1. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    Sorry for the length of the post

    My history with Blackberry
    I started out in the late 90s with a 950 *Exchange, moved in the early 2000s to the 6720 and rather quickly replaced that one with the the 77 series. Stunning color at 240x240.
    From there I jumped in rather short order from the Pearl to Bold and then entered the world of the 'touch' phones: Storm1, Storm2, Torch (not the one with the slider keyboard), Z10, and Z30.
    I am using the Z10 for a year and a half now and the Z30 for almost a year. I got both when they were first released.
    The reason I switched to the touch variety was because in time and age my thumbs seemed to get fatter and I became more clutzy with a keyboard

    The reason I always stayed with Blackberry phones is simple: My life, business and private, relies heavily on emails and sure connectivity when traveling. No other phone ever showed the reliability as a Blackberry. And yes I am extremely familiar with iPhones and Android devices as my kids decided to use inferior devices. Since most iPhone users are not very technical (rather plug-and-play type) I had to learn everything there is about those secondary devices. Daddy's revenge: I cut them out of my will.

    Passport
    Using the Torch, Z10 and Z30 (a phone superior over any phone last year and shame on you Verizon for not marketing it properly) I became a huge fan of the all touch devices. I was quite nervous and a little disappointed when I heard that the Passport will be a keyboard device. Though with the possibility of the Z50 on the horizon I did decide to jump back into the world of keyboards. Since I wanted to use the Passport as a WiFi device the first couple of days before switching carriers what is the worst that can happen? I don't like and I would sell it right here to the most die hard BB fans at purchase price: $599

    Ordered on Amazon on Sept 26. Received yesterday (October 17).

    The first 24 hours
    It felt quite awkward holding the Passport for the first time. But it may have something to do with the fact that you are extra careful and don't know yet how to hold it, don't want to break it and don't know quite yet what to do with it. Kinda like you hold a new born baby for the first time with the exception that the Passport does not cry.

    I did not restore from my Z30 or Z10 but rather decided to keep it fresh. I was very fond of Snap before. It was as advertised and the interface always felt like BB World. What I did not expect was the extend Snap was designed. Like I said it was the first time I had to reinstall all my apps and I was utterly surprised that all my Android apps were listed under "Available" just like BB World. It took me less than 15 minutes to install all my apps (15 Android and 16 Blackberry). Flawless. Since BB did not change the interface of setting email accounts up I was basically up and running in less than 30 minutes (8 email accounts, 31 apps). I did not setup Whatsapp or BBM yet as I did not want to interfere with my Z30. That will be done once I switch carriers.

    Then I started the test. I compared the email sync cycles between the Z30 and Passport. The Passport picked all new mail up on the first sync and the Z30 most on the first sync but the rest on the second sync cycle. Having my settings at every 5 minutes it is not a big deal. I was just curious.
    I do like the option with the one-click deletion of emails now. Nice add-on to the selection of multiple emails.

    Since all my apps are working I decided to put the Passport to the test. I opened 10 apps (Facebook, Twitter, a few banking apps, LinkedIn etc). To complete the test I opened up IRadio at the end. I used every app, received email, read email, deleted email, wrote a couple emails, back into the apps and IRadio not once stopped, got sluggish or had to re-stream. Absolutely stunning performance.

    The final test came this morning. I knew my son (24) and my daughter (22) were off. So I told them (since I took them out of my will) I will invite them for breakfast this morning. Phones are a must. Son has an iPhone 6+ and daughter has now an iPhone 6. They turned their radio off (too make it all fair) and we all connected to the free wifi at the restaurant. We wrote down a list of websites to visit including heavy flash sites (i.e. cnn.com). The Passport left them in the dust. Much faster. The screen is much better (clearer and more information on the screen).
    Opening apps: There were a couple of apps which opened faster on he iPhones. Facebook was one of them and I used both the BB version and the Android version. But we are talking about maybe a second or less.

    I did get used typing on the keyboard very fast. Within an hour I was more proficient than on the Z30 or Z10, more speed and less typing errors.
    The Passport is definitely a two hand operation and though my kids liked it it would not be for my daughter as she is a one-hand operation type of girl. I always used both hands anyways typing with both thumbs so there is no difference to me.
    It is a little top heavy but the way I solved that problem is by using my index fingers in the back going beyond the center and basically making the Passport bottom heavy and resting it on the little and ring finger on both hands and use both thumbs to type. Nothing awkward. Works quite well.

