When the Passport was first rumoured I was the proud owner of a Z30 (which I still am, by the way, every so often I switch it on and it’s STILL a beauty). As I was cogitating as to whether to take the plunge with the Passport, one thing REALLY bothered me – even after I got it – would I be able to get on with having SQUARE photos?
After all, the rectangular phone and the 16:9 ratio was the standard, wasn’t it? How daft would my pictures look?
Well, the proof of the pudding struck home like the flan of truth as I watched the news the other night. Some disaster or other had occurred and the news outlet, as many do these days, had been sent pictures by the public from the scene. Only they were nearly always in PORTRAIT so the TV people had to put some fancy swimming graphics round the sides.
As I was watching I found myself wondering what the hell was to the sides of these portrait shots and how ridiculously narrow they looked. And they do, if I go back through my media card and look at my old Z30 pics now I’m left wondering where the rest of picture is. At the time I thought they were fine, now they just look incomplete.
By the way, for those of you with a Passport or Classic, look back on those photos now and you’ll see your device has magically resized them for your phone (just another little thing BlackBerry think of when no one is looking).
Nope, I have to admit, when the Passport was first mooted I wasn’t sold on the 1:1 ratio but now I’m completely hooked and can’t possibly imagine going back to the restrictions of 16:9 for my pictures, never mind web browsing (seriously, REALLY wouldn’t fancy going back to THAT!) or even messaging, there’d be something missing from the sides, I think it’s called detail, so I’d end up peering to see where it had gone.
Just look at this pathetic specimen and tell me which you’d prefer:
Old news, in an old case churning out old pictures.
What a waste of time.