From the Editor's Desk: September

By Bla1ze on 31 Aug 2014 09:57 pm EDT

The month of September is finally upon us and while things might be a little bit slow this weekend due to Labor day long weekend, September is the month many of us have been looking forward to and it's going to be rather busy. As we learned back in June during the Q1 2015 Earnings Report, BlackBerry is planning to make a full announcement surrounding the BlackBerry Passport this month and we will be covering everything that goes along with it such as a full review and more!

In fact, where the BlackBerry Passport comes with BlackBerry OS 10.3, we're going to have to go ahead and give that a full on review as well over and above the actual BlackBerry Passport review. A lot has changed in BlackBerry OS 10.3, those who have loaded leaked or developer versions will know what I'm referring to. Where the changes are pretty huge, I don't think anyone would mind a fresh review, right?

I'm pretty excited for the next month and despite the fact a lot of BlackBerry Passport information has leaked out pretty heavily, a lot of the reviews and hands-on have been based on pre-release devices and have come from folks who shall we say, aren't exactly hitting on some of the more technical points that folks interested in buying the device are waiting to see. Plus, nothing beats getting a device in your own hands and forming your own opinions so hopefully, the time from official announcement to availability is short.

Aside from that, I'm thinking BlackBerry will have a few other things to announce as well outside of just the BlackBerry Passport. What could those be? Well, the obvious is BlackBerry Blend and the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 but there just might be a few other things as well this month. Maybe the BlackBerry Z3 LTE? We'll just have to wait and see.

In any case, the month of September is going to be a busy one here at CrackBerry and one I'm looking forward to it all, hopefully you are as well. That's all for now, enjoy the remainder of your weekend everyone!

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From the Editor's Desk: September


then expect to be disappointed.

I'll be surprised if it drops before early November...

when tempering expectations it's always good to; 1) consider the past history of device announcements/releases of this company, and 2) lean towards the side of being realistic rather than optimistic...

John Chen has done a masterful job of (almost) righting a sinking ship, but I would still be shocked if they drop it be end of Sept without even having officially announced the Passport yet.. That said, I hope they do, and that would certainly be proof of complete culture change at BlackBerry.

It was the third of September that day I always remember.

Papa was a Rolling Stone - Temptations circa 1972, Undisputed Truth circa 1971

Can't wait. Wish they would set a date on the Passport unveiling. Agree, the latest Passport reviews have been not so good.

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I disagree. Passport reviews have been positive imho. But so have the z30 reviews, except they couldn't say "too late" on passport specs though

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I don't think he was referring to the end result or opinion of the device but rather the quality of the reviews when it comes to actually showing off the device and such.

Haha.. I always look for that particular punchline in articles related to BlackBerry 10 - "toolatettoolittle". Usually accomplished by a dozen exclamation marks.

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Now that the Passport is almost due for release and having tried the Z10 for almost a full year, I can say I now know I'm a keyboard guy, however, I was not willing to give up screen real state anymore. Because of that the Q10 was not an option for me. Now that this new baby is about to be born in public, I'm going all in on it, back to my keyboard roots and hopefully to never look back again on screen keyboards.
I am more excited than when the Z10 was launched on January 2010 :)

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Rooting for openVPN option for the official release of 10.3 plus LTE Z3 available direct from shopblackberry site.

Frosty White Q10/

I wish they understand that Z10 is due for upgrade (a powerful battery and more power to processor and RAM) making LTE Z3 is not necessary as Z10 upgrade

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

My biggest draw for Z10 against Z30 is removable battery. I never hug any wall since i buy the charger bundle. I'm heavy user and my Z10 last about 5-6 hours. And if BlackBerry doesn't make any Full touch with removable battery next year. I might as well move to Android device.

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I had a z10 and I got about 5 hours out of it. I routinely get 12-14 hours of very heavy use out of my Z30. No wall hugging necessary.

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I definitely second that because I was and am in the same boat.. Z30 trumps the Z10 by miles in battery life to the point that removable battery is no longer applicable

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Seriously, I charge my Z30 every other day... I was disappointed about the non-removable battery at first but it doesn't matter! Sure as hell wouldn't move to Android just because of a battery! C'mon.

Posted from my awesome Z30 :-D

I barly charge my Z10. I just take out the full battery of my charger bundle plug it into my Z10 and I'm good to go.

Try that with the Z30 or the Passport

Z10 LE (red) #00167 OS10.2.2.1531

I like the size of the Z10 better. It fits comfortably in my pocket, and if I need a bigger screen I hook it up to the TV. What I really want is a new slider, though. I miss my keyboard, but I won't sacrifice my landscape orientable screen.

