BlackBerry Passport Factory Unlocked Cellphone, International Version, 32GB, Black
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- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
- Touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard. Additional Middle Eastern characters on keyboard allows for Middle Eastern characters to be typed
- Wide Touchscreen 4.5inch Display
- More ways to access Apps with the Amazon AppStore. Uses Blackberry OS.
- BlackBerry Blend - the power of BlackBerry on your computer or tablet
- Network Compatibility: BlackBerry Passport supports the following US network bands: FD-LTE: 2,4,5,17 HSPA +: 1,2,4,5/6, 8, EDGE
- Although FD-LTE coverage is fairly wide-spread across the US, we recommend checking the coverage map of your service provider to ensure the best possible experience.
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Camera Description||13 MP||13 MP||16.0||—||8 MP||12.0|
|Screen Size||4.5 in||4.5 in||5.93 in||4.5 in||3.5 in||4.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.56 x 0.37 x 5.04 in||3.56 x 0.37 x 5.04 in||6.16 x 0.3 x 2.96 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||5.16 x 0.4 x 2.85 in||5.87 x 0.37 x 2.85 in|
|Item Weight||6.84 ounces||6.9 ounces||5.76 ounces||1 lb||6.24 ounces||6.34 ounces|
|Operating System||Blackberry||BlackBerry 10||Android||blackberry os 10.3||BlackBerry 10.3.1||google_android|
The BlackBerry® Passport™ smartphone is designed to be different from other smartphones, with a large, wide touch screen and a touch-sensitive keyboard. The BlackBerry Passport design was based on the form of an actual passport, providing a sense of familiarity even in something so new. Its frame was inspired by the steel I-beams used in modernist architecture, and the gentle shape of the back cover feels great in your hand, while accommodating a large battery. The BlackBerry Passport takes our iconic keyboard to the next level. The physical keyboard gives you more typing accuracy1 and leaves you more screen space for viewing. It responds to touch gestures, so you can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor. The BlackBerry Passport is built for busy people like you, with optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry® 10 and an impressive 3450 mAh battery. That’s almost 2 times bigger than the battery in the iPhone® 6.
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**********First, the hardware:**********
- Processor: Snapdragon 801, which is a tweaked 2.26ghz Quad core beast of a mobile processor, just like the one in the highly reviewed LG G3. Not that the super efficient QNX based BB10 OS needs that much horsepower, but it is nice to have. Apps open and close staggeringly fast, and the "Peek and Flow" gesture based OS is a joy to use with so much horsepower under the hood. I'll get to that later...
- GPU: Adreno 330, clocked at 450mhz. This GPU from Qualcomm is roughly 50% faster then the previous mobile GPU standard. Again, a productivity machine like the Passport doesn't "need" so much graphical power...but it sure is nice to have! 3D games like the strangely addictive Hungry Shark run smooth as butter, and it has no problem pushing the over 2 million pixels in the 1440x1440 display.
- RAM: 3GB. Yes, that is TRIPLE the memory of the iPhone 6 and a full Gigabyte more RAM then many high end phones. This allows true multi-tasking. Programs are not "bookmarked" when minimized, and multiple tabs in your browser are actual pages loaded in every tab - programs and browser tabs are not closed when you minimize them like the pseudo-multitasking most consumers are used to. This serves two benefits - not only are apps up and running in the background (allowing things like reply to messages without pausing videos or games), but your minimized apps open instantly. That is because apps were never closed - just tucked away into that massive 3GB memory pool. Add all that to the small footprint of the BB10 OS, which gives significantly more free RAM compared to an Android with the same physical memory, and you have a beast of a multitasker.
-Battery: ~3500mAh monster of a battery. This is not a phone you charge every night as you tuck yourself into bed. The first day will suck a bit more juice then normal due to multiple accounts and settings syncing and "settling in". After that? You will be amazed. Easy 2 days of juice with "normal" use. I took mine off the charger this morning at 7AM. I keep bluetooth on, Pebble App synced and running, three different Email Accounts synced, a busy Twitter Feed, my Stock brokerage app, a Browser instance, and my Device Manager always running with 5 active tiles on screen. I check my phone often, and use it non-stop during my full 45 minute break and randomly throughout the day. I got home from work at 6PM with 72% battery. That is 28% in 11 hours of heavy use! That is around 40hrs(!) of battery life with of mixed use, well in line with the 30hours of "heavy use" promised.
