Blackberry Passport Review – Size Can Be Deceiving, Sales Cannot


At first glance, one might wonder why the keyboard is void of numbers. The QWERTY keyboard consists of three rows of letters separated by silver metal frets, with no extras but a space, backspace and enter key; it is hybrid. By hybrid, we mean that full access to numbers, symbols, and even emoticons becomes visible when one starts typing as another digital row appears, a swipe up on the keyboard displaying an even greater selection.

Blackberry Passport NUmerical Keyboard

The entire keyboard is touch sensitive and, by doing this, Blackberry has been able to incorporate some surprising shortcuts into the keyboard. For instance, type a line and then swipe left to see text being deleted, or, tap the keys to place the cursor for highlighting text.

Essential Gestures

The ability to use your keyboard as a touchscreen was a brilliant move by Blackberry who also included very simple interactive tutorials when you first turn the Passport on and set it up!

Blackberry Passport Keyboard

Next, hold the digital shift key and slowly swipe left or right to highlight text for formatting, copy, replace or deletion. Lastly, as you type you will notice that BB10 tries to predict your next words and displays them at the base of the screen. To select, simply swipe up from under the word on the keyboard and start (or select) the next word.


The top of the Blackberry passport contains the power button and a 3.5mm headphone jack while the right side contains the ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Volume Down’ keys separated by a convenience key.

Blackberry Passport Right Side

The bottom contains the microUSB/HDMI port and stereo speakers, along with the first of four mics that are contained on this smart phone. Two of the other three are located on either side of the camera lens on the rear, and the last within the speaker top center of the Blackberry.

Blackberry Passport Bottom

The back contains the 13MP camera with LED flash and settings can adjust the rear camera resolution to 720p, 1080p or 720p at 60FPS for video. They have finally included Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Pictures can be taken in the smartphones native 1:1 aspect ratio, 4:3 or 16:9 but to get optimal resolution, 4:3 is necessary. Extras such as panorama, time shift and burst mode are included as well as a selection of Scene modes to include Auto as the Passport determines the best mode for the light and conditions at hand.

Blackberry Passport Angled Back2

As we finish ‘kicking the tires’, the last exterior feature to mention is the fact that only the top portion of the cameras back is removable, allowing access to the nano-SIM and microSDXC cards. We can guarantee that many have tried unsuccessfully to get the entire back off by pushing up or down at the middle.

Blackberry Passport SIM SD Card Slot

The Blackberry Passport has been available for some nine months now and, contrary to initial predictions of failure due to its odd and rather large stature, it has prevailed. Not only has it found success, but also, its initial release experienced a 24 hour sell out of 200,000 units with supply and demand issues remaining even as we write this report...several months after release. It is popular. It is the most powerful smart phone on the market. It has an enormous HD screen. It is unlocked. Its battery lasts in excess of 24 hours and it is big. It is…

Review Overview

Build and Appearance
Ease of Use and Tutorials
Price and Availability

Most Powerful Smartphone Built!

The BlackBerry Passport can be easily overlooked at first appearance due to its size and weight. This size and weight turns out to be a huge plus for the Passport, enabling the most powerful and most complete multi-task environment available in a smart phone.

User Rating: 3.67 ( 14 votes)


  1. It’s a beautiful piece of innovation! #ProudPassportOwner


  3. Fantastic Phone!

  4. Best phone but please dont be a fool and say it has sold much? Compared to what? How many passports sold so far?

    • There is no suggestion of any sales comparison with any phone, but rather, unexpected sales success despite initial critics views that the passport would flop. Not only did initial supply sell out, but also, sales of the Passport within recent months, as well as the fact that BB is seeing around 2 million phone sales quarterly, goes to silence any critic of BB’s direction.

      • Are you kidding me? First of all the number is not 2 million. Then 2 million includes all phones. Look there ios no one who wants Blackberry to succeed more than me but being a fool is not helpful. Passport has been a flop. The device business has a negative valuation in the stock market.
        Today Blackberry as a company is priced at net cash on hand plus Free cash to be generated from SAF over its lifetime.. give or take.
        What was the intial claim/expectation? what is counted as success? Total cost (total economic costs) of passport is more than revenues so its a big flop.

      • BBRY is losing money on phones. If not where is the money going? SAF revenues are high margins, sopftware is high margin.

  5. Wow! Great review of the best phone out there! Nice!

  6. Hi, Just a small precision, a 2 finger swipe from top to bottom will bring the quick access menu (even in any app). When you get use to it, swiping is so much more natural that the button on other mobile (and I have all kind to test)

  7. Hey les.

    Just wanted to say i said you’re name out loud and it sounded like something out of world of warcraft.

    Say it with me LES TOKARRR leader of the orcs DESTROYER OF ALLIANCE dominator of night elf uterus’

  8. Just got my Silver Edition Blackberry Passport. I’ve had Iphone’s and a Note 4, and I’ve yet to have a device that is as fast and elegant as my Passport. This thing rocks!

  9. Nice review, I’m leaving my Galaxy Note 3 for a brand new Passport Silver Edition I just ordered yesterday. Can’t wait for it; looking to escape from being forced onto Google’s cloud and want real security on my devices from now on. I no longer want my phone to be Google’s ad revenue bitch, I want ti to be my own trusted device.

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