Still not sold on the BlackBerry Passport? Maybe these photos will help!

By Bla1ze on 25 Aug 2014 05:14 pm EDT
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I know. By now, I'm sure a lot of folks out there are kind of over seeing just photos of the BlackBerry Passport, and would really rather just head on into a shop and pick one up. Alas, we still have a bit of time before that can happen. With that in mind, it seems as though the Passport just can't evade the cameras any longer and each day that passes a new set of photos appears or someone gets an early hands-on with the device, and today is no different.

This time around, CrackBerry Forums member Ruslan Botsyurko spent some time with the BlackBerry Passport and has shared some of his rather glorious images of the device, written up a first impressions review, and is now taking some Q&A in the CrackBerry Forums. If you have some questions, swing on by and I'm sure he'll get around to answering some of them. If you're not in a Q&A mood, well just enjoy the images.

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Still not sold on the BlackBerry Passport? Maybe these photos will help!

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I thought so too, two months ago. However, it grows in me. I can't wait.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

Well, I have no choice but get this beast. Chen had a picture of the BlackBerry_Boffin on his desk when he commissioned this beast. It's a done deal. Stop dithering and take my money....

I really like the looks of this one. But I'm sure the battery is non removable and that's a deal breaker for me. Sorry for those that don't agree, but I'm just not going through that again. Did on Android once, that was enough.

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I have the backup battery and charger that you can just plug in and use the juice. Or take battery out and swap for Z10. And can charge both thru the spare charger. Love it and it's there when I need it. Which isn't often and I'm a power user. Hopefully I can still use this Z10 spare charger in backup situations for the Passport. So I'm not letting the non remove able battery change this one for me.
Consider?

 Swiped off my Z10 

I'm curious. Why are you worried about the battery not being removable? It's 3450mh. That will last for more than an entire day. My Z30 will last for 2 days and has less. The only concern I can see is if maybe the battery life will deteriorate over time, but that shouldn't happen within at least 1-2 years, if at all. This isn't criticism, only a question.

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None Removable doesn't bother me. It has a huge Battery. Passport is looking nice. Anybody carrying it around will get noticed. And people will be like WHAT? What is that vision of Sexy?

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This phone looks fantastic and the spec are great! But, I totally agree with you; a non-removable battery is a deal breaker for me also. Why? Who has time to run to a store to have the battery checked out every time there is an issue or to send their phone in for service and not have it for several days? Both of these options are very time consuming and require a lot of down time for a person that rely on their phone. If the phone has to be re-set, then that is another trip to the service store because you cannot remove the battery and do it yourself. Maybe BB will rethink this horrible decision.

Love my BB and was very disappointed when the Q10 came out. Left it on the shelf! So, I am still a died hard BB user and still holding out hope for the BB Classic.

how many people have issues with their phones? When i initially ordered a z30 i was annoyed that i would not be able to remove the battery. fast forward 6 months and i could care less. The one time i had issues with my os locking up i did a hard reset and thats it.. I never turn my phone off and only restart for updates. I get that there are power users that will eat the battery before the day is done and having two batteries makes it easier.. But for me , i would never carry a second battery anyhow :)

When one pop's out could you sent it to me. Sorry english is not my native language so I should be the last to talk, just couldn't help myself

Me Too! The more I see the Passport, the more I think I really do want one... I had the same experience with the Zed30, I love the Zed10 size and I wasn't sold on the Zed30 look at first, but over time and after holding one, I knew I had to have one..

Loved my Zed10 until I got a Zed30.... She's magic!

It's growing on me too...will have to see how it is in my hand.

The red one is a Z30 hence the size dif between the black Z10.

Ah yes, my eyes...and I, are mistaken. Would have been good to see compared to Z30 and Q10 as well, just for comparisons sake.

I have Z30, though I don't have access a Passport (the phone), I have a passport (the document) and can say that the Z30 is taller and not as wide (obvious, no?). The difference in height is about the same as the difference in width. I don't know if that helps.

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The red Z10 is the best looking BlackBerry device EVER. And the Passport probably the worst....

Z10 LE (red) #00167 OS10.2.2.1531

Maybe if they made them the same colours as actual passports. The dimensions indicate the name choice, the colour varieties would be pretty cool too.

