BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)BlackBerry are a household name when it comes to smartphones.  The business users will know the appeal of their email system and teens will know all about BBM; but BlackBerry is a name that many have fallen out of love with over the last few years.

A few questionable commercial decisions let the competition convert users.

However, the Canadian firm are at the start of a new and more focused era and they return with the BlackBerry Passport and aim to win back the hearts of many.

The corporate/business user is at the heart of their current plans, but does the Passport have something for all, and is it a sign of things to come?

Hardware Specifications

The Passport is an out and out powerhouse and is designed to impress.  Key hardware features include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS
  • 3450mAh battery
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I will talk about the design shortly but it is clear from this hardware that it has what it takes to compete with Android or iOS equivalents.

There has always been a lot of talk about BlackBerry and how they compare to the Apple and Samsung devices but the Passport is proof that they are not as behind as some may think.  The hardware is different, as is the software, but there is a lot on offer and you should not write it off until you have heard and seen more.

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BlackBerry Passport Unboxing

BlackBerry_Passport_Hands_On (2)It has been quite some time since we unboxed a BlackBerry but they are back with the Passport.

Not wishing to be a spoiler, but headline features include:

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

We have already received and shipped our first batch of stock.

See what the Passport is all about in the following video.

BlackBerry Passport User Guide/Manual

BlackBerry Passport User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the BlackBerry Passport user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Passport from BlackBerry brings back the traditional keyboard but in a much more unusual but interesting form factor.  The 1:1 ratio of the screen and the new features found inside the OS 10.3 makes the Passport more suitable than before and could even tempt iOS and Android users thanks to its affiliation with the Amazon appstore.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

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BlackBerry Passport now in stock

SIM free BlackBerry passportAre you looking for a powerful smartphone that does not look like the rest?

Have you considered the BlackBerry Passport?

It has a rich feature set and a unique square design.

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

See it in action in the following video:

Interested?  It is yours for £485 including VAT and is in stock now as a SIM free unit at Clove. Just click here to order yours.

The new QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport

Not just a keyboard

Yesterday we had a quick look at some of the features that BlackBerry has added to its new flagship, the BlackBerry Passport. Today we’ll be looking at its redesigned QWERTY keyboard arrangement in more detail.

Going by some of the early accounts, the 3-row physical QWERTY keyboard will certainly take some getting used to. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, it’s just that many of the BlackBerry faithful will be used to the 4-row QWERTY of old.

BlackBerry passport keyboard

That being said, the Passport does still have 4 rows to its keyboard, it’s just that the top row is on-screen rather than physical. This virtual row is where you can access numbers, symbols and shortcuts when typing. Outside of text input, the row of virtual icons will change depending on the app that you’re using.

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A trackpad as well

The most ingenious feature of the Passport’s keyboard is its touch sensitivity, and I wonder if this is a feature that we’ll someday see in laptop keyboards.

The Passport’s touch-sensitive input can be used for both device navigation and gesture control. You can swipe one finger back across the keyboard to delete a word. Or you can configure shortcuts, such as double tapping space to end a sentence and insert a full stop.

The touch sensitivity can also be used in conjunction with predictive text. As you type, predictions are shown on-screen. Flicking upwards on the keyboard below the word you wish to use will select it for you.

The keyboard can also be used to navigate the passport. If you double tap the keyboard ‘close cursor control’ is activated, which enables you to navigate more precisely. This is useful when you want to position the cursor at particular point in a sentence.

Because the keyboard can be used as a trackpad, it accommodates one-handed use. Flip the passport on its side and the screen automatically rotates. You can then swipe your thumb over the keyboard to navigate the screen. This photo from Engadget’s review shows it in action:

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Typing language and predictive suggestions can be configured in the settings menu. If you switch between different languages often, there’s the option to switch the input language option by tapping the language icon in the Passport’s virtual row.

The cut, copy and past tools are easy to access. Simply highlight some text and the edit menu pops up. The Passport also supports dictation, which can be initiated by simply tapping the microphone button in the keyboard’s virtual row.

It’s certainly different to any of the keyboards we’ve seen in the past, and we’re looking forward to seeing just how quickly it works in practice.

What’s different about the BlackBerry Passport?

What are the Passport’s best features?

SIM free BlackBerry passportWith a name like the Passport, BlackBerry’s latest device is bound to stand out.

‘Work Wide’ and ‘See Things Differently’ BlackBerry tells us with its promotional slogans. The Passport is certainly different to anything we’ve seen in a while, and we can’t wait to see how it feels in the hand.

We’ll have a hand-on demo and review coming soon, but in the meantime here’s a look at the features that set the Passport apart from the competition.

