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BlackBerry Blackberry Series

BlackBerry PassportProcessor: unknown, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Graphics Adapter: unknown, Qualcomm Adreno 225, Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 2.8 inch, 3.1 inch, 4.2 inch, 4.5 inch
Weight: 0.12kg, 0.139kg, 0.145kg, 0.196kg, 0.2kg
Price: 200, 399, 629, 649, 700 euro
Average Score: 72.6% - average
Average of 43 scores (from 65 reviews)
price: 64%, performance: 69%, features: 67%, display: 84%
mobility: 94%, workmanship: 74%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 94%

 

BlackBerry Z10

Specifications

BlackBerry Z10Notebook: BlackBerry Z10
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Display: 4.2 inch, 15:9, 1280x768 pixels
Weight: 0.145kg
Price: 629 euro
Links:
Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

88% Review RIM BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
The return of the BlackBerry. After two years of development behind the scenes, the Canadian firm BlackBerry comes back on the market with their brand new BlackBerry 10 OS and their new Z10 model. Outfitted with a high-resolution 4.2-inch display, a powerful Qualcomm S4 SoC and useful extras, the smartphone finally steps onto the stage. Is that enough for it to hold its own amidst the long-established competition?
80% BlackBerry Z10 review
Source: It Pro English
An excellent effort from BlackBerry, the BB10 OS is smooth and has all the key features you'd expect. It's easy to navigate and the messaging hub is the best on any platform. The hardware included in the Z10 is also up there with iPhone and Galaxy S3.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Galaxy S4 vs BlackBerry Z10 comparison review - which is best, the Samsung or the BlackBerry?
Source: PC Advisor English
The Galaxy S4 looks similar to the Galaxy S3 in design: it's pretty different to the BlackBerry Z10, which from the front at least looks like a squarer iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 is rounded and pebble-like, the BlackBerry Z10 a thin-and-stylish rectangular slab of black. The Galaxy S4 is mostly plastic with a removable cover, while the Z10's front is almost all black, but it also has a thin plastic removable cover.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/17/2013
70% Review: BlackBerry Z10
Source: Techtree.com English
The BlackBerry Z10 is sleek and sophisticated device with superb build quality. It has a lot of things going for it such as a sharp 4.2" screen, fluid gesture based UI, impressive multimedia performance, and a great keyboard. However, it's the price tag of Rs 43,000 that holds me back from whole-heartedly recommending it. Looking at the features it offers, I think the right price for this handset should have been around 35k. Having said that, if you're BlackBerry fan who can live without maps, then go for the Z10 — it's the best touchscreen device that the Canadian manufacturer has ever produced. Otherwise, the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, and HTC One are better buys.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
67% Review: BlackBerry Z1
Source: PC Authority English
Like the PlayBook, and also Windows 8, the Z10 makes extensive use of edge-swipes to access key features. With the phone in standby, you can swipe up to unlock the phone. From the lockscreen, a swipe down from the top edge puts the phone into bedside mode. A single swipe from the bottom of the screen in any app takes you back to a multitasking view, where you can switch apps, dismiss them with a tap, or swipe right to left to access the app-launcher view. Finally, and most usefully, if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen in any app and hold down your finger, you can take a quick peek at your messages, then swipe right to access the BlackBerry Hub.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
BlackBerry Z10
Source: Connect Freestyle - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
83% BlackBerry Z10
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%
Beim Aufholversuch geht die Puste aus
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: good workmanship; display expedient but too small
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/13/2013

 

BlackBerry Q10

Specifications

BlackBerry Q10Notebook: BlackBerry Q10
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Display: 3.1 inch, 1:1, 720x720 pixels
Weight: 0.139kg
Price: 649 euro
Links:  Q10 (Model)

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 16 reviews)

 

