Blackberry Passport Review – Size Can Be Deceiving, Sales Cannot


We covered our BB10 explanation in our Blackberry Z30 Report, but it merits mentioning once again as it clearly demonstrates how much easier it is to navigate than any other on the market today. The Blackberry 10 OS is manipulated through four screens, each of which can be found by swiping left or wipe on the screen. To the far left is the Blackberry Hub displaying VM, SMS, PIN, all e-mail and social feeds that have been configured for the device.

BB10 Hub Screen

Just right of this is the Notification Hub where all notifications arrive in real-time. SMS PIN and others can even be answered within the Hub without the need to exit and go into that application.

BB10 Notification Screen

To the right of this is a screen which will contain active apps that have been reduced. For instance, one may have such things as the Internet, camera, SMS, e-mail, phone, and even add-in apps such as translators and currency exchange calculators all active and running at the same time. Simply click on any one to enlarge it or click on the ‘X’ to shut it down.

BB10 Active App Screen

Swiping left then brings up two icon screens, as well as any other if you decided to personalize and create another screen yourself.

BB10 Icon Screen 1

Also, pulling down from the top on any screen (except an open APP) will bring up the Quick Settings screen where you can find such things as Settings, Rotation Lock, Mobile network, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wifi, Alarm and several other choices. Last but not least, when in an Application, pulling down from the top of the screen may provide settings and help for that application while pulling from the right to left my afford additional options within that program.

BB10 Icon Screen 2

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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