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This is a pre-release review of the BlackBerry Passport. It was written by @halobandit based on his views of using the device personally.
By Team CrackBerry on 29 Jun 2014 03:39 pm EDT
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There are few things these days (especially smartphones) that have the ability to surprise me. I walked into work yesterday and a friend of mine points at me asking me to come over. He reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out this slate-looking thing and turns it around. It was a BlackBerry Passport. I have not stopped smiling since then.

I'm guessing the excitement is there among BlackBerry users considering I woke up to a fully drained phone this morning from all the twitter chatter and I figured no better place than CrackBerry to share my experiences with it. In this pre-review, I'm not comparing it to any other devices because in all honesty, there is no real comparison to be made. It's in a league of its own.

[Editor's Note: This is a pre release pre-review of the BlackBerry Passport. It was written by @halobandit based on his views of using the device personally. Some of the information in this review is certainly subject to change because again, it's based on a pre release BlackBerry Passport that has been confirmed to NOT be a final hardware revision. Upon official release of the BlackBerry Passport we will have our own CrackBerry review as always when new BlackBerry smartphones hit the market.]

Initial BlackBerry Passport Impressions

 

This is not your traditional BlackBerry. It's unlike anything you've ever held and an entirely new form factor. With this device, BlackBerry has created its own niche market. You won't find any university students using this. Don't expect the passport to be your go-to for selfies, or your music player at the gym. The much-loved Q10 was and still is a phenomenal device. It has now grown up and you are in for a treat.

The Passport is a completely different feel when you pick it up. It's not the classic design, not at this size. For a second it felt like I was picking up a sexy new twist to the original Gameboy and that's a compliment. The keyboard has a different feeling too. It's too wide for one hand. The keys are smoother than anything before. They're almost a tad slippery. I've been told that they have been improved upon since this generation of prototype. The backside had a felt-like feeling to it. Not like the Q10, but more like the Z10 and was easy to grip. With a phone this size and weight, the grippiness goes a long way.

This is not your traditional BlackBerry.

The Passport weighs in at 6 and 7/8th oz. Also, it's really wide. I know the screen is just as tall, but the keyboard makes it feel wide. I had a passerby say it looked like a flattened Sidekick. I couldn't help but agree. What it truly reminded me of was my trusted 8800. It had the same feel. The keys were wide too. I'll get to the keyboard in a bit, but the keys felt empty visually. It's because there were no other markings on it. No punctuation of any sort. Just plain dedicated QWERTY. It really threw me off.

The screen is one of such elegance, that it even made the most diehard iPhone user smile. It's got one of the sharpest screens out there and the UI that felt cramped on the Q10 now is unleashed in a fashion that renders you hopelessly in love. It's not the traditional screen. You want to type. On the left and right sides, it very gently curves down as it goes to meet the side. It's nothing that would change the looks of the phone, but it feels nicer. More buttery.

I have purchased every single iPhone. My biggest complaint about how thin they are is that, as they get thinner, they become increasingly more difficult to pick up off of a table if they are not in a case. The Passport has dealt with it. The bottom curves up enough to make it very easy to pick up. The sides have a sort of brushed aluminum look and the buttons on the right side are very nicely spaced out. On the top sits the familiar lock / standby / power button while the speaker opening is on the bottom.

 

630 comments

Kevin Michaluk

Yeeeee haaaaaa!!!! Nice first review of the Passport.

Awesome review @halobandit! I was thinking it reminded me of the BlackBerry 8800 in a lot of ways. Glad to see that confirmed here. Can't wait to get a Passport!

sm88

So basically the final version would LOOK different?????? Round corners????

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thedustytaco

It looks like a finished product, but certainly subject to change.

I too rather have rounded corner design

sm88

I hope the final version is round corners since he mentioned this is early prototype or something unless I misunderstood.

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IJKBB10

Rounded corners would look very nice too!

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allwi

I thought Apple invented rounded corners and has a patent on that x)

sm88

Sarcasm ha. Apple invented rounded corners??? did they invent the mobile phones???? Early classic phones are rectangular which lot of them has round corners whether they are. smart-phones or not, so any smartphones whether they were first to make smartphone or not they were re bound to adopt that shape with or without round corners.

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jeremiahooi

I think they should stick to the sharp corners! It looks brilliantly classy!

 BlackBerry Q10

nt300

They also tried to Patent the 1080p screen for goodness sakes. ApPlE is a JOKE.

ajmooooo

Um, no. They did not.

ntomyng

You're right about that.

freddysrevng3

This son of a gun is heavy.....Galaxy S3 140 grams, Z30 is 170 grams and the Passport is 194 grams....

Pretty heavy...

