BlackBerry Passport Review

The BlackBerry Passport is one of the most controversial smartphones ever produced. After 2 weeks of using the phone as my daily driver i am giving you this review.
In this review we will discuss the Specifications, the Screen, Battery Life and Camera. Also we will compare pictures and videos taken by a BlackBerry Passport with pictures and videos taken by the Sony Xperia Z3.

Specifications

The Passport is powered by a Qualcomm  Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor. The BlackBerry features  3 GB RAM, which is 2GB  more than the iPhone 6 and exactly the same with the brand new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.  The specifications seem really impressive so i decided to test the phone capabilities using Geekbench 3. The Passport managed to score 769 single-core score and 2372 as a multi-core score. The Sony Xperia Z3 we tested this week has very similar specifications to the Passport but managed to score 2845 in multi-core.
The Passport has a  square 4.5 inch  LCD display with 1440 x 1440 resolution and 453 ppi (pixels per inch). The screen is really good with excellent contrast ratio and excellent colour temperature. The brightness of the screen is really good and helps you read notifications even in direct sunlight. On the other hand on the lowest setting the screen does not dim as much as a Sony Xperia Z3.

One of the unique features of Passport is that is has a physical keyboard. The keyboard is touch sensitive and helps you scroll without touching the display. It also comes in handy when you are writing text messages and it is faster than an on screen keyboard and also allows you with some gestures to delete misspelled words or to correct a mistake.

Battery Life

In our test the BlackBerry was able to keep up with Wi-Fi on for roughly 18-19 hours (not using it) which is one of the longest we have ever tested.On a daily basis I was getting an average of around 10-11 hours with normal use and 4G switched on which is much more that you can get with an iPhone 6.

Camera

The Passport features a 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels with camera autofocus andoptical image stabilization. It is capable of shooting videos in Full HD, [email protected]
The front facing  camera has a 2 MP sensor capable of 720p videos.

Verdict

Cons: All in all the Passport is an really unique smartphone but as always there are some problems. The most important problem is the lack of a fingerprint scanner. All high-end smartphones offer an extra security with their fingerprint scanner like iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. Another problem is the weird shape of the  Passport. Its square design makes it hard to hold it with one hand and is impossible to type without using two hands. The Passport is using BlackBerrys own ‘BlackBerry OS 10′. Although the OS has a really nice interface, many applications are not supported, such as Snapchat and YouTube app.

Pros: On the other hand the Passport is a nice looking smartphones and helps you stand out of the crowd. Is a slim and attractive device and is also available in many colors such as Black, White, Red and Black&Gold. The battery life is impressive and the camera is cabled of capturing images in great detail.

Sample Videos & Photos

Video Taken by Passport at Sheffield Train Station(1080p)

Photos taken by BlackBerry Passport

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In comparison you can have a look at pictures and video taken by Sony Xperia Z3

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