BlackBerry Passport Review and Features

Check out the cool features of the latest launched BlackBerry Passport which has brought back the physical keyboard with a highly intelligent software that makes your data typing easier. With an array of useful features it is crafted to focus on your productivity keeping you less dependent on your laptop or PC.

To increase your productivity at work, try the latest BlackBerry Passport. Released on September 24, 2014 it proved to be a machine that purely emblems the company's professionally handled business-oriented craftsmanship. Packed with a set of powerful hardware with all the features, that we have been looking for till now and might had been wishing they were there, it undoubtedly has created a rock-solid foundation in BlackBerry OS 10.3, with the iOS and Android put together.

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Key Features

This is a smartphone in its literal sense with a new array of cool features that comes with the right combination but may be with few unwanted ones as well.

It works on BlackBerry operating system with a 4.5 inches of screen size. The internal memory is 32 MB and a slot for the micro SD Memory card. In fact the card is micro SDHC that increases the capacity of storage. The 13 megapixels camera captures those memorable moments at the right resolution. Armed with the features like video recording, Auto focus, Digital zoom (3x) and (LED) Flash it is also accompanied by a secondary camera of 2 megapixels. BlackBerry Passport is GPS enabled for Location support. For the internet you can either choose its WiFi mobile hotspot support or its 4.0 capacity Bluetooth. The Browser supports HTML (Javascript, Flash), the Email includes POP3, IMAP, and Push email that goes well with BlackBerry, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Exchange.

Other Features

Other useful features include common profiles like HSP [headset], A2DP for stereo audio, AVRCP for the media control, DUN for network sharing, HID for the peripherals, OPP / FTP for file transfers, BPP to enable printing, PAN to connect to an adhoc network, and SYNC for syncing PIM data and OTA sync. Apart from these the regular features like Media playback, Messaging and so on.

The Default Apps include Document editor, Games, IM, Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, Weather, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks or to-dos, Voice recorder, Rings / alerts, GSM, GPRS, EDGE,
UMTS / HSPA type UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA along with Data tethering.

The Qualcomm Quad-core Processor runs the phone with ease and comfort. Sensors include Accelerometer for motion, Ambient light, Gyroscope and Proximity.

Using BlackBerry Passport

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The Design

The most prominent feature that makes the BlackBerry Passport the centre of discussion is its unconventional and unusual get-up. The 4.5-inch square screen with an 1:1 aspect ratio, is not to be found in any other smartphone right now seen in the market. You don't get any portrait or landscape mode there as it is angled with a perfect square. It raises curiosity which may be the only reasonable explanation for why BlackBerry might have opted for this particular shape.

But no doubt this shape has increased the comfort level for working on word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, reading e-books, and browsing websites in their full versions. All of these get a better output through the 1440 x 1440 pixel Gorilla Glass 3 screen.

The Screen
The Blackberry Passport is sporting a unique 1,400 x 1,400, square screen which is capable of delivering an impressive 453ppi pixel output. That implies that it gives in more pixels in comparison to the iPhone 6. As a consequence the appearances of documents and web pages become crystal clear and easier to read. It may not stand out to be the brightest display one may ever had seen, but it works really fine against that bright light. You get a strong effect of colours and contrast because of which the images and videos get a bright and lively look.

There are options for some basic display adjustments with colour saturation and the white balance, which would cover up for those images or videos which aren't of that good quality.

The most positive aspect of the BlackBerry Passport screen is the usage of Gorilla Glass, which is the same protective coating technology we can get on Android phones, say the Moto G or the Samsung Galaxy S5. This particular feature which will ensure that this touch phone would generally be saved from the damage caused by occasional drops.

The Speaker

BlackBerry had always distinguished itself from the rest in the row, by its speaker quality. So this time with the Passport model they have no wonder made a bigger advancement to its internal speaker which they themselves claimed to be better than both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. Those who have experienced these would unanimously agree that their claims aren't taller than their performance. They are good speakers and may prove to be even better than the iPhone 5's.

The Keyboard

Apart from these the next big thing regarding the design and make is the keyboard returning to its original form. It had always been the trump card of BlackBerry. In the Passport model it is attached at the bottom of the screen reduced to three rows of keys out of four.

This change was done to make the punctuation marks, and the numbers, appear on the screen keys directly above the physical buttons. It would be a favourite feature for those who missed the physical keyboard in these days.

It has got the three-row keys that take some time for the users to get used to it, specially with those extra keys that keeps appearing on the screen immediately with the suggestive word prediction. And as with all BlackBerry keyboards, the touch is extremely satisfying along with its touch-sensitive feature that responds with slightest of gestures.


The Camera

The Blackberry didn't have a good reputation with their set of cameras loaded on the phones, but this time they removed those scars with the Passport. This is the first time, when a BlackBerry is having a camera that can be claimed to have equal and may be in some cases better camera than the smartphones available in on the market. With all the required features like OIS (optical image stabilization), 13 megapixels, a 5-element lens, with a f-2.0 aperture and the illuminated back, it can now stand ahead in comparison to the iPhone 5s, and now with the Passport you can enjoy images with more detail, with better contrast and richer color.

Amazon App Store

Accessing Android apps via the Amazon App Store before the launch of Passport was possible even though, through its 10.3 version of BB 10, it was not an officially supported feature. But in Blackberry Passport they have made those necessary amendments to make it official and it is working up to the user's satisfaction level.

The BlackBerry Blend Software

BlackBerry Blend is a software pack that allows access to the contents of your Passport directly from any PC, Mac, or tablet based on iOS and Android and it is loaded with a free app. We have to admit that nothing was better till date in increasing the phone's capabilities to represent its items through such a big screen and making it the coolest way ensure productivity. Blackberry Blend will also manage and transfer your files to and from the Passport. So once you have this in your hand you can blend and mend.

The Pros
The BlackBerry Passport is a powerful combination of hardware and software with an intelligent keyboard which all make the handset a ready device for increasing your productivity while you are on the move.

The Cons
The squat, square shape makes it uncomfortable to hold. The Amazon's app store does lack some key apps which are found on Google Play. Though you have a screen rotation option, but that doesn't fix the problems .

The Wrap Up

The BlackBerry Passport is a device for those who needs to be more productive while on the move. Leaving out two three disadvantages, it has undoubtedly brought a useful and powerful set of technology that has addressed many issues once for all.

Price: Rs.49990.

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