Blackberry is really trying hard to get it right and for their sake, I hope it will give them some leverage.
The Priv features a 5.4″ Quad HD display with curved glass and runs on the Snapdragon 808 chip with dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 and quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 CPU plus Adreno 418 GPU.
The main camera of the BlackBerry Priv is an 18MP Sony MX230-S with 4K video recording and a dual-LED flash.
The BlackBerry’s setup also features Schneider-Kreuznach optics.
The Priv will be running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with some BlackBerry exclusive apps and services. There will be an app to help you transfer content from various devices, including old BlackBerries.
From an accessibility point of view, and probably for the physical qwerty keyboard fans, this is going to be an interesting option as the selection on Android phones with physical qwerty keyboards are really small and I don’t think that there are any devices in South Africa at present. The old and outdated ones doesn’t count.
Below is the video, introducing the Priv.
I will update this post the moment I learn anything else.
The below is an email response on a mailing list where the topic of FNB seems to be quite hot at present.
There are some members who want to keep it quiet as they would like to keep it internal but, as another poster pointed out:
“We have a right to our independence and it is up to us to claim that right.
I agree that the fact that one receives an SMS later to confirm a transaction, is just not good enough; nor is the fact that one immediately might get back one’s card. The person at the shop could easily write down one’s PIN for later use the next time you unsuspectingly rock up at the shop. Besides, this lack of assertiveness would only further create the impression that we are happy to acquiesce in the development of inaccessible facilities and would find ourselves having to rely on the eyes of others more and more. Instead of trying to get workarounds, we should strongly oppose things like inaccessible POS, online banking, SARS eFiling, prepaid meters, unmarked hotel key cards, etc. These developers have got away with it precisely because we have not opposed those developments vigorously enough and have been satisfied with the consolation prizes of confirmation SMSes after the fact and the eyes of others.
Difficulties regarding independence, recognition, rights, etc. is an ongoing fact of life if You are a person living with a disability.
Recently I got quite involved in the accessibility and disability rights arena.
I encountered touch screen card machines on one of my shopping trips but, dismissed it and shopped somewhere else instead but, when I received an email regarding the experience of another person, I realized that this is going to become a problem.
My request to you then, do you have sufficient contact with the others banks mentioned above to address this matter? It simply is not acceptable that a blind person will have to be dependent on someone else to enter his / her PIN at these point of sale machines.