This post is sponsored by AT&T
Do you remember when Blackberry’s first came out in the late 90’s? I remember when I got my first Blackberry in 2006 for work, I thought I was pretty cool. Being a corporate travel agent (yes, I was a travel agent before I had my kids and started blogging) at the time it was imperative for me to be able to access to emails quickly even during off hours. Even Mr. Mother Thyme was kidding with me recently about how I used to always be working on it.
Fast forward ten years later and here I am with the Blackberry Priv. When I took it out of the book I was like Woah! Really! It’s a pretty cool phone. Unlike other smartphones I have tried in the past what I love about this baby is that you can slide the screen and you actually have a keyboard! Yes, a real keyboard! This feature is an answer to my prayers! There is also a keyboard on the screen too but I’m a girl that likes options.
The perfect smartphone for on-the-go moms
Even though I’m not tech savvy the Blackberry Priv has some pretty cool features on top of the keyboard that I love. The Blackberry Priv is 5.4 inches with a Quad HD dual-curved screen and nestles perfectly in the palm of your hand perfect for on the go moms that may be sending emails while grocery shopping (guilty!) or even writing and checking your shopping list right from the phone. It’s also has a 3410 mAh battery with a battery life up to 22.5 hours which is essential for mamas that need that extra battery juice to keep the kiddos entertained with videos or games while getting errands done. The Blackberry Priv is also protected by the rigorously tested Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 which is super important with kiddos.
If you love to take pictures of your kiddos and food like I do on your phone, the Blackberry Priv is equipped with a 18MP dual-flash camera for the perfect flash light and color balance, certified by Schneider-Kreuznach. The camera takes amazing photos and has a variety of professional features and settings including exposure control, filters to capture the perfect photo. My kids have enjoyed using the Live Filters which captures artistic shots by using filters that you can see before you even take the photo! Take selfies to the next level with the selfie panorama that lets you have your surrounding and all your friends in the picture with you. No more getting everyone to squeeze in the frame.
Like I mentioned before I’m not tech savvy and for me the most important features I look for in a smartphone is a good quality camera, long battery life and of course the touch and slide out physical keyboard. Some other cool features include access to over one million apps on Google Play™, DTEK warning system app to provide you with the power of privacy, which is so important to keep your info safe and secure.
For me I like a smartphone that is functional and can get me through the day and that is what the Blackberry Priv has to offer. The Blackberry Priv combines everything I love about Blackberry with the full eco-system of Android and it’s app’s. Pretty cool. And for mama’s on the go like myself we need that to get us through the
The Blackberry Hub is literally a hub where you can manage everything from emails, text messsages, check social media, calendar, you name it quickly and easily all in one place, or hub. If you like organization this feature is awesome so you don’t miss a beat. Basically with a simple swipe you can check everything all in one feed. You don’t need to hop from app to app checking emails, social media notifications, etc… For me it’s a lifesaver. With the hustle and bustle of day to day life and juggling my little blogging career that I created thanks to my amazing and supportive readers having a hub I can quickly access is essential so I can be notified no matter where I am day or night.
Along with the Blackberry Hub is the incredible Blackberry calendar which continues to keep your daily, weekly calendar organized. You can even peek at your calendar agenda with a simple swipe in Blackberry Hub. Another great feature is when it’s time to join a call, it will present you with a Join Now button that automatically dials you in – how cool is that?
Lights, Camera, Action!
Since I am a foodie and this is a food and home blog I couldn’t resist testing out the camera on the Blackberry Priv to see if it really takes amazing photos as it says. Since I normally shoot my food photos with a DSLR I thought I’d do the same exact set up as I would on a typically day of shooting but instead shoot with the Priv.
First I needed to create something yummy and delicious to shoot so I gathered my little helpers to the kitchen and we made my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms. I have made this same recipe for the holidays since I can remember. This really is the BEST recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms and it’s a great recipe to get the kiddos involved with too. After I get the cookie dough made they love to roll the cookies in the sugar and of course put the Hershey kiss on top.
Can you tell a difference from these photos than my other food photos I normally shoot? I can’t. The Blackberry PRIV camera definitely passes the test for a great smartphone camera that integrates technologies that can also be found in DSLR cameras.
In short the Blackberry Priv is the perfect device to that can take me from day to night. I can easily access my calendar to see what yummy posts I have coming up on MT, plan my weekly dinner menu, have all my favorite app’s like Pinterest, Instagram and take pictures of my favorite meals and of course my kiddos all in one place.
Whether you are a mom on the go like me or looking for a cool new smartphone with great features to keep you organized and take great pictures the Priv is a phone you should consider. I’m totally impressed. Blackberry has come a long way since I last used it ten years ago!
I couldn’t tease you with just pictures of my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms. Here’s the recipe so you can make them yourself! Enjoy!
Keeping it all together with the Blackberry Priv + Cookies!
- 48 Milk Chocolate or Peanut Butter Hershey's Kisses unwrapped
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Using an electric mixer beat shortening and peanut butter until blended.
Add 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
Stir in egg, milk and vanilla and mix until combined.
In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt.
Gradually add flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
Place 1/4 cup sugar in a shallow dish or plate.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball.
Roll dough in sugar and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and place a kiss into the center of cookie.
Remove cookie from baking sheet and place on cooling rack until cool completely.
Store in airtight containers.
Adapted from Hershey's
Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I received compensation and a Blackberry Priv from AT&T in exchange for this review and post. All opinions are my own.