List reveals some smartphone users who could benefit from the BlackBerry Passport's square screen

List reveals some smartphone users who could benefit from the BlackBerry Passport's square screen
The BlackBerry Passport is shaping up to be one of the most interesting devices expected in the second half of the year, right up there with the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. On the company blog Monday, freelance writer Matt Young discussed the 4.5 inch 1440 x 1440 square screen on the Passport, pointing out that based on "academic typology," 66 is the optimal number of characters on the line of a book. Young then pointed out that the typical rectangular smartphone screen carries 40 characters per line, while the Passport will show 60.

As a result, the BlackBerry Passport is, according to the writer, "the ideal device for reading e-books, viewing documents and browsing the web." And as Young points out, you won't have to worry anymore about being in portrait or landscape mode.

On the BlackBerry blog, the freelancer lists some examples of those who could benefit from the 1440 x 1440 resolution Passport screen. For example, Architects can see the entire schematics of a building, on the go. Doctors can not only see an entire x-ray on the screen, but the security inherent with BlackBerry devices means that HIPPA laws are being adhered to. Stock traders can load up their trading platform on the Passport and view a real-time chart while entering trades at the same time.

Despite the smaller 4.5 inch screen on the Passport, the square screen allows it to offer the same viewing space as a 5 inch phone, according to the writer. But the most important job that the BlackBerry Passport has, is to make the brand a choice once again for power users.

source: BlackBerry



1. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

This phone just seems to get more and more interesting every day. Can't wait to get my hands on one!

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Beyond ugly with an awkward shape.

14. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

But do you agree that it will get the most attention? It will have people talk about it right? And that is what everyone wants now a days.. different.

25. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

No, I believe it won't get much attention realistically. The phone is different from your typical form factor but not so strange that it would garner enough attention that it could be as popular as an iPhone or Galaxy device. Honestly the phone looks like it could be from the LG Optimus Vu line.

3. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I'm an optimist with the passport! Gotta love the competition

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I would try this.

5. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

it wouldn't fit into your pocket

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2367; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's only .06 inches wider than the Galaxy Note 3. I would think it could still fit into your pocket unless you are just small in stature and therefore have small pants.

6. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Hard to fit in your pocket, awkward shape for typing, no one handed use, and more screen real estate to shatter easier with less pressure poibts. At this point Im seeing Blackberry being different for the sake of being noticed again and throwing any gross ideas at a wall and seeing what sticks.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2367; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

1. Hard to fit in your pocket. - As mentioned above, it is only .06 inches wider than the Galaxy Note 3. Which if you measure that out, it would still be able to fit into your pocket. 2. Awkward shape for typing - It's as if you've already tried the product before everyone else. Let's also speculate how horrible the battery life will be on the Galaxy Note 4 or how awkward the iPhone 6 phablet will be to hold. 3. No one handed use - Again speculation. 4. More screen real estate to shatter easier with less pressure points. - It's like you're actively trying to find another point to make so you somehow mention the screen is easier to shatter. If you think it's going to be that big of a deal just buy a glass screen protector that will put an extra layer of glass on top of the screen.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This thing looks great in white, I think it may have a chance.

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it is the first time im interested in blackberry device and if my pocket can handle a 7 inch tablet it can handle this easily

30. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Which tablet do you carry?

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It looks so awkward and ugly next to the iPhone and Galaxy S4...

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No, it looks modern compared to the other devices... Look again.

39. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

thats your opinion! move along now... move along please!!

15. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The phone manage to attract lots of current bb user, but the phone might attract more user if it come with android.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Definitely not at the prosumer and enterprise customer levels, which is what Blackberry is targeting.

16. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I could see this getting attention to corporate business again. Different, elegant, and style might possibly convince them back to BB.

17. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This looks good for someone who's not already trapped in an ecosystem. Nice job BB. Nice job.

19. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Make it a bit longer, I'll buy it

21. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

One should use a magnifying glass to use the "Passport" like this - obviously, in the picture, the sheet cells are much smaller on it when compared to the other two!

22. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's how bb cheat!!! They try to manipulate, and that's the reason of their recent down. Because after a while, people got bored being fooled by bb, and go to the other phone that really good.

23. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Fooled? Someone was fooled, alright. You have been fooled into believing that android and/iOS is somehow superior to BB10 and BB is cheating their customers. Your dislike of something doesn't make your perspective true. I dislike eggplant. That perspective doesn't make eggplant bad. I just don't like eggplant. I don't tear eggplant down nor deter anyone from eating eggplant. I don't say the farmer of the eggplant is cheating his customers because I don't like eggplant. It's irrational to believe that eggplant is somehow destroying peoples lives and the farmer is trying to harm people. It's eggplant. Just like BB is a phone. Leave it be and move on.

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks terrible. LG tried this, and sold about 4 of them. I wish BB luck, it's going to be an uphill battle getting people to want this.

28. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

While I agree 1:1 aspect ratio is good for productivity, consumers can forget about immersive entertainment which usually comes in widescreen. Then again, BlackBerry is targeted at productivity-driven consumers so this might be a hit after all.

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why would you bring out such a blocky phone in 2014? Maybe because every. single. other. smartphone manufacturer is making the exact same rectangle with rounded corners. Maybe BlackBerry is actually re-thinking the design of the smartphone rather than just releasing another copy of what everyone else has already done. Smart phones are getting boring. We've gone from innovation to imitation and gimmicks. We've actually bought into devices that are useless at their primary task of communicating, and great at tasks that are better served by other products (such as watching videos, playing games etc). I, too was confused when I first saw this device - as it doesn't fit the mould. But the more I see and read about it, the more I want to try it. Think about it - less zooming in and around to view attachments. A generous screen with crystal clear resolution (1440p!!!). No more battery life issues (the Passport is rumoured to feature a 3400mAh battery). A physical keyboard with touch sensitivity. One of the best operating systems around (BlackBerry 10 is simply fantastic). BlackBerry is breaking new ground here. It takes guys to do that in a world that applauds those who conform. I for one will give this device a go, and judge it on it's merits. I care little for the approval of the masses, and far more for what this device can do to make the little things in life more efficient. Ironically, it seems BlackBerry is the only one thinking different

34. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Thinking different.. YES, absolutely. This passport is looking different. But is this different is a good different, or bad different, that's something that we will find out soon. To be honest, the phone look solid in the picture, the spec look solid. If this come with android and harden by bb, I believe this will sell 10x more than with BB 10.

36. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If only consumers would think differently too.

32. Elfmonster unregistered

That's a beautiful phone. But maybe I'm only saying that because I'm looking at it on my incredible Samsung galaxy 8.4 screen.

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