BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?
News & Rumors | 119 Comments BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices? Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who...

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Jul 27, 2014 BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?
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Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who wants to know more and is excited for the Passport arrival.

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Jul 24, 2014 First look: Leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport!
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Now that the white BlackBerry Passport is out there for all to see, next up is some accessories. BlackBerry CEO John Chen that noted along with the arrival of the Passport there would also be a wide selection of premium accessories to go along with it and he wasn't kidding around.

I know a lot of you caught that mention and have been waiting to see what accessories would be arriving. Luckily, we just happen to have this image sent in and things are looking pretty awesome. What we have here is the leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport coming in both black and brown.

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Jul 23, 2014 BlackBerry confirms that the Passport will indeed come in white
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BlackBerry confirms that the Passport will indeed come in white

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the BlackBerry Passport in white. Sure, we may have gotten to the white Passport first, as they freely admit, but it's still an official confirmation that the most-hotly anticipated BlackBerry of the season will be available in more than just basic black.

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Jul 22, 2014 First Look: Here's the BlackBerry Passport in white!
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When BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, he also made sure to note the device would be arriving in white alongside the standard black. Since then, many folks have been waiting to see the white version and until now, they've been disappointed. The white version has been hard to catch and while many folks like Pootermobile and Dylan Habkirk have created renders of what they think the device might look like, we've managed to grab a shot of what we're pretty positive is the real deal.

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Jul 21, 2014 From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry
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Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the wild and its admittedly odd look. Even BlackBerry has run with the hype surrounding the device and has slowly been teasing us with more information each week across the Inside BlackBerry Blog.

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Jul 20, 2014 The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released
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The BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic are the next two devices set to arrive from BlackBerry. They're locked in and John Chen and his team are readying the rollout for each right now. The issue there though, for some, is that both of those devices are QWERTY keyboard devices leaving those who like all touch devices such as the Z10 and Z30 with nothing to really upgrade to. Last week we put up a poll asking, Are you still hoping for another all touch BlackBerry device to be announced? The poll got 8,589 votes and with them now being added up, here's how the numbers are looking.

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Jul 18, 2014 BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!
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Well, this has been a long time coming so, sit back relax and enjoy a good nearly three minute hands-on video with the BlackBerry Passport. In the video, you get a nice look at the hardware everyone is waiting to get their hands on and although the video is chopped a bit to cover up the PIN, you get to see that capacitive keyboard in action. It's hard to say going by video how final this device is but it certainly looks pretty sweet.

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Jul 10, 2014 BlackBerry offers up another look at the revolutionary keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport
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With the BlackBerry Passport now out there and in the open, there is still some folks who don't quite grasp how the keyboard and trackpad will work together or how it adds to the level of productivity one can achieve. To help offer a better look, BlackBerry has now posted up more information on how the keyboard will work along with the touch-enabled keyboard. For most CrackBerry readers and Passport fans, this likely isn't new information. In fact, the post kind of sort of leaked early but just in case you missed it the first time around, have a look!

BlackBerry Passport is a unique device that was built with productivity at its core. The revolutionary new physical keyboard is responsive to touch, so you have more ways to control your smartphone without having to use the touchscreen. With rows of touch-sensitive physical keys, BlackBerry Passport combines the efficiency of tactile typing with touchscreen-like navigation to deliver on that productivity promise.

This way, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the goal – getting things done. (If you're a developer, head over to the Developer blog to learn how you can take advantage of the new BlackBerry Passport keyboard in your apps.)

With the Passport's touch-enabled keyboard, you'll be able to navigate web pages, apps and e-mails by lightly brushing your fingers over the keys, which helps with things like scrolling and cursor placement. It's a minimalist design that maximizes BlackBerry Passport's already-awesome amount of screen real estate. You'll be able to read documents faster, as well as keep your fingers close to the keys, ready to type.

  • Faster scrolling: As noted above, you can use the keyboard to swipe up and down to scroll on long lists in a document or on a browser page, keeping your fingers off the screen and focused on what's happening.

  • More intuitive cursor control and text selection: This is a classic BlackBerry productivity enhancement reinvented for the Passport. Double-tap the keyboard, then drag your finger across the keyboard to drop the cursor at precisely the right point. Or select the text just as you would on an older BlackBerry: hold the SHIFT key while dragging your finger across the keyboard to extend a selection.