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+1, such a cheat! If you placed the passport on a normal table at workplace, not sure it will look that great!! Z20 all the way

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You know, I wasn't interested in it before, but after the official specs, seeing the size comparisons, video demos, and now these great photos... yep, still not interested.

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Yes, specs. how stupid of blackberry using last years tech....But maybe because they want sell it very cheap. 450$

Z10 LE (red) #00167 OS10.2.2.1531

Nah, I am actually fine with the specs. I like good specs, but if it's overkill then it's pointless. I just don't want that keyboard. :-)

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Haha. I've noticed that that on almost every article about the Passport you say something about how it isn't your cup of tea (mine either, btw). On this post I actually thought you where going to come around and say it's an okay device. LOL. You had me fooled. Half way through reading your comment I was thinking "well, he's finally coming around to liking it" I was wrong. haha.

:-P

That was the goal! Haha. Glad it put a grin on your face.

Nothing against the phone or those who are excited for it. I hope it does well, but it's just not for me. :-)

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It's huge. This kid at work just told me he can't wait for it and has been a loyal BlackBerry user from day one.

Apple, The New Evil Empire

The screen is almost as tall as the Zeddy's screen, not a big loss there, but the gain in width makes reading so much more pleasant...

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The size is what kills it imho. I need a device which I can always use with only one hand free and the Q10 is perfect for that.
Looking forward to the Classic!

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Can't you figure it out? The unit is weeks away, yet we have seen or heard nothing except for the internet. There you have it. Blackberry's plan to advertise and market the Passport.

Blackberry always.....

Newsflash. Every user of the device is a consumer. Just because something is meant for business, it does not mean that the users of that device will not want a good experience. Geez...

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I assume they will start marketing the device once it's officially launched in September. Not many companies advertise products before they're officially launched. The leaks do help- at least for the BlackBerry faithful! :-)

My real question is why have all these different tech sites and lay people reviewed this phone but Bla1ze doesn't have one in his hand with a crazy long review yet?

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Kevin wouldn't even give it a second look. He's too busy in him home owners association meetings and using his iPhone to care.

Posted on my Z30

Funny story, but likely true. Got to enjoy the cash if you have it. Life is too short to do otherwise. The iSmall part sucks though.

Are you sure he doesn't have one? I was going on the assumption that he has one but the NDA says he can't talk about it. They did get the Z10 with the brand new BB10 loaded on it before it launched.

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That may be true but would be stupid. So many tech bloggers are getting passports and doing reviews already. Why hold back the biggest BlackBerry fan site?

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The ice bucket thing was a good distraction ... ;-)

(for a good cause nonetheless...)

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I'll agree with you that Bla1ze has one. Just the NDA is holding him back. You know he has a red Z10 as well... hmmm... there is a red Z10 in the pics....hmmm

That or Bla1ze has signed an NDA and must stay low profile. However, he already lined up all his glory review articles and videos and just is waiting for the D-day to unleash them.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

Your possible explanation is quite plausible. Ruslan got this device from a carrier tester, IOW he wasn't supposed to have it either. So no NDA would have been violated on Ruslan's end, which could be in place for Bla1ze.

You! Wrong, Kevin got it, he didn't give it to Bla1ze, just like he has him waiting for his Porsche, which I clearly remember him saying that he was going to give him.time to do a shame thread! :-)

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I got the red Z10 brand new on ebay for 300 with low serial number . Absolutely stunning device especially with battery door from the black Z10 :)

It's something special because only 12,000 exist. Would not swap it against two ugly passports :P

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It's nice and I like the idea of it but it's too big for me. I prefer the classic and I wish that it was discussed more than it is. Even when Chen introduced the phones not that long ago the focus was on the passport and I think that's bad marketing especially since they clearly recognize that the phones will attract different markets.

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Yes but the Passport is closer to release than the Classic.

Also, the Classic is supposed to be a "transition" device from BB7 to BB10, (trackpad and all). I think ultimately they would rather push the Passport.

I'm traveling and took bunch of pictures and need to transfer them to my Z10 on the spot. I wish I had a Z30.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

Finally the green signal notification is Cummings back!!!

Nice design. A true masterpiece. I heard Jonathan Ive is crying and mad.

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My 16 year old daughter who has a Z10 says she wants one. Thinks it is cool.

The only thing she dislikes about the Z10 is everyone thinks it is an iphone.

