The new Blackberry Passport, which is available to purchase now, includes a number of innovations that the work-focused user will benefit from.
Following in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung, the Canadian company launched its newest handset on Wednesday, putting to rest the number of rumours that have been surfacing about it over the past few months.
The first thing that you’ll notice with the Blackberry Passport is its distinctive square handset, and 4.5 inch touchscreen, which has been designed for a better experience when web browsing, reading, and also makes it easier to see the full width of documents. Many who use their smartphone for business will surely find this useful as it means the end of scrolling up and down to check a document or web page.
The touchscreen has a resolution of 453 pixels per inch. While this is higher than Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus, it is still lower than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. However, for business purposes, the extra width is certainly on Blackberry’s side, with the company suggesting that it is much more practical to be able to edit documents.
For anyone who is using the Blackberry Passport for business, the touch-sensitive keyboard buttons are an added bonus, especially if time is of the essence. Not only does it allows gesture-based shortcuts, the device also offers three anticipated words to choose from so that the user doesn’t have to type out the text in full.
Storage-wise, the Blackberry Passport has 32 GB of internal storage, and a microSD which can hold up to 128 GB of data. The device also offers an impressive 3450 mAh battery with 30 hours of battery life, which again is an advantage for work-focused users who will be primarily using it for business purposes.
The Blackberry Passport also incorporates the Blackberry Assistant, allowing you to easily manage various features, such as emails, calendar and contacts, through voice and text commands. Blackberry Assistant is aware of how to respond to you, for example, if you are connected to Bluetooth in a car, it will be aware that you are potentially driving and unable to look at the screen, so will respond completely hands and eyes free. This feature in itself is perfect for workers who are on the go.
The Blackberry Hub feature will also no doubt be very much appreciated by business users as it manages all conversations, such as email, text, phone calls and social media, in one place. Messages can be quickly organised and acted upon without having to go through each individual type of message. The Blackberry Priority Hub will also use its intelligence to know how you work and therefore will create a view of the most important messages and notifications for you to see first.
For taking work calls, this device is fantastic for its sound quality, given that it has powerful speakers and a quad microphone system. Blackberry Natural Sound Technology has been built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound which depends on the position of the phone and the background noise.