-Display: 1440x1440 IPS LCD. Again, this is the display tech of the beastly G3...but with a twist. The LCD has the benefit of not needing "dark themes" to save battery life like AMOLED screens do, and is nice and bright with great contrast. The real twist is of course the 1:1 aspect ratio. This phone gives a true DESKTOP EXPERIENCE. You will never want to view a mobile version of a website again. Text is crisp and easily visible even when zoomed way out, and even at the default half brightness your whites are nice and bright. Webpages, Calanders, Spreadsheets, PDFs, and Documents all look amazing, with tons of available screen real estate. For the first time, I am willing to not only view my documents (using the included stellar Documents to Go suite), but I can happily edit them as well. Which leads to the next part, which is probably what impresses people the most, the keyboard...
-Keyboard: Full QWERTY with built-in trackpad. Yes, a full trackpad. I was expecting simple Left/Right/Up/Down swipe functions, but this is an actual laptop-esque trackpad. You can drag figure 8's across the keyboard and the screen responds appropriately. The first day of use I kept catching myself scrolling with my finger on the screen, before pleasantly remembering that I can use the keyboard as a great scrollbar for both horizontal and vertical scrolling. No more accidentally clicking hyperlinks when attempting to scroll a webpage or blocking your content with your own hands and finger. The keyboard is very wide, which takes some getting used to, and with only 3 rows context sensitive punctuation and symbols are delegated to the bottom row of the massive screen. This is a blessing and a curse - you get the slick virtual keyboard perks of BB10 like being able to swipe a physical keyboard to the left to delete your last word or swipe up to accept word suggestions, but adds another learning curve to get used to reaching UP for punctuation instead of down. Again, a few days into using the device you will wonder how you lived without it.
-Misc: Speakers are brilliant. While made for Conference Call accuracy, I set it down to an HTC M8 display and loaded up the same music video on both devices. The M8 had a slightly higher volume ceiling, but the Passport quality was much better. Deeper, smoother sound is how I would describe it. Call quality is of course excellent, being one of the core Blackberry features to this day. At the local bar, I'm rocking 4 bars indoors where my buddies with the same carrier have 2-3. Calls are clear and easy to hear, thanks to the FOUR microphones that observe ambient noise and adjust volume levels on the fly. Camera is the best Blackberry has offered...but that is not saying much and while it does admirably in good lighting it is still not as good as other top tier phones in other situations like poor lighting. I feel this is most likely a software issue, since the specs are right up there with the best of them - 13MP Optical Image Stabilization with scene modes for HDR, Panoramic, low light, etc.
The phone ships with the new and improved BB10.3 OS. In this version, native .apk support is up and running, and it ships with Amazon Appstore. It seems currently a few core apps that I know for a fact are compatible with the OS since they run fine on my aging Z10 with the 10.3 leak are not showing up for the Passport still. I can only assume this is to optimize them for the display, since some apps do not scale properly and although the work fine look a bit wonky and are either stretched out or with tons of empty space :). Never fear though, since Play Store can be sideloaded easily through a front end called Snap, allowing full Google Play Store access. Of course this is not officially supported by Blackberry, but I have found a resounding majority of apps will run fine when installed from snap. With Blackberry World, Amazon Market, and Play Store through Snap you should be able to find whatever you need.
With the small footprint and efficiency of the QNX based BB10 OS paired with the high end hardware of the Passport, of course the OS is shockingly fast and snappy. Apps open and close nearly instantly - not that you need to close them with all that free RAM - and menus and actions all respond accordingly. The Peek and Flow OS is a joy to use on such a large screen, and it makes you wonder how you got around clumsy menu based OS's like Android...and I pray to the Diety of your choice you don't have to use a home button based iPhone after BB10. It is an exercise in frustration...
Overall, if productivity is your goal and you spend more time posting on Forums, writing Emails, or viewing documents and spreadsheets then you do throwing birds across your screen or matching candies, I have a hard time thinking of a better workhorse then the Passport.
- Learning curve. Keyboard and Gesture based OS take a couple days to get used to.
- 100% of all apps may not work. With three different App storefronts this is not as big a deal as it used to, but still worth mentioning.
- Size may be an issue to some - notably those with small hands and 1 handed texters...oh, and those with Skinny Jeans :). Fits just fine in all my Slacks, Khakis, and Jeans.
- Camera low/poor light performance leaves something to be desired, and focus is slow (true at time of the review, focus issue is mostly remedied with new OS update)
EVERYTHING ELSE. Seriously, the phone is a joy to use. Screen, Keyboard, Battery life, Call quality, etc are all stellar.