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Oh. Also. D Brand skins for Z10. Cheap now. And awesome. I change up red and titanium a lot. Durable and of course I just slide it into a leather pouch. And my 15 ur old son I speak of below. Wants same pouch for his Passport of Z30. Which ever he earns. And I am psyched he wants to come back to BlackBerry he will earn one. Cheers!

 Swiped off my Z10 

Tell your daughter she got a pulse on the trend. That's what's popping in my mind when we finally get to see from John Chen holding it. Never mind about the specs, just from a general consumer's product perspective, it's editorial. I'll be surprise if some magazine or movies have not been eyeing it to use as a prop.

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My 15 year old son switched to I phone. Hates it. I'm making hin live out his contract. Grades decide Passport or Z30 for him. His obvious first choice is gonna cost me big. Lol. I hope!!!!! So I may be getting two Passports. He's coming back to BlackBerry either way.

 Swiped off my Z10 

I would prefur this without the keyboard .. Why has Blackberry come out with touchscreen devices & then done a U turn & aded a keyboard .. That should be left for the Classic

He's of the "Z50" crowd,...

(... wouldn't mind one myself..)

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Been using the Z3 now for a month... coming from the Q10... still not really into the touchscreen. can't wait to get the Passport.l!

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Thanks for the photo comparison. Unfortunately you cannot walk into very many, if any stores, in South Florida for a side by side comparison. Still like my Z10 but always looking for the next best!

Love the look of surprise on the phone store clerks when I tell them my phone is a BlackBerry!

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No way. It's still ugly and old, looks like metro optic, unfortunately. The Z10 still looks great beside it. In my opinion the Z10 is still the most beautiful actual BB10 device!

The pictures show what a fantastic design the Z10 is! I would be more interested in an update for the Z10 rather than the Passport. The Passport looks like a step backwards although it's very well spec'ed up internally.

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Cool Fotos... I wait for the first real tests :)

The z30 is a benchmark... maybe Passport can beat it... ;)

The only ugly part is the back where the camera sticks out. Other than, it ain't that bad. Should have gone for at least a little bit curved corners.

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To me it's going to be a very wide holster! Not sure yet. I'm leaning towards a Z30.

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I'm sold on it, BUT only if it comes as a Verizon version here, I'm in a contract and my three BB10 handsets are VZW as well.

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Where in the Czech Republic is Ruslan getting this? Plus, why the Czech Republic of all tech places?

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Yeah, I didn't expect our carriers to have it too :) But I guess it's present in lots of countries, but ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY ASK A CARRIER FOR BB PASSPORT! :D

Everyone thinks it doesn't fit into pocket, but it does, that's where I keep mine. I wear slim cargo pants and keep it in front left pocket (not big cargo pocket). I still have to check I have it before going somewhere, it's no more noticeable than other phones (e.g. Z30). It fits in jeans though too, I had a friend try it.

Already asked German Telekom T-Mobile when they ship it to me. No answer yet...any release plans for Germany known?

Dreaming about the new Passport

How many hands do you need to hold it? It's massive. Gone are the days when a cell phone would fit in a pocket.

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Fits in a pocket better than a z30.
You can pull your knees up without the phone getting pinned in your pocket. Floats nicely in the pocket, with headroom, when sitting.

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The optimal number of hands would be somewhere between one and three. That's for pulling it out of your pocket. Once its out, you may need a third - unless you have girly hands, then four.

I love the look of the Passport despite my wanting an all touch device I will still purchase one.

I love my Z30 and really enjoyed my Z10 but that battery life on the Z10 is killer. Go BlackBerry!

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Nah! Still not selling it to me. Ditch the keyboard and just maybe I'll might think about it.

Z10.......er......BlackDroid in action!

I've seen it in the wild and it does grow on you as far as it not looking soon odd anymore. Still nothing I'd use though.

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.

Am I the only one looking at these pictures off a z10 and shadow-holding it as if I'm using a Passport?

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Some slick pics. I cringed at the Passport when I first saw it. But now I really want one.

Strange how it can grow on you.

Pics look great, thanks for sharing, those who like / love it...support it please,but not for me. I'm waiting for the next z10/30 beast. I think these two (passport n classic) are the prequel to the z's....GO BlackBerry...GO!!!

