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BlackBerry Passport review

No, that’s not what I meant, it stands for – Wow That’s Functional and this device certainly is. So we have all loved and hated BlackBerry for various reasons and that is not something I’m going to get into now. What I am going to say is that to my surprise, I am impressed. The market’s sentiment is that as well as BlackBerry actually showed a profit Q4 of 2014, which I can only assume is because of this somewhat strange, yet appealing device.

So, let’s start with the disruptiveness, its shape! When I initially held and looked at the device I thought it was a really weird device. I also didn’t think it would fit into my pocket. However, thanks to clever presenting from the BlackBerry team and its packaging, it is quickly pointed out that the name, and shape, is directly related to an actual passport and we all know that fits easily into any pocket on your body.

Now, for the WOW factors. For starters; the screen.

A square 4.5 inch display may seem weird given most other devices ship with a rectangular 16:9 or 4:3 ratio screen, but this screen was actually quite enjoyable when browsing. There is also a reader mode that allows you to strip out the images; this is a great feature for text-heavy articles. All the apps I used auto-adjusted so no pinch-zooming required and on that note, this a real plus when using Maps. If you use your phone as a GPS like I do, you might agree that you are always zooming in and out to get a bigger picture, so to speak. With a square screen, there is a lot more info and data available without having to zoom.

Studies have shown that the optimal amount of characters is 66 from left to right when it comes to reading. Most devices display 49, but the BlackBerry Passport packs in 60, so pretty much on the mark.

Something that was also quite refreshing was that with the physical keyboard (I will discuss this in a bit more detail later) you don’t lose screen real-estate due to a virtual keyboard. It’s actually quite amazing how much space is lost on a traditional touchscreen device, especially in landscape mode, when the keyboard is active. However, BlackBerry has allowed

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