit Entertainment. The world”s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client: a hit man who came in from the cold (Samuel L. Jackson). They”ve been on the opposite ends of a bullet for years. Now they must team up and have only 24 hours to get to The Hague to bring down a murderous dictator (Gary Oldman)


                                #MM RECOMMENDATION


                                It had been a while since an action comedy screened and Renoylds just sticks well with funny comedy action movie. This was by far the most exciting old fashion action movie seen in the past few months. It was fun, got lots of funny moments especially when we saw the interaction between Ryan Reynolds (Bryce) and Samuel L. Jackson (Kincaid). It was actually not a new recipe where two people of different background had to work together to be safe from the bad guys (a little bit similar formula in the movie Bulletproof with Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler). However, this movie was having a lot more awesome ridiculous stunts and a lot more brutal. Yes, the killings were pretty violent but not up to the level of horrifying.

                                The movie had got an R rating mostly I think due to the profound language (countless times we would hear the “F” word being used in here) and some of the action sequences. The main attraction in this movie was definitely the amazing chemistry between Bryce and Kincaid’s characters. It was really wonderful to see how difficult Bryce who was a methodical full of planning type had to deal with Kincaid who always did anything based on instinct. Surprisingly also, Salma Hayek’s character as a totally violent person was very fun to watch.

                                The money is so fun and action packed in so many scenes, there was no dull moment in the movie, except maybe the first 10 mins into the action scenes. For a movie of almost 2 hours, it sure filled us with lots of entertaining scenes. Just when you thought that it was over, there seemed to be something else again. And if you wait till the end credit scene, you can see a quite funny scene before it ended.

                                Another factor that made the movie so fun to see was the use of some 80s songs to accompany the “romantic” scenes such as Hello by Lionel Richie or I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. The explosion effects and the sound effects were great. All in all this film was a really entertaining movie that gave us lots and lots of fun.

                                If you like comedy and action type movies you should like see this. We would really recommend this one for you to see in the cinemas near you. If you are longing for a good fun comedy action movie, then you have got to see this. It’s a very decent watch for friends.

                                BlackBerry Priv

                                R 13,715.00
                                BlackBerry Priv
                                48

                                Design

                                6/10

                                  Interface

                                  4/10

                                    Software

                                    4/10

                                      Battery Life

                                      6/10

                                        Second hand value

                                        4/10

                                          Highs

                                          • Amazing battery life
                                          • Smooth, mostly Google interface
                                          • The best physical keyboard ever
                                          • Decent camera
                                          • Fantastic front-facing speaker

                                          Lows

                                          • Non-removable battery
                                          • No quick charger in the bundle
                                          • Wireless charging available only on the US model
                                          • Underwhelming front-facing camera
                                          • Quite a handful but for a better reason than most
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