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I just have one question. Which one of these, if any, will see the light of day in the states? I have a plan to add a blackberry to my account but can't get myself excited if I don't know if I couldn't at the least have the classic. That or know if 10.3 will be on the q10

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If the screen of the z10 is from 4.2 inch and the Passport is 4.5, how can be in the photos more bigger the screen of the z10 than Passport ?
Sorry by my english

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It's diagonal measurements.

So whether (AxA) square or (AxB) elongated rectangular, it makes a difference.

Just imagine a very narrow phone like a Mars bar, it would still be a 4 inch screen, but hardly usable...

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My father told me learning Czech was useless but now I've got the first hands on review of the passport and he has to rely on a translation.

Because I don't like Google or website translators and I don't want to translate the whole thing as I wouldn't have it up for an hour or so I'll list a few of the main points:

Ruslan's first concerns about the keyboard was without the special keys (i.e. Alt, shift, etc..) how it was going to work. It, therefore didn't feel like the classic BlackBerry keyboard and it was confusing at first. He typed for about an hour with it and felt ok but was confident that after a week he would be very used to it and comfortable.

Biggest question that everybody has for it is "Does it fit in your pocket". He says that it actually fits in really well (in normal jeans, not carpenter jeans or hipster jeans). It lays a little big in the pocket but it's workable. Underneath the picture of the pocket, he says that the Passport will go onto the pockets without a problem but getting it out was a little trickier. He mentioned that the phone is kind of big in the hands and may not suite small hands (such as young girls) very well.

He lists specs but states that he used a pre-production device so it is not for sure (mostly referring to the battery)

Specs:

3gb RAM
32 gb with a Micro SD slot
13 megapixel camera with 5 optical parts
And can do 60 frames per second in full HD.
1440x1440 Gorilla Glass 3 screen
3,450mAh battery

Lastly, he thinks it should be around 16,000 Czech Korun or about $800 (USD - based on 20-1 exchange rate) and that it appears will hit the Czech Republic in October. He also suggests that the Classic will come in at 12,000 Czech Korun or about $600.

He, lastly, states that it may be expensive to convert people from devices that don't have "Apple" or "Samsung" logos on them at such a price but that it's a solid device.

Hopefully, this helps someone!

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Oh look, I've even got my own translator, that's awesome :D

Just kidding, pretty good job there, except I didn't say it was difficult to get out of pocket and about the samsung/apple part - I said that the price is reasonable for such a quality device and even with a higher price people would get nuts about it if it had Samsung or Apple logo. But I wondered whether people are still keen to invest such money for an unpopular brand like BlackBerry. ;)

It does look totally lovely. I just wish my carrier carried it but I fear it'll only be made available to business customers.

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One thing I would like to know is: how does it feel in the hand? That is a very large phone. We need to work with the two hands? Can we reach the borders with just one hand?

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The OS is pretty well optimized for one-hand use, so it's not such a big problem to move around the OS with one hand, but you can not reach the other side of the screen with your thumb and you definitely can't type with just one hand ;)

So... wide and big, so square... that's just want we want!

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I want it I want it I want it.

It's a new breed.

BlackBerry should renamed the design as slate. Dah "Slate" it's more appropriate. Not a phablet.

That green Led is appealing and super sexy.

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Already taken, by a silly 7 inch HP tablet.

It would be too confusing using this as a new form factor name. Otherwise, I'd love it.

Slateboard....

Key...blahblah...

Maybe some brainstorming would bring something to the, ahem... surface...

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This is a very nice phone. I am hoping it will prevent me from switching to an iPhone. Good and high performance Android runtime will do the trick for me. I am keeping my fingers cross:-)

Break away from your robot mentality and appreciate this form factor for what it is! Innovative and forward thinking. I am all in on this one!

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I have the z30 running on T-Mobile and my work BES and it's my work powerhouse. I also have the z10 from original launch as a backup BlackBerry phone. Love the new style of the Passport and will get one unlocked when available and make the z30 my backup and sell the z10. Yep, I am a die hard BlackBerry fan. For those that don't like it, just stick with what you like and it's all good in the hood. For those that do, like me...get one and support it because the iPhone supporters will surely flaunt the iPhone 6.

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Is BB10 in Japan? I thought they stopped selling them in that beautiful country?

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I used to have something similar on my desk back in the 1980's, it was called a calculator.

