BlackBerry Passport

75
Engadget
Score
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard

Summary

The Passport is the best BlackBerry 10 device you can buy, and comes with a number of flagship-caliber specs. But its odd shape and size, as well as its weird keyboard, may be a turnoff for many.

Pros
  • Keyboard doubles as touchpad
  • Long battery life
  • Fantastic outdoor visibility
  • Good camera
  • Robust build
Cons
  • Don't even try using it one-handed
  • Keyboard is difficult to get used to
  • Awkward size and shape
  • App selection is better now, but still needs some work
  • Occasional hiccups in performance
I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard

Apparently I'm a masochist.

That's an odd way to begin a review. But to give BlackBerry's latest handset, the Passport, as thorough a review as possible, I decided to type the entire thing from the phone itself. My twisted idea came from a realization that this (mostly) square oddity is the first phone with a physical keyboard that I've used since the Motorola Droid 4 in 2012 or the BlackBerry Q10 in 2013. It's not even a normal keyboard by modern smartphone standards -- it's a flattened, hybrid setup with both physical and virtual elements and a curiously placed space bar. Needless to say, it's an odd device, one that truly deserves the ultimate test: Can I use it to crank out several thousand words of text?

Of course, there's more to the Passport than just its odd shape and the company's desire to resurrect a now-antiquated smartphone feature. I'm going to dive into what sets this phone apart from the hundreds of others already on the market -- that is, if my thumbs hold up through the experience.

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Scores

Engadget

75
 

Breakdown

Display
8.3
Battery life
8.0
Camera
7.0
Ease of use
6.0
Design and form factor
6.6
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Specs

Passport

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 MB
Screen size
4.5 inches
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Specs

Passport

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 MB
Screen size
4.5 inches
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