89% Review BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Back to its roots. BlackBerry has successfully launched the vanguard of its new OS Blackberry 10 with the Z10 model. Now the Canadian manufacturer introduces the Q10 - a purebred business smartphone. The hardware is largely identical, but the Q10 wants to impress with a physical QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen. So, is this new blackberry mix tasty?
Video: BlackBerry Q10 review - physical qwerty keyboard phone is far from cheap
Source: PC Advisor English
If you need a physical qwerty keyboard you'll struggle to find a better phone than the Q10. But it is far from cheap. We award three and a half stars. See also: best BlackBerry phone in 2013.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/05/2013
70% BlackBerry Q10 review - BlackBerry with physical keyboard offers decent performance at high price
Source: PC Advisor English
BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 users will get with the new smartphone is a distinctive-looking device with a vivid display, an easy-to-use physical keyboard and touchscreen interface and an inventive approach to user security and management. In the most optimistic scenario, BlackBerry's Q10 sales will out-do its Z10 sales, which BlackBerry claims have gone well, critics notwithstanding. If BlackBerry can continue to attract developers to build more apps for BlackBerry World and if BlackBerry can propel its Messenger app into a fuller social networking experience, then there is some basis for believing BlackBerry has a solid long-term future, well above its current 5% global smartphone market share. Just about everything -- hardware to software -- in the Q10 (and the Z10) is good, but the market is crowded with great products that will make BlackBerry's marketing more vital than ever.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
BlackBerry Q10 vs BlackBerry Q5 head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
We expected the more expensive BlackBerry Q10 to put its cheaper sibling to shame in pretty much every category. However, having compared the two, we found the two smartphones fairly evenly matched, raising the question as to whether the BlackBerry Q10 is worth the extra £200. Aside from those considerations, however, we found that the BlackBerry Q5 does a good job for its price, matching the BlackBerry Q10 with regard to screen, performance, operating system and all-round usability.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2013
65% BlackBerry Q10 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The BlackBerry Q10 is undoubtedly a worthy successor to their previous flagship, the Bold 9900. It’s faster, has a better screen, great battery life and better camera. And BB10 is really fun to use once you get the hang of it. However, the brakes slam on very hard when the asking price is a whopping Rs 44,900. That’s even more expensive than BB’s own Z10! We can’t seem to figure out BlackBerry’s method to this madness. BBM will soon no longer be exclusive to BB devices as the plan is to roll it out as a free app to Android and iOS, hopefully, with all the features. So the only truly unique feature of the Q10 is the keyboard, and that’s certainly not worth the asking price. Our other niggles with the handset was the lack of FM Radio, adding media files the ‘right way’ can be a chore and the fact that the app store is still a long way from reaching the likes of the competition. Our biggest issue is the price, of course, which makes it very difficult to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
BlackBerry Q10 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
As for iOS and Android users, I still feel like there isn’t enough in BlackBerry 10 to warrant jumping ship, that is, unless you have been fumbling with a virtual keyboard and have yet to feel comfortable. In that case, I feel the BlackBerry Q10 would be the perfect reason for you to jump into BlackBerry 10 as you’ll be able to perform many of the tasks you could on iOS and Android on this device, although don’t expect the support for BlackBerry World to be as vast as the App Store and Google Play Store.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/18/2013
Verizon BlackBerry Q10 Review
Source: Slashgear English
I certainly don’t dislike the Q10, but I’m not sure I could go back to a physical keyboard after I’ve been using touchscreen-based keyboards for a few years now. However, the Q10 is still a great device, and it’s definitely the BlackBerry handset to get if you want a physical QWERTY keyboard on your next smartphone. Plus, the Q10 features the best of both worlds: a physical keyboard and a touch screen, which almost seems like too much to ask for, but BlackBerry was like, “No problem.” It’s not a completely solid medley between the two, but it definitely still works out great.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/14/2013
80% Blackberry Q10 in-depth review
Source: Computing English
The Blackberry Q10 is a great smartphone, and admittedly it's the only device out there for buyers looking for a top-end smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Those thinking about switching from a top-end Android device or an iPhone might not be easily won over by the small screen size and lack of apps, however, and we hesitate to recommend the device to those who are simply contemplating giving it a go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Review: BlackBerry Q10
Source: Reg Hardware English
In a nutshell, the Q10 delivers everything RIM should have offered three years ago. I was surprised how much I got along with it. For all its quirks, the Q10 deserves high marks for ease of use and performance. The design and pricing are clearly high end, and it is intended to compete with the latest and greatest full touch devices on £35-£40 contracts. Yet people looking for a more practical device with a clear utility aren't well-catered for today. Not everybody wants or needs glitzy, high-spec techno porn. Nokia has recognised that need and I imagine with future models, BlackBerry can pull off the same trick. As it is, the Q10 offers a lot of convenience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/13/2013
BlackBerry Q10
Source: Slashgear English
Problem is, that group is also a shrinking one, and what were previously the inescapable advantages of a QWERTY device – like unsurpassed typing accuracy – are no longer so clean-cut. Typing on the BlackBerry keyboard is great, but then so is typing on the Z10′s clever software keyboard, and indeed most other modern smartphones. That leaves the Q10 feeling a lot like a sop to keep the old-school users happy, while the rest of the market goes in a different direction. If you’re wedded to keys then the Q10 is the BlackBerry – and potentially the smartphone, period – for you, but for the everyone else it’s more like proof that the days of physical keyboards are behind us.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2013
60% Review: The BlackBerry Q10 has a nice keyboard but falls short everywhere else
Source: TechHive.com English
The Q10 services a very specific need, and we'll see whether that’s enough to keep it relevant. If you’ve held off purchasing a new phone to find one with a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 is probably the best of a dwindling number of options. On the other hand, with the Q10 retailing at $250 with a two-year contract—more than the cost of a new iPhone or Windows Phone—I’d give it a pass. Despite the keyboard, app support is tepid, and there are better and more affordable phones on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% BlackBerry Q10 review
Source: It Pro English
After waiting three months, BlackBerry fans can get their hands on the Q10, which packs the traditional physical keyboard. The BlackBerry Q10 is the best handset the Canadian firm has ever built. BlackBerry 10 as a platform also has all the makings of being truly superb mobile OS, with an already great selection of apps, excellent developer tools, and stringent security.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% BlackBerry Q10 Review
Source: Stuff TV English
In some ways, it’s easy to call the BlackBerry Q10 dead on arrival. With a comparatively microscopic screen that makes videos an eye-squinting chore and an app store sorely lacking, it’s a wonder why anyone would want one. Especially when comparing its £530 price tag to that of the £280 Nexus 4, £580 Samsung Galaxy S4 and £510 HTC One.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% BlackBerry Q10 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
For those looking for a high-end smartphone with a physical keyboard, there really is no better choice on the market right now than the BlackBerry Q10. While businesses may want to hold off until the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem grows, the Q10 is great for those who have been hunting for a decent Qwerty phone. to add to that, not only does it have a great keyboard, it also has an excellent battery life and ample storage.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
BlackBerry Q10
Source: e-media - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
92% Ein Liebling für Vielschreiber
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 95% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 95%
86% BlackBerry Q10
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 86%

