Product Blackberry Passport
Specifications 4.5in 1440x1440 resolution IPS LCD touchscreen, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB port, headphone jack, Blackberry 10.3 OS, 3,450mAh battery, 128x90x9.3mm, 194g
Price £550 SIM-free
THE BLACKBERRY PASSPORT is the Canadian phonemaker's comeback smartphone, and the firm is hoping the handset's "innovative" design will convince corporate buyers to ditch their Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy handsets.
While some might find the design of the Blackberry Passport baffling, the firm claims the handset's square display makes it the must-have smartphone for business users, offering more real estate than "boring" narrow smartphones, while acting as the perfect window for viewing documents and spreadsheets.
If you've read our Blackberry Passport hands-on review, you'll know that we weren't immediately won over by the smartphone. Read on to see if our opinions have changed.
The Blackberry Passport is undoubtedly the strangest looking phone of the year so far. Thanks to its square-shaped screen, which measures 4.5in diagonally and comes with a three-row QWERTY keyboard underneath it, the Passport is an unusal shape, which certainly got some strange looks - and outbursts of laughter - when we used the handset in public.
This square display also makes the Blackberry Passport impossible to use with one hand, and even tricky to grasp using both. This is also influenced by the handset's whopping size, with the phone measuring 128x90.3x9.3mm and tipping the scales at 194g, which caused us to drop it on multiple occasions.
While we found it awkward to hold and bizarre to look at, the Passport's rubberised plastic casing and metal trim do give the smartphone a high-end feel, which likely will appeal to the business market that Blackberry is chiefly going after. However, it's hard to think it will be a smartphone that appeals to many, with the device looking more like an oversized drinks coaster than an actual passport.
The screen is both fantastic and the worst thing about the Blackberry Passport.
At 4.5in with 1440x1440 resolution and a pixel density of 453ppi, the display is pin-sharp, offering up deep blacks that rival those seen on the Galaxy S5, vibrant colours that rival those produced by the iPhone's Retina display, and excellent viewing angles. However, the shape of the display makes it impossible - for us and our tiny hands, at least - to operate the display one-handedly, without dropping the Blackberry Passport on its face.
Those using the Blackberry Passport purely for business might appreciate the square display more than most, with the firm boasting that it is the best shape, size and ratio for viewing documents and spreadsheets. We found this to be true - with the Passport requiring no scrolling, unlike the iPhone, to see a whole document. However, we found this led to compromises in other areas, with the smartphone proving poor for video playback and gaming, but this may be a fair compromise considering that Blackberry is aiming the Passport squarely at the enterprise market.
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