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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12 Comments

1. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

nokia 7600 can also be considered a square

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Doesn't it remind you of a teardrop?

5. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

its more like a leaf than teardrop imo

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

No LG Optimus Vu?

7. yep_its_ed unregistered

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

8. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

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

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Vu has 4:3 screen, not square.

9. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

11. android_hitman unregistered

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

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