Slick Android slider
The BlackBerry Priv is an attractive device, thicker than the competition on Android, but sporting a backlit QWERTY keyboard that slides out from behind the 5.4-inch quad HD display. If you are a lapsed BlackBerry acolyte, come for the uncompromising physical keyboard and security pedigree, but stay for the access to the full Android app store.
Widgets When You Want Them
Turn on pop up widgets, and an ellipsis will show up under the icons of any apps with widgets. Swipe up on the icon, and the widget will show up in a temporary overlay on your screen. It will behave like a normal widget, and then disappear when you are done with it. You are still free to use normal widgets, of course.
Battery at a Glance
Plug the phone in and you will see a little line darting along the border of the screen. It is the Battery Edge, and it will glow red, yellow, or green, depending on the Priv’s power level. You will also see a little percentage readout, as well as an estimate of the remaining charging time, so you can keep tabs on your phone while it is charging. It runs along the curve, which keeps it out of the way, so you can use your phone while it is plugged in without obscuring the screen.