BlackBerry Passport Designed With Busy Business Users in Mind
REVIEW: New BlackBerry Passport smartphone features both physical keys and a touchscreen, along with a square screen designed to appeal to C-Level executives.The idea behind the BlackBerry Passport is to provide a device aimed specifically at users who need more screen real estate than is usually found on a smartphone to get optimized views of important data. In addition, BlackBerry seems to be aiming the device at people who aren't normally heavy users of smartphones and thus might not be comfortable using mobile phones with touch screens such as the iPhone or even the company's own Z10. BlackBerry packed the phone with features that seem designed to appeal to people who need to get a job done quickly. BlackBerry's set of design criteria led to a messaging device that is the size and shape of a passport, which is something that nearly all senior executives will be comfortable with. There is a square 4.5-inch screen positioned above three rows of physical keys. The phone will display an additional row of touch keys on the screen above the physical keyboard when needed. In addition to providing the physical keyboard as a way to enter data, the keyboard is also gesture sensitive. A light stroke across the keyboard will scroll the screen and a light swipe from bottom to top of the keyboard will wake up the device when the screen is turned off.
There's a 13-megapixel camera with a flash on the rear of the Passport and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. You can shoot video with the rear camera at up to 60 frames per second in 1280p high definition.