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BlackBerry is back, with a brand new phone called the BlackBerry Priv. The Priv runs on Android, features a slide-out physical keyboard, and has some added security features.

Reviews of the BlackBerry Priv Read BlackBerry Priv Reviews, Try Cortana for iPhone... [Digest] Read BlackBerry Priv Reviews, Try Cortana for iPhone... [Digest] See whether the BlackBerry Priv lives up to the hype, Cortana comes to the iPhone, Medium lets writers ignore readers, GOG launches its fall sale, and when Star Wars and Star Trek collide. Read More suggest that while it’s a decent enough handset, it’s all too little, too late for BlackBerry. So, we want to know, would you would ever buy another BlackBerry?

Flash! Bang! Wallop!

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet? Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet? [Poll] Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet? [Poll] We are now advising our readers to uninstall Adobe Flash completely. Have you followed our advice and uninstalled Flash? Or are you sticking with Flash despite its obvious shortcomings? Welcome to the MakeUseOf Poll. Read More

Out of a total of 702 votes, 41.5% chose No, and I Have No Desire to Do So, 31.3% chose No, But I Want to Do So, 15.8% chose Yes, a While Ago, 10.1% chose Yes, Very Recently, and 1.3% chose What Is Adobe Flash?

This shows that the majority of our readers haven’t yet uninstalled Flash, with a total of 72.8 percent choosing one of the No options. The majority of those don’t even want to get rid of Flash. Which is rather depressing given how much of a security nightmare Flash has become.

However, there is hope, with 25.9 percent of people indicating they have uninstalled Flash already, with a significant proportion having done so recently. We expect these numbers to change over the next few years as HTML5 becomes more widely supported What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the past few years, you may have heard the term HTML5 every once in a while. Whether you know anything about web development or not, the concept can be somewhat nebulous and confusing. Obviously,... Read More . Fingers crossed.



Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Edward Goldblatt, Sony Lindberg, and Jeremy A Moats. Comment of the Week goes to Tom Willoughby, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet? [Poll] Have You Uninstalled Adobe Flash Yet? [Poll] We are now advising our readers to uninstall Adobe Flash completely. Have you followed our advice and uninstalled Flash? Or are you sticking with Flash despite its obvious shortcomings? Welcome to the MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :

“I haven’t uninstalled Flash yet, and I’m not in any hurry. I do have the plugin set to “ask to activate” in Firefox, and I do keep it as up to date as possible.”

“I’m of the firm belief that a mass exodus away from Flash won’t make the Web any safer. There are so many vulnerabilities found in Flash because there are so many people looking. Without Flash they aren’t going to say ‘Well, job done, I guess we have to stop making malware now’. They’ll start looking for vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Primetime, or the various browser’s implementations of HTML5.”

“Whatever has the biggest audience will suddenly start to have vulnerabilities cropping up every other month.”

We chose this comment because it raises an excellent point. Right now, Flash is an incredibly insecure part of the Web Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) The Internet's relationship with Flash has been rocky for a while. Once, it was a universal standard on the web. Now, it looks like it may be headed to the chopping block. What changed? Read More . However, if it’s replaced by something else, that new tool will then be targeted for its ubiquitousness.

Essentially, malware will always be a thing, but the way it’s delivered to end users will change over time. Still, Flash sucks, so we won’t be crying at its funeral Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Flash is so full of security holes and vulnerabilities, it just doesn't make sense to keep it installed anymore. Here's how to get rid of it. Read More however bad its successor may prove to be over the longterm.

Back In BlackBerry

Believe it or not BlackBerry owners were once then envy of their friends and family. That’s no longer the case. Now, the iPhone and Android rule the roost, with Windows Phone struggling on a a long way behind. BlackBerry is probably toast, with the company struggling to stay afloat.

However, the new BlackBerry Priv offers a glimmer of hope. It is, after all, the first BlackBerry to run on Android, but with a slide-out keyboard designed to keep the faithful happy Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative? Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative? The new BlackBerry Z10 is certainly impressive – but how does using it compare with using a new Android or Windows Phone handset? I decided to find out. Read More . Reviews of the Priv have been mixed so far, but this could be a turning point for BlackBerry.