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

Bacon Munchers

So Freddie. Does that mean no Passport club then??

;)

I'm a Z30 user too, BTW.

axllebeer

I too am looking forward to play with this awesomely different device.

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SpaceIsAwesome

My friend let me use it (he Works for blackberry and gets to beta test it) and trust me it is AWESOME !! :)

**Posted via my epic Z10** Happy Canada Day Weekend

anon8786360

Lol same! It's awesome!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10.

castano22

I'm not business man, but I'm still getting one.

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THBW

Me too. This device is out of the box and revolutionary. This is innovation at its best.

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tripple dunk

Wtf.. this is no where close to innovation. Do you even know what that word means??

Apples first Iphone that was innovation.

This fugly ass phones is more of a desperation/retardation.

The final nail in the coffin for handsets.

Watch it fail to sell worse than the other phones.

White Z10

canuckbear

Cast out the blasphemer !!! Begone devil.

ntomyng

Apple's first Iphone was just another touchscreen phone. I had been using touchscreen phones several years prior to the Iphone. It was nothing new, even at the time. It's just marketing.

HumorsForMens

This is the best troll comment I've ever seen. EXCELLENT WORK MY MAIN MAN!

halfnibble

Innovation generally involves change.

The first iPhone may have been innovative, but what about all subsequent ones? They are all pretty much the same.

The Passport is different. Very different. Whether or not it is innovative or merely absurd will depend on how well it improves upon accomplishing everyday tasks like taking calls, texting, emailing, and web browsing.

Kiddo2050

Why do you go to the iPhone dickhead? Think of all the early blackberries, there was just as much (actually more) innovation in them than the iPhone.

I can't wait to get this phone, but I'm doubting it will come to the US on a major carrier. major reason being productivity. Second reason being it's so in the face of iPhone-tards like you. No I don't want an iPhone. I've had one been there done that same shit different day for the last 5 years. Next big innovation at apple: same shit on a larger screen, wow.

ianbordas

I am a business man, and I WILL Get this device!! Awesome!

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imcurved

I'm 50% business man and I w.i.l.l get it.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

canuckbear

I'm a hippie.... and I will get this.

Konrad Andree Nordvik

Hi Kevin, this was a realy good review and to be truthfull it looks better each time! With pre reviews like this, this cellphone might just lift Blackberry up a notch or two if the community and Blackberry work together too push as hard as they can and at the very least, can convince its target users that this is a must have cellphone if they want too be some body and not just a nother joker in the crowed.

My self I'm looking forward to the Z50 as I'm a pure touch lover, though if there's a cellphone worth doing well then I say the Passport deserves every one's attention.

One question though, what about non english language users? How are they going solve that problem?

Best regards,
Konrad

Xandrex_BSCF

Which problem?

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Konrad Andree Nordvik

Each language has its own unik letters on the keyboard, thats the problem!

CDM76

Why do you people always get negative and invent problems and beech about BlackBerry. When what should be doing is WAIT UNTIL RELEASE and see how they solve this issue!!! If is an issue upon release then beech at your leisure, but why just invent problems to beech about before you know the truth????

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Wizant

EHHHHHH how do yo spell unique?

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max.ernst

My worry exactly: how will it handle accentuated characters / umlauts? On the old BBs with their alt/sym keys that wasn't a problem. But now?
In English that might not be that big of an issue, but in other languages it is. German for example is full of ä ü ö - and if I have to use the touch screen every time it kind of defeats the purpose of having a qwerty keyboard in the first place...

I'm not at all sold on BB dropping the fourth row of keys. Might save a few millimetres (go metric system!) in size but I fear will greatly diminish the usability of the keyboard.

battleax78

I thought it was already said this will handle accents the same way current phones do? Hold down the alphabet and a choice of accents appear, then swipe on the keyboard to select the one you want on the screen. No?

nt300

Yes it will, and probably better than older phones. The Alt, #, *, sym etc are all digital on screen.

max.ernst

That's just my point! If I have to use the digital keyboard all the time - why have a dedicated hardware keyboard in the first place?

Konrad Andree Nordvik

Good point, we need too see how Blackberry is going to solve this. This is why I prefure touch screens, you just sett your language and presto your prefured keyboard is in place.

max.ernst

Just realized that it doesn't even have a shift key. In my mind, that makes it pretty much useless for any language that uses a lot of capital words, e.g. German. Just not practical (but very time consuming) to use an on-screen key every other word.

I get the feeling BlackBerry didn't properly consider non-English speakers when the designed the Passport. As soon as you need things like ä, ê, ß, ñ or å you're stuck with the second-rate digital keyboard. Goodbye French, Swedish, Spanish, German and Portuguese costumers.

