BlackBerry Passport review

We take a first look at the perfect phone for business
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BlackBerry Passport review

The BlackBerry Passport makes typing, web browsing a document editing effortless with its innovative touch-sensitive QWERTY keyboard. And with one of the biggest batteries of any smartphone, it’ll keep working for as long as you do.

THE BEST BITS

  • Unique QWERTY keyboard makes surfing the web easy
  • Control your phone with your voice through BlackBerry Assistant
  • Huge 3,450mAh battery will easily last all day
  • See more on websites and documents with the ultra-wide screen
  • Photos look fantastic thanks to the 13MP camera

The BlackBerry Passport is the perfect phone for business. And as it makes typing so easy, it’s pretty amazing as a social phone too, letting you write messages and send tweets easily.



AN INNOVATIVE NEW KEYBOARD

This is the best physical keyboard we’ve used, with large keys and lots of space. And best of all, it’s actually touch sensitive. That lets you delete words in a message, scroll through web pages and lots more by swiping your finger across it like you would on the trackpads that used to come on BlackBerrys.

BLACKBERRY ASSISTANT

If you’re into voice control, BlackBerryAssistant is for you. BlackBerry’s new digital assistant lets you set reminders, alarms, connect on LinkedIn, search the net and more all with your voice. And if you’re in a meeting or anywhere else quiet, you can type instructions to the Passport and you’ll get a written response instead of a spoken one. We also like that you can access BlackBerry Assistant instantly with the handy button on the side.

BIG, BEAUTIFUL SCREEN

With its wide, square screen, the BlackBerry Passport looks like nothing else. But that shape has advantages. It fits more words in a single line, and research shows human eyes prefer that, making websites, emails and spreadsheets much easier to read. And we agree. Plus it’s really high resolution, so you can see every detail really clearly.

MORE APPS THAN EVER

The BlackBerry Passport comes with the Amazon Appstore, which means you can download thousands of top Android apps and games. And it comes with Docs To Go preinstalled, so you can create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Plus special software keeps the documents formatted for viewing on a computer as well, which is really useful.

THE DOWNSIDES

The Passport is a little bit big and heavy compared to its competitors. It’s a really wide phone because BlackBerry squeezed in a screen designed for emails and documents, but that’s made it almost impossible to use one handed. And that could be a problem if you can’t get a seat on a train and need to type out an email.

And while that screen is perfect for working on, it’s not so great for entertainment. As it’s square, movies often don’t fit properly and neither do some apps. That makes them either look very small or squashed out of shape.

OUR VERDICT

The BlackBerry Passport is designed for business. And if you’re looking for a new phone to help you get more done, you can’t go wrong with one. We also really like that it’s perfect for texting and social networks as its QWERTY keyboard has loads of room for easy typing. As long as you’re not looking for a phone to watch loads of movies on, you’ll love the BlackBerry Passport.

Want to see more on this unique smartphone? Check out ourfirst look at the BlackBerry Passport video.

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