BlackBerry Passport Review
BlackBerry Reviews | 321 Comments BlackBerry Passport Review BlackBerry Passport ReviewA new twist on the classic QWERTY design by Bla1ze 24 September 2014 The BlackBerry Passport has finally arrived and it has brought a new twist to the classic QWERTY BlackBerry design. From the...

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Oct 20, 2014 Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his new BlackBerry Passport
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Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his BlackBerry Passport. Stopping by Global TV to talk about his new book Inside the Test Kitchen, he brought along his BlackBerry Passport to show off some of his culinary skills using some photos but got a little sidetracked when the hosts asked specifically about his smartphone of choice. His answer is pretty awesome. Check out the video below.

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Oct 17, 2014 BlackBerry Passport demand has exceeded expectations
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That's according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen who was in Hong Kong to attend the Technologies that Matter forum hosted by MIT Enterprise. It's certainly no secret that a lot of folks have had their shipments placed on back order, earlier we posted about how ShopBlackBerry shipments were now resuming, but it's also no secret the device has been selling out whenever its been made available.

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Oct 15, 2014 Search for IMDB gets updated with BlackBerry Passport support
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Search for IMDB

Just a quick one for you movie buffs that have picked up a BlackBerry Passport. S4BB's application - Search for IMDB has been updated in the last 24 hours to offer full Passport support and it sure looks great.

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Oct 13, 2014 Amazon now sending out delivery estimate updates for Passport orders
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Have you ordered a BlackBerry Passport from Amazon and been waiting for it to ship? If so, you'll want to keep an eye on your inbox for a status update from Amazon. The company has now sent out several emails letting customers know their orders have been processed along with letting them know their new delivery estimates.

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Oct 11, 2014 My top 10 game selection for the BlackBerry Passport
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Passport Games

When it comes to games, what you will like very much varies from user to user. Although the BlackBerry Passport is portrayed to be a business device and of course it serves that purpose beautifully, you'll also be pleased to hear that gaming is also great on that whopping square display.

Although I don't tend to spend an awful lot of time playing games (apart from reviewing them) there are certain ones that I like to have on my BlackBerry for when times of boredom set in - such as in the doctor's office or on a train journey.

So for you folk that are picking up the new BlackBerry Passport I thought I would put together a quick list of 10 of my favorites that work perfectly on the Passport.

We've featured them all before since BlackBerry 10 hit the scene so if you want to see them in action you can click the links to check out the original posts of which many contain a video.

And as you can see from the screenshots below they look pretty sweet on the Passports square screen.

Nevermaze

The concept with NeverMaze is very straight forward - the app will auto generate a maze and you need to maneuver the orange icon to the purple one. The graphics are pretty basic but the colors complement each other well and although I'm not super excited about this one myself it is a little addictive.

The game play is smooth and although lacking any background music (which may have been nice) the game may also be a great one for the kids. The developer states that there are billions of mazes available so you will more than likely never see the same one twice which is a nice touch.

More information/Download NeverMaze for BlackBerry 10

BrickBreaker Bold

BrickBreaker - an old classic got a revamp for BlackBerry 10 and what a beauty it is. With the BlackBerry Passport there are two control options. Option one is to just touch your character and drag him in the direction you wish him to go. And because of the hardware keyboard in place on these devices you can also use this. Just hit up the 'Q' and "P' keys for left and right. On the intermediate level though you have to use the keyboard controls - a wee bit harder.

More information/Download BrickBreaker Bold for BlackBerry 10

Ten Pin Shuffle

There are normally a ton of bowling style games on any mobile platform. 10 Pin Shuffle is the best I have ever used and I've been around the block. The game is a perfect example of how great gaming is on BlackBerry 10. It brings us stunning smooth graphics and even some pretty realistic sound effects. If you want a great game then this one is worth a look for sure.

But you don't just get one game with 10 Pin Shuffle - there are three within the game and I'd urge you to check it out.

