Here's some more 4-1-1 on the BlackBerry Passport

Here's some more 4-1-1 on the BlackBerry Passport
The BlackBerry Passport is quickly becoming one of the most hyped phones in the second half of the year. With its unique look and the QWERTY keyboard with contextually aware virtual keys, the manufacturer has pulled out all of the stops in an attempt to create a phone that not only satisfies the BlackBerry faithful, but also captivates iOS and Android owners.

The BlackBerry Passport has a 3450mAh battery inside. Considering that the company has always been able to optimize the battery on its phones, the Passport should be able to run all day, and then some. The device also offers BlackBerry Natural Sound, which had been previously available only on BBM voice calls. This feature will enhance the quality of cellular calls. Four microphones on the handset will adjust the sound to reduce ambient noise levels and also takes into consideration the distance that the phone is from your ear. The BlackBerry Passport also is equipped with loud stereo speakers.

While the unique look of the device catches your attention, the QWERTY keyboard is also a selling point. Certain gestures will allow you to place the cursor where you want it with precise control. The virtual keys that appear on the screen, are based on what you are doing with the phone. Browsing the web? You will see virtual keys for a colon and backslashes. If you're writing an email, the "@" symbol will be available to you.

With BlackBerry 10.3 expected on the phone out of the box, BlackBerry Assistant will be on the Passport, ready to assist you in the same manner that Siri, Cortana and Google Now help iOS, Windows Phone 8.1 and Android users respectively. BlackBerry has yet to officially introduce the phone. At that time, we should find out a launch date and pricing for the flagship BlackBerry that has monster written all over it.

Screenshots from the BlackBerry Passport

Screenshots from the BlackBerry Passport


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61 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Extremely different opinions on taste from my own... Ugly, impractical, probably uncomfortable and simply weird... On the plus side, the camera might be perfect for Instagram

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It would probably be the most comfortable device to use in 2 hands. Though maybe impossible with one hand lol.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Looks promising to me

24. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

BB brand value already worthless, therefore, this highend won't sell a lot.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

It will sell. And their BRAND is HUGE in ENTERPRISE.

43. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Yeah i agree already worthless. Many enterprise customers have already moved onto other platform that are more successful.

25. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

It has got a contagious personality- " the more I look at it the more it tempts me!!"

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Device from dying company with not ergonomic design, small 4.5 inches display and poorly supported Operating System. Thanks but no, I don't want it!

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you think this device isn't designed well or that BlackBerry is dying, then you're a fool...oh wait....

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If you think that BlackBerry is doing very well then you are living in the BlackBerry's fanboys world somewhere in the parallel galaxy where reality is distorted. Good luck with that desperate trolling! :D

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Funny how the TROLL always seek to call others a TROLL. That reality distortion field must be hitting you pretty hard if you think you're not a TROLL. And you and the rest of the troll brigade are the only desperate sounding ones. Desperate to see BlackBerry fail. Bad news, TROLLS...They won't.

44. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Nope neither do I...Let see LG3 or Blackberry Passport no comparison. I will take the LG3

60. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

yes, because your so average!

59. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

its 100% better looking then the peice of 'AVERAGE' crap you got!!

61. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Maybe... but I did owned the Pearl Flip, Bold 9000, Storm2 9550... and they were all better looking than this Passport... And even if your opinion is that my current device is not good looking (which in my opinion this is not true)... My current device is still more practical, comfortable in one hand and tougher than whatever this Passport has to offer... The ugliness of the Passport is just an extra (minus) point

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This thing is gonna rock! Maybe not in sales, but as a device yes.

11. Busyboy unregistered

I would never get it, but I do hope Blackberry gets some success with this.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Best post on this topic!!!

4. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

The proportion of this phone will be its downfall.

5. lucid.brat unregistered

It hasn't been released and still u think it is uncomfortable weird....i guess u might have thought the same abt the note series....cmon pals how can u say this by jst looking... its ur hand who should decide nt ur eyes

10. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

engineering, years of design experience and common sense... No, I never thought the same about the Note series... even though big phones are simply not for my taste, I realized that there was a market and a lot of people who would see the advantages of it... This device will have its share of followers, but design-wise just doesn't makes too much sense to me... The aspect ratio of the screen has little advantages over the common ones... 1.- Better reach with thumbs 2.- Better use of space for office apps and texting But rectangles being the standard has more 1.- Better use of space for multimedia (Photos and Videos) 2.- Better use with one hand 3.- Standard aspect for apps and games 4.- Better fit for pockets and universal cases 5.- More compatibility for holders and windshield supports And probably more than I can think of right now... To be honest I think this will have the same fate as the LG Optimus VU...

