Anonymous, 10 Nov 2014Maps work perfectly fine, even Google maps work fine, best part is BlackBerry assistant does t... moreWhen it comes to Blackberry Assistant, it is definitely better than Siri. But I have to admit Cortana is the best so far.
I own both a Blackberry Passport (primary phone) and a Lumia 1020 (secondary). And I ditched my iPhone 5s already in place of the BB Passport.
Been using the phone for almost 3 weeks already. I shifted from iphone 5s. I've already settled in to this phone and the BB Passport is one great phone. As a first time BB user, I didn't know what to expect of the physical keyboard, but I would say that it was executed very well. And the capacitive keys make swiping up (to complete words) even faster. Typing a whole e-mail is now possible. Previously, I would only use my iPhone to view my emails and to reply short responses such as "Noted." or "Ok." but for business emails where such responses are not appropriate, I would have to whip out my laptop to write the e-mail. Now I don't have to as I can write full e-mails with ease.
The battery life is also superb. Being a heavy user, I would get a day's worth of battery (I know some have been getting more but this is a big improvement already shifting from my previous phone). I have LTE, WIFI, NFC, Bluetooth and Location services all turned on. I used to turn some of this off in my previous phone to conserve battery, but turning it off also makes the phone "dumber" as I was sacrificing some features to get more out of the battery. With the Passport nothing is sacrificed.
The Hub is one great innovation. Initially, I thought it was the same as the WP 8.1 People Hub, but it goes beyond that. While WP8.1 People hub is more for social, IM and Texts, the BB Hub goes beyond that and it is the center for everything from e-mails, notifications, social, IM, etc. And the way it was executed, reduces the time it needs to respond/take action/etc.
The Blend is also one great feature. Again, I thought it was the same as Samsung Kies (am a previous Samsung S4 user), but it goes beyond that too.
Only drawback is the apps. Although I have already installed 90% of the apps I have in my IOS, and all have been running smoothly. Installing of SNAP is essential. Which I think will be a drawback for some who would not know how to install the SNAP application. The SNAP application is basically a "Google Play" substitute and it allows me access to all the apps in Google Play. The 10% of the apps in my IOS that I couldn't install to my Passport where in SNAP but somehow it would not run properly or would have some hitches. I found the 10% that were lacking to be non-essential (with majority of it being games). So I would say all of my essential apps in my IOS is already in my BB. Either via Blackberry World, Amazon Store and SNAP. I search my apps in that order, meaning I look for apps first in BB World if not found then in Amazon Store and sill if not there then SNAP.
Currently my Blackberry Passport is my primary phone and my Lumia 1020 is my secondary phone. The Passport is not perfect but it is one of the best phones I've had. And given that I usually only buy flagship phones, that's already a big compliment to the BB Passport.
I got the phone when it first came out in dubai and used it for a couple of weeks. I had stopped using blackberry for a few years as I orefered the android platform since blackberry had a very limited App Store. The new passport is actually great I liked the size the keyboard and the open source to android apps. The issue I had was that I could not download google play from one market so the android apps on the blackberry were not updates thusnrestricting there usage. It also froze a few times during the day so every time I reset it it took forever to download my storage card. Can anyone advise on how to sort these issues as I thoroughly enjoyed using the phone. The build and screen are awesome.
Remesh, 08 Nov 2014Yes, Nokia is a good phone, no argument on that. If not BlackBerry, I would definitely fall ba... moreTotally agree mate, elop sold out the company and destroyed it, I have used maemo n900 meego n9 epic UK and awesome open source devices, Nokia would ruled the market as always if they would have stick to meego...going to microsoft was the biggest mistake...Jolla wouldn't really get close yet...but BlackBerry passport or OS10 is pretty much the same like meego...and BlackBerry is awesome.
PI PATEL, 08 Nov 2014Can any passport user know me how it's map? Map working proper in passport? Fast or slow? Coz ... moreMaps work perfectly fine, even Google maps work fine, best part is BlackBerry assistant does the search so well...it's a beauty
Huh, 12 years ago, somewhere in 2002, i can get lot of polite opinions here. So many useful user experience being share. But now, only full of basher from fanboy... Sickening...
why there are so many people who said BB os is the most advanced/updated/leading os compared to other os? while the fact is, bb is the slowest one in their pace for competition, and they almost got bankrupt because cannot catch-up with the other. And those bb users claiming that bb os is the best makes all of you no different with other iphone/android users yawning their phone/os is the best. As for me, I don't care whatever the os as long as it suits with my needs then I choose that os whether iOs, android, or windows.
mr.poped, 10 Nov 2014i read the comment and all said it is great..is it fun as androids?Please define fun, as it is subjective.
samsung or blackberry. is it you using 2 phone? wow..gorgues
currently i am using Storm 2. i am thinking to get a new device and Passport seems nice but Samsung galxy edge also seems nice.
nope.im not using any blackberry due have no interest for their OS. Last im using Javelin. Lot of problem. But still i love the auto-text ;p
i read the comment and all said it is great..is it fun as androids?
Anonymous, 09 Nov 2014Specs is not ALL. It's all about how well the OS runs on the hardware. That's right but only to certain degree. Jolla is a nice phone but that's all it is. It doesn't stand a chance against other phone's till it gets an upgrade. So roll on Jolla 2. But this passport is a good phone. Sound is wicked. And the loudspeaker is best on market
billy boy, 08 Nov 2014jolla 2 out in new year. I might jump if the specs and camera are betterSpecs is not ALL.
It's all about how well the OS runs on the hardware.
PI PATEL, 08 Nov 2014Can any passport user know me how it's map? Map working proper in passport? Fast or slow? Coz ... moreI haven't had much experience with the maps but from I can tell they work fine. It has voice navigation.
Can any passport user know me how it's map? Map working proper in passport? Fast or slow? Coz m using BlackBerry q10 now and there are too bad map like not use for q10 map apps.
Anonymous, 08 Nov 2014I think nokia's phones were still better than this ugly looking overpriced phoneYes, Nokia is a good phone, no argument on that. If not BlackBerry, I would definitely fall back to my Pureview 808. That phone is definitely too before it's time. Alas, Stephen Elop destroyed Nokia brand and Nokia fans have no where else to go as of now. Maybe Jolla fill up the gap in near future, I hope.