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BlackBerry Passport

75
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

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
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Scores

Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

70
John Elliott
I got it because I like a keyboard, and I like blackberry. A huge reason for...read more
90
Sven Aurich
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
goodtobe
I am a doctor, I read files, secure documents, pdfs, and I need to see images...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.522
Internal memory
327
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen, Qwerty keyboard (Capacitive [finger]) (3 rows)
Predictive text
Yes

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (f/2) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (Yes) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp, Bpp, Pan, Sync)
UMA support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Quicktime, Vc1, Wmv, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Hd photo, Jpeg, Jpeg 2000, Png, Raw, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, Im, Maps, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, North america (Us, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes) (1 2100MHz, 3 1800MHz, 4 1700 2100MHz, 5 850MHz, 7 2600MHz, 13 700MHz, 17 700MHz, 20 800MHzMHz)
Subscriber identity
Nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1440x1440)
Pixel density
453 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Color) (Backlit)

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes)

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 801)
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
3 GB
USB
3.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)
CPU
2.2

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Controls

External controls
Media, Mute, Keylock

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TTY / TDD
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to24) (up to14)
Battery type
Li-ion (3450 capacity)