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za_berry

From my understanding, the display is just to show you what you can type, you still type on the physical keyboard but it activates what's displayed on the top.

Like having a HUD of the other language but you fingers will know where to type because the keys are physical and therefore muscle memory will come into play.

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kirson

^ I'm pretty sure that's wrong.

BriniaSona

glad i wasnt the only one who thought 8800

stackberry369

I wonder will it include the charger that my Samsung note 3 has?

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Nharzhool

Micro-USB 3 connectors don't fit in Slimports...so no, it probably won't be the Note 3 charger. Unless you're talking about a different type of charger.

Prem WatsApp

No, I will probably come with a BlackBerry certified one.

Kidding aside, minimum 2A would be great, so it can be charged fast. 2A is what the yellow tip / PlayBook charger does.

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jasonvan9

I thought the playbook charger is 1.8A? This can already charge a Q10 to 90% in roughly 30min... i think this is more than acceptable

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Dmessenger

We really look forward for your gotta be awesome first hand review just like you did for q10.

Posted from my Black Beast Q10

ofutur

Correction, 1st review of a Passport prototype ;)

763822705

Pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz not to be aluminum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH!!COME!!!ON!!!!

moyjoy

I see what you did there.

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tripple dunk

Damm this just keeps getting worse and worse. SMH!!

White Z10

phonejunky

Are you serious. What in the heck is that disgusting thing. I understand unique but that is atrocious.

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danfrancisco

This is my 10th time reading this review since it was posted. Overly excited or pathetic? You decide!

nt300

Can't wait to WIN a Passport off CrackBerry.com hehe ;)

ymb

Who is team crackberry?

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Kevin Michaluk

If you read the post, you'll see it was written by @halobandit. So we post it under the TeamCrackBerry account as there's no regular author to attribute it to. The actual author is @halobandit here.

DaDaDogg

Don't know it worked for Camera531 or ? Would have been nice to hook this Guy up for a great Review.

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

Bla1ze

Stop and think for a second, maybe he didn't want his name all over it. Aside from that, I'm 190% positive he knows where to find me if he does. :)

DaDaDogg

That missing 10% is making me worried. LOL

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

3yE

You are right! I like the name "Bold 10".

Bla1ze

I kinda need this device right NAO.

MAJ009

You are darn right Bla1ze
+10000000000

CAUTION : MAJ On Z30 Now!!!!

thedustytaco

Nao as in never again ow!

anon8786360

Same! Lol can't wait until September...it would make the BEST birthday gift!
#bbforlife

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10.

imcurved

My birthday is in April but I won't accept birthday presents until September.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

awindsr

Yeah, i bet this would be an awesome device for you.
I'm definitely looking forward to using one.

crackbrry fan

I want it Nao too! It's beautifully designed and different. Thanks for the review Team Crackberry!

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ChicPolice

This is gearing up to be the sexxiest BlackBerry ever. This review can convert every unBBver out there

Posted Using the magical typings of da "Q"

os30

Do you have big hands? :D

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gatorboi352

I'm sure you do, being a BB owner. You guys are real thirsty right about now LOL

tomsobon

Right back at you Bla1ze!!

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Konfucius18

I swear I hit refresh 30 times today already waiting for this! LOL Now let me read...

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Mic_JP

:D sitting on an island DREAMING

DaDaDogg

The Passport may be an option after all. Nice!

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

Nemzy

Nice review. Thanks @Halobandit. I just really wonder how his friend got his hands on the passport. Relative works for BB? Relative left BB? Im just very curious but I guess for safety, we will never know. The pictures look really good though, need to try one ASAP.

canuck_67

He knows a guy who knows a guy who robbed a guy.

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anon8786360

Probably works for...I know people who have one and they work there

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10.

RigoMonster

Been looking forward to this all weekend! Just in time to cheer me up after the heartbreaking Mexico loss... :[ Thanks CrackBerry and @halobandit!

Dennis.nl

This was certainly a nice read. But winning to day was even better. (sorry Mexico, but we got to have that cup) .

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mauro316

that world cup is coming to Argentina my friend, sorry. See you at semifinals ;)

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Jake Storm

The only way the cup is going to Argentina is if they rename Berlin.

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+ D

That's a witty one, well played.

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AlexTheTen10

If Colombia wins over Brasil there is no stoping Colombia Brasil is the only that maybe can.

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piko 72

will be the passport or Z50 :)

From my Z30 

alienspot

Is Z50 coming out?

From my Z10

jupiter8

Both for me, I'm sure. Damn you BlackBerry for coming out with the Passport.

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DjDante

Now this is the cb I miss so much

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Antoniius

Perfect comment, I second that love that Blaze is in charge now :)

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy Gold and White Q10.

