Since its launch in late September, the BlackBerry Passport has received very strong reviews. A really good indication of the customer satisfaction is demonstrated on the Amazon.com website, where out of the 495 submitted customer reviews, a whopping 433 customers gave a 5 star rating and another 34 customers gave the device 4 stars.
In addition, it has received positive endorsements from celebrities such as Tim Allen, Tyler Florence and many in the business field. This is because to them the BlackBerry Passport fulfills an important need for secure communication devices, with a keyboard for typing those important emails, a wide screen for viewing and editing those important documents and a superior battery life that will last them throughout the day.
Tech writer Matt Young wrote a great article titled “The Long Game: BlackBerry Passport Keeps Pulling Strong Reviews” on the Inside BlackBerry blogs, where he highlights what many others, including several columnist in tech magazines have begun to realize. The BlackBerry Passport is a device that holds its own against the other popular brands out there and in many cases, its specs and functionality is superior to what is offered by its competition.
Source: Inside BlackBerry blogs
Know Your Mobile has an updated, in-depth review praising the BlackBerry Passport, with the site’s Richard Goodwin awarding the device 4.5 out of 5 stars, scoring it higher than the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 9 (each at 4 stars).
(Also check out our profiles of professionals boosting their productivity with the BlackBerry Passport, including celebrity chef Tyler Florence, this tech journalist, university professor, pharmaceutical CEO, software manager, and insurance salesman. Or skip ahead to the bottom to find links to our Shop BlackBerry or Amazon where you can buy our new device.)
We gave Know Your Mobile’s original review a mention in October, but we felt the update version, which covers everything from BlackBerry Blend to the new colors available, was fair game and an excellent overview for fence-sitters.
In addition the positive reviews that the BlackBerry Passport has received, some of the writers have given testimonials regarding some of its features. The thing that should be noted is that many of these writers are users of ios and Android devices.
Source: Inside BlackBerry blogs
“[It is] more premium than anything BlackBerry has turned out in living memory, with a gorgeous metal frame, high-grade polycarbonate backing, pitch-perfect keyboard, and an ultra-high-resolution 4.5in display . . . [It] feels like a proper, full-on 2014 flagship – something that can and will (in some instances) replace an iPhone or Android handset.”
“[T]he best display I’ve ever seen inside a BlackBerry handset – bar none . . . showing you more of what you’re looking at . . . [T]he HD-grade panel delivers the goods.”
Hardware & Specs:
“A pretty ferocious setup even by Android standards . . . The Passport delivers solid performance across the board, and nothing you can throw it at will phase it . . . BlackBerry has released a handset that could give any iPhone or Android handset a run for its money.”
“BlackBerry 10 is perhaps one of the most under-rated mobile platforms on the planet . . . [The OS has] improved iconography, better multitasking, and new features like BlackBerry Assistant . . . BlackBerry Hub [means] quick, easy access to stuff like emails and notifications as soon as they happen . . .
Universal Search is now A LOT better . . . BlackBerry Blend is a HUGE feature . . . [W]hile testing Assistant I found it to be just as good as Siri . . . Amazon Apps is a HUGE boon for BlackBerry users – it represents progress towards a goal and that is what BB10.3 is all about.”
“[I]maging capabilities, across the board, have improved in almost every regard . . . TimeShift remains intact and BlackBerry has included a bunch of other useful features (native panorama and a Slow Motion feature) that make capturing images a vastly superior experience.”
“When it comes to battery, the Passport is one of the best handsets currently on market, surpassing nearly everything we’ve tested in the Android space.”
“If you want a powerful piece of kit that is excellent at multitasking, has a gorgeous keyboard, brilliant battery, and an excellent notifications hub, as well as a growing selection of applications and market-leading security, then you could do A LOT worse than the BlackBerry Passport.”
Matt Young also mentioned other publications which had high praises for the BlackBerry Passport. Not only did they like the device, but they admired it, and gave high praises for the 10.3 operating system, the keyboard, battery life, BlackBerry Blend and the ability to type 30 to 40 words per minute on the physical keyboard. These are things that many of us who already own the BlackBerry Passport already know.
Sean Gallagher – Ars Technica
“After finishing up my two-week test run on the Passport, there was a brief pang of regret over having to send it back . . . The strong business and security features of the Passport make it appealing.
Blend and Link feel like genuinely winning ideas . . . I’m personally now willing to consider what was once unthinkable—a jump back to a BlackBerry for my next phone upgrade.”
Andy W – The Gadget Masters
“[I] have almost nothing bad to say about the phone. The BlackBerry passport has certainly been very well thought through and designed.” He highlights the display (“stunning”), the OS (“simply fast”), the keyboard (“after less than a week, I was able to punch out 30~40 words a minute”) and the battery life (“astonishing”).
Steven Norris – Gearburn
“[T]here’s no other way to describe BlackBerry’s Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever for business. It really is a brilliant phone . . . No phone before the Passport has allowed me to work with such speed and precision as this wide beauty in my hands . . .
I desperately want to give the Passport a perfect score, because in my heart I know it deserves one. Why can’t I give the BlackBerry Passport the golden score? It’s because it’s not a phone for everyone. I loved it all and as such, those who want a phone that actually works with them and not against them, the BlackBerry Passport is for you.”
So there you have it folks. BlackBerry is still innovating and the Passport with its unique features is a prime example of a device that was designed for professionals who needed a device to “get things done”
In addition to this it is a great device for personal use as well. It has a 13 mega pixel camera for taking great pictures, a 1440 by 1440 screen resolution and 453 ppi, which facilitates excellent display. For those who need lots of apps, the Passport includes the Amazon app store that covers many of the “big name” apps that people have been asking for.
Even 3 months after its release, the BlackBerry Passport is still receiving a lot of praise and positive endorsements in the tech media. So for those sitting on the fence, you don’t need to hesitate any longer. For those who have moved on to other platforms, but miss BlackBerry because their new devices don’t satisfy their needs, it’s never too late to come #BackToBlack.