It’s new, it’s different and it will slowly and quietly become the best smartphone for business in 2015. The new Blackberry Passport is a winner. Blackberry claims that the target audience for the passport is the busy power professional looking for tech that keeps them productive. Judge for yourself.
The passport comes installed with the new Blackberry 10.3 operating system which has the capability to run native Blackberry apps as well as Android apps. The Amazon App Store containing over 240,000 apps comes pre-loaded on the Passport which addresses the lack of apps on previous Blackberry 10 devices. The 4.5″ square screen can show about 60 characters on every line. This feature is what sets the Passport apart from other popular phones which only show about 44 characters per line. It’s great for reading emails, spreadsheets and has a wider picture for websites. Have a look at the difference:
The Specs are impressive as you would expect from any high end phone. Check out the battery!!!
Screen Size – 4.5” Square touch display,
Resolution – 1440 x 1440, 24-bit colour depth.
Operating System – Blackberry 10 OS
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2.2 GHz Quad-Core CPUs MSM8974-AA Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
Memory – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB Flash
Expandable memory – Removable micro/SD memory card-slot
located under back cover (up to 128 GB)
Battery – 3450mAH integrated non-removable battery
Battery Life – Up to 14 hours GSM talk time
Up to 14.5 days GSM standby time
Up to 24 hours UMTS standby time WOW!!!
Up to 91 hours audio playback
Up to 11 hours video playback
Blackberry is already famous for its Qwerty keyboard and they have added some great new features to this one. The physical keyboard is 3 rows instead of the usual 4 with an intuitive pop up row on top when needed. The keyboard is touch enabled allowing you to scroll your document with gestures over the actual physical keyboard. It has predictive text, as you type, words appear above the keyboard and with a swipe upwards you can avoid typing the whole word. If you make a mistake, slide to the left of the keyboard and your last word will be deleted. This keyboard is meant for power email users and writers. These are just a few of many features on the Passport keyboard.
The shape and size of the phone makes it difficult for one handed typing but it is fantastic for the two thumb approach.
BBM messenger app comes pre-installed with face to face video calling and many other features. Blackberry assistant is a Siri like speech command feature that comes on all Passports via the new 10.3 operating system. It can make appointments for you, read texts and emails to you, set up meetings and reminders in your calendar. If you are in a scheduled meeting blackberry passport will know and will adjust your notifications to silent automatically. If you are not familiar with the blackberry hub you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of which you can access messages from all of your apps like Twitter, Facebook and multiple emails all in one hub.
One of the best things about the 10.3 OS is Blackberry Blend. This wireless app allows you to display content from your Blackberry Passport, like calendars, files, contacts and conversations on your tablet or computer. You can now work across multiple platforms while maintaining a high level of security. This means that you can use your smartphone as a mobile network hub and gain access to work calendars, email and important files from any device that is connected to Blackberry Blend. It runs on Windows, Mac and Android operating systems. These are just some of the few features and benefits that can only be used on the Passport with Blend.
In the past few years Blackberry as a brand had lost focus on their core customer, which is business and enterprise. With the release of the Blackberry Passport they are showing true innovation again and it’s great to see this thinking outside the box with a truly unique phone and software. Created with business and enterprise in mind, this phone will be a must have for multi-tasking business professionals in the years to come.
Oh, did I mention that it’s square. No need to turn this phone on it’s side to get a landscape view, kind of cool if you ask me.