Camera

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.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
BlackBerry Passport 3.05
No data
No data
No data
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.93
2.1
435
293
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2.8
2.8
353
273
LG G3 2.7
4.3
No data
No data

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.



Multimedia

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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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: 22388; 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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