SummersLastNight

Not for me, I personally think it's ugly and not quite something I'd use.

Be nice if they redid the Z10 but get up to pace with what else is out there. Specifically waterproofing the device add a legit camera and of course a beefy battery.

Ah well.

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marcosis

I agree with the Z10 needing a better battery but I've received nothing but compliments when it comes to the photos I've taken with my Z10. My friends and co-workers always ask me to take a photo with my phone and they're a mixed bunch of iPhones and Samsungs.

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kidbagel

Z10 camera has gotten way better. The auto enhance feature works wonders for low light shots.

Full marks to BlackBerry for upping the bar for battery life and speakers though. Those are the only things I miss out on with my Z10.

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matthewmrl

I agree! I love my Z10..

Z10

rdgroulx

Battery and camera...ok.
Waterproofing ?? Really ??

Z30 Vivo Brasil

gknaggs

Water AND dust proofing for sure. My z10 speakers bit the dust(pun intended) from work crud getting into them and causing such bad distortion I couldn't hear anything out of the ear piece or the speaker phone. It will give more durability and value to the phone for the average user / consumer. And BlackBerry used to be known for being tough and awesome looking. Time to get back to that.

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Prem WatsApp

They should just make a ruggedized one for construction site supervisors, site engineers, MFG plant managers and peeps like that. I believe even Joe Worker would like to carry the phone that his supervisor has, if it does what he wants.

This would fit well into the new BBRY business model.

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dtarin

I was just thinking about that as well. The Z10 size and screen are just about perfect for me. I would most certainly upgrade to a refresh of the Z10 (namely faster processor and more memory).

But the Passport seems very intriguing.

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Skeevecr

Perfect for you perhaps, but when you see that even apple will be going for a larger screen in their next model it seems fairly clear that the majority of the market would tend to disagree with you.

TranceRomance

Yeah I wish the Z30 was designed after the Z10. I love the Z10 design. It's perfection.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Joolone

Totally agree about the battery. I know I shouldn't but I bought a 4500 mAh battery with a new NFC back and it has totally transformed my Z10! Now use it heavily ALL day long!
And the camera isn't bad at all. I even started my own Z10 picture channel. My usual camera is a canon 5d so am used to qualify pics!

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ikjr1020

Amazing

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jope28

This device has me waiting with more anticipation than any other BlackBerry ever did. And am not even sure I can explain why.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

spiculated

yeah me too, the more I see this unique device, the more I want it, don't think I can wait for September

TranceRomance

I'm still waiting to see reviews and specs of the classic. What a sexy device that is!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Prem WatsApp

My bucket is getting full, too. ;-)

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PeterRei

Wow. That was fast

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adamschuetze

I want one of these more and more, the more images and details that surface. I have wanted a white BlackBerry for a long time, hopefully the white model's build quality is as excellent as I expect the black one to be.

HasKam

Nice internals. But this thing is just hideous. It's getting slaughtered everywhere (internet, instagram etc).
Honestly I think only BlackBerry faithful will buy this.
I'll still give it a try though. But as things stand I'm going for the Classic, or next all touch device

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eddy_berry

You know, the people on the Internet are the same people that slam anything that is different yet also complain about how not enough has changed from one device to another. Cue iPhone 5/5s (although I can tell the difference) and Samsung Galaxy S/3/4/5 complainers. Screw people on the internet. There are many people out there who aren't BlackBerry fanboys that might actually like it. We don't actually know that yet and Internet fan boys don't speak for everyone.

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THBW

It's called innovation. I suspect therenegativity has everything to do with the fact that BlackBerry is changing the way we look at a smartphone. Revolution always comes from the mountains. Never from the center of power. Time to evolve or die.

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HasKam

A qwerty device is a revolution??? Seriously

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THBW

Absolutely, it's called functionality. Every major change in technology adoption is intimately tied to it.

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ntomyng

Yes it is. Seriously.

Nwokoma

Ever seen one like it?!! .. it is innovative.

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Prem WatsApp

With touch and swipe sensitivity, if you missed that. Plus a unique form factor. Ideal PDF reader for techs, docs and engineers.

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joserMireles

You can make an innovative device and make it pleasing to the eye as well. I just feel like as good and as innovative as this phone may be, a lot of people won't even give it a try because of how it looks.

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THBW

So, your saying BlackBerry should try? I disagree. This is a Bold move; if it wasn't we wouldn't be chatting about. When you lead, you control your destiny.

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joserMireles

I'm saying that there's a difference between being innovative and trying too hard. The specs and new features sound great it's just the design is way too bizarre.

THBW

There is nothing bizarre about. It's clean and functional. If you want a slab phone, there is already 30 different varieties. This phone is bad-ass and says I'm the boss.