    Camera has stunning clarity and does fantastic pictures though I do miss the 'touch anywhere on the screen' to take a picture. Maybe there will be a software update in the future but it is not a big problem.

    There still will be a few things I have to test and play with but at this point I will not make the Passport available for our Crackberry users.

    I am very, very happy. By far the best phone. A keeper

    Note: OS 10.3.0.738
    PS: I started yesterday with a full battery. I did not connect to any power source. And after almost 24 hours of extremely heavy use I still have 75% left. You get easily 2 plus days out of the battery.
    PPS: Blend rocks
    10-17-14 10:35 AM
  2. Azensun's Avatar
    That was probably one of the best reviews I've seen! And I'd say your username is appropriate at the very least!

    Thank you for such a great contribution!
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    10-17-14 10:39 AM
  3. crunch27's Avatar
    Good review. Thanks.

    I bet you typed it all on your Passport. Quick too!

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    10-17-14 11:07 AM
  4. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    That was probably one of the best reviews I've seen! And I'd say your username is appropriate at the very least!

    Thank you for such a great contribution!
    Thanks.
    I know it is a bit lengthy and there are many reviews. I was trying to give a review based on extreme use the way I would use the phone.
    I saw many great reviews here and it helped me to get excited. But we all use our phones differently.
    10-17-14 11:07 AM
  5. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    Good review. Thanks.

    I bet you typed it all on your Passport. Quick too!

    Posted via CB10
    Nope I didn't.
    10-17-14 11:07 AM
  6. Jamie Wooten's Avatar
    Wow thanks for the review. My passport is supposed to be here tomorrow and I can't wait. I was hesitant because I've heard so many different views but now I'm confident it will work for me.

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    10-17-14 11:09 AM
  7. airbosn581's Avatar
    Good review. Pretty much covered it all.


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    10-17-14 11:16 AM
  8. Lee Hayes's Avatar
    Amen!

    Posted via CB10
    10-17-14 12:57 PM
  9. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    Wow thanks for the review. My passport is supposed to be here tomorrow and I can't wait. I was hesitant because I've heard so many different views but now I'm confident it will work for me.

    Posted via CB10
    Just give it some time. It definitely is a switch from from an all-touch. Holding it will be a challenge early on as well. But once you got the hang of it you will love it. And I am sure all those who have mastered it or are on their way are here to help.

    10-17-14 06:11 PM
  10. tigerinexile's Avatar
    One comment from a usual iPhone user -- I think the Passport is an easier move for the all-touch people than the Q10 or the Classic would be.

    Screen doesn't feel cramped, nor do the keys. Big advantage, that.

    Posted with my Passport via CB10!
    10-17-14 06:52 PM
  11. hamsterwheel's Avatar
    Great review. A refreshing change, and love the injection of humor. An enjoyable read, thanks!
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    10-17-14 07:03 PM
  12. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    One comment from a usual iPhone user -- I think the Passport is an easier move for the all-touch people than the Q10 or the Classic would be.

    Screen doesn't feel cramped, nor do the keys. Big advantage, that.

    Posted with my Passport via CB10!
    I didn't go to the Q10. I stepped right into the Z10. Though I 'grew up' with keyboards I have to agree with you that it will be hard from any all-touch phone to go back to the Q10 or Classic. I guess the Classic will be bigger than the Q10 and I would assume that is close to the Bold in functionality. At this point I consider the Z10 to small.

    I am pretty happy with Z30 and the Passport and hope that the Z50 will come out soon, if at all.

    10-17-14 10:23 PM
  13. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    Great review. A refreshing change, and love the injection of humor. An enjoyable read, thanks!
    Thanks. I am not a writer and considering that English is my second language I was trying my very-berry best.
    Jamie Wooten likes this.
    10-17-14 10:25 PM
  14. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    Nice review! It takes a few days for the phone to settle down and also a few days to adjust to the Passport and to begin to realize and appreciate the powerful and impressive features it exhibits ... having had it since two days after launch I am still learning much about its capabilities...but it's by far the most impressive phone I have owned.

    Enjoy!

    From my awesome Passport
    Tokyo

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    10-17-14 11:02 PM
  15. rebroker2009's Avatar
    I would like your battery please. I am a heavy user and I barely have 20% left at the end of my day. Today was a bit better as it sits at 39% right now but I am only on my 4th day but nothing close to yours! Hopefully, mine settles in soon. My Q10 was way better.