Don't be afraid to try something different - give it a week or so to get used to the "culture shock" then see if you can go back to the crowd of identical handsets. I know I can't.
-Huge Screen (could be a con depending on your preferences)
-Keyboard is a fully working trackpad. Really helps to navigate around websites and apps
-The structure feels very durable and heavy. You can definitely see that it's not cheaply made
-Dual speakers. Clarity and volume at the same time.
-LED light. I had an iPhone 7, so I wasn't used to having that feature. It's quite useful.
-Blackberry HUB. Great idea and seamless integration of content between apps. Essentially a platform that collects and delivers all of the content of your email, social media, phone calls, texts, etc. into one easy swipe. Convenient if you don't like jumping around on all of your different apps and it makes sure you don't miss anything.
-Security. In case you didn't know, BB is supposedly known for its high security. Not sure if there really is a difference in security between this phone and any other besides that it's more encrypted (?) I guess. Also, BB has some pre downloaded native apps that help to secure your content.
-Battery life. I like it enough. I sometimes forget to charge it and it lasts me all day. It really depends on what your doing and to what extent.
- Keyboard. Best thing it has to offer. That's also what BB is known for. I had to get used to the feeling...and after a few uses, I ended up getting annoyed when I had to type on my iPhone or iPad for something. It's just not the same. It's the real deal mayunn. Oh, also, when word suggestions pop up, instead of pressing the word you want... the keyboard has two virtual lines that split it into three columns. If you want to pick a suggestion on the far left side, then you just swipe up on the keyboard on the far left side. Same goes for the middle and right section. I just thought that was pretty advanced stuff for a 2015 phone.
-Turn heads. Conversation piece. Ice breaker.
"Oh Em G! I thought the BlackBerry was dead!?" -everyone.
-It's pretty outdated IMO. I've had my fair share of Androids and iPhones. All I can say is that the BB OS is nothing like android. Well, at least the passport. It takes some getting used to. I've had it for almost a week and I'm still learning. Huge learning curve for this one. But...it works. And if it works, then I'm okay with it.
-I don't like that it's not compatible with CDMA SIM cards or the Sprint and I believe Verizon carriers. But it works well with GSM SIM cards and I'm using Cricket, which piggybacks off of atnt's network.
-It was released in 2015 so the camera quality isn't that great. 13 megapixels...it's just not anything compared to iPhone. If you're planning on taking quality pictures like iPhone, then invest in a camera instead.
-It's not user-friendly... at least at first. I was very confused in the beginning. If you're not the type to give things a try, and you like things simple...don't get this phone. It takes some patience. Unless, of course, you're up for the challenge or you're already familiar with BB.
-Not many developers and companies support BB anymore. Facebook messenger doesn't work...unless you go on the website.
-Apps. This one would be a deal breaker for most. If you're heavily reliant on social media apps...this phone could possibly work for you....or not. You just gotta work your way around the system e.g. native apps, google play, APK (whatever that means), etc. if you still want it... just YouTube or Google stuff for that. For other apps...I guess the native apps work pretty well. You gotta make sure that it's meant for the passport.... since it's a square. It doesn't bother me too much since I'm trying to detach myself from the social bubble ( I don't need anymore distractions in college). I just need my emails, notifications.. and I'm good.
-The placement of the virtual keyboard can be awkward sometimes. Especially since the phone is huge. I don't like that the numbers are virtual and the virtual number pad is on the left side. I'm right handed and typing with my left hand for numbers is not a good mix. Especially if those numbers are for my pin, card number, password, etc. then I could possibly input it in wrong..since typing virtually is less accurate than on a real keyboard.
-Most of the native "apps" are literally just like a hyperlink that places you on the website platform instead of the mobile app. I believe there are real apps for passport...you just gotta look hard.
That's all I can think of for now..so really, all you gotta do is weigh the pros and cons and see if it fits what you're looking for. I actually did quite a bit of research before I made this purchase ( I'm not rich). I needed to make sure that it was actually worth buying. I checked out articles like crackberry, watched YouTube videos like JanOle (recommend watching if you're interested in BB). It's a good phone and will yield many benefits...just as long as you use it to its fullest potential. Hope this review helped you make a decision (or at least come close to it).
P.s This is my first Amazon review. The phone was good and I wanted people to know, so I felt compelled to do so.