The Perfect Design for those Professionals on the go!
The new BlackBerry Passport carries a spec sheet to put performance buffs at ease. With a Quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 801 chip and 3GB of RAM, it’s easily the most robust BlackBerry smartphone to date.
The new BBOS 10.3 update has refocused the OS towards doing what the company does best: business. Its capable office suite along with the rich and secure email and messaging capabilities make it a very compelling offer in the corporate environment. By playing to its strengths, BlackBerry is giving you a reason to consider it above the Android.
The design of the New BB Passport is aimed at Professional use with its unconventional appearance. The design of the device is based around the 4.5-inch square screen that is unlike any other smartphone on the market. There’s no portrait or landscape mode to be had here, it’s a perfect square. BlackBerry has created such a design as it is betting that you’ll be using the Passport for checking spreadsheets, office documents, ebooks, presentations and full-scale websites.
The second big design point is the return of the keyboard which was always BlackBerry’s calling card. It’s attached to the bottom of the screen with a somewhat squat appearance due to dropping from four rows of keys to three. This means common punctuation marks, as well as numbers, appear as on-screen keys directly above the physical buttons.
Once you get past the alternative form factor, the Passport is an attractive handset. There’s a stainless steel trim that runs along the edges of the phone while the back is a soft rubberised plastic that’s comfortable to grip while you fire out emails from the keyboard.
Battery and the essentials
Blackberry is making a bold claim when it comes to the 3,450mAh battery. The company says that it will provide up to 30 hours of mixed use for a “very active user”. That’s in part due to the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS which, the company says, has made significant improvement when it comes to power consumption.
Taking into account what BlackBerry is going for, it can be a very useful device. Web pages and documents look good for the professionals always on the go, and for keyboard junkies, the return of physical buttons will really appeal.
There’s also the fact that it’s got some decent specs on board including impressive battery life – that’ll see it lasting well through a 24-month contract. But at best I feel this makes it the perfect secondary device rather than the all-encompassing primary smartphone every business user must own.
4.5″ 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 1440 x 1440px
Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400, 3GB RAM, Adreno 330
13 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection and Time Shift, HDR, LED flash, 2MP front facing camera
FullHD (1080p) video recording at 60fps; 720p recording with front-facing camera
32GB storage, microSD card slot up to 128GB; built-in Dropbox and Box integration
Unique touch-enabled 3-row QWERTY keyboard with hardware keys
Ability to run Android apps (via the Amazon AppStore or sideloading)
BlackBerry 10.3 OS with Virtual Assistant
Length: 128 mm
Width: 90.3 mm
Depth: 9.3 mm
Talk Time: Up to 18hrs