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Alright, I think I should interject since this is the 3rd or 4th time I've seen this device compared to the LG Optimus Vu. The Optimus Vu was released to compete with the Galaxy Note by offering a different yet similar experience (both of them were considered phablets and both of them tried to tout their stylus abilities). The Optimus Vu was a failure because it offered mediocre specs at the time and was late to the game. The specifications were similar to the Galaxy Note, but it came out months after the Galaxy Note and by that time manufacturers were moving on to bigger and better things. In fact, it wasn't even released in the US on Verizon until 9 months after the Galaxy Note LTE hit AT&T. By that time, everyone had already chosen the Galaxy Note as their device of choice over the Vu. The Passport isn't trying to compete with anything directly like the Vu was. Instead it's offering something new that hasn't really been seen on the market yet. Also with your lists of why "rectangles" are better for phones: 1. Most pictures are taken at a 4:3 aspect ratio, so neither a 16:9 nor a 1:1 aspect ratio screen would be considered great for viewing photos. (For example, on the Galaxy S4 if you take photos at 13 MP it will come out as 4:3 but if you want 16:9 photos then you have to take it on a smaller 9.6 MP size). 2. Better use with one hand, well tell that to Galaxy Note 3 owners since the width of this phone is almost the same as the Note 3 (off by only .06 of an inch). 3. Applications work great on the iPad on a 4:3 ratio screen, so I'm sure they would work fine on a 1:1 ratio screen as well. 4. Again tell that to most phablets that have screens 5.5 inches or greater. Not to mention this is the same size as a Canadian passport which travelers carry in their pockets very easily. 5. Really? You're really reaching on this one. I'm pretty sure for most people they purchase accessories made for that device (unless you're the type that buys the iPhone 5 and then the iPhone 5S and can reuse them).

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

LG Optimus Vu line up, although it's not a flop, it's not a big success either. It is a niece product.

23. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

as opposed to a nephew product?

41. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My comparison to the VU was simply a personal opinion shape-wise... I actually haven't read any comparisons to the VU yet by anyone else... All your points are valid and, like I said, this device will have its share of niche followers... but it is not going to attract any Note 3 users... There are very little advantages to the shape of the screen... 1. This is true for iPhone users, but many people I know with Android use the camera in a 16:9 aspect, most of my pictures since 3 ago are this way. I usually take 9MP pics on my 12MP phone... unless I need the extra details or specific 4:3 aspect. 2. You are comparing a 4.5" phone with a 5.7" Note 3... I am saying that a 16:9 4.5" screen phone would have a lot better one handed usability. 3. You are probably right... I was talking in my personal opinion since I am more multimedia oriented, and was thinking about movies and games at the writting of this point... but most app would probably scale fine. 4. Same as #2 Blackberry physical keyboard is very nice. I enjoyed back in the day... but after going touch I think I will never go back to tap typing... slide typing is about twice as fast.... and virtual can be changed, customized, optimized to each likings. I know BB is under new management... but seeing them fail with a winner product like the Playbook made me lose hope... I don't really see the Passport being a winner product, how can they succeed?.This is just not for me.

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Maybe for those with baby hands this phone will be too big. For those of us with man sized hands though, this phone will be perfect. I especially think it will do well in the prosumer sector. But judging from comments around the interwebz this phone is garnering a lot of positive attention. Doesn't have that "me too, taste like chicken" form factor that everyone else is throwing out there. This phone is going to surprise people..

21. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Well said BobbyD. This phone won't be for everyone, but those who do choose this phone will most likely love it. I for one will be able to handle this pretty easily if it's practically the same size as the Note. Maybe that's another reason WahooWeezie and apiskula hate this phone... their puny hands can't handle it?

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm sure that this phone will be same unsuccessful as it was BlackBerry Z10.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm sure it won't. You can hate all you want, but consumers and media alike are extremely interested in this phone! http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/07/blackberry-passport-previews-ignite-consumer-interest/ Read it and weep.

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LOL! I don't expect that BlackBerry will say opposite. Of course BlackBerry want us to believe that it will be popular, successful and so on - it is also known as marketing which tries to spread the hype. I don't want to see any fake reports! The simplest way to prove that BlackBerry is not popular and that there is no big interest in new BlackBerry Passport phone is to go through many different tech sites and look how much comments has articles about BlackBerry and how much comments has articles about other manufacturers. After that it should be clear that BlackBerry is no more popular and that there is no big interest in new BlackBerry Passport phone.

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