REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The first time you get a true look, or even a ‘hands on’ with the Blackberry Passport, you are taken back by its massive size. It is big but then again look around and notice how few people actually carry their smart phone in a case on their belt or hanging elsewhere on their body. Let’s face it; smart phone cases attached to belts seem to have gone the way of the fanny pack now haven’t they? It was a fad. Samsung initially hit a home run with the size of their Galaxy Note II and now Blackberry is following suit with the Passport. In doing so, they have been able to build the most powerful and most advanced smart phone on the market today.
There are so many benefits to the Passport that others will eventually have to follow suit, the most important of which is the fact that Blackberry phones are unlocked; there is no access code required to unlock your phone for out of country use, and maybe that’s why they include the international power adapters. We can add that there is no other cell capable of even coming close to true multi-tasking as the BB10 OS can and this is why it was so important to ensure recent releases have the most powerful components that money can by. Battery life is untouchable and having a 1400×1400 HD screen at your fingertips is literally like having the fastest and smallest ultrabook that money can buy. This doesn’t come with some negatives however…
Apps are not as plentiful with the Blackberry 10 OS as they are with Android or IOS, even though Google jumped in and many Android Apps install and work quite easily on the Blackberry. One shortfall for me personally is the lack of Canon EOS Remote App for Android that is compatible with Blackberry and my ensuing result is having my old Samsung Galaxy Note II in my camera bag. There may also be the issue of size, however as we mentioned, most don’t use cases much anymore and we are seeing smartphones in pockets and purses.
For our final evaluation though, we had to go back to Karen’s thoughts as she is one of those few that just has to have a keyboard. Her initial concerns were seen with the digital numerical keypad and not having those physical numbers that she was used to, although she believes now that she has much greater access to other features this way than she did prior. She also thought it to be a bit big but was the first to mention that it goes in her purse anyway. The Passport accomplished one thing, however, that no other phone could have succeeded in doing and that was bringing her into the true digital age as she found herself exploring features that she had never prior. I have even caught her walking around the office as she held the Passport sideways, scrolling using the keyboard with her thumb. Her only wish is that they had the red keyboard version at the time of review….very attractive design update.
All in all, we feel that the Blackberry passport is definitely worthy of our Innovation Award as they have done great things with their ‘touch keyboard’, things that make using a smart phone in a business setting just that much easier.
At the end of the day though, don’t take our word for it. Click the link below and check out what those who purchased the Passport have to say at Amazon! With over 1200 reviews, the Passport has earned a 4.6 of 5 star rating.