  • Smart, contextual virtual keys: The Passport's QWERTY 3-row keyboard creates a clean-looking, right-sized layout. There is also a virtual 4th row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you're typing a password on-screen, the 4th row would automatically include numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords. If you're typing an e-mail, the '@' symbol will be displayed, and when surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. Like I said, smart! With a little practice, most Passport users should find themselves typing faster than ever before.

  • Flick to type: Stuck on a word? BlackBerry 10's next word suggestion feature learns from you to give you smart, personalized choice of words you're likely to type. You then just flick up to complete the word.

  • Easier delete: Made a mistake? No problem, just swipe back (left) to Delete the last word, just like on our virtual keyboard!

  • Entering an accented character? Hold the letter key down, and then lightly tap on the key to add the appropriate accent!

It's one thing to look at this device and think it might not be for you but as we've mentioned many times now, it's one of those things that can't be fully realized until you actually pick it up and use it.

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Jul 07, 2014 BlackBerry highlights why the Passport just might be the device for you!
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While some folks are already sold on the BlackBerry Passport and will be picking one up as soon as possible, there are still plenty of folks out there that seem to be on the fence about the device, and understandably so. It's new, it's different, and takes a different approach to the smartphone. In an effort to help push even more folks towards the Passport, BlackBerry has taken to their own blog to show (and tell) readers why the Passport just might be the device for them.

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Jul 05, 2014 We totally wouldn't mind if the white BlackBerry Passport looked like this
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already let it be known there is a white version of the BlackBerry Passport that's going to be released. In all the leaks though, we've not seen the white version at all but this image is floating around the internet giving us an idea of what the white one possibly could look like and I have to say, it's pretty awesome looking.

To be clear, we're not saying this is the white one. This image is being passed around uncredited to anyone so if you do own the pic or created it, let us know so we can credit you for it. In any case, rawwr! Looks amazing and could actually be the first BlackBerry 10 device I've seen that I may like in white. I never really fancied the white Q10 or the white Z30.

[Mystery solved: The above image was created by @Pootermobile]

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Jul 02, 2014 Announcing the winner of our BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic IOU contest!
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It's a wrap. With over 11,000 comments on our 'Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport' contest, we've finally chosen the winner of an IOU for either device upon release and the lucky winner this time around is.....

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Jun 30, 2014 Reminder: Last day to enter to win a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic!
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If you're looking to get either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic upon release and don't want to pay for it, then you'll certainly want to get yourself entered into our CrackBerry contest. This is the last chance reminder. The contest will close TONIGHT at midnight PST and after that no more entries will be accepted and a winner will be chosen. If you win, as soon as your chosen device is available for purchase by us and compatible with your carrier, we'll buy one for you, ship it out to you and it's all yours.

How To Enter:

Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment over on this article letting us know which of the two phones you'd want to win, and why. Contest is open worldwide.

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Jun 29, 2014 Exclusive: Pre-release review of the BlackBerry Passport!
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Jun 28, 2014 Here's how video playback looks on the BlackBerry Passport
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Since the BlackBerry Passport appeared, one key question people have had is how video will look on the arguably wide display. As it turns out, they don't look too bad at all according to this quick 47 second video hands on showing off the device loading YouTube and checking out a clip of the Jimmy Fallon show. You're probably not going to want to stray far from CrackBerry today because apparently the floodgates have been opened for more stuff about the BlackBerry Passport. Source: @Halobandit

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Jun 27, 2014 Hey look, a BlackBerry Passport spotted in the wild!
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When it comes to the BlackBerry Passport there hasn't really been a shortage of images of it out there but spotting one on the streets just simply isn't likely to happen to many folks as of yet. However, that doesn't mean they're not out there. The above image was sent to us via the CrackBerry twitter account. I don't really have much to say about it, just look at how glorious it is and enjoy it. Thanks, Halobandit!

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Jun 26, 2014 Check out this bevy of BlackBerry Passport & OS 10.3 screenshots!
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The BlackBerry Passport is one hotly anticipated device and while we've already seen a ton of it already, there's still plenty more to show off. If you can't quite get a feel for the device then allow us to possibly help. We've managed to get our hands on plenty of screenshots that look to be from demo material of the device and of course, it's running 10.3 so that's a bit of an additional bonus. Keep in mind, the screenshots here have actually been reduced in size just to be able to show them to you better. The full blown size of the images is that of the device itself being 1440x1440. Just massive.