"Z30 STA100-2 UK" Get's a Ten from Fen.

Yeah, with 1440x1440px resolution and 3GB of memory... ?

:-)

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Who likes old qwertys anyway ?

Then get a new one like this...

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Want want want. Such a shame O2 in the UK don't look like their going to stock it. Just changed from an IPhone 5 to a BlackBerry Q5 and keep asking why I didn't do it earlier.

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I've been a staunch Blackberrian for years. That keyboard on the Passport is a hot mess. I think I'll stick with my Q10 because the "Classic" looks too much like my Curve.

It's actually kinda growing on me. For some reason I feel the Passport could do as well as the Bold 9000 did.

With that said, I'm still an all touch guy!

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Amazing phone, some people are too silly (iPhone users) to see the wonders of this device. Unfortunate... some say why not just use your tablet...HA!

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The same thing can be said about you BlackBerry user, it's not polite to call people silly just because they don't see from your perspective. IOS users and Android lovers may consider BlackBerry a lacking phone

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20 but now it's hugging BB10.3.0.1052

And carry another device?

Another thought:
Wait for iPad-style keyboards
for the 4.7/5.5 iPhablets... haha!

Maybe Typo can finally make a non-infringing accessory and leave the serious stuff to BlackBerry.

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One of the worst looking phones I've ever seen. Would never get one in a million years. Plus I wouldn't trust the build quality after the last two blackberry phones I owned (z10 and q10)

Not only iPhone has a built quality, don't forget HTC and now uncle Sammy is joining party with Alpha and S6 will follow the path

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20 but now it's hugging BB10.3.0.1052

The path of ... plastic litter?

(So Hansel and Gretel find home this time. )

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No, the path of Alpha, iphones and HTCs

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20 but now it's hugging BB10.3.0.1052

Funny, I know over 50 people with the two devices you speak of here in Toronto and not one is unhappy with the build quality? Not saying it's not true, just surprising.

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I use Excel all the time on my Z30. The Passport looks a little more user friendly for spreadsheets.

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Beautiful pictures. The combination of OS 10, the wide screen and the gesture keyb are going to make this the ultimate productivity phone. Can't wait.

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I'm not sold in to passport at all not the form factor. Nothing looks gorgeous in it، I'm Z10 user and if I wanna go bigger Z30 is the choice and I never planned going the biggest. I consider passport weird looking phone having a physical keyboard board makes it unwanted device

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20 but now it's hugging BB10.3.0.1052

Well, we all see things differently. That's cool. Myself, I have not seen a nicer looking device. Ever!

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Good for you, you embraced the differences

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20 but now it's hugging BB10.3.0.1052

How the ugly rejected Windermere duckling has grown into a beautiful black / white swan ...

(Zwan... even some people from the all-touch camp are getting weak...)

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I actually thought I'd get sick of seeing Passport Photo's after the first month. Nope. So strange how photos of a piece of electronics can bring me so much joy. Must be some kind if illness? I'll pass on a cure though.

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I, too, remember the patent pics and thought, WTF! A square?, really?...now....reality has sunk in. I truly would like to be the first person in the world to own this phone. I, alone, only me.....it's a BlackBerry and this may not be a hard reality. The more pictures I see, the more I want this phone. I have nothing but respect for a company who is able to stand by a product that is not the normal. The question is, who will be the first to copy this form factor?

Yes, respect for stuff out of the ordinary.

That's when real innovation happens. Like when using an iPod with touchscreen that could make calls was news back in the days...

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I bought a Verizon Q10 a year or so ago. It had nothing but issues like restarting in the middle of talking to someone. Getting very buggy towards the end of the day as I use the phone quite a bit, and lots of issues with the sync to my Mac. I finally gave it up after 6 months and bought n iphone because I wanted something reliable. I spent 1000$ US finding out the BB wasn't ready for primetime hated to spend the money AGAIN but was thoroughly disappointed with the OS and the fact that my carrier refused to update the OS. I love the keyboard format and LOVE the email capability. But no blody way i'm going to spend more money AGAIN only to be disappointed. If BB will send me a passport without cost I will give it a whirl...Wishful thinking or Gluten for punishment?

im lovin the device since the first picture but I won't be sure 100% until I hold it in my hand and see how it feels/look like

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