I have more friends because I do drugs!!

The Z30 is a great option for upgrading from the Z10.
I have never had a battery issue. The only time it was close was when I was playing candy crush... even still 7am-11pm the worst was 18% remaining, solved that problem by deleting the app now the lowest is around 60%.

As for the size if you take the Z30 and put it on top of the Z10 the size difference is VERY small and you inherit a much larger screen.

At this point if my Z30 were to break I would happily go out and replace it phone for phone, I did see a white passport the other day the size of that beast is impressive but after asking the user what he would pick, his answer was the Z30.
Take that for what you will, just shows that it's still important for BlackBerry to focus on keyboard and full touch device development, even when it comes to their own employees

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I am on the same boat however; I don't want to get the Z30 and then something comparable to z10 gets released. Plus, I wanna see the BlackBerry Passport before upgrading to getting an all touch phone.

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I hope so!

Someone saw me with a Q10, and got all excited.
I noticed he was toting a Bold, so I told him to wait for the Classic*... hopefully he doesn't have to wait too long :p

* he asked how I knew, and I told him I read about BlackBerry news on the web :) I should've mentioned CrackBerry!

Hilarious! Lol
You and your wet noodle win the Internetz for the day.

Frosty White Q10/

Gonna make my noodle wet now and have a shower...
Good morning!


 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Hey Bla1ze, why did you miss iPhone 6 release???
I see iGuys crying....

From 8703e till Z10. BB rocks!!!

On the real though... if Apple does finally adopt NFC, it has the potential to push it into the mainstream even further. Yes, we'll all make fun of Apple for coming in late but the truth is, them even joining the party can help.

Its already been reported that Apple has made a deal with Amex, Visa and MasterCard for secure mobile payments so yeah I'd say NFC is coming.

Apple better step up its security game big time if they want into the mobile payments arena through NFC...especially after today's iCloud Celebs hacking debacle.

"Fly Eagles Fly" | White Q10 on VZW from Philly

Did you see the cnbc interview? They think the phone market has matured and they do not need anything more than what they have!!!!!!!!!

Ha! Invented NFC. Sounds about right for Apple.

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800$ for the Passport? You saw it's hardware specs? Very old I think it's 599 without contract

Z10 LE (red) #00167 OS10.2.2.1531

How much you factor in for the new touch-enabled keyboard?

It's not all about the Snapdragon and Qualcomm gear...

Paratek antenna anyone?

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Really looking forward to the Passport unveiling. Quite likely my next choice for a BlackBerry - my Z10 is still going strong, but I really want a hardware KB again. I just hope that the pricing is a bit more realistic than it was for the Z10 on initial release, in order to help early sales.

I'm expecting $700+ unlocked. definitely a case and screen protector for me :D and I may have to quit smoking because I'll need both hands to use the thing. At this point though I can only hope there is a model compatible with tmobile usa lte

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So it's gonna be good for you...

Kick the (cigarette) butt... :-)

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

I don't remember the re-review of the Z10 with BlackBerry 10.2.1 that was supposed to happen. As in "this is what BlackBerry would have wanted to launch with" or something to that regard.

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The quad core snapdragon 800 is arguably the best and most stable CPUs on the market.

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Some people seem to forget that more cores and bigger processors also mean faster battery drain.

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*can mean

Some cores can be turned off to save battery. And turned on for extra grunt which can even help save battery in cases when a dual-core CPU struggles...

Depends on the tech and implementation. So MOAR can be better :-)

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Oh I can't wait to see a full review of the passport! I keep changing my mind on getting one! I guess what I am mostly worry about is how it will fit in my pocket, I wear slim jeans... and I really only have a phone in my pocket is when I go out... can't risk putting it in my back pocket!

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Isn't there an earnings report at the end of the month? It'll be a year since they announced the failure of the Z10 and putting BlackBerry up for sale. At least a think it was a year ago.

While I eagerly await getting my hands on a Passport, I also have a great interest in how far the company has come in the last 12 months.

The time is finally upon us to see BlackBerry innovation swim or sink. This device is the game changer of game changers, and can pull A LOT of people from iPhone as well as Windows Phone. Let's see how well the marketing is for these two(2) new devices...because that's why BB10 didn't take off like it should have.

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Blaze, one story not covered: how BlackBerry is actually meeting deadlines. The execution definitely improved.

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Bla1ze... what do you know damn it? Stop playing dumb... we all know you know something(s) and just aren't telling. Spill the beans brotha...

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I'm looking forward to the crackberry review of the passport. I've always waited anxiously for the crackberry reviews of new blackberries because no one understands blackberry better than crackberry.

