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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138 Comments

1. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Just 7.5?

2. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So its a crapberry?

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

WTF ◔ ⌣ ◔ No it's not

22. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

It's very polarizing and unusual device, so reviews are highly subjective.

23. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

'Subjective' Yes. 'Crapberry' No.

24. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

True that.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Strong in denial this one is.

54. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Can we have more nesting-levels in comments? So confusing who's responding to what.

68. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Strongest in trolling this one is.

76. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Unoriginal your comment was.

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

But true, nonetheless.

84. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

But true, it still is. Biggest troll on PA you are. Life very lonely for you it is to troll so much.

61. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

John VVVVVVVVVVV proves again why he is the worst and biased reviewer on the Internet. You guys are loosing your ground and becoming paid reviewers instead of tech.

73. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The review just proves that they review devices from a consumer standpoint only. The Passport is a solid device, but as far as consumer devices go, you could definitely do better within that price range. Seems to be a beast of a phone for Enterprise and business minded customers since it has what they need and some pretty good media and camera features, but if that kind of stuff is a primary need for them, they will want a different phone, probably android.

92. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

If I were him, I would've give this phone 8.5. Not 9 because the camera, but yes, it is a good phone, something who can keep Blackberry alives

127. TonyStark

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

No bitten apple on the back. That's why. If it had one, it'd have 9 or higher.

139. Bouquet

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

I just got rid of mine: far too complex. A total miss from RIM who dose not understand really it's customer base: active people who don't want to "get into the new word of computer" but leave a real business life. The Passport totally miss that. Over complex, not compatible Excell really... A failure and RIM management deserves not to be congratulated on this strange useless device for computer adicts who have time to waste in trying to understand these bad machines.

3. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

7.5????????!!! Why iphonearena?

25. Busyboy unregistered

Because it's different from the rest. That's why. Damn Phonearena with all your bias reviews it's disgusting

51. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What, different in that it has an inferior keyboard to Blackberries from over a decade ago?

28. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because they have to praise the iPhone and feature it on the review almost more than the BlackBerry itself. BTW am i the only one that thinks the case the reviewer is using on the iPhone looks like a sanitary towel?

35. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Didn't the Galaxy Note 4 just get a better review than the iPhone 6? So many people here are blinkered fanboys... Or just very stupid, angry people.

93. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Maybe Note 4 is an exception :/

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

PA doesn't support innovation. Look at Jolla and this review.

15. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

36. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

They are stuck in the Apple/Android blueprint of what a smartphone should be. TUNNEL VISION!

74. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Apple & Samsung. Not Whole Android. But for some times they were biased towards Sony too. (T2 Ultra was overrated) . But they never gave a genuine review for any HTC/ Nokia/ BB.

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I think this review should have been done by a blackberry fan which is the same treat as some other phones in this website.

26. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You should probably go to a blackberry site. When I'm looking for a review of an Android phone I go an Android site.

29. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Believe it or not this isn't an android site so no

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Passport
  • 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)

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