 

BlackBerry Q5

Specifications

BlackBerry Q5Notebook: BlackBerry Q5
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Display: 3.1 inch, 1:1, 720x720 pixels
Weight: 0.12kg
Price: 399 euro
Links:
Average Score: 70.18% - average
Average of 11 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

87% Review BlackBerry Q5 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Austerity measures? Following the exceptional BlackBerry Q10, the Canadian manufacturer releases an even less expensive version on the market dubbed BlackBerry Q5. For an RRP of 399 Euros (~$534), the smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard inherits a lot of traits from its Q10 sister model, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC with 1.2 GHz, 8 GB of flash memory and 2 GB of RAM.
60% BlackBerry Q5 review - cheap BlackBerry 10 phone with keyboard is a mixed bag
Source: PC Advisor English
It's a mixed bag when it comes to the BlackBerry Q5. It's cheaper than both the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 and a lot of its hardware specs are better than we expected. However, build quality isn't inspiring and while BlackBerry 10 is smooth with good features, a shortage of apps remains a downfall.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 50%
BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: Engadget English
The BlackBerry Q5 isn't a bad handset, but it carries the weight of disappointment when you realize that it's not just a stripped-down Q10. Had it been, we'd probably be far more appreciative of the hardware, but as it stands we have two objections we simply can't get past. First things first, the price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Q5 is a tad more expensive than what the sweet spot would have been - somewhere around the Rs. 20,000 mark. It's a must buy for those who desperately want a BlackBerry 10 device, but for whom the Q10 is out of budget. Otherwise, for the same amount of money, a few Android phones and the Apple iPhone 4 (if you don't mind the old phone) will offer better application variety and usage experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 70%
60% BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The first piece of good news is that the Q5 is substantially cheaper than the Q10. BlackBerry has had to cut down on some key specifications and the materials used to build it, but overall you’re left with a very good experience that comes close to its more expensive brethren. However, Rs 24,990 is still quite expensive for the Q5 as we would peg the value of the handset at not more than Rs 20,000. If BlackBerry drops the price to sub-20k, then the Q5 has the potential for doing well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: T3 English
The Q5 is a tough call to make. It’s almost certainly going to become the work BlackBerry if the Z10 hasn’t already and while we commend BlackBerry’s intentions in trying to create a BB10 handset for both work and youth, it's kinda missed the point. Would we recommend it? If you’re after a typing experience but can’t afford the frankly silly price of the Q10 then this is definitely your best bet, but if you’re after something more than that we’d have to suggest looking elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry Q10 vs BlackBerry Q5 head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
We expected the more expensive BlackBerry Q10 to put its cheaper sibling to shame in pretty much every category. However, having compared the two, we found the two smartphones fairly evenly matched, raising the question as to whether the BlackBerry Q10 is worth the extra £200. Aside from those considerations, however, we found that the BlackBerry Q5 does a good job for its price, matching the BlackBerry Q10 with regard to screen, performance, operating system and all-round usability.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2013
BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design
Source: Reg Hardware English
All in all, the Q5 is a workhorse with an OS still in its early days. I suspect the "ambitious" and "youthful" crowd won’t be getting a Q5 out of choice - it’s still too expensive. It needs to be on a £20/month contract to be considered, and they’ll be after something classier if they can afford it. Priced alongside last year’s Galaxy S3 for example, it’s hard to see who in that target market would opt for this drab offering. The beloved BIS, which piped email and BBM to a BlackBerry subscriber for a flat rate, is gone, and isn’t coming back. Very shortly one will no longer need to buy a BlackBerry to tap into the previously exclusive BBM social network. For enterprises, particularly those with a sunken investment in BlackBerry Enterprise Server and corporate apps, it’s a more solid choice. Shame about the unforgiving keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: It Pro English
