The BlackBerry Passport QWERTY revealed

The BlackBerry Passport QWERTY revealed
Besides the Apple iPhone 6, the Apple iPhone phablet and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the most eagerly awaited handset is the BlackBerry Passport. And the mystique around the box shaped phone, revolves around the QWERTY keyboard that comes with the device. Press on the keys to type letters, while punctuation and numbers will appear on virtual keys above, based on the context of what you are typing.

The virtual keys can be found on the screen, above the third row of letters. If you're writing an email, you will find the "@" symbol on a virtual key. When browsing the internet, you will see virtual keys available for the colon and the backslash. BlackBerry says that the QWERTY on the Passport, will allow users to type on the phone faster than ever.

BlackBerry notes that the Passport QWERTY combines tactile typing with touchscreen navigation. Navigate web pages, apps and emails by brushing your fingers lightly over the keyboard. That allows users to scroll through web pages faster. Take precision control over the cursor, by double-tapping the keyboard and dragging your finger over the keys. You can then move the cursor to the exact spot where you want it to be. Deleting a word is as simple as swiping to the left.

BlackBerry has a lot riding on this QWERTY, and on the Passport in particular. Last time BlackBerry tried something new with a QWERTY keyboard, the SurePress system on the BlackBerry Storm was launched. No, it never felt like you were typing on a computer keyboard, and the Storm turned out to be a major failure. Hopefully, history does not repeat itself here.

source: BlackBerry



1. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Things are getting exciting with every article.. This phone for real is attention seeker..

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Not really. It is wide and ugly to to be very honest. I think BB still has caliber to do much better than this. I don't get it how you can use it single handedly.

8. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

This is not a phone made for consumer market.. BlackBerry CEO said that directly. this phone is not made for one hand use. This phone is made purely for productivity. I understand what you mean..

12. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Typing on this would be a POS! constantly switching between touch and type isnt comfortable.!

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Isn't comfortable for whom? Do not presume to speak for everyone.

24. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

And you know this because you had this phone right?

30. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Obviously I havnt used this phone but switchibg between touch and buttons have been a problem for long.! When android had navigation hardware buttons many users complained that switching is uncomfortable and this is the base of my comment. When people rarely had to press hardware buttons they disliked it.. but now this will slow down typing.

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

"This is not a phone made for consumer market" ??? Sorry which market then? Aren't we all consumers?? Don't they need something which can help them gain some market shares back? I do appreciate the fact that you are supporting BB so do I, but sorry not on this device bro.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's for the enterprise market and regulated industries, which are different "animals" from the consumer markets. In enterprise and regulated industries, they buy with productivity in mind first. John Chen is not interested in competing in the consumer market. He has said as much. He is interested, however, in holding onto the enterprise/government/regulated industries. This device, however, has piqued the interest of many a "consumer". I think we will all be pleasantly surprised with how well it will do in the consumer market. It will most certainly be a hit in the market it's intended for, which is enterprise.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Besides the iPhone, I don't see that many phones that you can even comfortably use one hand on. Almost every phone that is over the 5 inch screen barrier requires two handed operation unless you're just doing basic scrolling or checking your phone for notifications.

23. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Allan F and biased article regarding BlackBerry. Why bring in the storm? "Last Time BlackBerry Tried Something New It Turned Out To Be A Failure" Phonearena gradually turning into a playground. No it is not from Apple or Samsung so it will be a failure.

26. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I almost forgot the article mentioning the previous Storm generation. While the first Blackberry Storm was a failure in their eyes (a 6/10 rating), Blackberry reformed the clickable touchscreen idea and came back with the Storm 2 which received a 9/10 from PA. So, if anything this says that Blackberry is able to try new ideas and reform them into really great products. Also, let's not forget: the original Galaxy Note received a 7/10 from PA and now the latest Galaxy Note 3 received a 9/10. It takes time for ideas to reform and to grow on the general population. Just saying...

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

What is the point of having two keyboards simultaneously??? The screen will be half taken by another virtual keyboard. Unfortunately, this is a gimmick more than innovative feature beside the inappropriate and hard to grip phone design

9. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Those are two different keyboards.. Pay attention.. The virtual part is for special characters that popup when needed.. It won't be present the whole time.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

John, this keyboard is indeed innovative. There is no "gimmick" here. This phone is designed with productivity first in mind, style and fashion really don't come into play here. And let's face it, when you're getting work done, style and fashion aren't necessary, only performance. This phone is excellent for the market it's geared for, which is the Regulated Industry. Please pay attention to reports about this phone, so not to make mistakes like assuming the virtual keyboard will be present at all times.

4. Thecapedcrusader

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 26, 2014


5. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The more I look at this thing the more I want to try it out. I was thinking that a larger iPhone was going to be in my future, but this might tempt me away.

7. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah especially the white one.

6. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

This will be my next QWERY keyboard. Once I had a BB 8520 Gemini and I found the physical keyboard feels much more accurate than the virtual ones.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The keyboard on this phone is truly innovative! For those that think that BlackBerry is not innovating, please think again. The Passport is shaping up to be a great handset, and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on one.

14. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

No matter how much you praise bb.. you arent going to buy this. -.- If everybody who praised bb bought one thenn they would have a huge market share.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you would know what I will and will not purchase because?... You don't know me, so don't ASSUME you know what I will buy. You know what they say about those who ASSume.... For your information, I AM going to buy this device, as I currently own 3 out of the 5 BB10 handsets currently on the market, with a fourth on its way. And I find where I can purchase a Z3 for here in the states, I will own that also.

29. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Because 95% of people who praise bb on this site just never buy it.! :/ If you are gonna buy it.. good luck Its good for bb.!

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you personally KNOW 95% of the people who praise BlackBerry on this site? I doubt that...

35. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Go on. Sales sheet tell it all. And if you have spent enough time on a website.. you can easily get to know.. which peron uses what phone.! Ps. I have been using PA for more than 6 years now

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still doesn't mean that you know who will buy what. What you're doing is simply speculating, or ASSuming...and we know where that gets us...And "no sales sheet" can tell you WHO on this site purchased WHAT phone unless said "sales sheet" has someone's name on it. PS: I've been reading PA for just as long as you, if not longer.

19. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Blah blah burn in hell Blackberry

20. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

YAAAAAAAY! Blackberry is innovating! Blackberry is becoming truly innovative again and I definitely see a comeback in Blackberry's future! I'm still not going to buy that phone though.

21. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry just give up already!

22. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

That's what they said to Apple all those years ago, look where they are now! However, there is an impending smartphone stock crash on the horizon, and Blackberry isn't in a good enough position to survive it.

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