Passportby BlackBerry

  • Passport
  • Passport
  • Passport
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
68%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Passport's screen is big, albeit unconventional, and makes viewing spreadsheets or documents possible.
  • The camera is surprisingly good, capturing photos with accurate white balance and proper colors.
  • Battery life is a standout feature of the Passport, which makes sense, as it's a device designed for someone always on the go.

CONS

  • Due to its unconventional shape, the Passport is impossible to use one-handed.
  • Despite BlackBerry having made a name for itself with its keyboards, the Passport isn't what users have come to expect.
  • Android apps are supported, but good luck finding all the apps you want.
There's no getting around it, the BlackBerry Passport is an odd shape for a smartphone. Its design resembles that of a traditional passport, which is meant to invoke feelings of sophistication. Instead of BlackBerry's standard four-row keyboard, the Passport settles for three. The keyboard pulls double duty, acting as a trackpad for navigating within applications and text editing. The 4.5-inch screen is square, with a resolution of 1400 x 1400. Inside the Passport you'll find a 3450 mAh battery, 32GB of storage (expandable with microSD), and 3GB of memory powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
NamePassportPRIVZ30BlackBerry Classic
ManufacturerBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerryBlackBerry
Techwalla Score
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List Price$700$699$240$323
80%

Using soft keys and physical keys together is straightforward enough, but we had one major issue: we couldn't type one-handed on the Passpor…

Using soft keys and physical keys together is straightforward enough, but we had one major issue: we couldn't type one-handed on the Passport, which makes tapping out a quick 'running late' SMS tricky if you're straphanging on the bus, for example.

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75%

On multiple occasions, the phone froze on me and required a restart.

On multiple occasions, the phone froze on me and required a restart.

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70%

If you're extremely picky about your old BlackBerry Bold keyboard, this one is a bit mushier.

If you're extremely picky about your old BlackBerry Bold keyboard, this one is a bit mushier.

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70%

The BlackBerry Passport is a pure productivity machine, and emblematic of the company's professional, business-focused mindset.

The BlackBerry Passport is a pure productivity machine, and emblematic of the company's professional, business-focused mindset.

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62%

It's odd-looking: it's as if a classic BlackBerry spent some time in a medieval torture device and got stretched it out in all four corners.

It's odd-looking: it's as if a classic BlackBerry spent some time in a medieval torture device and got stretched it out in all four corners.

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60%

With the Passport, BlackBerry has made the odd decision to drop the usual four row physical keyboard layout in favour of just the three rows…

With the Passport, BlackBerry has made the odd decision to drop the usual four row physical keyboard layout in favour of just the three rows plus a capacitive row just above. It doesn't work.

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60%

It's clear the design of the BlackBerry Passport is more suited to the inside jacket pocket than the one on the sides of your jeans.

It's clear the design of the BlackBerry Passport is more suited to the inside jacket pocket than the one on the sides of your jeans.

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As for the images themselves, the Passport feels like a capable camera.

As for the images themselves, the Passport feels like a capable camera.

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The 4.5 inch diagonal, square screen was very bright, readable and responsive. I found it to be a perfect size for reading blogs and Kindle …

The 4.5 inch diagonal, square screen was very bright, readable and responsive. I found it to be a perfect size for reading blogs and Kindle books. Unfortunately some apps – including Facebook – use such small fonts that it’s almost unusable on that oddly-sized screen.

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It’s impossible to operate one-handed – my thumb cannot reach the opposite side of the screen – and there is no software hacks to move the s…

It’s impossible to operate one-handed – my thumb cannot reach the opposite side of the screen – and there is no software hacks to move the screen closers (as there is in the iPhone 6 Plus)

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I’m a big fan of the BlackBerry Hub for unified notifications – it’s really handy to have everything displayed all in one place and be easil…

I’m a big fan of the BlackBerry Hub for unified notifications – it’s really handy to have everything displayed all in one place and be easily filterable – and you can choose to show only notifications from specific accounts.

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The strong business and security features of the Passport make it appealing.

The strong business and security features of the Passport make it appealing.

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