While aimed largely at professionals, the Blackberry Passport boasts a 13MP rear-facing camera, along with a 2MP camera on the front.
For a 13MP sensor, the camera's results were rather disappointing. When we took snaps around the office, images appeared washed out and lacking in detail due to the artificial lighting, and images taken in low light didn't fare much better. The Passport is capable of producing some detailed photos, however - you just have to make sure you get the lighting just right.
Due to the handset's awkward size, it can be quite tricky to take images, too, although thankfully the handset's volume up key doubles up as a shutter key. However, the handset's unusual size also means that your images will match the square shape of the 4.5in screen, meaning it's not the best for photo-taking enthusiasts.
Battery and storage
During the handset's unveiling, Blackberry claimed that the Passport's standout feature is it's battery life. It wasn't wrong, as the Blackberry Passport has breezed through two days of usage during our time with it, more than doubling the battery life we got from our iPhone during the same period.
The Blackberry Passport ships with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to an additional 64GB via microSD card.
The Blackberry Passport is an all-round confusing device. On one hand, we suspect that we're missing something, and during our time with the phone we found ourselves questioning whether Blackberry is onto something with the square shape of the smartphone.
After a few days with it, however, the voices in our head eased, as we became certain that the square device is unlikely to take off. While, as Blackberry promised, the display is great for viewing documents, that's pretty much all it is good for.
We wish Blackberry had concentrated on its once market-leading QWERTY keyboard rather than trying to convince us that it's hip to be square - as the physical keys on the Passport suffer as a result of the screen, with the three-row layout appearing unfamilar and proving awkward to type on.
Overall, while it's got decent battery life and performs better than most of the company's previous efforts, it's unlikely to help Blackberry reassert itself in the smartphone market. µ
Great battery life, smooth performance, high resolution display, Android apps.
The keyboard, the square screen, software still feels unfamilar, poor camera.