More information/Download 10 Pin Shuffle Bowling for BlackBerry 10

Chain Dots

Chain Dots is a beautiful, simple, puzzle style game which will be perfect for when you have a minute to kill. I say a minute as that's how long each game takes.

Once you start Chain Dots you are presented with a grid of colored dots and its just a case of drawing a line between adjoining ones that are of the same color. This can be done in any direction and in reality there are no limits in terms of how many dots you may get in the chain. The longer the chain - the more points you earn and its all about how high you can score in 60 seconds.

More information/Download Chain Dots for BlackBerry 10

Stick Tennis

There's a whole load of different tournaments to choose from with Stick Tennis and initially you will be given a short tutorial of how the controls work. They are really simple though - serving is achieved by tapping the screen and then a second tap to hit the ball. After that, returning shots is all about swiping. You can swipe in any direction - the only downside here is that when performing an upwards swipe you need to get used to not swiping the phones bezel or it will minimize the app back into its Active Frame.

With decent graphics are VERY realistic sound effects Stick Tennis is a gem. Go and have a go yourself. I bet you will agree with me.

More information/Download Stick Tennis for BlackBerry 10

Kiwi Wonder

Kiwi Wonder is a simple concept - where your kiwi soars from left to right collecting coins and bonus items - but avoiding other birds, which will kill you.

Controlling your Kiwi is achieved just by tapping the display to make him go up, and then releasing, where gravity will pull him down.

The graphics with Kiwi Wonder are absolutely stunning, as is the background music which has a kind of Hawaiian style to it. From start until finish the game is a real joy to play. Give it a go and see what you think?

More information/Download Kiwi Wonder for BlackBerry 10

Twist Pilot

With Twist Pilot you control Phil who is a red.........thing. Phil likes to collect the gold rings but what he doesn't like is bumping into the walls in the game or the nasty spiders. In fact he makes a rather comical noise when that happens. Where things get interesting and puzzle like is that due to Phil being a funny shape he can't fit through all the gaps - unless you wait for him to rotate. He is constantly spinning you see and when you come to a tight hole you will need to ease Phil through when he is at his thinnest point.

More information/Download Twist Pilot for BlackBerry 10

Run in Crowd

First to hit the BlackBerry PlayBook the premise of Run in Crowd is actually quite straightforward - run and jump. When you start the level you and a few other gamers are in the same position, but that quickly changes as you are forced to run as the world gets faster and faster. You will want to keep an eye out for obstacles and large voids in the games world. The longer you run, the higher your score as well as the bigger bragging rights when you see yourself as the number one on the worldwide leader boards.

More information/Download Run in Crowd for BlackBerry 10

Fly Cargo

Fly Cargo is another game that was first out on the PlayBook. The aim of the game is to fly your helicopter around the screen picking up cargo and delivering it its destination point. Sounds simple - it isn't! Things are slightly different on the Passport due to the screen dimensions but it still plays beautifully.

There is both a free version and a paid one if you get addicted - which you probably will! I LOVE this game.

More information/Download Fly Cargo (free) for BlackBerry 10

Saving Yello

Saving Yello gives us everything thing we want from a game. Superb graphics, great sound, fantastic game play and even a cute little character that you control. The aim of the game is to get Yello (who is a goldfish) into his fish bowl. This is achieved by using a kind of catapult style movement, much the same as we have seen with the likes of Angry Birds.

Once you touch Yello you move your finger left and right to select the direction and then move back and forth to choose the power level of the shot. Release your finger and off he goes - simple. However, things get a little more tricky after the first level.

More information/Download Saving Yello for BlackBerry 10

Game Over

That's my top ten that I chose to download to my Passport for when I'm in a gaming mood. There are a couple I wanted to include but after loading them up they just don't work properly and clearly need updating to accommodate the Passport. In the meantime there's still a huge selection to choose from.

Happy gaming.