With decent performance levels and a mid-range price, the Q5 is reasonable handset. However, it's suited more to the consumer market and is unlikely to anything more than a secondary messaging device for most business users due to the small screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry Q5 Review
Source: Slashgear English
What gives us most pause about the Q5 is its price. It may have half the name of the Q10, but it doesn’t have half the RRP: in fact, SIM-free in the UK where sales have already begun, the Q5 is £320 ($477) including tax, versus £480 ($715) for the Q10. Sign up to a contract, and you’ll spend just £8 ($12) per month more for the Q10 than the Q5. We’d argue not only that the Q10 is still too expensive for what you get – though we’d prefer it over the Q5 – but that the Q5 isn’t as cheap as it really needs to be. If you’re determined to get a BlackBerry and must have a keyboard, then the Q10 should be your choice; everybody else will likely find more rewarding devices running Android or iOS.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2013
60% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: Techradar English
The BlackBerry Q5 is difficult to love. Sure it's got all the core smartphone features, but it doesn't really excel at anything, apart from perhaps web browsing, but even that's hampered somewhat by the pokey 3.1-inch display. The BlackBerry Q5 feels like it should be dropped down the pricing scale, towards the bottom of the mid-tier of smartphones - and at that price we could very well be recommending it, but as it stands it's hard to make a convincing argument for this BlackBerry 10 handset.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 40%
80% BlackBerry Q5 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Summing up, we've found the Q5 lives up to the legacy set by its top-end siblings, delivering the same BYOD and productivity services that made the Z10 and Q10 an ideal choice for business. However, it also suffers from the same weakness, featuring middling build quality, a screen overly prone to picking up glare and an average rear-facing camera. All this adds up to mean that while the Q5 is a good, semi-affordable option for businesses users eager to upgrade their existing work BlackBerry, we can't see it having any real mass market appeal.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
BlackBerry Q5 review: Hands-on
Source: T3 English
With two high-end devices already out it makes sense that BlackBerry would return to its established emerging markets and make a phone that would be deemed ‘affordable’. What will be most interesting however is seeing just how affordable it really is, sporting many of the same specs as the Q10 many users could be in for a shock when BlackBerry does finally release pricing information.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/15/2013
84% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 84%
84% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 84% mobility: 87%
82% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Connect - Heft 10/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 82%
Der günstige Einstieg in die BB10-Welt
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2013
Rating: performance: 83% display: 100% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
82% BlackBerry Q5
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 82%
BlackBerry Q5
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: up-to-date keyboard smartphone; good package
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2013

 

BlackBerry 9720

Specifications

BlackBerry 9720Notebook: BlackBerry 9720
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: unknown
Display: 2.8 inch, 4:3, 480x360 pixels
Weight: 0.2kg
Price: 200 euro
Links:  9720 (Model)

Average Score: 65% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

50% BlackBerry 9720 review
Source: Techradar English
The BlackBerry 9720 delivers on its stated aim. It offers a mild upgrade option for enterprise customers still tied to BlackBerry services and not ready or willing to upgrade to BlackBerry 10. As a budget competitor for a wider audience, we're less convinced. Strong messaging credentials cannot make up for weaknesses in almost every other department.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 40% workmanship: 60%
80% Blackberry 9720 Review
Source: Think Digit English
BlackBerry OS 7.1 is not dead, not by a long shot. Smartphones running the OS will very much be around, and the 9720 is just one of the many that the company says will be launched in the coming months. At Rs. 15,990, the 9720 does test your love for BlackBerry, and will pretty much carry on with what the previous series of Curve phones did - appeal to the young demographic who want a BlackBerry for BBM, or just for the keyboard. The rest will probably find it too drab and repetitive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%

 

