BlackBerry Passport Review
Interface and Functionality
BlackBerry OS 10.3 features several new enhancements, but it’s still accompanied with an antiquated feel and poor ecosystem.
Running the most up-to-date version of the platform, BlackBerry OS 10.3, the Passport’s experience still feels a little bit antiquated – that’s because of the heavy reliance of menus and submenus littered throughout the interface. Indeed, we appreciate that BlackBerry Hub is accessible at a moment’s notice, which acts as a notifications aggregator as well, but navigating around the UI can be overwhelming to some due to how the app panel, Active Frames panel, and BlackBerry Hub are all connected together in the homescreen.
The platform’s strength, however, lies in how it adheres to productivity conscious and enterprise users. Naturally, it’s exceptionally adept at handling all of our emailing needs, since BlackBerry is legendary when it comes to the process – though, the keyboard itself makes the typing experience rather problematic. Out of the box, it’s packaged along with Document To Go, which works well in editing files on-the-go with the Passport’s sizable screen. Fortunately, BlackBerry Assistant manages to be a great addition in helping to keep us organized, as it works similarly to other voice assistant services.
When it comes to third-party apps support though, it’s still very light in comparison to rival platforms. Indeed, we can sideload many popular Android apps, but the majority of them just don’t run properly – so that’s a headache on its own.
Processor and Memory
Everything about its performance is top-notch, thanks to the contemporary piece of silicon under the hood.
Definitely a beast of a smartphone, the Passport is using the same guts as most other high-end phones in the market now – a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with the Adreno 330 GPU and beefy 3GB of RAM . Armed with a contemporary chip, the Passport rarely shows any evidence of slowdown with its performance. Well, we can certainly attest that it’s a speed demon with everything it does.
BlackBerry is kind enough to offer a spacious 32GB of internal storage with the Passport, which can be supplemented thanks to tis microSD slot.
Sunspider Lower is better
BlackBerry Passport 909.3
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 365.2
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
LG G3 947.2
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
BlackBerry Passport 749
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
LG G3 950
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
BlackBerry Passport 2395
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
LG G3 2545
Internet and Connectivity
Again, the phone’s wider display lends its usefulness in the web surfing experience – where pages appear less cramped, giving us a significantly better viewing experience. It also helps that other aspects of the experience, like its fast page load, instant page rendering, and smooth navigational controls, all combine to solidify its excellent performance. Oh yeah, we can even use the touch-sensitive keyboard to scroll – and it works exquisitely too!
World travelers will be especially pleased to know that the BlackBerry Passport has its own passport to support the various networks abroad – while also being treated to LTE connectivity as well. Much like its contemporaries, it’s connectivity arsenal consists of aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.
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- Display 4.5" 1440 x 1440 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3450 mAh(23h 3G talk time)