A few months ago BlackBerry announced it was exiting the hardware business and no longer building new devices. The Priv was the last Android phone made by BlackBerry and the Passport was the last BB10 device.
The Passport is a little over two years old now and I have been using it as my daily driver for that period. There’s just something extra special about it. It’s unique, unlike any other smartphone ever made. It stands out in the crowd. The touch sensitive keyboard that allows scrolling and swiping took me ages to get used to. The fact it was only a three row physical keyboard and half on screen keyboard really took me a while to get typing at speed. But now I absolutely love it. I can type quicker on my Passport than I ever have on any other device.
And that screen, a square screen that looked odd for a phone is just sensational for viewing content. Web pages are much easier to see and display more content. I have really grown fond of my Passport.
So much so that I can’t bear to put it aside in favour of using my Priv as my daily phone. Don’t get me wrong, the Priv is an awesome phone in its own right, and it has a more traditional style of keyboard that most of us are used to. The availability of apps is a huge bonus, and BlackBerry have done an amazing job with Android by doing what no other had managed to achieve. BlackBerry Secured it.
But when it comes to productivity, I’m just not as quick or comfortable with the Priv as I am with the Passport. I use my Priv daily as well, but after hours only. The Passport is my go to device that just does everything I need it to. In fact, when I blog for UTB it is all done on my Passport. Editing articles for our other writers, done on Passport. Putting our posts on the UTB BBM channel, again on Passport.
I fell in love with my Passport immediately after buying it. I knew it was the device I wanted to be using for years to come. So one day while browsing eBay I came across a cheap white Passport so I decided to snap it up as a spare, just in case.
It is in immaculate condition, always had a screen protector fitted, as have all my phones (except for priv). But with the nature of my work as a forklift technician it wasn’t suitable for work conditions as it would get covered in grease and dirt in no time.
Recently the Passport had run out of stock through Shop BlackBerry, no longer available. So I went into panic mode, what if something happened to my beloved black Passport? I need a backup Passport for work. So back to eBay I go. Looking for a new original black beauty, they were now going cheap.
I hesitated for a bit and I’m glad I did, because I stumbled across a used Silver Edition. Wow, that thing is pure class, I had to have it. So I had it shipped from Canada and when it arrived I was in awe. The rounded corners at the bottom made it extra comfortable to hold. The silver trim, frame and buttons gave it that extra feel of quality. Just beautiful. And although it was used, it was in mint condition.
But something just kept me wanting more. A friend of mine had a red Passport a couple of years ago and when he went to sell it, I was running a little tight on funds. It was knocked around a bit too which put me off. I missed out on that one but had really admired it. The red just really stood out. One day I would get one.
A few weeks ago I found a used red one on Gumtree, a classifieds site run by eBay. It was listed at $600AU and when I enquired about it the seller decided to withdraw from sale. She couldn’t bear to part with it and knew it would become a rare collectors item. So close yet so far.
So I kept searching but the red Passport is almost impossible to find now and I knew if I did find one, I was going to pay dearly for it.
Then one day when commenting in our forums I mentioned I was looking for a red version. Low and behold, one of our forum members, Rico said that he had one as a spare. He was waiting for his SE Passport to be repaired by BlackBerry and was currently using the red one until he got the SE back. We negotiated a fantastic price and last week he shipped it over from Spain.
It arrived today, well packed with all care taken. It was in immaculate condition. I immediately have fallen in love with it. There’s just something about that beautiful red keyboard and back cover. It really stands out. According to Rico, he had only used it for a month or two and it showed. Not a scratch on it. He was also kind enough to throw in a few extras. Cases, leather pouch, cleaning cloth, etc. This was one sweet deal, and I’m so thankful to him for parting with it.
So now my collection of Passports is complete. Except for the AT&T version and the extremely rare and very pricey limited edition gold version. Who knows, maybe one day I will finally get a gold edition but I don’t fancy my chances. My Passport collection has become an obsession. I have even ordered a few spare batteries to keep me going for some time yet.