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

by Roy Choi | March 29, 2016March 29, 2016 3:20 pm PST

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

 

 

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

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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