Which leads us to ask the burning question, “Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry?” It doesn’t have to be the Priv, but any BlackBerry handset released in the future. Answering Yes implies it’s all about the product, while answering No implies there’s no hope of a Hollywood-style comeback.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Is there a reason why you can rule out ever buying another BlackBerry? What could BlackBerry do to win you back? Is BlackBerry’s adoption of Android a good or bad thing?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Susan
    November 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I had a Blackberry Curve with the physical keyboard which was excellent. My phone was replaced with an Android because the company I dealt with no longer stocked Blackberry. I do like the Android for the apps and because it is mainstream. I still have trouble (after about a year) with the touch keyboard. I would consider going back to Blackberry but I'm not really liking the bigger size of the newer phones.

  2. Károly Németh
    November 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I can choose between a Blackberry and an Android phone at my previous workplace. I decide BB because the other option was very basic (ZTE Blade with fragile LCD). I used a BB 8520 what had many pros and cons.

    I thought phisical keyboard is faster and more convenient but it isn't (at least for me). I was authorized couple "group" email (e.g. info@company) but I couldn't send from them on BB (what is working on Android). I bought an Android phone for personal usage and I haven't regret.

    By the way BB is working well as phone but not as smartphone (how I want to use).

  3. Shawn Wayne
    November 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Blackberry was one of my favorite phones of its time. It was at the top for the longest time. Unfortunately, they pushed themselves out of relevance due to bad management at the top. They had plenty of opportunities to create a renewed interest in their hardware and platform, unfortunately I think it is a little too late for them. I have high hopes for another Blackberry with stellar hardware, I'd love to purchase another Blackberry again, unfortunately, I don't think I will be doing that just because I'm so invested in other platforms at this moment. There isn't a whole lot they can do to bring people back I'm afraid.

  4. likefun butnot
    November 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I never really liked Blackberries, even when I was managing BES for some of my clients. I was glad when the last of them ditched the stupid things. I'm really in the "Not no, but hell no." camp.

    A device with a physical keyboard is going to be heavier and thicker than a device that doesn't have one. Absent the keyboard, new Blackberries are just vanilla Android. You can already get on their messaging network on other devices and other handset manufacturers are already doing Android better. I know there are people who won't buy a device without actual keys to press. Glad they have an option again, but I wouldn't touch it and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

  5. gregory eugene
    November 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    It's not just that I have no interest in moving backwards to a physical keyboard. Being a phablet user, I just don't see a way that said keyboard doesn't take away from screen size?

    • Fawaz Rehman
      November 9, 2015 at 12:47 am

      The curved screen slides up to reveal the keyboard, thus not taking away from the screen size.

      • gregory eugene
        November 9, 2015 at 4:06 am

        Haha, yeah I get how it works. So by your simple answer on my target phone when I slide up the "curved" screen I'll be dealing with a foot long phone. Try to use your brain.

  6. Hildegerd Haugen
    November 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I have wanted a smart telephone with physical keys since forever, so when Blackberry brought us the Passport I took a chance and bought it. Never looked back. I have my Google play account there and all the apps I am dependent works. There is no problem getting them if you are handy and BB10 OS is to die for. Too bad too few people have found out.

    Anyway, if Blackberry put their own OS to death (have been rumors of that recently), I hope I get Passport v2 with Android, haven't I been a writer I would not need another machine. So good is this device actually.

  7. John Everett
    November 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I had a Blackberry back in the day. Since they are going to be running Android, I see no reason to rule it out. These slabs of black glass are getting kind of boring, maybe they will have something with a little personality.

  8. Karla Porter
    November 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    After 8 years and several models of BlackBerry I made the switch to Android with LG G4. It was a difficult decision but they receive very little support from my cell phone carrier and have lost important app developer support. I'm very happy and can't imagine going back.

  9. Leah C
    November 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Where's the "No. In order to buy another I have to had bough a first one?" :p

    • Pravin S
      November 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

      LOL. I get it. Even I was searching for that option. Maybe, the poll is not meant for the non-blackberry users.

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