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Prem WatsApp

"Hand one to me. Here's the cash. Now do what I say."

It's a B.O.S.S phone, no doubt.

Look at a puny iPhone which screams "consumer device". Or a plastic slab by Sammy who sung. That's why the internet is in uproar about this device. It offends them and their users. Looks, size, specs, innovation. And runs Android apps, probably faster than native Android. We'll see.

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rasib BBRY

Agreed

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--TommesJay--

I disagree. Especially it's strong breach of the traditional phone design language every OEM is following for the last 8 years accounts for a big part of its innovation. I mean what's 'pleasing to the eye' really? The reason why it looks bizarre to you is just because it breaks with all we know are accustomed to and that's it. I could just as well say the iPhone is bizarrely narrow.

Want to know why the Z10 and Z30 failed? Because they were percepted as just another random slab with an inferior ecosystem and hardware. People had no reason to pick it over an iPhone or Android device. The Passport Instead offers a very differentiated design and paradigm that's heavily differs from traditional BlackBerry devices as well as traditional competing full touch devices.

wincyUt

Money talks and BS walks. Those who can afford it like the serious business types will definitely buy it.
BlackBerry take my money already!!

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Skeevecr

While it clearly looks different, it looks pleasing to the eye to me now that we actually have decent pics of it.

adamschuetze

I think it looks awesome. What about it isn't attractive?

KiLuMaNaTi

Who cares what it looks like. My first cellphone was hideous but it did it's job. That's what you should care about. Not a nicer looking phone with limitations. The more and more I read peoples comments on the Internet, the more I wish scotty would just beam me up already. I guess it can't get much worse though.

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ntomyng

Trust me, if Apple came out with this form factor it would be called "the best idea ever" by the media.

adeel4u

Great device looking forward to it.. BBelievers

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dakid72

The more reviews and pics I see the more I'm thinking of getting this device but really, REALLY want to get my hands on one to see how it feels and operates.

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deltact

Thank you so much for the review!

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sf49ers1980

What I really want to know is how much this is going to cost on day of release?
I need to know how much I need to save so I can be front and centre to get one on the very first day!!

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DavideaNY

I was waiting for this from Twitter! Going to enjoy reading it in a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon :) thanks guys!!!

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playbookster

I want it now!

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law2010

I can't wait to see this phone in person. However, I will have to test your theory that the speakers are better than the ones on my HTC One M8. The speakers on the M8 are absolutely amazing by smartphone standards.

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camera531

I agree about the M8. That's a bold statement to make, but as innovative as the keyboard is, they might have nailed the speakers as well. I just can't wait for this to launch.

noelwoodward

And to think this isn't even the final product! Looks like BlackBerry has a winner!

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keypad

Look forward to the video reviews :)

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m1kr0

Convinced BlackBerry has a winner!

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Atmarix

Love the speakers and charge port on the bottom

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Prem WatsApp

Should just make a dock to charge and connect to HDMI/TV/screen via separate jack on the back of the dock.

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laczek

Nice phone and great review! As I can tell this is a must have for me. It really did worth to switch to BlackBerry from android.
Best decision ever!

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Kirssar

So now I'm going to rob a bank.

Posted via my superb Z10

Prem WatsApp

Sign up for a credit card. Stay honest. :-)
Thou shalt not steal...

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dcbo89

Honestly, I'm not a business man or exec, I'm just your average guy and I really want to see this device in person and am being really being seduced by it. I love my z10 but this looks like its taking a whole new tact on the physical keyboard. This is far more innovative than anything I've seen in a long time and one of the most interesting devices to come out in a long time. Benefits of the BB touch screen keyboard and more on a physical, yes please.

Moacirusa

This phone is going to be expensive. $700.00+ I believe

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Q10Nutter

What I really want to know is how is displays android apps on screen.

My Q10 with its 1:1 ratio screen doesnt handle all android apps very well.

Differentiate or Die

DuexNoir

I'm now very curious to check this device out personally. I can't say I like it or hate it right now until I see and play with it in my hands. Seeing it on video and in pictures often doesn't give you the same perspective as seeing it right in front of you. So I'll hold judgement until it comes out.

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Banco

Curious is such a good way of putting it. I was a bit aghast when I first saw it, and now I'm ever more intrigued. It may well find a niche.

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Gazza12

Ditto here. When I first saw it I thought "You can't be serious" but after re-reading the press release last week and now this review with even better pictures I might just be a starter.

Zmain

You just converted me!!
Passport here I come

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Eno Karapici

Very good review. I've been following @halobandit for further picture when then it came. I like the style and the information.