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Jun 25, 2014 New images show off the contextual portion of the BlackBerry Passport keyboard
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Although BlackBerry CEO John Chen has gone hands on with the BlackBerry Passport and despite the fact we now know more about the keyboard on the whole, we've yet to really see the keyboard as it was meant to be used in action. As it was described by BlackBerry, the keyboard will offer different options depending on where you are in the OS and what application you're using.

In addition to the Passport's very clean physical QWERTY keyboard, we have added a dynamic virtual row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you're typing a password on-screen, numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords will automatically pop up. Or if you're typing an e-mail address, the '@' symbol will be displayed. Or if you're surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. And if you need access to any special symbol or character, just swipe down on the keyboard to see all of them at once.

It's an interesting idea and a new way to make use of the keyboard but how does it all look? Well, some new images offer up a first look at how it will all be implemented though they do in some ways raise even more questions about how the keyboard will work. Have a look through them, there's only three for now.

I'm not so sure about the on-screen buttons on the side, they seem to be too small to me but maybe it's just the images. Of course, leaked images never tell the full story anyway as we all should have learned from the first batch leaked images of the Passport. People hated the device and have now fallen in love with it. I really want to see someone who has been using the keyboard for a while now actually putting to use. A video of that would be nice right about now.

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Jun 24, 2014 BlackBerry Passport will show there is a better way to accomplish more with its touch-enabled keyboard
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That's according to BlackBerry who may have just slipped up a bit on a post to their Inside BlackBerry blog. You see, the post went live not that long ago but now it has gone missing meaning whatever was contained in the post, BlackBerry was not quite ready to say as of yet. However, it's the internet and nothing published to the internet can just disappear into the ether and the post has been captured.

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Jun 23, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: BlackBerry Passport vs. BlackBerry Classic - Which do you prefer?
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Now that it has been a few days and folks have had some time to gather up all the available details about the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic, we figured we'd put up a poll to see where each device stands in terms of love from BlackBerry fans.

On one hand the BlackBerry Passport is a new style from BlackBerry and many people after having seen the real deal have changed their thoughts on it. On the other hand, the BlackBerry Classic looks like an an aggressive revamp of the much loved Bold line and has won many people over based on that alone.

So, which do you prefer? Passport? Classic? Let us know in the poll or drop your thoughts on both devices in the comments. We'll do a follow up after a day or so and let everyone know which device came out on top!

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Jun 20, 2014 BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is in a position right now many of us wouldn't mind being in when it comes to getting his hands on the latest BlackBerry devices. Yesterday during the media session we caught plenty of great images of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic but today over at BNN, they posted up a video of John Chen giving a brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport. So awesome. Unfortunately, BNN doesn't offer any embed options for their video so you'll have to head on over to the site in order to watch it or check out the video Kevin captured and posted to Instagram.

There's been plenty of talk about the Passport since its unveiling yesterday so make sure you stop by the CrackBerry Forums if you're looking to discuss it more or see what others are saying about it.

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Jun 19, 2014 Join the discussion in our BlackBerry Passport Forum!
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Grab your Passport!

It's official. The highly anticipated BlackBerry Windermere device will be known as the BlackBerry Passport, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The announcement came during today's Q1 earnings call, and the device is due to be unveiled this September at a launch event in London.

Personally I think the name of the device is spot on. It's about the same size as a Passport (so wide!), and the name should resonate well with business travelers.

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Jun 14, 2014 The Beta Test is Over.
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BlackBerry Classic Keyboard

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already proven to be a very pragmatic leader, willing to make difficult decisions in order to keep the company afloat. He has said on many occasions that he'll exit the handset segment entirely if it proves to be in the best interest of the company, but has also made it clear that it's among the last things he wants to do. BlackBerry smartphones maintain the company's identity and are truly their heart and soul, but they've also become a financial burden that can't be ignored.

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Jun 02, 2014 Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!
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Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport (windermere) when it becomes available!!

UPDATE: The BlackBerry Windermere is officially the Passport — the BlackBerry Classic will be launching in November!

