BlackBerry Passport Review

Call Quality

Call quality is pretty good for the most part, except for the minor static noise heard through the earpiece.

Its call quality is good, since its earpiece and speakerphone emit such strong volumes that make them audible in noisy environments. Still, there is a subtle amount of static noise that we can hear through the earpiece, which in turn distorts voices just a bit.

Battery

The battery life will keep you working continuously without any concern.

Tough to imagine that BlackBerry is able to throw in a massive sized 3450 mAh battery inside of the Passport, we’re nonetheless relieved to find out that it delivers long-lasting battery life. A full charge in fact, offers us close to 2-days of normal usage – so even power users will get through a day with no worry at all!

Conclusion


Visually, the BlackBerry Passport is a delectable treat – one that not only pays homage to the BlackBerry smartphones of yesterday, but it oozes with a modern design to die for. For all of its attractiveness, we’re confused by the company’s decision to go with an entirely different keyboard layout. Quite simply, it’s less productive than the experience we get from an all-touch keyboard! We know, it’s crazy to say, but it’s true.

Aside from the keyboard, BlackBerry 10.3 just doesn’t have the completeness we’d get from other rival platforms. Indeed, the phone is a fantastic choice for the mobile professional, but it’s only catering to a small fraction of the market.

Here in the US, it’s bound to come to AT&T at some point – though, there’s no indication to how it’ll be priced when it’s available. At the moment, it can be picked up for $600 through BlackBerry’s web site and Amazon, which puts it in line to its contemporaries flagships in the space right now.

As the dust settles, the Passport can’t quite get out of customs, even though it has a passport that shows it’s capable of proceeding onward. For roughly the same amount of money, we can recommend several other flagship smartphones that have a more rounded appeal than this. Sorry Passport, you tried desperately to beat out these all-touch smartphones, but at the end of the day, your poorly laid out keyboard and antiquated software experience validates you’re just not ready for the big leagues.

Software version of the review unit: 10.3.0.738



Pros

  • Stunning modern design that’s unique looking
  • Impressive battery life
  • Display is extremely bright and highly detailed, with accurate colors
  • Touch-enabled keyboard features are useful
  • Snappy performance
  • Dual speakers emit deafening tones

Cons

  • Keyboard layout doesn’t make any sense, it makes it tougher to type than a touchscreen
  • Lack of third party apps support
  • Camera takes way too long to focus and snap photos
  • Poor low lighting performance with its camera
  • High learning curve trying to navigate around the platform

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

8.5
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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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