BlackBerry uploads some in-depth videos for those picking up the new BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry uploads some in-depth videos for those picking up the new BlackBerry Passport
The newly released BlackBerry Passport is a very important device for the iconic Canadian company. John Chen has been carefully shepherding the BlackBerry back into growth. After what seemed to be years of contraction that might leave the company with little to look forward too, BlackBerry is reorganized and hiring again, albeit carefully.

BlackBerry has not been keeping the Passport a secret, we have known about it for months. Unlike the highly anticipated flagships of the world’s current heavy hitters though, BlackBerry could not build anticipation through the mystique of leaks.

The new Passport is now available unlocked directly from BlackBerry for $600. Both BlackBerry’s online store, and Amazon are already out of stock, so that is hopefully a promising start to the unassuming square smartphone.

The BlackBerry 10 operating system is heavily reliant on gesture inputs, and the BlackBerry Passport is even more so, with the new QWERTY keyboard performing double duty as a touch pad, assisting with all manner of inputs, whether by browsing, composing, or navigating through various apps. That obviously makes for a very different user experience. Moreover, the Passport brings yet another new keyboard design, lacking many of the auxiliary keys that many would think are integral to the BlackBerry experience.

To help keep the learning curve as shallow as possible, BlackBerry uploaded a whole bunch of videos that cover just about all the bases in operating the phone. They are not full of whiz-bang music, but if you are among the BlackBerry faithful looking to go all in with this new device, they are sure to be helpful. What do you think of all the features?  The keyboard is pretty neat, as is BBM in any app. 


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21 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I don't know what BlackBerry is smoking, but Passport just launched in my country Malaysia and the price is about $737. They still haven't learn their lesson. Sad. Hope their Z30 successor won't be so expensive.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Come on.... RM2400 is too much, i don't any Malaysian will bought it with that price =_=, especially we can buy One plus one everywhere as we like here

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, I really want to give BlackBerry a try, but that ridiculously expensive price is just too difficult to accept. But I'll still go get my hands on it.

10. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

BlackBerry 10 series is a solid device, i got a Z10, really a decent phone is my opinion, not only the OS it self is smooth, good camera and music player, acceptable battery life, the rugged back cover of it really comfortable for holding, other than minor issue with the speaker, overall i can give it 8.5 out of 10, waiting for 10.3.1 update now.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good to know. But the lack of many apps and games on BlackBerry 10 is a big let down as well, even if it has Amazon App Store. I hope BlackBerry will unveil their Z30 successor soon, that's the BlackBerry device I'm waiting for. Anyways, enjoy your Z10! :)

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't forget, you can also get Google Play access to download Android Apps through "Snap", if your willing to sideload the app, which is a relatively short and easy process.

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Really? On which carrier? Maxis or Celcom? I thought i want to take a look on it on Low Yat....

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

According to our local tech site Lowyat.net, the Passport will be available in Malaysia starting from next month as a Celcom exclusive until the end of October, for RM 639 on contract. Don't know about other carriers though.

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Celcom exclusive again? Hm..... i should take a look on it by next month then.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A lot of interesting useful functionality is shown in these videos. An iPhone seems awfully primitive these days.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

And iPhone is indeed primitive these days! Lol!

7. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

This Passport is a real smartphone, I want to give it a try.

8. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

So when is it going to be sold in AT&T stores and how's the App Store

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Should be on AT&T before the end of the year. Their OWN app store has some decent apps. Not many of the "must have" apps, although they do have many third party alternatives, like iGRann for Instagram, Whine is the third party Vine app, etc. The deal they have with Amazon to preload its Appstore onto devices running 10.3 takes care of the "must have" apps for BlackBerry as the BlackBerry World Appstore mainly focuses on enterprise apps. You can also download the Amazon Appstore onto BB10 devices running an earlier OS than 10.3 and you can download other third party Android app stores onto BB10 devices like 1Mobile Market.

9. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I am actually very interested in this device. If I had the money I would definitely buy it. I wish blackberry all the luck in the world

13. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm afraid, luck isn't going to save this burning platform.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry Passport is an incredible device, geared towards serious business professionals, governments, enterprise, and regulated industries like hospitals, law firms, etc. This device has productivity in mind first, and is not really for those who like to use their smartphone as a toy or gaming device, even though the screen size is ideal for gaming. There is absolutely NO BURNING PLATFORM here, as BlackBerry is an enterprise focused company, and they rule the enterprise market with over 60% of the market being under their control. I cannot wait to get my hands on this amazing device.

18. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Any chance this comes to Verizon soon? Might actually jump carriers for this if it is. Get a good employee discount that my co-workers keep on telling me about.

19. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I'm only interested with BB OS 10.3. I wish they could do better on physical design.

20. sonianetty

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

i wiil buy it

21. sonianetty

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

good set

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