What does the BlackBerry PRIV, FanDuel, and Chili Have in Common?

Apparently they make game day better.

FanDuel is a web-based fantasy sports game and with 6 million registered users. At least that’s what Google tells me. I’ve got to admit I’ve heard the name, but haven’t actually taken even a moment to look at it myself. But apparently they have an app. And apparently they made a commercial for the app. It’s not a new commercial, but it’s new to me, as our man Alpha just shared it with us.

In the commercial, the spokesman speaks about his “five alarm chili” and how it makes game day better, just like FanDuel does. He then proceeds to show off the app. I’ve got to admit, I didn’t really look much at the images of the app. I was far too struck by what the app was running on.

Is that what I think it is? Why yes. Yes it is. The BlackBerry PRIV making a very special appearance in a television commercial. While FanDuel obviously took the time to camouflage the fact that it’s a BlackBerry by removing the BlackBerry name from the top of the device, but there is no denying that phone. In fact, I think I have the same case on my PRIV.

I have been using my PRIV for the last couple days. After all, it seems to be all anyone has been talking about after out 100th episode of the UTB Blogcast. I’ve got to admit, I absolutely love this phone. I’ve always been a fan of sliders having previously used the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and then 9810. The PRIV actually does bring a dual use that I never actually got with the Torch devices, as I never used the virtual keyboard on those devices. On this android powered BlackBerry, I do. It’s the best of both worlds. A full sized full touch device, and the classic BlackBerry physical keyboard I’ve always loved. Make no mistake, this is a slider keyboard, slightly flatter and squishier than the keyboard on the Classic or KEYone, but again, being a previous Torch user, this was nothing new to me.

And I need to tell a certain truth, a truth that most are ignoring now that the news that the PRIV will not be receiving the Nougat update. The truth is, I wish it was. I wish it was simply because it would add a longer lifecycle to this phone I love so much. Truth be told, moving from the Priv on Marshmallow to the KEYone on Nougat, I didn’t feel any difference in the OS. Yes, BBM now has a quick reply, and there is a split screen function which I have never used other than the one time I tried it just to see how it worked. Moving back from Nougat to Marshmallow? I’m not noticing any difference either. Sure, the PRIV may lag a bit now and then, in a way that the KEYone does not, but even that doesn’t bother me so much. I’m sure if I was a gamer, I would think more harshly of this, but I’m not, and I don’t.

As far as I’m concerned, the PRIV is still an amazing phone. The OS update is minimal in terms of functionality. I’ve heard a few people complaining (what’s new?) and a few stating that they’re moving on to other platforms (what’s new?) but I’ve got to say, I think this is silly. I think these are statements built in frustration, and not logic. And I believe, and hope that when those that are making these statements calm themselves, they will see the logic in it.

After all, the devices that these users are saying their switching to may have moved on to Nougat, how many have been receiving security updates? Not many, and not often. Would I rather be able to quick reply to a BBM or would I rather have a phone that is keeping me secure? The answer for me is quite simple.


Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs. Former BlackBerry Elite. When I'm not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you'll find me using my BlackBerry.