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kojita

I love it, never has been better since Kevin left editor in chief..... I kid I kid. seriously, how can this leak that much without being caught ???
I am getting this passport and I keep my z10 for when I go out. I will have a second sim...loving it.

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Dimwit Flathead

Maybe this comment is only for the mods, but MF'r!!! :)

azzziim

Awesome, love it :)

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alfasedanman

Want want WANT!!!!! THIS PHONE!
Love my zed 10 but ready to try the passport. If it's this good as a prototype can't wait to play with the finished product!

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lawguyman

This is a device that doesn't give a cr@p about any other phone. It is what it is and doesn't apologize for it. It has the confidence to just be what it is whether anyone likes it or not.

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THBW

Oh yeah. Bold and beautiful. In other news , I think Apple is going to do something with its slab phone this fall. I just can't remember what.

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Prem WatsApp

Make it bigger? Oh yeah.

That just screams innovation. /s

Adopt swype-style keyboard. And a few other bits.

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Asuhmiaseh

You nailed it. It's the aka BlackBerry Big Bubba neighbourhood.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

BroncoVAL

Great pre-review (as final version will be a little bit different), and now i am counting the days until September...

lerxster

Waaant plus we now get a charging dock that can plug into the TV/screen! Whoop!

Kaye_max008

I thought that screen is already a tv

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awindsr

Holy crap! You're right! MHL port

johnhein

Great article, @halobandit. Thanks for your dedication and perseverance to the BlackBerry cause. That device looks great. Elegant, classy, different. Perhaps setting a style rather than following it...

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m4salman

Where is the dark theme???

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Optimus4

Would be nice. I think the phone looks best with the black wallpaper. So a drak theme would be all business.

bad mojo92

Sweet! The more I see and read about the passport..the more I want it!

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Dawin Arvelo

My hands is waiting for you Passport you'll be my next big thing.

Posted by my amazing BlackBerry Q10. #TeamBlackBerry10

4ron

Very exciting! "Let's do more " could be a good tag line. I hope that BlackBerry reads these posts.

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lerxster

and for anyone wondering MHL means Mobile High-Definition Link... As I understand it combines the charging micro usb with a HDMI interface.

Kaye_max008

Thank you for this

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Philipp Noller

Since I have been using my z30, I use my playbook only a few times.
With the passport I will not use my laptop anymore. It's all about communication, being connected and being able to organize everything with one device.
It this kind of little thing they use in star trek...little what-ever-thing we can control a whole starship with, yeah!!!!

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Optimus4

Haha yup. This is early but this device with some good windows compatible apps(which it already does, documents, PDF etc. screw android,iOS) could be a real mobile replacement for a lot of devices. The Samsung Note has been the closest.

RodolfoAP

Finally! I've been waiting all day refreshing Crackberry to read this

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diegonei

"Let's get the most important thing out of the way first: it fits in your pocket. You will have fewer things in the pocket thanks to the Passport, but it fits and it's snug. You'll know if you don't have your Passport with you. It did not seem to weigh me down in any way though, which is nice. I put on a hoodie and it worked there too. For those who like to put their devices in their shirt pockets, it fits there too. Rather nicely I must say."

Sorry but I'll need pictures for this one. :)

xBURK

I posted a photo of the Passport in a shirt pocket on my BBM Channel. (channel pin in signature below) Scroll down to June 22nd to find it. It has since been confirmed that it is the Passport belonging to a BlackBerry employee. His channel pin is included in my post. Fits perfectly by the way.

"BB POWERED " C001C1D66

ray6.com

Thank you for the update, and thank you Bla1ze, Kevin, and Team CrackBerry for approving the review. I've been hounding @halobandit for days now via Twitter, and we have dubbed him the #BBPassport god.

Only thing I didn't like in the review, was the videos not being in Hi-Def format. Even so, the device looks beautiful, and the sound quality is pretty darn great!

Also, BlackBerry devices are known to have that space on the side where the keyboard lies. I don't have a problem with the space, as I am sure that it's part of the housing, and prevents one from accidentally pressing the keys when you hold it or fumble with it.

Overall, your pre-review was great, and I look forward to a final review in the months to come.

#TeamBlackBerry #TeamCrackBerry

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Much Love.

Michael Lofft

Bold claim regarding the speakers being better than the HTC boom sound. But if they are this might be a beast to contend with. I was looking to get a Z30 but may hold out for this

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HarryLime

Great review, I was skeptical about this device when I saw the leaked pics but the more I see and hear of it it's getting me excited. Looking forward seeing one in person. Funny thing, the wife calls it the BlackBerry Sandwich!!

