New phone! Perhaps a surprising choice from a self-confessed tech enthusiast. Having come from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and prior that the Note 2, whilst I was very tempted with simply upgrading to the Note 4, I decided I wanted something new altogether. I was bored of all the same oblong shaped phones that everyone seemed to have. Time was ticking, my contract was rapidly nearing its end and an upgrade was due with nothing piquing my interest. Until I saw the Blackberry Passport, that is.
Blackberry, how retro, right? I admit, I had serious reservations based purely on the word ‘Blackberry’, but after reviewing its specs and doing a bit of research, I came to the conclusion it very possibly was as good as it looked (FYI, I really like the way it looks). I took the plunge and got it.
Ten days on, having used the phone extensively and gotten to grips with it, here are my thoughts…
BEAUTIFUL DESIGN & WELL BUILT
CRISP, VIBRANT DISPLAY
WONDERFUL FOR EMAILS, DOCUMENTS, SPREADSHEETS, ETC.
EXCELLENT DIARY MANAGEMENT/ORGANISER
BRILLIANT BATTERY – UP TO TWO DAYS
If composing emails and documents, spreadsheets, using your phone for productivity, having a great miniature e-reader and diary/task management is important to you, the Blackberry Passport won’t disappoint. The square screen size is optimized perfectly for all of the above, and its combined hardware and OS does it smoother and faster than my previous devices despite having on par specs. It’s so efficient. It’s made me realise that many other phones focus on trying to do too much, without managing to do a single thing properly. My last phone felt so glitchy in comparison to the Passport, little things like simply copy and pasting text took at least three attempts. Everything is so swift on the Passport.
POOR APP VARIETY
NO EMOJI KEYBOARD
SLOW CAMERA FOCUS
VIDEO NOT OPTIMISED FOR WIDESCREEN VIEWING
KEYBOARD A LITTLE STIFF
On the downside, if watching YouTube videos all day and gaming are your top phone priorities, look elsewhere. It is simply not designed in the slightest for that. Luckily I don’t do either of those on my phone so I can happily accept that compromise. Admittedly, the camera could do with a bit of work though and that does bother me (focusing is so slow!), there also needs to be way more apps (there’s no official Instagram?). Despite this, as time goes on my love for the Passport just keeps growing and growing. It just feels like such a solid device, in build and OS.
Whilst there are some relatively major constraints, especially for those looking for a consumption device and coming from a different OS, I can happily live with them because its pros far outweigh them. I do really wish it just had an Instagram app and emoji keyboard though! It’s a little thing which I know sounds silly, but it’s so frustrating that it doesn’t. What would also be a handy addition is a stylus so you could annotate screenshots and docs, etc, much like my Note had – something to think about for the Passport 2, maybe? Just those three inclusions would turn it into the perfect device for me. But as it is I have no regrets about getting the Blackberry Passport and am so impressed with how far Blackberry have come. It’s a dream to use, it looks amazing, the battery life is outstanding and performance is second to none.
Has the Blackberry Passport changed your opinion of Blackberry?