June is here and I wanted to start the month with an awesome CrackBerry contest. I was thinking about giving away an in-market phone like the BlackBerry Z30 or Q10, but I know so many of you in our CrackBerry audience are already looking forward to two new flagship BlackBerry 10 devices that will be coming to market in the months ahead: the BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport.

The BlackBerry Classic has already been officially announced by BlackBerry, and brings the traditional BlackBerry trackpad and menu and back buttons to the BlackBerry 10 experience. The "Windermere" is still rumored, but is looking to be pretty 'effen cool, with some crazy specs that include a BIG display and a capacitive touch keyboard. If you win this contest, you'll get an IOU for whichever device you choose, as soon as the phones become available. For more info on these phones, visit our BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry "Windermere" topic pages.

How To Enter:

Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article letting us know which of the two phones you'd want to win, and why. Contest is open worldwide. Contest ends midnight PST on June 30th.

That's it for this one. Enter. Enter now. And good luck!!

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May 28, 2014 BlackBerry Windermere shows off 8 Active Frames on the homescreen
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The biggest device in the rumor mill at this point has to be the BlackBerry Windermere (AKA Q30). It's all but official at this point — having shown up in various places now more than a few times. The Windermere will be sporting a big 4.5" 1440x1440 display, and that means tons of room on the homescreen for not only apps, but also Active Frames.

Windermere with 8 Active Frames

The Windermere will show 8 Active Frames in total on one screen — 4 full-size and 4 half-size. Whether you'll still be able to scroll to a second page, or change the Active Frame settings, we're not quite sure.

Windermere Active Frames

A cleaner look at 3 Active Frames across the Windermere screen. As you can see, the screen is much wider and thus allows for 3 frames across rather than just 2. More Active Frames means better productivity — so bring it on!

Windermere Homescreen Icons

With the 1440x1440 display, the homescreen icons now stretch 5-wide, meaning a total of 20 icons on the homescreen. This matches up with the Z30 (4 icons with 5 rows) so not a drastic change, but still plenty of room for all of your most-used apps.

Windermere Quick Settings

There will be lots of room to navigate on the WIndermere, and here we get a nice look at the quick settings dropdown. A big change from the cramped screen of the Q5 & Q10.

Where current BlackBerry 10 devices allow for 8 Active Frames across two screens (by scrolling down), it appears as if Windermere may actually allow for 8 on one screen. These images were posted to the CrackBerry forums and show how the added screen space makes it easy to pack in some extra frames, and the Windermere does so by having 4 full-size and 4 half-size Active Frames on one page — pretty nifty.

Just one of the many new features we can expect when the long-rumored BlackBerry Windermere arrives (hopefully) later this year.

Are more Active Frames awesome? Or too much? Sound off in the comments!

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Wilson_Shelby

I would love to upgrade from my z10. May I be picked to win?

sebofanelephoto

Oh! I just love the name, the shape and it looks sexy to me. BlackBerry Passport sounds just fine, I go with it.

Popi Westhaver

I have the playbook and a blackberry z10. Love them both. Would be really nice to combine both of them into One :., The passport. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enter the contest.

anthony poll

again blackberry leads the way in creative new concepts. .the o/s and programs offer a win win client experience. .a passport to satisfying and productive use...

filteredisco

i'm using blackberry Z10 rite now,hope i can be the first who used this blackberry,can't wait to see this passport, good shape, classic, just perfect...hoping available soon in my country

mmnw

I own 6 blackberrys. One even has a small antenna. I am a diehard blackberry fan, never want any other.
This phone looks so fun to use, and quite an upgrade from my old school phones.
I don't know what to say, except, I REALLY want this phone..

Thank you for your consideration

Brent Cedric Pizarra

Since I had my blackberry bold 9000, I didn't stop to be a blackberry lover and user. I love blackberry so much. Now I want to have the blackberry passport. It really looks so great and it still shows some elegance. I want this Blackberry Passport so much as in really badly.

mrzmrz

I love to see a phone designed by Klingons lol, the only man phone I have ever seen, no more dainty curves or fluorescent colours . I will buy this thing ASAP to look different then everyone else and stab you in the eye with my corners if you piss me off, I hope I can sharpen them lol kablak

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