    Blackberry Passport on the TELUS network
    10-17-14 11:16 PM
  16. zocster's Avatar
    I'm still in my honeymoon period, still learning 3 days on. Thanks OP

    Sent from my Passport using Tapatalk
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    10-17-14 11:20 PM
  17. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    I would like your battery please. I am a heavy user and I barely have 20% left at the end of my day. Today was a bit better as it sits at 39% right now but I am only on my 4th day but nothing close to yours! Hopefully, mine settles in soon. My Q10 was way better.

    Blackberry Passport on the TELUS network
    You mean in a 24 hour period you went down to 20% or from morning until evening?
    10-17-14 11:32 PM
  18. sportline's Avatar
    Passport is the same width as xperia ultra..so it's not out of the world wide. If BlackBerry make it smaller people will scream for more screen space and it will be a dud like q10. Now it's very difficult for negative reviews to come up since passport is so good. Even for slabphone lovers who lives on incremental spec up on a same slab. And they think it's novel.

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    10-18-14 01:13 AM
  19. sorinv's Avatar
    Sorry for the length of the post

    My history with Blackberry
    I started out in the late 90s with a 950 *Exchange, moved in the early 2000s to the 6720 and rather quickly replaced that one with the the 77 series. Stunning color at 240x240.
    From there I jumped in rather short order from the Pearl to Bold and then entered the world of the 'touch' phones: Storm1, Storm2, Torch (not the one with the slider keyboard), Z10, and Z30.
    I am using the Z10 for a year and a half now and the Z30 for almost a year. I got both when they were first released.
    The reason I switched to the touch variety was because in time and age my thumbs seemed to get fatter and I became more clutzy with a keyboard

    The reason I always stayed with Blackberry phones is simple: My life, business and private, relies heavily on emails and sure connectivity when traveling. No other phone ever showed the reliability as a Blackberry. And yes I am extremely familiar with iPhones and Android devices as my kids decided to use inferior devices. Since most iPhone users are not very technical (rather plug-and-play type) I had to learn everything there is about those secondary devices. Daddy's revenge: I cut them out of my will.

    Passport
    Using the Torch, Z10 and Z30 (a phone superior over any phone last year and shame on you Verizon for not marketing it properly) I became a huge fan of the all touch devices. I was quite nervous and a little disappointed when I heard that the Passport will be a keyboard device. Though with the possibility of the Z50 on the horizon I did decide to jump back into the world of keyboards. Since I wanted to use the Passport as a WiFi device the first couple of days before switching carriers what is the worst that can happen? I don't like and I would sell it right here to the most die hard BB fans at purchase price: $599

    Ordered on Amazon on Sept 26. Received yesterday (October 17).

    The first 24 hours
    It felt quite awkward holding the Passport for the first time. But it may have something to do with the fact that you are extra careful and don't know yet how to hold it, don't want to break it and don't know quite yet what to do with it. Kinda like you hold a new born baby for the first time with the exception that the Passport does not cry.

    I did not restore from my Z30 or Z10 but rather decided to keep it fresh. I was very fond of Snap before. It was as advertised and the interface always felt like BB World. What I did not expect was the extend Snap was designed. Like I said it was the first time I had to reinstall all my apps and I was utterly surprised that all my Android apps were listed under "Available" just like BB World. It took me less than 15 minutes to install all my apps (15 Android and 16 Blackberry). Flawless. Since BB did not change the interface of setting email accounts up I was basically up and running in less than 30 minutes (8 email accounts, 31 apps). I did not setup Whatsapp or BBM yet as I did not want to interfere with my Z30. That will be done once I switch carriers.

    Then I started the test. I compared the email sync cycles between the Z30 and Passport. The Passport picked all new mail up on the first sync and the Z30 most on the first sync but the rest on the second sync cycle. Having my settings at every 5 minutes it is not a big deal. I was just curious.
    I do like the option with the one-click deletion of emails now. Nice add-on to the selection of multiple emails.

    Since all my apps are working I decided to put the Passport to the test. I opened 10 apps (Facebook, Twitter, a few banking apps, LinkedIn etc). To complete the test I opened up IRadio at the end. I used every app, received email, read email, deleted email, wrote a couple emails, back into the apps and IRadio not once stopped, got sluggish or had to re-stream. Absolutely stunning performance.

