A Look At Blackberry Passport

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The BlackBerry Passport is a phablet with unique square-shaped display measuring 4.5 inches diagonally, a compact physical keyboard with touchpad gestures aimed at enterprise users.

New design provides more room on-screen for business-oriented tasks such as document editing, image viewing and web browsing but at the same time its increased width makes it difficult to carry in a pocket or hold in your palm.

Amazon App Store is an added advantage as BB apps are available for free downloads. During its early launch in September 2014, buyers who pre-ordered the phone got a Rs. 5,000 gift voucher from Amazon.in which could have been used towards any purchases. They also got 5,000 frequent flyer miles from Jet Airways. The company however, while integrating App Store, missed out that some of the games might not be compatible with passport’s square design. Also, in today’s world of hand held devices, responsive design is a key attribute to web browsing which might cause trouble for some.

Blackberry no doubt is providing a spacious typing experience with short three-row keyboard below the display. The space bar is in the third row, a few other keys like shift and symbol are missing altogether. For a long-time BlackBerry user, the new layout can feel jarring and counter-intuitive at first, but the company is positioning the keyboard as one of the biggest selling points of the Passport. With it being touch enabled, an user can perform many functions through keyboard itself as scroll through web pages, flick to left, etc.,.

With new Blackberry OS 10.3 comes new dedicated home screen; the BlackBerry Assistant, which can make appointments, read out your emails, get direction and more; and last but not least, the Blackberry Hub can manage all conversations in one place.

The Passport includes a quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage and 3450 mAH battery which can last for at least 30 hrs of mixed usage. Comparing with other competitors, it is still a little slow for running games and non-professional work. The 13MP camera of course is good but is slow to focus.

Passport has maintained the tradition of being a good email client, with enhanced instant messaging, web browsing and gaming experience but still, not everything as featured by other smart phones packaged under it for non-professional use.


by techtalks @TechTalks March 4, 2015 12:43 PM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi