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

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

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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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard (Capacitive [finger]) (3 rows)
Predictive text
yes

Power

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

Camera

Camera
yes (13 megapixels) (f/2) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
yes
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], BPP [printing], PAN [ad hoc network], SYNC [syncing])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, VC-1, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, HD Photo, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, RAW, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, IM, Maps, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, North America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (1 [2100]MHz, 3 [1800]MHz, 4 [1700 / 2100]MHz, 5 [850]MHz, 7 [2600]MHz, 13 [700]MHz, 17 [700]MHz, 20 [800]MHz) (yes)
Subscriber identity
nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1440, 1440)
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
2.2
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
3 GB
USB
3.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Controls

External controls
Media playback, Mute switch, Keylock

Other features

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