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Oct 10, 2014 Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.0.1418 for the BlackBerry Passport
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When it comes to OS updates for the BlackBerry Passport, Rogers seems to be leading the pack. They were the first carrier to roll out an update before the device was fully officially announced and now they've gone ahead and released another. Now appearing on Passports is software update v10.3.0.908 otherwise known as OS v10.3.0.1418.

The update doesn't really specify what has changed, but folks in the CrackBerry Forums are already digging through it. Of course, you don't really need to be on Rogers to receive the update either. The files are available for loading yourself if you wish and if you hold out a bit later, I'm sure some autoloaders will be created.

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Oct 09, 2014 BlackBerry takes over the front page of the Economic Times India
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BlackBerry has been no stranger to taking out newspaper ads recently. Just last month they took out an ad in The Globe and Mail across Ontario, but this time around they've gone further and arguably wider with a more creative ad.

The October 9th issue of The Economic Times India features a BlackBerry Passport on the whole front page along with a full page Amazon ad further in the issue also promoting the BlackBerry Passport. You can catch both shots of the ad below or fire up PressReader and grab the copies for yourself.

PS: The BlackBerry Passport will be officially available from retailers in India starting October 10th. With that in mind, you start to see how clever the ad really is beyond the visual impact of it.

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Oct 08, 2014 BlackBerry Passport now available through Expansys USA
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BlackBerry Passport

Anyone hunting for somewhere to pick up a BlackBerry Passport should check out Expansys, as their U.S. arm has just announced availability. Considering ShopBlackBerry is out of stock, you may want to snag one before they run out.

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Oct 07, 2014 BlackBerry Passport launched in Hong Kong
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If you live in Hong Kong and have patiently been awaiting the arrival of the BlackBerry Passport, your wait is over. The device has now officially been announced at a launch event held earlier today and is available for ordering across several ordering channels of HKT such as CSL and 1010 with a suggested retail price of $6288 HKD. Nice to see the Passport roll out so quickly to all the different regions. If you haven't already, be sure to read our full CrackBerry review of the BlackBerry Passport.

via: BlackBerryClubs.com

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Oct 06, 2014 Here's how you disassemble a BlackBerry Passport
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If for whatever reason you're looking to tear apart your brand new BlackBerry Passport, there's now a new video that will help you along. The folks over at BlackBerryVietNamForum have tore down a BlackBerry Passport to get a closer at look how it was all put together. It's certainly not as meticulous as an iFixIt teardown but it should serve the intended purpose if you are really needing to get a closer look at the insides.

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Oct 03, 2014 Here's how to ensure you get LTE on your BlackBerry Passport while using AT&T
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Did you just pick up a brand new BlackBerry Passport and are trying to use it on AT&T but not getting LTE? Here's the thing. Carrier systems are often tricky and sometimes they don't place so nice with devices they don't fully recognize or weren't directly purchased through them. For the most part, AT&T is device friendly and under normal circumstances you can just pop your SIM card in an go but some new Passport owners haven't been able to get LTE on AT&T despite the fact the device is 110% compatible. Heck, my Passport review was done on AT&T with LTE.

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Oct 02, 2014 BlackBerry marketing gets a kick in the pants from advertising and marketing firm Gyro
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Have you noticed there has been more marketing coming out of BlackBerry lately? The launch of the BlackBerry Passport has brought forth plenty of new videos, new imagery, new ad placements, new slogans and more. For years now, BlackBerry fans have been asking for marketing muscle from BlackBerry and according to Advertising Age, BlackBerry has heard folks loud and clear and has brought on business-to-business advertising and marketing firm Gyro to help the company remake the brand.

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Oct 01, 2014 The BlackBerry hard shell case adds quick and easy protection to your BlackBerry Passport
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If you picked up a brand new BlackBerry Passport or are planning on doing so eventually then chances are good that you're also going to be looking into picking up a case to protect your new device. One of the first cases to hit the ShopCrackBerry Store for the BlackBerry Passport was the official BlackBerry Hard Shell and we even showed it off a bit in our own BlackBerry Passport review.

