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September 24, 2014

3 reasons BlackBerry’s Passport could be the best business phone yet

Could this smartphone be the Canadian company's enterprise savior?

By Ben Sullivan

BlackBerry has finally released its Passport, a complete mobile redesign that the firm hopes will bounce it back into the enterprise business. Called the Passport because of its passport-like shape and size, the phone is heading straight for the enterprise with lots of business-orientated features.

John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, said: "As we set out to design BlackBerry Passport, we were guided by a simple yet challenging idea – to set aside the limitations of traditional design and to instead simply build a device that fundamentally changes the way business professionals get work done on their smartphone.The BlackBerry Passport was created to drive productivity and to break through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices."

Below, we’ve listed three features that could make the Passport a gamechanger for business mobile users.


Square, wide screen

The odd, passport shaped phone actually provides an easier reading experience for documents and spreadsheets. No more turning your phone to landscape to fit in extra columns, with the Passport, most of what you want to see is right there in front of you. It’s also a 1440×1440 pixel screen, providing a 453 dpi experience.

QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry calls it innovative, but really it’s just back to basics. The old school QWERTY phsyicaly keyboard will be great for users who miss the tactile feel of actually typing out messages. BlackBerry have, however, added to this feature by implementing a touch surface like trackpad on the keyboard which lets you scroll through pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the curser.

Battery Life

30 hours mixed use battery life! That is what BlackBerry is claiming the Passport can do. The 3450 mAh battery is one of the largest currently in smartphones, and BlackBerry obviously says its the best battery power to date.

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CBR has requested is a review sample. We’ll let you know how exactly the Passport stands up against its business rivals.


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