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It's hip to be square-ish: old-fashioned BlackBerry Passport-lookalikes

It's hip to be square-ish: old-fashioned BlackBerry Passport-lookalikes

“A square-shaped phone? Has BlackBerry finally gone mad?”, might ask someone who has only heard that the BlackBerry Passport will be employing the square shape and not seen its intricate and more-than-curious lines. We have hardly seen such devices in the past couple of years, but the just-unveiled BlackBerry Passport surely reminds us about a number of these older feature phones. Fortunately, the Passport will pack more-than-adequate hardware specs.

It comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon under the hood, 3GB of RAM, a large 3,450mAh battery at the back, and a 13MP camera with optical stabilization to further sweeten the deal. The QWERTY keyboard with trackpad-like capabilities is surely among the most curious features of the device.

Yes, the unorthodox device that will be officially announced this September will certainly not appeal to just everyone, but we have to admit that the Passport will surely turn a lot of heads. After all, from their inception onward, the majority of all phones and smartphones have mostly adopted the candy bar shape. Then again, some maverick devices did not conform to the established doctrine, broke the chains and embraced such a unorthodox square-ish shape.

We decided to soothe our curiosity and find out what other square-ish phones have saw the light of day over the years. Check out our pick and feel free to share which one of these is the most unorthodox device you've ever laid your eyes upon!

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posted on 31 Jul 2014, 04:27 1

1. dratomic (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


nokia 7600 can also be considered a square

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 04:31 7

2. PeterK. (Posts: 128; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Doesn't it remind you of a teardrop?

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 05:21 1

5. dratomic (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


its more like a leaf than teardrop imo

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 04:41

3. Planterz (Posts: 1084; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I can't imagine why none of these phones became popular...

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 05:00

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


BB should release this one with another model having regular design but same specs, otherwise it'll attract only specific users.

BTW that LG Lotus looks damn cute.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 05:34 1

6. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


No LG Optimus Vu?

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 05:48 1

7. yep_its_ed (unregistered)


Well, the title does say "old fashioned"...

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 06:32 2

8. luis.d (Posts: 209; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Man, good ol' Vu was the closest I ever came to wearing a TV in my pockets.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 11:44

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Vu has 4:3 screen, not square.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 11:40 1

9. tettech (Posts: 65; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


I had an LG Lotus before transitioning to the smartphone. It was very convenient to text and of course lasted more than a day. Of all my previous feature phones, the Lotus was my favorite of all.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 19:36

10. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 309; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I half expected to see the BlackBerry Style or the Samsung Propel Pro.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 09:41

11. android_hitman (Posts: 670; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


13MP with OIS, it's an important spec and should be mentioned.

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