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Smartphone Madness 2016: We Have a Winner

Smartphone Madness didn't come down to a buzzer beater like the shot that propelled Villanova to the men's national title earlier this week. Instead, the BlackBerry Priv followed the lead of the UConn women's team, steamrolling the competition on its way to the title.

The BlackBerry Priv won the final round of Smartphone Madness, capturing 69 percent of the vote. That was enough to propel BlackBerry's first Android phone past the Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S, which finished with 31 percent. The finals completed a dominant Smartphone Madness run by the Priv, which never got less than 69 percent of the vote in any of its four match-ups against other top devices.

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In a field that included phones from leading manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG and HTC, how did the BlackBerry Priv climb its way to the top of the pile? Credit BlackBerry's passionate fans. Whenever the Priv faced off against another phone in our tournament, turnout spiked, as BlackBerry partisans made sure to make their voices heard.

The Priv has other qualities that helped it capture the Smartphone Madness title. As we noted in our review of the phone, the Priv brought a more modern Android OS to the features that helped BlackBerry dominate the smartphone world prior to the iPhone's arrival — a slide-out physical keyboard, robust productivity apps and strong security.

The Priv isn't the only champion we crowned this week. Reader Rick S. from Indiana had the winning entry in our Smartphone Madness contest. We're awarding him his very own BlackBerry Priv so that he can carry the 2016 Smartphone Madness champion with him wherever he goes.

Thanks for participating in this year's tournament, and feel free to celebrate the Priv's triumph — or rue your favorite phone's defeat — in our forums.

  • freeflow
    How can you have a winner? You didn't even include the best smartphone on the market in your start list. The one and only amazing Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
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  • Rod Emersson
    It has keyboard too. I like that. How much does it cost?
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Hard to believe , I don't even know anyone who owns one.
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  • NonSense12
    You should start tagging your articles with NASDAQ:BBRY or NASDAQ:AAPL or whichever company the article is about.
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  • kyzarvs
    @SR-71 - I don't know anyone with a Galaxy S7, HTC One or an Alcatel Idol - what's your point?
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  • Nate650
    @Rod $650 unlocked, $720 at Verizon and T-Mobile, and $740 at AT&T. Obviously if you're on a GSM carrier it makes sense to buy it unlocked.
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  • Nate650
    Congrats BlackBerry. Now let's translate this win to actual sales. You can start by dropping the price another $50-100.
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