What former iPhone users are saying about the BlackBerry Passport; Spring Sale extended to May 8th

What former iPhone users are saying about the BlackBerry Passport; Spring Sale extended to May 8th
It probably goes without saying that the unique looks of the BlackBerry Passport means that fans of the handset are thoroughly invested in the device. BlackBerry recently spoke with a number of professionals who swapped their iPhone for BlackBerry's flagship model. Each one of them preferred the Passport, and mentioned the reason(s) for their feelings.

Many preferred the wide 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 screen to the narrower display on the iPhone, allowing users to view documents without having to scroll back and forth. Many favored the QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry model, which provides physical keys and virtual buttons that change based on the context of what is being typed.

Also getting pointed out is the advertised 30 hour battery life. One user says that his Passport provides him with battery life in excess of two days. Some raved about the phone's build quality and others called the Passport "fast and productive." BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Blend each received praise. Having Balance is like owning two phones in one, with one handset for work and the other for play. Blend lets you view content from your phone on a computer, great for those working in the field. Hub is the productivity center of your phone, where all messages can be found.


The occupations of those who made the switch from iPhone to Passport included a lawyer, mechanical engineer, university professor, a research scientist and more. If you want to join them, you have a few more days to take advantage of BlackBerry's Spring Sale. The manufacturer announced on Friday that it has extended the sale by three days until May 8th. With a discount, pricing for the red, black and white BlackBerry Passport is cut 8.3% to $549. The old-school BlackBerry Classic is priced at $399, and the BlackBerry Z30 can be yours for $229.

The sale originally started last month, and some of the prices have been slashed even more. The price of the white BlackBerry Q5, for example, was originally cut 33% or $100 to $299. With an additional $150 (or 50%) discount, the handset is now just $149. The sale prices are offered in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Germany from BlackBerry's online store, ShopBlackBerry.com.


source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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143 Comments

1. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's tough watching great companies like these struggle to just get by. They do make great devices but just can't keep up and in the light long enough to get a word in with Apple and Samsung shouting. Hopefully companies like Blackberry, Sony, HTC, and the rest don't keep losing money and just breaking even. What's the point in getting new, different and great devices when soon the only OEM's left are Samsung and Apple

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

+1 to you. Though these companies create great devices what they need to do is make a good advertisement just like apple and samsung is doing. Monopoly is such a bad thing.

12. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

when there are 2, its not monopoly

18. TypicalGeek

Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Fine, Oligopoly, whatever.

22. hawbman

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Monopoly in it's way: Apple as iOS, Samsung as Android device.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry failed before because they were falling behind in the times. The delay in BB10 almost costed them. Mishaps like the Storm and Z10 didn't help much.

121. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

You forgot the biggest dagger in their heart. Worldwide server failure that cost corporation lots of money and email down time for multiple days

46. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I don't think so. Yes advertising is one of the good way to marketing the product. But I think / guess that BB has been losing their brand image because they aren't inovative enough to enhance their products. And if they JUST using android as their OS, I think it could boost their phone sales

53. hawbman

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

I don't think so. Margin in hardware are so thin. If Blackberry uses Android, they will loose to Samsung, just as Sony, HTC and many others.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with hawbman. If BlackBerry went Android-only, they'd be lost in a sea of Androids just like every other Android OEM (except for Samsung). Also, no one is making money with Android except Samsung, and even they have lost revenue. Android is not always the answer.

61. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Note 4 is miles ahead of that Blackberry garbage

62. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Note 4 is miles ahead of that Blackberry garbage

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Miles ahead doesn't matter. What matters is buying what you want, and what works for the individual. When will you learn, the vast majority of people want a great experience, not just great specs. Wake up bruh.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

+1 to you for keeping it real, Darrk.

79. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't know why people get so offended, when someone says the s6 is iPhone inspired, or that iOS 8 is android inspired. Everyone knows Samsung&Apple are frenimies, and they copy each other all the time. Be it marketing, hardware, software, or whatever. These two sit back and let their loyal fans argue over it, and boy do we argue lol. I just want a good device, and I hope the Note 5 looks like a big edge. I'll mos def be getting one. +1 backatcha MG.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. All of these tech companies are out for one thing: to make money.

103. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, and that's one of the reasons they copy each other. If one has a successful formula, it only makes sense to copy it. I remember when Samsung was all about specs in its marketing approach, now it's about practicability, and how it's devices enhances ones life. They learned that approach from Apple. I remember Apple being closed minded, with a one size fits all approach, now they off 3 screen sizes. They all learn from, and copy each other, I simply don't care. I know I'm a nameless faceless consumer to them. I don't care who copies who, just get the features on my phone. I'm a real world consumer, I want what works for me.

74. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. The Note 4 had great specs but the experience wasn't what I thought it would be. Hence why I went back to the iphone.

125. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Not going off specs. The Note 4 is a great phone, fast, great App Store etc. Something Blackberry will never have

130. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Give it a rest already with your pointless drivel. Nobody cares about what you have to say. Isn't it obvious from the responses you've been getting?

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Guess Darkk told you, troll boy. The BlackBerry Passport offers an outstanding experience. The OS is made to gel with the hardware. That is NOT the case with Android.

80. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rite yo! The passport is a totally different device catered to a different crowd. We know a Ferrari is miles ahead of a Camry, but not if you have a family of 5 lol.

87. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Agreed! Some people just don't get it...

104. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was kinda funny lol.

105. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BB seems to be trying to carve their own nitch, and I think it's slowly starting to work for them. No longer are they trying to be an iPhone killer (BB Storm), just doing their own thing. I'll continue to use only iPhones, and Notes, cuz I like em. Those who like BB should absolutely stick with em. The Passport is also very nice looking to me personally.

114. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, totally agree with you. BlackBerry is looking to do their own thing and not worry about competing with Android and iOS. Smart move, as they currently lack the financial muscle to do so. And people really should just use what suits them best, and not concern themselves with what others decide to spend their hard earned money on.

136. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

xiaomi, meizu, and oneplus make lots of money from android.. and they grow really fast..

138. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, they don't make "lots of money". They move a lot of handsets, yes, but their profit margins are razor thin, due to their selling handsets either at cost or at a loss.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's the only way they would even get noticed. When you think about it, a quick poll of random 100 regular smartphone users would probably be only have 5% who probably knows what blackberry is.

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's not true. EVERYONE knows what a BlackBerry is. If you did that poll, 100% of the people would know what BlackBerry is. It's the OS that people would be confused about. Most think that BB10 is the same as BBOS7, and that's the furthest thing from the truth.

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