Does my Passport look too big in this?

 

It appears that Jonathan Kay at the National Review has passed judgement for you ladies on what your opinion should be of the Passport. I think he has declared it to be too big for you.
My reaction is that he may be making a few generalizations about the “fairer” gender.

Jonathan Kay: Why I ditched my iPhone for Blackberry’s massive new Passport

My iPhone often ended up in a shirt pocket. But that feels awkward with the Passport. In fact, there are a few shirts I own that actually do not permit this without busting the pocket stitching. When I asked my wife to try it with some of her blouses, she couldn’t get the Passport to fit in any of them. Even in my pants, the Passport was an awkward fit. It really only makes sense in a jacket, briefcase or purse. So to state the obvious: This business-oriented phone is hardly the ideal phone for, say, the beach or hiking trail.

This may explain the intensely gendered response I got to my Passport when I was seen using it in public places like Starbucks, McDonalds, Taco Del Mar or office-building elevators. Over the last month, numerous strangers have approached me to ask about the device. They are always men. Many of the women I’ve shown the Passport to — including female colleagues, my wife and her friends — seem vaguely horrified by the thing. Even with two hands, one told me, the Passport feels like something that fell off the bottom of an old fridge. I assure them that they’d get used to it in a few days, if they give it a chance. But the starkly boxy aesthetics scare them off.

(Apparently, this is not a universal response, however: Since the original version of this review went online, several writers have told me that their female friends are indeed interested in the Passport. One woman even reportedly called it “sexy.”)

My first thought was… how many women actually attempt to carry a phone in their blouse? Never seen an iPhone hanging out there. Somehow, I can’t see blaming the Passport for this…

So I’m curious, is there any truth in this ladies? What are your thoughts/experience with the Passport form factor as a daily digital companion?
Practical or not? Is the form factor a deal breaker, or if the Passport is not for you, what is?

Tell us what you think. Does size matter?

Discuss in the comments or IN OUR FORUM:

….and here’s my beauty tip… A big phone will make your butt look smaller ;)

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Blackjack

I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • Azensun

    :p :p No, I don’t put my Passport in my blouse! And I’m pretty confident I won’t put it in my back pocket, either!

    It does have a safe, dedicated spot when it’s out in public.

  • Anthony

    The guy is making sweeping generalizations. The Passport is a laptop replacement, it’s the perfect device to take hiking or to the beach.

    It fits in a purse, am I correct BlackJack? locco_smiley_32

    It fits in my shirt pocket and my pant pockets but I almost always carry it in my coat pocket.

    • Blackjack

      But have you tried it in your blouse when you go out on the weekends as “Antoinette”?

      =))

  • Berry_Goooood

    Mmmmm. Love me a nice set of buns and a Passport to go with it. :-D

  • mrabody

    Every woman I have ever asked preferred girth to length. I’ll get my coat.

    • Ha! You have the best answer mrabody!

    • Blackjack

      Raincoat? locco_smiley_38

  • Nice BJ! I will read any article that follows that picture! Personally, I think the Passport is a two handed device, even though I’ve never used it, but I hesitate to try and speak for any girls on the size. Having said that, I think the Passport is an awesome device and worth giving up the one handed use.

    • Blackjack

      I was pretty sure you would just stop at the picture….

  • Blackjack

    It’s ironic that he says it’s hardly a phone for the beach or hiking trail. The first known Passport sighting in the wild before the release was of a Blackberry employee with one…on a hiking trail.

    And what is it about a beach that requires a small phone?

  • FallingTitan

    hahahah its not to big in that picture!

  • veeru789

    This guy should travel out of America. Especially to south east Asia. I see many women, smaller in size compared to the western women, carry LG Pro what ever and Shamedung what ever Fridge phones. I wonder if they are comfy with those phone, they will definitely be comfy with Passport.

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