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BlackBerry Passport Hands-On and Quick Impressions.

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BlackBerry Passport Hands-On and Quick Impressions.

It has been a while since I last wrote something, that I haven’t forgotten how to write about gadgets since I wrote the Samsung Galaxy Note review over a year ago, is a small miracle (to be honest, maybe I have). Well in the spirit of miracles, I have got two devices that haven’t exactly launched here in Nigeria yet in my hands. This post is about the BlackBerry Passport, but shortly after this, I will follow up with some photos and impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus as well.

I have had the BlackBerry Passport for about a day now, so straight up, I will tell you that the passport is bulky and in my case, this is pronounced by my relatively small hands but after a couple of hours it starts to feel a lot better to hold, in fact right now (as at the time of writing this), I will say it feels “perfect” in my hands, but that is just me. I will understand if people do not get used to it though, the bulk of it is very different from what’s regular.

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The best thing about it so far is how comfortable it feels while typing (with both hands obviously). The keyboard is near perfect, I am still getting used to having the space key on the same line as the bottom row of keys between “V” and “B”. I suspect it will be a while till I fully adjust. Besides the space bar, I feel like the changes to the typing process (I’m coming from an iPhone 5 and a BlackBerry Z30) minimizes errors and reduces my typing time. Gestures similar to the ones on the software keyboard that have been introduced to the hardware keyboard are a welcome plus for me since I’m used to them already and then showing those gestures on a hardware keyboard hasn’t failed introduce the wow factor each time. I wonder how long till everyone at my office is tired of seeing my demos. There is only one way to find out.

BlackBerry Passport Techsuplex (2)

The Passport has also been very responsive so far and that should be expected seeing as its the most powerful BlackBerry yet – specs-wise, but I can’t say I have used it enough to tell you if that is the definitive way the software behaves. BlackBerry 10.3 makes the Passport the most user friendly BlackBerry 10 device BlackBerry has released so far a lot of stuff from the old BlackBerry days have been reintroduced and the OS looks a lot better than BlackBerry 10.2.1.

Lastly, the battery has refused to go past 85% since I got it off the charger yesterday evening; that’s impressive really, though I like I mentioned above, my usage has been light so far.

I will leave you with a few hands-on pictures and there’ll be a full review soon.

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