Blackberry Passport Review – Blackberry has definitely had it tough over the years with its competition from Android and Apple smartphones dominating the headlines, thus it has decided to stick at what it does best with the Blackberry Passport, focusing more on work productivity and keeping professionals ever ready.
Following its namesake, the Blackberry Passport design makes it look like you are carrying a thick black square passport with you which may seem to be awkward at first but it grows on you. The square design makes it hard for single hand usage on the go but on the plus side, it makes typing easier and more uniform without the need to go into landscape mode. It has volume controls on the side with the power button on its top. It also has the additional button for the Blackberry Assistant in between the volume controls.
The device has packed some features that helps power professionals throughout their busy day while keeping the process simple and seamless. When it comes to security, the Blackberry is renowned for it, and as such its new Blackberry Blend feature allows you to integrate files from the device to your PC through Wi-Fi or the mobile network. The latest Blackberry Hub also keeps the modern road warriors happy with all their emails and social networks organised in one place reducing the need for multiple open applications,
The latest Blackberry device comes with a performance that can withstand its competition. During our benchmarks using Futuremark’s 3DMark, it passed all its tests with flying colours. We tested it with movies and high resolution games with astounding results. The only downside is that there is no option to zoom in due to its even design. The return of Blackberry’s QWERTY keyboard could not come at a better time as the keyboard makes typing and sending out messages much more comfortable. The downside however, is that its keys are spaced too closely which can cause typos easily. The camera also provides beautiful images, but it takes time for the device to focus. This device has an amazing battery life which comes at the cost of a non-removable battery.
In overall, the Blackberry Passport is a definite must for the business professionals and the modern road warriors, it packs performance with easy to manage applications while you can sort out most of your work on the go. If you can get used to its awkward design, then this smartphone is a no brainer.
- Seamless navigation
- Has better app selection
- Keyboard increases work productivity
- Beautiful display for reading and watching movies
- The square design makes single handed usage impossible
- Keyboard keys spaced too closely
- Camera focus is slow
Blackberry Passport Specifications
- Operating system: Blackberry OS 10.3
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
- Frequency: 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 4G: LTE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600
- Screen: 4.5-inch IPS LCD Touchscreen (1440 x 1440), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Connectivity: nano SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB expandable up to 128GB
- Others: geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, 13MP Rear Camera, 2MP Front Camera
- Dimensions: 128 x 90.3 x 9.3mm
- Weight: 196g