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If you thought the Z30 battery life was good, wait until you try the Passport! Agree that the Z10 battery was insufficient for a BB, but at least it was replaceable. There's no need for a spare battery with a Z30 or Passport.

For BlackBerry's sake, I hope they do a good bit of marketing upon the release of the Passport. Releasing the Passport to the general public, without so much as an acknowledgment of its existence, will only perpetuate the myth BlackBerry is dead already and do nothing to remedy the situation.

Does anyone know if the passport has the same exiting Paratek antenna like the Z30?

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I never heard that BlackBerry did something without postponing it for several times. So I'm a bit sceptic about the release dates.

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Does it seem strange that BlackBerry has not yet announced a date for the launch of the passport and 10.3? Apple has its date. Either BlackBerry is late (again), or its strategy. If late, it will seriously erode Chen's record. If strategy, what is the thinking..?

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I was so excited for the passport until I tried 10.3. Now I am undecided. I really don't like 10.3 - C00012735/ Mike Garson Photography - C00471EA8

I'm sure the official 10.3 will be much better! It has been this way in each OS release.. started out shaky and ended up solid!

I can see every one enjoyed having Z10. We'll I'm HAPPY too with my Q10. I will be even Happier when the Passport arrives, since I'm so in love with keyboards. I regard my Q10 as my plump 1st born. Now I'm expecting my fat 2ddn born Lololol . I'm Going Big this Moth!!!

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September is the merry-go-round month. My month. My Passport!! Bring it on BlackBerry!!

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This is the deciding month of my stocks. $bbry will go up or down. Looking into some option trading too.

Let's go BlackBerry!!! Make me some cash and I will celebrate with my Passport purchase.

With or without a review I'm getting the BlackBerry Passport. It's different and that's what matters to me...

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People who have a Z10s and are draining their batteries quickly may have their phones on full blast. Example, if you have news feeds, do you have it on manual or push notifications. Do you always have your wifi and bluetooth on? These things draw a lot of power.... Perhaps, I don't use my Z10 enough. That's a possibility, too. Just food for thought.


Had that problem with media sharing being enabled by default on 10.1/10.2

Turned it off and battery lasts all day now.

I wonder if people even know it's running.

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The future looks promising for BlackBerry! I'm liking where it's headed! Get your Passports to a new beginning..

They really need to make a better use-case. For the BlackBerry faithful (myself included) the passport can be an easy sell. But for someone who thinks that the need a rectangle screen, there is no reason to take the passport seriously.

"hip to be square" is not a compelling use case. They need to show, "Look how this work flow becomes much more fluid, intuitive and functional".

Hopefully the official release will be combined with immediate availability in at least some areas. Making people wait a month really kills the momentum. It's like hurry up and wait. People don't want to wait weeks to a month after something is announced. This would be especially sucky since the iPhone 6 will already be available.

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I agree with you, they should make it available for pre-order on the same day they release Passport. They don't have any room for error on this one.

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Happy blackberry sporting labour day!! :D

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Agreed- a new passport would be an incredible birthday present.i turn 50 at the end of September.
I'll miss my Zed 10- the best phone I've ever owned...but I got the hots bad for a new passport!
Bring it on black berry, and bring it on quick!!!

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my god that is so ugly, the classic and the e1 looks just as bad, its massive and people like massive but not wide massive but long massive, that is going to fit in like no ones jeans pocket, are they stupid?

September will be the month when BlackBerry will reinventing itself. I am counting the days of Passport launch at Dubai.

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Having been a long time Blackberry user I like what I have seen lately from them. Looking back I remember how I felt when I got my first, kind of a feeling of prestige. I haven't felt that way with the ol' BlackBerry for a long time. The Z10 and Q10 were big steps in the right direction, although I still feel as though things aren't the same. We as Blackberry users are still often deemed as lesser citizens. I currently use a Z30, that I got off of shop Blackberry for an incredibly low $350, and know that it's as good as any phone out there. Public perception is not the same however. When the Passport is released I will go and get it. I believe that it will be a superior device, I just hope that Blackberry will do a good job of convincing everyone else of the same.

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So iPhone 6 is here... well well I see they have a bit of BlackBerry with the NFC And Android with the girth, no more new useless inventions. The only thing I liked about iPhone was the look, champagne gold 5s is a thing of beauty but they lost that too lol. BlackBerry has lacked and been slow in many parts but their products have always been useful once you use it you can't do without it. I'm for open source but I find Android to be cluttered plus all droids look the same as for iPhone I've never used one cause I can't afford. Anyway I love my Z10 will never give it up but I'm saving up to buy BlackBerry Classic in white I really need it.

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