- Blackberry 10.3 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 3GB RAM
- 13MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 3450mAH Battery
- 32GB Internal Memory
Blackberry was on its road to extinction a while back and was about to be termed BlackBury due to the free global release of the Blackberry messenger. Every new day was a bad one for blackberry; in fact the days started worsening when the high-end flagship blackberry smart phones carried the < 15 k budget with them. Too bad for the berry to have an almost-rotten ending. However, the hopes aren’t lost at the Blackberry unit, as they haven’t given up their hopes on its customers.
Blackberry has bought out a square-shaped new flagship device and it's just as weird in real life as it looks when you Google the pictures of this device. It's a square, boxy little device with a metallic trim and a dumpy physical keyboard attached to the bottom. Tacky? May be, Wacky? Most likely.
Let’s take a look at this square berry.
Featuring a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that comes along with 3GB of RAM seems like a deadly combination. Further more, when it comes to this device, Multitasking in particular works well, given the amount of RAM on offer and the tiled home screen that shows currently running apps lets you quickly dive in and out of active programs. Going further in line with the latest smart phones, the Berry has bought out its Blackberry Assistant that functions like Microsoft’s Cortana or iPhone’s Siri that helps users set reminders and prompt you with the weather as well as dictating search terms. The Assistant currently recognizes commands in English, German, Spanish and Italian.
The Passport has Blackberry's newly updated BB10 OS that is as much a Unique Selling Proposition of the Passport as it's interesting design. It's focused around Blackberry Hub that compiles all your notifications from various email and social network accounts. Swiping right takes you to the aforementioned open apps screen and a second right swipe takes you to the grid layout for app shortcuts.
One of the major drawbacks in the previous berries was the App download. Thankfully, that has been taken care by Blackberry and its partnership with Amazon that has around 200,000+ apps ready to download on is store with special focus on the Business apps suited best for a Business user.
Design and Display:
The conventionally unconventional Blackberry passport comes with a 4.5 inch square screen with 1:1 aspect ratio and looks unlike any other smart phone (one box shaped phone is sufficient enough isn’t it?). The device has 1440 x 1440 pixels that is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 LCD Capacitive Screen and weighs 194 grams (a bit heavy) with 9.3 mm thickness. The Passport’s screen is best suited for checking spreadsheets, office documents, eBooks’, presentations and full-scale websites. There is yet another prominent design feature on this device, the Keyboard that has always been a strong point in the Blackberry series of smart phones. The Keyboard is attached to the Bottom of the screen with 3 rows of keys.
The build of the Passport is made out of stainless steel that is found on the edges of the device and the rear side of the device has a very soft and rubbery and plastic feel that is quite comfortable to grip and provides easy access to its user. The device has 3 buttons on the right side of the device, the volume controls as well as music and video playback function buttons, at the top of the device, there is a provision for a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as the power switch.
Network and Connectivity:
Connectivity and Network options are standard on the Blackberry passport; it has Bluetooth (v 4.0 LE) Near Field Communication (NFC), Wi-Fi and LTE in terms of wireless and a single physical Micro USB port. Blackberry provides a Slim Port HDMI adaptor that plugs into the port and lets you hook the Passport up to a monitor or TV. The device has an internal memory of 32GB with Micro SD card provision that helps users extend its memory by 128 extra GB. There is also a single Nano SIM card slot on this device.
The battery seems to take a huge favor with the passport. Blackberry flaunts its 3450 mAh power junction that would provide up to 30 hours of mixed use for a "very active user" this is a significant improvement especially considering the Blackberry 10 OS that comes with this device. The device unfortunately does not have any power saving mode that would help turn off the non-essential apps when not in use in order to save a little battery juice. However, Blackberry seems to be very confident with this gigantic battery that would last longer than expected.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Passport comes with an impressive 13 megapixel rear-facing primary camera that comes with LED flash as well as a few additional features such as Panorama, burst mode, HDR (for capturing light and dark contrast pictures) and time shift as well as a feature that enables users to click images at 16:9, 4.3 and the Passport's own 1:1 aspect ratio. You can also shoot Full HD videos @ 1080 p. The device has a secondary 2 Megapixel shooter that shoots 720P videos and helps click great selfies and video calls. Although there is a keypad on this device, you can also use the pinch gestures to zoom in or out of the image or tap to set the Focus on a particular object. The device also has OIS (optical image stabilization) that terminates all the possible judders for quick and easy photography. The device supports most audio and video formats such as MP3 / AAC / MIDI / Wav as well as MP4 / 3GP etc.
Apart from the “some what awkward” design, this berry has a great keypad; an excellent and long lasting battery life along with a premium build quality. However, you cannot ignore the difficulty users might face while using this device single handedly as well as the passport’s lack of interest with the media. It is a business class device and might serve all your business related requirements quite well.
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