    The final test came this morning. I knew my son (24) and my daughter (22) were off. So I told them (since I took them out of my will) I will invite them for breakfast this morning. Phones are a must. Son has an iPhone 6+ and daughter has now an iPhone 6. They turned their radio off (too make it all fair) and we all connected to the free wifi at the restaurant. We wrote down a list of websites to visit including heavy flash sites (i.e. cnn.com). The Passport left them in the dust. Much faster. The screen is much better (clearer and more information on the screen).
    Opening apps: There were a couple of apps which opened faster on he iPhones. Facebook was one of them and I used both the BB version and the Android version. But we are talking about maybe a second or less.

    I did get used typing on the keyboard very fast. Within an hour I was more proficient than on the Z30 or Z10, more speed and less typing errors.
    The Passport is definitely a two hand operation and though my kids liked it it would not be for my daughter as she is a one-hand operation type of girl. I always used both hands anyways typing with both thumbs so there is no difference to me.
    It is a little top heavy but the way I solved that problem is by using my index fingers in the back going beyond the center and basically making the Passport bottom heavy and resting it on the little and ring finger on both hands and use both thumbs to type. Nothing awkward. Works quite well.

    Camera has stunning clarity and does fantastic pictures though I do miss the 'touch anywhere on the screen' to take a picture. Maybe there will be a software update in the future but it is not a big problem.

    There still will be a few things I have to test and play with but at this point I will not make the Passport available for our Crackberry users.

    I am very, very happy. By far the best phone. A keeper

    Note: OS 10.3.0.738
    PS: I started yesterday with a full battery. I did not connect to any power source. And after almost 24 hours of extremely heavy use I still have 75% left. You get easily 2 plus days out of the battery.
    PPS: Blend rocks
    Great review. Like you, I switched form Z30 a week ago and since have put the z30 aside...I agree with everything you said.
    I watch live TV and edit files and emails at the same time. Multitasking on this phone is as good as on my Linux laptop.


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    10-18-14 02:30 AM
  20. sportline's Avatar
    My lumia 930 now felt so insignificant and difficult...miniscule..why is it so narrow

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    10-18-14 05:34 AM
  21. Legal Eagle's Avatar
    I'm still in my honeymoon period, still learning 3 days on. Thanks OP

    Sent from my Passport using Tapatalk
    Hi Zocster, congrats on getting your hands on a Passport, what are you making of it so far ?

    Think that I was probably the last of the Hardcore BL Hybrid users to trade up to BB10, and I have no regrets, loving my Passport.
    10-18-14 05:42 AM
  22. DSync's Avatar
    I must say that was a very user focused review right there Crazy BB Fanatics. I'm always in favor of lengthy user reviews particularly in the way that they interact with the device. Great to know your history on BlackBerry devices too.

    I'm currently in the juncture of purchasing a Passport myself and I do owned both the Bold 9900 and the Z30. I felt that typing on the 9900 for long session often result on some finger pain and I often had to stretchy fingers to lift it. Wonder how does the Passport felt when typing using both hands. Unlike most people who typed using both thumbs, I typed using my left thumb and my right index finger with my left palm holding the phone. So far I've no problem when applying such posture on my iPhone and BB device. I doubt that it will work on the Passport?
    Crazed_BB_Fanatic likes this.
    10-18-14 06:21 AM
  23. Crazed_BB_Fanatic's Avatar
    I must say that was a very user focused review right there Crazy BB Fanatics. I'm always in favor of lengthy user reviews particularly in the way that they interact with the device. Great to know your history on BlackBerry devices too.

    I'm currently in the juncture of purchasing a Passport myself and I do owned both the Bold 9900 and the Z30. I felt that typing on the 9900 for long session often result on some finger pain and I often had to stretchy fingers to lift it. Wonder how does the Passport felt when typing using both hands. Unlike most people who typed using both thumbs, I typed using my left thumb and my right index finger with my left palm holding the phone. So far I've no problem when applying such posture on my iPhone and BB device. I doubt that it will work on the Passport?
    I did try typing both ways, both thumbs with the PP cradled in both hands and single-handed typing while the PP is in the palm of the other hand. As a matter of fact I rather type one-handed when standing it just feels more secure and the constant fear of dropping it is leaving my dimwit little mind.
    The one-handed typing I experienced today while being out in public (oh yes I took my newborn out for the first time today ).

    Maybe I do a follow up thread on the 'First 24 hours' and the interest the PP gathered today, at places like Tire Kingdom, Publix (grocery store) and AT&T store (which I will do in a little while).
    10-18-14 01:18 PM

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