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L Green

This is very pre-cool! All ready to swap my Z30

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Krzysztof Patyna

Yay! Thanks for doing the pre-review. Great to hear this is not the final version. I'm absolutely loving my Z30 but would love to get the passport in my hands!

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Maarten Van Pottelberghe

Very well written. Really from a users' perspective

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lonestar281

Uh Oh, sounds like a "playbook" review to me. Best thing since sliced bread. Been there, done that...I think I'll wait.

THBW

Why so down. I had a playbook for 2 years before it died. Simple, elegant and great for the basics. Replaced it with 2 Android products that were unmitigated garbage. I got my money's worth out of the playbook, definitely not out of the Kobo Arc or the Nexus 7.

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lonestar281

Im not down at all. I actually think the playbook was a awesome tablet that blackberry abandoned and left us holding a non-updated brick. Was it worth the $600 that I payed, based on the strength of the Pre-Release review that CB conducted? Absolutely not. That's all I am saying. The Passport is getting glowing reviews, almost hailed as the savior of the Blackberry Brand and it all sounds eerily similar to when they reviewed the playbook and basically hailed it as blackberry savior back then. They will release it at a premium price (ala iPhone 6) and if it doesn't catch on, they will brick it just like they did the playbook.
Please don't misunderstand me. I will probably be the first person in my city at the AT&T store (if they decide to carry it) to do my own hands on review before I make a decision to buy or not. Which should always be done anyway:)

Optimus4

That's fair. I wonder too what are we missing? Hopefully not much and it is that good.

xBURK

I can totally relate to your frustration in regards to the PlayBook, but after witnessing how Mr. Chen has executed this come back attempt so far, it's clear this is not the BlackBerry of old. That's not to say it's all going to work out, but I would bet that it has a way better chance under the direction of his new crew. WAY BETTER!

"BB POWERED " C001C1D66

lonestar281

I'm with you and I hope so. Mr. Chen has my vote of confidence. I'm glad blackberry was able to convinced him to come on board and right the ship. So when is blackberry going to start marketing the new passport?

Asuhmiaseh

Marketing takes many forms and it to some extent it has commenced.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

lonestar281

So basically they are marketing to the people that they already know will buy the phone instead of trying to bring new fans on board? I guess they will leave that part up to us. What a money saving marketing plan.
Use the same marketing plan that didn't work for the playbook, Z10, Q10 or Z30. But who knows, it might actually work this time.

PhilipDZ

+100

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newfie1974

Thank you @halobandit for the review. Sorry BlackBerry for thinking you lost your mind. I can't wait for this to come out!!

Une raison de vivre

Thanks a lot for This review. So exited.

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bbdodgersdude

Happy days are coming back to BlackBerry

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Jonathank

What's the main camera???

Posted Via This Thing They Call The BlackBerry Z30

5star Z30

Bad-ass , street wise, boardroom bully.

100% BlackBerry

Wallnutberry

It looks like a really bad boy that has the chops to take down all the puny iphones out there and all androids in between. Go Blackberry --seems like a winner. Even all touch users of z30 and z10 may be tempted to upgrade!

Asuhmiaseh

No doubt. I converted to full touch and am now having adulterous thoughts :-). Saving my shekels. Just take it already bb.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

moonfalle

Thanks for review. Definitely will try this out now and see. Question.. they have the charging and HDMI in the same slot? Didn't know that was possible.

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Jonathank

What do you mean it fits in hoodies? U say it twice

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xiaohuaxing

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first: it fits in your menswear pocket.

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Jonathank

The curve wasn't made for the youths. But they ate it up because of BBM. U don't need to target the younger crowd. Have good features and they will follow

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ZackMeC

In the "tap here to get started "photo...is that a red led right above the keys!?

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Bla1ze

No, it's a notification.

paxtonbt

Great looking phone, terrible UI. I guess I've never seen 10.3 before, but wow, it's just getting worse and worse. When is BlackBerry going to get some professional fonts and learn how to space them appropriately like they did on legacy devices and OS7? Can't even vertically center the "Call" text inside that green call button?

It's painful to look at.

Even 10.2 looks stellar compared to this. You can't ride on making an innovative piece of hardware with ugly software. When the hardware stands out from the crowd, what are folks going to do when they pick it up? Turn it on and use it, and this UI seems to be looking more and more like a cheap, unprofessional copy of iOS. Huge circle buttons centered on the bottom of the screen? What if I don't want to search my file browser or add something to my calendar? Why make those choices so bloated and distracting? I'm not even that picky, but c'mon.

Like I said, great looking phone, awesome form factor, but the majority of folks don't use BlackBerry phones because of the app gap, and I think a big part of that is UI design. Professionals want phones with professional-looking software.