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It’s (almost) square

As its name implies, the Passport is similar in shape and size to a standard passport. This is unusual in a world where smartphones tend to be tall and narrow. The Passport is 128m tall and 90.3mm wide.

Such a square form factor probably wouldn’t work with anything other than a BlackBerry, thanks to its QWERTY keyboard and also the way in which BlackBerry 10 OS has been designed.

The larger display of the passport — which has a resolution of 1440 x 1440 — provides more space to view onscreen content; tasks like checking email, editing docs and browsing the web should become more comfortable on a wider screen.

The extra space created by the square display has also given BlackBerry the chance to rethink BlackBerry 10 OS. There’s more flexibility when arranging apps, as well as improvements to the BBM interface. There’s a virtual demo available here that runs through some of the new features.

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BlackBerry Passport Now Available for Order

BlackBerry PassportWe have all been waiting a long time for the BlackBerry Passport, as there has been a huge amount of tantalising information released over the last few months.  The good news is that you can now order this innovative BlackBerry product, with first stock being available from the 29th September.  BlackBerry has shown that they can again produce interesting products with the Passport including many new features we haven’t seen before.

There is the overall design which like the name indicates is about the size of a passport.  With this form factor, it has given BlackBerry the ability to include a 4.5″ display which unusually for a smart phones is square and has a corresponding 1440 x 1440 resolution.  This makes reading documents and browsing the Internet easier, as there is more room available making each line longer.

The display is not the only innovation as BlackBerry has made some changes to the keyboard with it now being a 3-row QWERTY layout.  This is more like a typical keyboard and BlackBerry has said with practice this will make user more efficient at writing emails and editing documents.  There is also the ability to use more features via a touch interface, so you can navigate around the Internet and interact with documents without taking your fingers away from the keyboard.

BlackBerry Passport_2BlackBerry Assistant provides users with the ability to interact with their Passport using their voice.  This makes it easy to use features like the calendar, phone and emails when you are in a rush.  It also adapts to your voice over time making it more reliable at understanding your commands.  If you thought that BlackBerry Assistant would have only a limited number of commands then you will enjoy the fact that you can use many of the features of the Passport with it.

This phone is also no slouch as BlackBerry has chosen to include a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core processor and a generous 3GB of RAM.  So your apps are as fast as possible and you can multi-task efficiently.  There is also 32 GB of internal storage and the ability to use up to 128GB microSD cards, giving you plenty of storage for all your apps, movies and photos.

To make sure you can use the Internet as fast as possible when you need to get information quickly BlackBerry has included 4G LTE connectivity.  So you will be able to browse the web and download apps faster that your would have thought possible.

Check out the other key features of the BlackBerry Passport

  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor
  • 4.5” extra wide LCD display
  • 3 row QWERTY keyboard
  • Use the keyboard as a touchpad
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 13MP camera with OIS

The BlackBerry Passport will be available for £485 including VAT.  Click here for further details and ordering.  

BlackBerry Z30 User Manual / User Guide

BlackBerry Z30 User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the BlackBerry Z30 owner’s manual. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Z30  user manual, please click here request our user manual printing service.

To view the Z30 User Guide, simply click the image below.

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Sometimes bigger is better and with the Z30, BlackBerry are appealing to the users who want BlackBerry performance and stability but want the big screen to absorb media.  The Z30 delivers a strong performance thanks to strong hardware specifications.  To find out more about the Z30, please click HERE.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

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BlackBerry Q5 due July 1st

Good news today for anyone waiting on BlackBerry’s new budget BB10 device – we have today received confirmation of a price drop to 275 GBP ex. VAT against our initial reports. The device has also been brought forward a couple of weeks so we are now expecting our first stock by Monday July 1st.

BlackBerry Q5 July 1st

The Q5 features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard like the similar and widely popular Q10, however comes in as a response to some concern over the former’s comparatively high price point. BlackBerry have passed down savings with a switch to a polycarbonate chassis and a change to a 720 x 720 IPS LCD panel and 5 megapixel camera. The Q5 still features the full BB10 operating system with no amendments.

You can place a pre-order for the BlackBerry Q5 HERE, we will be in contact with all customers who place a pre-order to take payment closer to the launch date

BlackBerry Q5 now available to pre-order

If a front facing keyboard is for you then you do not have a lot of choice today in terms of smartphones. The Q5 is one such option.

We have today enabled the pre-order facility on this phone through clove.co.uk.

The exact price and release date is subject to change, but currently we expect the handset to sell for £295+VAT with the first units expected around the middle of July.

For more information, please click HERE.

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