Now funny enough, this device is one of those phones that i just think like blackberry, i don’t know like. I love blackberry. A lot but it’s also a very funny thing that they did with this specific device. Now, first of all, if you want to pick it up or any other phones, i’d recommend this here, links will be down in the description. You can pick it up from there and help support the channel. At the same time, now, on the front you can see, we have a little bit of a different setup. We have the screen and we have the keyboard now. Looking at this phone, you may assume that it came out in like 2007 or something that is not the case. It came out in 2014, which is about the same year, which is exactly the same year as the iphone 6 and 6 plus. So we were pretty much beyond that keyboard phase with a lot of our devices but blackberry. Knowing you know the history with blackberry and those keyboards, you know they decided to stick with it, just like how they did with the blackberry priv. I think it was or some other devices too, but i like this one. You know i think it was pretty interesting now you did have that four and a half inch ips panel on the top and believe it or not. It was actually a pretty decent panel. It was 1440p by 1440p, so it was exactly a square now.
I think the panel itself is actually pretty strong. I think it’s a pretty good panel, but i do think with it being a square. It made a lot of use cases with it. A little kind of strange you know because they had to do it because of this. You know keyboard, so it makes sense, but a lot of the games and stuff i played with it was very, very weird at the time i used it, and i will go into that more than like. I guess the software section. The keyboard on the bottom, though, is another, really cool thing. Now there really isn’t anything like super crazy with this keyboard. I think it did have that feature where you could kind of swipe on it. It was either this keyboard or another keyboard, but i do think you know having a keyboard like this is cool, but most people don’t need a keyboard all the time and that’s why software keyboards are the best, in my opinion, but these physical keyboards like something like The blackberry priv, where you can swipe up and get the keyboard or whatever you want to, i think that’s way more functional than this type of device. So that’s kind of another hardware thing that would you know that’s kind of funny about this phone now on the bottom. You do have the micro usb port, which is great. You also have a micro sd card slot on this phone too, which i think is another cool little asset again having those type of capabilities on this device is kind of cool, and i love having that expandable storage and on the back, you have a little bit Kind of like a removable back, it wasn’t like fully removable, but there was a little portion of it and you had that camera set up as well now feeling the phone in the hand it doesn’t feel like a cheap phone.
It feels like a pretty good phone. Still it is pretty much built out of plastic. You know it has that plastic back the keyboard on the front isn’t like the craziest best feeling keyboard ever but again, it’s tactile, and if you know it gets the job done for sure. So i think, in terms of the outside that really pretty much covers it up. It looks a little bit different than a lot of other phones that we’re getting nowadays but again, blackberry took a risk, and i can surely appreciate that, especially now in 2021, when a lot of manufacturers are kind of you know, removing things from you know: devices at Least, blackberry was putting things on their devices in a way now moving on to the camera. This is probably going to be pretty quick, because i think that most people probably know how this camera is going to hold up. It had a single 13 megapixel back facing camera and then it had a 2 megapixel front facing camera. Now, with that back camera, you had optical image, stabilization, which i think is great, but you will also have the ability of shooting 1080p at 60 frames per second and at that time, that’s actually pretty decent resolution. To give you some perspective, the iphone 6 that came out at that same time could only do 1080p at 30. I believe so. The fact that this thing could do 1080p at 60 is a huge asset for it for sure now it doesn’t have the multiple lenses it doesn’t have anything super crazy like an ultra wide or anything, but, as i mentioned before, i think for a day to day Task for the average person out there, it’s probably going to get the job done.
I don’t think it’s going to be that big of an issue for a lot of people – and i mentioned this before and i’ll – say it again – the biggest differentiating factor from a phone like this – and you know a phone in 2021 – is the amount of lenses really Like the software and like the features and this, and that it really just comes down to the lenses that’s like the first immediate difference and then comes down to like the video resolutions, because this thing only taps out of 1080p at 60 you’re already kind of outdated. Because a lot of phones nowadays can already do 4k at 60, and some of them can even do 8k, so we’re definitely moving into a range where this is probably going to be more outdated than not. But i do appreciate at that time that this camera was actually pretty okay. Now, with that 2 megapixel front facing camera 720p. Video is on that, and i really do think this camera is really not that good. Unfortunately, for some reason, a lot of these android phones, especially at this time, just didn’t, do so well and that’s, something i really didn’t like you know. I feel like androids, really have really really good back facing cameras, sometimes better than a lot of iphones, but their front facing cameras, just aren’t as good and don’t last as long in terms of my opinion, comparatively to like the ios side of things.