SipoKapumba

BlackBerry OS 10.2 can run about 98 percent of Android apps without a problem. So, if your preferred app is not available in BlackBerry World, you can easily download an android version directly, as an apk file or using 1mobile or from the Amazon App store? OS 10.3, which the Passport will come with, will run even more android apps better. It will also come with the Amazon App Store pre-installed. So, the "app gap" excuse is not valid entirely.

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craftEcowgirl

So true, but Android apps use a lot more battery and if you download too many you cannot access any app permissions. This needs to be fixed!

Q10, running 10.2.1.2141

paxtonbt

Of course it can run most Android apps, but does BlackBerry spend loads on adverts saying their phones run them? It's a pointless argument.

I was commenting on the UI design. It's atrocious.

Banco

Not until 10.3 when it's official no. Circular argument.

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neller2000

Why would they say it then? Most Android apps are not in the Amazon app store and Google Services still won't work. You won't find any carrier who's worried about massive returns advertise this at all.

chosen1_88

Nice pre-review. I'm still very happy with my Z10 and am looking for whatever the next iteration of it will be, but I find the Passport to be a Galaxy Note device when it first came out; some people cried about how large it was and wrote it off, yet Samsung is doing well with it now. I'm hoping it works out the same way for BlackBerry.

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oddboy

Thanks for the great review!

Damn you for the great review!

Can I have one already?!

BRON: a cron-like scheduler for BlackBerry 10. http://apps.oddelement.com

DaMaRa1109

They really need to round off the corners before the offical release. There is no benefit of sharp edges especially with a device this large. Rounding the corners would make pocketing that much easier.

G-bone

Oh! This just gets me so HOT!!

#ProBlackBerry

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HogHaul

Now we can put it in a cradle to charge I imagine with the bottom charge port. Or put on a battery case that will look half decent, but with that battery we won't be needing one.

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ANTIABE

Amazing shit!

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Kaye_max008

Somehow I still love my Z10

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cia_man

Then you would love a z30 ;)

wyrdfool

And then you will love passport

ॐ BBM channeling at C003910CB

--TommesJay--

Not necessarily. What I like about the Z10 is its size ease of one handed operation.

BagusTiko

+10. All we need is Z10 size phone, larger screen is welcome.

shuabert

Love it. I'm just hoping the final version is usable with one hand. An EXCLUSIVELY two-handed device is going to be a deal breaker for a lot of users.

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--TommesJay--

That's what gazillion Galaxy Note, Xperia Z, HTC One, Nexus 5 and LG G2/3 users say.

neller2000

Then why didn't those people buy a previously released BB10 phone? This one is no different, in my personal opinion this will be the biggest BB10 flop yet.

Asuhmiaseh

Maybe or maybe not, but I will do my part. This phone makes a statement and stands out in a crowd. Big Bubba cometh....stand aside.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

ptctomlinson

I can't wait to get a Passport! My only hesitation is how fluid moving from the physical keyboard to the touchscreen keys is. Like if I'm typing up a paragraph or document, I'd like it to be quick and easy to add in a period, coma, question mark, etc. Hopefully the separation of the keyboard doesn't effect that!

texn884

I bet Sprint will get the Exclusive on this phone, lmfao. Im sure they dont even know what it is or what a BB is anymore

ebertsangrona

@BlackBerryCEO: I thought I said no more leaks! http://t.co/OZ7HGZD6o7/s/0uV_

m.twitter.com/BlackBerryCEO

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seunajai

Nice review but you didn't mention anything about the main camera

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AndreyLepher

Pls realese That Phone Before sepetember I Cant Wait Anymore for this Device and why keep teasing Us so Much with all those videos and photos .. #Cry

petikeis

I am no business man, I consider myself young, I like to use my phone with both hands, I don't want to be mainstream iPhone user. Hope it won't be expensive Cuz I am broke... well let's hope I win the competition which ends tomorrow ;) I am really looking forward to this!!!

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BagusTiko

It will be very expensive.

theRock1975

Personally it's not for me.

But the browsing on this phone must be fantastic. Desktop mode all the way!

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playbookie

Drool!

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jairolas

To me it looks kinda of ugly, I don't think it's gonna sell that well.

JL was here.

cia_man

Does it has a Paratek Antenna?! ;)

Optimus4

I hope so. I hate when a feature is released and is dropped in a future generation. Like it was forgotten. Every BlackBerry moving forward should have the paratek antenna and Natural Sound.

cia_man

But there are no microphones on the side of the device for natural sound :( I only can see one at the bottom :(

Cylon69

Make it thinner but keep it as sharp and square as possible!! Don't round it off at all please!!!! No way!!!!!! If you do it will loose it's x-factor!!

C00121953 channel for car freaks!!

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