BlackBerry Passport Review
It’s decent looking with its results, as long as lighting is plentiful, but it’s prone to blurring due to its slow focus.
For as long as we can remember, BlackBerry smartphones weren’t devices we’d brag about for their cameras. However, that’s looking to change here with the Passport, just because it’s outfitted with a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features an f/2.0 aperture lens, BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Manual controls are non-existent, but the camera app has a decent set of shooting modes to appease the occasional shutterbug – like panoramic, burst, time shift, and HDR modes.
Seriously, we were eager to use this camera – like a lot! However, the results have left us somewhat unimpressed. Don’t get us wrong, it takes some stunning photos when lighting is plentiful, but details as a whole are average looking. Additionally, it favors an over-exposed composition than anything else. Our biggest concern with the camera, however, is how painfully slow it is at focusing and snapping a shot. In fact, a majority of our shots come out blurred or out-of-focus. On top of everything else, it’s just a poor performer under low light.
The same sentiments extend into its 1080p video recording, where it simply takes way too long to adjust focus when something comes closer to the camera. Overall, there’s a slightly hazy look to its quality, which naturally softens details.
This isn’t the kind of phone meant for watching videos.
The music player with BlackBerry OS 10 is your standard fanfare, as it offers the most basic of functions with playback – albeit, it’s pretty generic looking with its presentation. Sporting two speakers along its bottom edge, they deliver an ear popping 82.7 dB of audio power. No doubt it’s pretty deafening at the loudest volume setting, but there’s a shrill tone that accompanies it – giving it an unpleasant quality.
Even though its display resolution is impressive for any smartphone, the square shape of the display doesn’t necessarily make the Passport the most ideal thing for watching videos. Sure, it’s able to run them effortlessly, but it just feels rather awkward to watch – more so when there are thick bars running along the top and bottom of the video.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
BlackBerry Passport 0.314
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.014
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 0.41
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
BlackBerry Passport 82.7
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 71.6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 85
LG G3 81
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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)