New set of BlackBerry Passport photos will give you goosebumps

If you were to ask many PhoneArena readers which new handset they are really looking forward to seeing in the second half of the year, you would get votes for the 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6, and the 5.5 inch phablet version of the iPhone. You would also see hands raised for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the Sony Xperia Z3. And the BlackBerry Passport would also grab a few votes...
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68 Comments

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

How are you supposed to hold this phone? It looks uncomfortable to hold in your palm and uncomfortable to hold up against your ear. Too wide and too sharp. Keyboard is so narrow (takes up only about the bottom quarter of the phone) that you wouldn't easily be able to hold it with two hands and type with your thumbs (too much weight above the keyboard would make it unbalanced in your hands). Just seems like there was very little thought put into ergonomics.

11. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Ask yourself how do you hold the Samsung Galaxy Mega, Sony Xperia Ultra? Are you going to hold in your hand or in your feet? See yourself what it's look like when uour feet holding your smartphone looks ugly right?

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Just seems like there was very little thought put into ergonomics." The design of the Passport is exciting to me. It's fresh, it's different. I think it goes farther in the direction of phones being small portable computers than any phone design in a long time. Ergonomics might be a compromise, it's hard to say without holding the device. Depending on the balance of the phone's weight, the keyboard position may not matter as much as you think. It depends on where the center of gravity is and what effective rotational force is exerted on the phone body when typing. Like Fzacek mentioned, having a super secure version of Android on this phone -- ala Blackphone -- would make this phone far more appealing to a larger audience. BB isn't a bad OS, but it is not a popular OS. This year is ending up with some interesting phones. Some months ago I thought the year was going to be a wash due to Qualcomm's failures. Now it seems there's some good stuff that will be available soon.

57. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

If a customer wants an Android phone, They will get Galaxy or Xperia or HTC since Blackberry itself is not popular among the common man. If anybody knows Blackberry they should know about their OS. According to me, Android should not be the OS for the whole world. The choices should be there always.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. There should always be choice.

29. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

hold it anyway you like , it will feel the same :D cuz its square eh !!

9. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

If I am going to fail on trying to find Motorola DROID RAZR phones in Canada, I might give a shot on Blackberry. I tried a Q10 in a mall, and it wasn't a bad experience at all. Liked it.

13. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Never one ugly phone

15. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Seriously liking this device. I couldn't commit to the Blackberry OS, but I really am intrigued by the form factor. Legitimately interesting.

26. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

to the peoples who blatantly think BB10 OS isnt good , you are 100% getting it wrong. The OS is a masterpiece with the highest security in the planet. The 10.3 update has focused more on design and icons look ubercool now. The hub has all your messages in once place classified as per accounts and can be colour coded too. u dont have to open actual apps to reply to ims or e-mails. all the essential apps like password keeper , documents to go , facebook, twitter and more are built & guarded by blackberry itself. u dont need to click any button to go back or exit an app just a simple swipe up. and if you swipe up on ur homescreen the screen shows your notifications and the battery percentage in on the corner. there is a lot more , you wont get it untill you try it. and i guarantee you wont wanna come back , because you will also have the option to install and run all your favourite android apps in that OS.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, well said my friend. Too many people here on PA want to knock BB10 without even having tried it.

18. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I didn't get goosebumps. I got cancer from those photos. Jokes aside, it actually look quite cute...being ALMOST 1:1 instead of the long slab like almost all other phones. Nice touch.

20. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I dont like the square screen. Videos would have a lot of black boxes.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm liking this. BB has a ace up their sleeve.

24. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

My wife's still grumbling about her Lumia not having a physical keyboard, but she's wishing for a T9 layout, not a (nearly) full qwerty. I think this goes for many ordinary, no-nonsense users...

28. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

yeah when your excitement for being in the popular list finishes , these phones actually come in. the real phones that get your work done. blackberry keyboards are the best.

25. pgeary

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Although I've never been a fan of Blackberry OS it's actually quite a good system and from a corporate/business view it has a huge amount of things going for it yes it's design is unusual but that adds to its uniqueness and also no doubt enables them to put in phone specific software features, with a screen with such high resolution videos won't look any different and they are not meant to because it's the text clarity which will seriously shine great for a business phone and I've got no doubt that even with the keyboard being so small that they've shifted the center of gravity lower down the device, so my final thoughts are this: Does it do what it needs to for its intended market? The answer is yes. Does think outside the box and stand out among most other modern day smartphones? Yes. And lastly does it run android? Well no it doesn't but then again with so many android phones about that's a good thing, It's good to be different.

27. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

wow just wow !! these surely gave me goosebumps , waiting eagerly with my cash all saved up. and the limited edition z10 in red looks awesome. People should be aware that Blackberry isnt like the old times anymore , it has evolved into something secure and better. iam 100% sure it will be a major player in the near future. bought bb shares when they were $6.66 now its running $9.94 and iam still holding to them. the only thing i love about apple is their macbook lines with windows installed. :D and also Mr. Chen was the first person to call iphone users the wall huggers , unfortunately samsung capitalized on that one and made an advertisement. maybe samsung had enough cash on books to face the consequences, but nice going. nice !!

35. Mrmark

Posts: 373; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

The phone looks Solid ....come on Sprint lol

36. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have been an admirer of BB10 since the first time I played with it. This sure is one square looking slab of black, but I will happily give it a look see when it is released. I feel BB will price it out of the stratosphere, so maybe I won't be able to swing it. But I am more then curious - I am hopeful. Most likely aiming for the enterprise crowd and not the consumer, but I sure miss a real keyboard.

43. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

I just bought a tent... for the waiting line.... just don't know yet which Color I should pick..

44. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

This is an ugly phone that will not sell. None of the carriers really sell Blackberry anymore anyway. You have to order them online if you want them.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apiskula, you're giving out false information as usual. There are many carriers overseas that still sell BlackBerry's in their stores, with others saying they will carry the Passport. Here in the States, Verizon, the largest carrier in the U.S., still offers BlackBerry handsets in their stores. This phone will sell well, especially in enterprise. Stop trolling and spreading falsehoods, and stop using two accounts, jbishops/Apiskula.

62. hossamaltarawneh

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

Umm, I've heard that yesterday blackberry and verizon got a deal for enterprise. Your comment is irrelevant

66. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Yeah the deal will not last...These phones do not sell in the states

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?

45. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

*Checks arm....."Nope, no Goosebumps." The Passport looks great though, sleek and stylish with a standout design. Now, lets hope BB can make a budget for some serious marketing.

46. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I am really liking this phone, hows the blackberry OS browser experience? Anyone???

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BB10 browser is amazing! It's the best web browser I have ever used on a mobile phone. One of the only left that actually still plays the flash content on web sites. It's also faster than any mobile browser currently out there. It's great! If you get the chance, you should definitely try it!

54. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Thanks for your input, I'm now considering on giving this beast a go ^_-
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