What do you think? (Don’t judge my makeshift screen protector, nor the case)
And I Love It!
The Blackberry Passport is what I’ve been looking for in a productive smartphone. The size and shape almost forces you to write. The physical keyboard may feel cramped during the “Getting To Know You” phase, and with only three rows of buttons it’s easy to see why it’s been overlooked in the saturated world of portable devices. But those are what I call “Change Factors”.
Finally Getting It Done
I’ve used smartphones for many years. I’ve spent more time exploring how to get things done rather than getting things done. Even more time was spent wondering if there was a better way than how I was doing it. Beacause Distractions.
BlackBerry’s OS fades away, allowing me to construct, write and edit on a mobile device to an extent I was never able to achieve before. They operating system handles all the technical operations behind the scenes, jumping to attention when I need it.
From a writer’s perspective, my transformation from giving the Blackberry Passport a passing glance to all out obsession with acquiring the device didn’t happen overnight. I was currently using an android device. I was ok with it overall. But I did find editing and writing on it to be more cumbersome than what it was worth. Before the backlash starts, it’s important to note that I am a huge android supporter. So no fanboyism here.
Truth be told I never so much as considered Blackberry as being the provider of my next smartphone. I thought Blackberrry had given up on simple folk like me in favor of business minded professionals. They gave up on jumping on the perverbial bandwagon and being like everyone else. This made me look at myself from a whole new perspective. I realized that I am a business professional.
Even though I stilll enjoy what I do with all the passion, innocence and sense of wonder I’ve had since writing as a kid. The Blackberry Passport has shown itself to be the missing, albeit, not perfect, link in my mobile writing world.
A Strange Addition That Fits In
I’m a quirky, odd and non mainstream person. As a freelance writer, I have everything I need (and then some) to write and publish from my home office. I was lacking when it came to mobile work. The other phones I’ve had (iOS, Android and Windows) could be corralled together in one lump. In their own respective way they were great for quick edits, emails, pictures and texts while I was out and about. Gaming differed from device from device, but was wonderful. That wonderful gaming experience was also hurting my production.
In the battle of Android and iOs I felt as though I was the go between that was in the middle of a custody dispute. One could do this better than that and so on. I always compared Android to the angry brother that feels resentment because the other brother gets the attention he craves.
I gave Windows Phone a fair run. I went in expecting this device to be the deciding factor. Productivity wise, I prefered the Windows environment over Android and iOs. Disappointedly, the phone didn’t meld with its laptop/desktop counterpart. The limitations are evident and you can feel the current “in progress” state.
The Blackberry Passport didn’t impress me at first glance. Were you impressed when you saw it at the top of the page? It’s vastly different when compared other smartphones out there. It’s square shape. It’s three rows of letters will make you think “Where’s the number keys?” (Answer: They appear when needed, virtually, as a fourth row) It doesn’t look comfortable to hold. (But it is). It won’t fit in your front pocket. (It will)
It was so impractical that I forced myself to give it another look. And upon closer examination it occurred on me that, with a little hands on experience, this might just work.
The thought of purchasing it weighed heavily on my mind. I couldn’t shake it. The comparisons are unavoidable. Price wise, it was the same as the newest iPhone. However, for what I would pay for an iPhone, it would soon become just another faster, more vibrant toy. I didn’t need another toy this go round. I also didn’t need a phone on the level of a business professional. I wanted something to fill the gaps between home and work. In fact, because I found myself making comparisons that every one else makes, it swayed me more in the Passport’s favor.
Blackberry Delivers…So Far…
The Passport is unlike any device I’ve ever had. And so far, the positives have overcome the negatives. Regardless of how many phones I’ve had, there was always the like/don’t like comparisons. The Passport is no different. I’m comparing anything and everything. So far, it shines where others have lacked. I’ve always found at least a few things that I like about my phones to justify keeping them. There is always something I don’t like any phone but I’ll tolerate it because it delivers on things that are important to me.
I took the Passport Plunge with the knowledge that I can return it if I’m not satisfied.
The specs, while outstanding as far as smartphones go, wasn’t my deciding factor. It has 3gb of ram, and an inexhaustable amount of (expandable) storage. I wasn’t impressed. On my first outing, I decided to edit a document while waiting in a line. I discovered I was able to maneuver and make adjustments more in depth than my expectations of a smartphone. That impressed me more than bellowing out the specs under the hood.
I’ll be able to provide progressive updates as I become more acquainted with the device.
The sound on this device is incredible! I downloaded an ambience app to set the writing mood. The sounds are better and louder than any device, tablet and smartphone, I’ve had up to this point. I’ll elaborate more on the sound quality in a future blog
What About That Amazon AppStore Thing?
Yeah, what about it? At first, I thought it was a desperate plea on Blackberry’s part to gain part of the Android market. My conclussion is that it might influence a few current Android user’s decision but…no.
What this means to me is Blackberry acknowledging their app store is inadquate for some current and potential users. I had little to no intention of using Amazon’s appstore, but I found myself to lean on it more than I thought.
The reason is because this device is well on its way to be my daily driver. In the first day of getting it, I thought it would make a great secondary device at best. Now, I’m giving it a lot of thought. It really does fit the needs of this writer for on the go usage.
Who’s It Not For?
If your device use consists of hours of media consumption, gaming and casual social media, don’t bother with this device. Blackberry didn’t make the Passport to occupy your child while you shop or be your comfort toy. There are hundreds of other smartphones out there that will suit your needs. I like to think of the Passport as your manager that will have a drink with you, but remind you not to stay out late because tomorrow is a big day.
An Amazing Powerhouse Of Productivity
I see an increase in my mobile productivity. Something I’ve never experienced in all my years of having smartphones. I can blog on the go. I don’t mean jot down notes, minor editing, save, then tweak and upload when I get home. I can blog from A (Idea) to Z (publish). The software available and the distinctive size are a remarkable advantage. I can compose and send emails in full detail. When a creative idea blasts into view, I can take out this quirky weird device and squash that creativity bug when it strikes.
To my fellow writers, give this device a chance. I took the chance and so far the positives are far surpassing the negatives. While the Passport isn’t my daily driver as of yet, there’s going to have to be a lot more negatives that come along to change that direction.
Oh, and just you know, this device does make phone calls…