Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs BlackBerry Priv: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

By on Mar 30, 2016 in Mobile Design | 0 comments

Welcome to another match up of Mobile Madness. Today we have the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (which beat out the Nexus 5X) facing the BlackBerry Priv. Who will win this match?

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is no slouch, there’s so much to love: an impressive camera, a 4K display, great battery life and waterproofing. But how does it stand up to BlackBerry’s first Android phone? We really liked it during our review, enough to make our own Todd Haselton proclaim his love for BlackBerry again.

Is BlackBerry back?

You decide in our poll below.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

When a device bills itself as premium, you expect a certain level of quality and finish. Unfortunately, the Z5 Premium invokes a certain je ne sais pas. The right components are there: glass front and back, polished metal frame. But the opulence and grace of previous Sony devices no longer leaves a lasting impact. Despite seeming familiar—clean aesthetics, monolithic design—the phone feels cumbersome and weirdly pieced together.

The lack of polish is a disappointment because I quite enjoyed previous Sony designs. The angular corners make it feel bulky, and it has a surprising heft. Meanwhile, the polished metal frame and abundance of glass makes the Z5 Premium feel slippery, a feeling that’s exacerbated by the device’s gargantuan footprint. Think Nexus 6 big… Read more


BlackBerry Priv

I was in the audience when BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Z10. The CEO at the time, Thorsten Heins, proclaimed “BlackBerry is back!” Of course, that was just the start of BlackBerry 10, which didn’t do much to change the company’s fortunes in the face of competition from iOS and Android. BlackBerry wasn’t “back” and while it’s still sticking with that operating system, it’s also finally and rightly, trying something new.

That’s where the Priv comes in. It’s the company’s first foray into a smartphone that runs a full version of Android. But it doesn’t compromise on what some of us still love about BlackBerry – the hardware keyboard, the dedication to security, and top-notch hardware design… Read More


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This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.


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