So i think when it comes down to that you’re – probably going to be getting a better front facing camera from the iphone of that year or even the year before, but this whole entire camera setup, i think, gets the job done for the most part. So in terms of that, that pretty much covers it up in that standpoint now hating on the software in the battery life. Now these two things are probably two kind of somewhat interesting things about this device because on one hand, the software really isn’t that great anymore, but the battery life is actually pretty good from a device like this. Now, software wise, it did start off with a blackberry, os 10.3. I guess it did go up to 10.3.2. According to the specific gsm, marina, you know website. Now i will tell you, i think you know blackberry os had its time. You know blackberry did switch over to kind of like more like stockish android. It didn’t really have this big of a skin at its core. This is an android device with the blackberry over it. So to kind of give you some gist to it. It’S kind of, like you know, one ui, one ui is kind of like stocky android, but with a bunch of more bloatware on it. Blackberry os is kind of the same thing too, and with blackberry os some disadvantages. You’Re, getting from this type of device are really like. You know these devices aren’t going to last as long as terms of software you’re not going to be getting like the same day updates as talk android and it’s, just not going to last as long and those are the problems now.
Luckily, with this type of device, i was able to install a bunch of apks and a bunch of different files like that, so you’re probably going to be okay when it comes down to that standpoint, but as i mentioned before, having a device that can be on Stock android, even like the original pixel, is going to be giving you a much better experience in terms of software. On the flip side, though, you do have a massive size battery on this device, a 3450 milliamp power battery, and there are still a lot of devices that come out this day and age that don’t even have this size of battery and we’re still to be honest, We’Re still hovering around this 3450 kind of you know: 4000 millibar battery range we’re kind of getting inside. You know the s20 ultra with a 5000 mah battery we’re, starting to get a little bit bigger, but we’re still kind of in this. You know position where this battery is still a massive size battery at its core. So on one hand the software really isn’t that good anymore, but the battery life is something that’s really really awesome about this device. So, in terms of that, that pretty much covers it up now, ending it off with the performance. This device had that qualcomm snapdragon 801 chipset, a quad core cpu, an adreno, 330 gpu and three gigabytes of ram on the only model that this phone came out with, and i think the performance of this phone was the chipset inside of it.
The ram inside of it was actually a pretty decent amount of. You know, specifications that this device had, especially when you compared to the you know other android devices of that year. I think the galaxy s5 came out the same year as this device and you pretty much almost had the same specs as that phone as this one, and i think you know for at that time, this device was probably a good performing phone, but in this day And age, as i mentioned before, it’s just not going to give you that great of a performance and it’s, mostly because of the software. In my opinion, one of the main things i had problems with – as i mentioned before in this video – was the fact that a lot of these apps that i wanted to use don’t really fit too well with the square screen that this thing has, and i think You know a lot of apps out, there can be you know, customized, and you know they will fit into this square landscape, but i really didn’t like it and it just kind of made me feel like the keyboard there having it there. All the time was just so annoying. To be honest, i do understand its functionality and i do like the keyboard, but that did hinder a little bit of kind of what i was expecting from this device so again, it’s nothing, super crazy and it’s, not necessarily like a performance thing, but that was something That i did note now.
Basically, every single thing else on this device is pretty slow, you’re going to run into some problems here and there it’s going to be glitchy here and there, but i think for day to day tasks, it’s, probably still, okay, it’s just extremely slow and there’s. Probably not that much security on this device either considering the fact that it’s been you know outdated for quite a bit of time. So i think, in terms of that, that covers the performance standpoint and i kind of sum up the video and say answer the question: should you go and buy a blackberry passport in 2021? Well, to be completely honest, i really don’t think anybody should be buying and using this phone anymore, quite possibly the most i would recommend doing, is you know, buying it to resell later? A lot of these phones have, you know, been able to keep their value up. Quite a bit which is so surprising to me and with phones like this you’re, probably going to be in that same boat as well. Now i will tell you, as i mentioned before, it may be best if you do go and maybe get like the original pixel, that type of phone is easily going to be able to last you for us an insanely, long amount of time and i’ve seen time And time again, people be able to buy those phones and keep them for so many years, especially if you’re willing to keep them.
You know custom, rommed and stuff. Those type of devices are going to be giving you a much better experience in my way that i’ve seen for a much longer time than other android phones, like you, know, a galaxy that came out that year or whatever the case is, but i do think the Blackberry passport for it having you know the keyboard of that time, for having all these type of cool little things with. It was actually pretty cool, and i do think i do understand the novelty of it and i do understand what this device brought. But as i mentioned before, the long term kind of review of this thing, it really isn’t necessarily worth it in 2021. I would highly recommend you to pick up something else like you know the samsung galaxy of maybe the samsung galaxy s9 or galaxy s10, but even more so than that, as i mentioned before, i would highly recommend picking up the original pixel or pixel 2.. Those type of devices are going to be giving you a much better experience from what i’ve seen than this type of device in 2021. So in terms of that, that pretty much covers it up, if you guys have any other questions or anything like that, let me know in the comment section below hit the like button down be so much, but definitely hit that subscribe button. Every single subscriber that we get really discount so me so much you guys can hit that also check out the other links down in the description as well.
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