Since then, many folks have asked about it, and considering the fact I've been using it for a while now I figured I'd share some quick thoughts on it for anyone who might be considering grabbing one for themselves to protect their BlackBerry Passport.

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Sep 30, 2014 Vodafone UK to offer the BlackBerry Passport starting October 1st but only to Business customers
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Looking for a BlackBerry Passport on Vodafone in the UK? They'll have it starting October 1st as confirmed on their own forums but it comes with catch. When released, the BlackBerry Passport will only be available to those with a business account on Vodafone.

A 'business decision' that could change in the future according to Vodafone reps but for now remains the case. At this point, pricing for the device on Vodafone still hasn't been revealed but we'll update when it becomes available. If you're not willing to wait or don't have a business account though, the folks at Carphone Warehouse will have no issues with getting you a BlackBerry Passport.

You also have the option of telling Vodafone their business decision sucks and is terrible if you wish (and you should) if this actually affects your purchasing options. After all, I'm sure if they get enough flak for it, it'll be a business decision to reverse it.

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BlackBerry Passport

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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.

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...

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

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

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.

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

Blackberry (smh), this is a winning companies' phone; however (in the same BB fashion), they didn't go all out.
Watch as some other manufactures copy this phone and put in a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (Quad HD) which is the standards for phones , leaving BB in the rear AGAIN!
Come on blackberry stop coming late to the party!!..dang!

Hi! I m from Nepal and unable to access BlackBerry World.when I tried to open it says,"there was a connection problem.BlackBerry world must closed " please help me. how can I fix it? It bring a huge problem.i am unable to download any app

i am using a Q10, this a nice device to use for my personal, the only problem i am facing is battery backup, overall its an amazing device, much better then any android device.

I am a Chinese, six months ago I started to pay attention BlackBerry Z10 phone, I like it very much, but in our country do not have, two months ago, I finally decided to "adventure" from the United States to buy one, then use to make me more like BlackBerry. See this Blackberry passport, so I was very surprised, very much like to have it, after seeing friends and colleagues are also very fond of, I believe this will make more people like blackberry passport!

this is great,so so unique and uncommon,this is witty invention,its look so nice,BRAVO BLACKBERRY.am sutre this will set another pace in the world of technology.

I am luvvin' the Passport.
Me want one.Me likey!!!.
The screen display looks as sharp as a tack,and it is so different to anything out there just now.
This should/must be the must have phone.
I love my Z10 to bits,and would not part with BB10 OS for a second.
But I would trade in my Z10 in a hearbeat for the Passport and BB10.3 :)

They still not seem to get it right: Passport sold out in UK and Germany, but still available in France, Canada and the US. Why does this always happen at the start? I have no idea about supply chains, and I understand that you need specific models for almost every country (QWERTZ, QWERTY etc.), but is it to bold to think that you'll sell more of those hot phones in large economies like UK and Germany than the few they might have sold from yesterday until this morning? WHY??? No ads, no marketing and no product on sale. If I had shares of BBRY, I'd sell today.

Got my Passport today. Screen is amazing. Love it. So, where do I get a SIM card for AT&T wireless for it? Tried to swap out a SIM card in an AT&T locked Q10, but it is too big.

If Blackberry is really serious about the rebirth of their smartphones and want to compete with Apple and Samsung, what rationale would support them not releasing the phone soon after its debut? Why the long wait for release in countries like the US where there are a number of consumers who want an alternative? Why not allow providers other than AT&T to offer the Passport when it finally comes to the US? In all, you can't sell pencils if there are no pencils on the shelf for the consumer to buy!!

I'll stay with my Z10 for a while.. might be skipping this Passport with 10.3.1 upgrade and wait for next offering from BB

Does the Blackberry Passport have Blackberry Bridge and internet tethering to connect with the Playbook?

Have posted 3 questions but no replies so far...
C'mon experts please say something...
Here are again my 3 questions:
Does the Blackberry Passport....
1) have Blackberry Bridge and internet tethering to connect with the Playbook?
2) work with the TMobile network?
3) run Whatsapp?

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