BlackBerry Passport

Specifications

BlackBerry PassportNotebook: BlackBerry Passport
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 4.5 inch, , 1440x1440 pixels
Weight: 0.196kg
Price: 700 euro
Links:  Passport (Model)

Average Score: 68.79% - average
Average of 14 scores (from 22 reviews)

 

80% BlackBerry Passport review: Aimed squarely at business
Source: Zdnet.com English
BlackBerry hopes to revive its fortunes with the Passport, and has come up with an innovative business-focused handset. We've seen the Passport ridiculed on size grounds, but this is unfair in our view. Yes it's large and difficult to use one-handed, and it lacks 'blingy' consumer features, but there are plenty of plus points: its 4.5-inch, 1:1 aspect ratio screen provides space to do real work; the touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard is usable and functional; services like Blend, Balance and Hub have obvious appeal to business users; Assistant lets you accomplish some tasks very quickly; the BES back end is a very capable enterprise mobile management system; and battery life is superb.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
BlackBerry Passport review: Ticket to ride
Source: GSM Arena English
Finding a way out of the doldrums has become a do-or-die for BlackBerry, time perhaps to do something different than just do better. Not that the Z-series did anything wrong. But if the mindset back then was all about catching up to Android and iOS, the BlackBerry Passport marks a return to an identity that's authentically Blackberry's. And the Passport is nothing if not different.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2014
75% BlackBerry Passport Review
Source: Phone Arena English
As the dust settles, the Passport can’t quite get out of customs, even though it has a passport that shows it’s capable of proceeding onward. For roughly the same amount of money, we can recommend several other flagship smartphones that have a more rounded appeal than this. Sorry Passport, you tried desperately to beat out these all-touch smartphones, but at the end of the day, your poorly laid out keyboard and antiquated software experience validates you’re just not ready for the big leagues.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% BlackBerry Passport Review: The QWERTY Challenger
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
Large, awkward phablets are already popular so there's little worry about the shape and size being a turn-off. There's only the question of whether people will be willing to give BlackBerry a try. Devices such as the Z10 and Z3 simply don't have what it takes to stand out in a crowd of Android phones, but the Passport is new and different, and has very easily understandable benefits to offer. After many, many long years, BlackBerry might finally have done something completely right.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
BlackBerry Passport review: World's best QWERTY in a uniquely functional form factor
Source: Zdnet.com English
Some readers commented that my Passport sample photos impressed them in my smartphone camera shootout and so far I have been pleased with the results. I like the way the camera software checks conditions and prompts me to change the shooting mode, for example to include HDR, for optimal shots.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/13/2014
70% BlackBerry Passport Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The BlackBerry Passport is a very good phone. All the staples the company is known for are rock solid: tools for productivity, call quality, message management and battery longevity. The 10.3 update has also helped alleviate (although certainly not eradicate) the issue of flexibility with regards to app selection. The camera is significantly better too. In fact everything that long-time BlackBerry users knew the company needed to work on, have been worked on.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% BlackBerry Passport review: A truly innovative smartphone of 2014
Source: Tech2.in.com English
This is BlackBerry’s comeback smartphone, and whether it is wildly successful or a moderate success, or even a failure, the company has got everyone’s attention. And I think that’s the strategy at work here — not about setting sales registers afire, but about making a statement–that BlackBerry is not dead, but alive and kicking, that it has the courage to innovate and that the company has a razor sharp focus back on the enterprise and productivity. And if it sells well, that’s just icing on the cake. The Passport is not BlackBerry’s saviour but just one of the milestones in BlackBerry’s attempt to reinvent itself.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Review: BlackBerry Passport
Source: Gizmag English
That said, if you can get past the out-there form factor and less expansive app selection, then the handset has a lot going for it. Its physical keyboard shows the company continuing to defy the industry trend, and offers an accurate and satisfying experience. While the square display might be poorly suited to viewing video content, it’s great for web browsing and messaging. Overall, we can’t say that the Passport is the right device for you, but we can say that it has enough interesting ideas to make it well worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/10/2014
Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs
Source: Reg Hardware English
BlackBerry returns with an highly unusual design that's uncompromisingly aimed at two groups: enterprise users and those looking for powerful complementary "second phone". The Passport showcases one great innovation – a capacitive multitouch physical keyboard. While this holds great promise – and BB10 is maturing into a strong platform for business and power users – in reality, the Passport doesn't integrate the UI and the keyboard well. Indeed, its assertive shape and bulk will repel all but the determined.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2014
70% BlackBerry Passport review: the most BlackBerry BlackBerry ever - only BlackBerry lovers need apply
Source: PC Advisor English
The BlackBerry Passport is not for everyone. The Passport is designed to be used as a productivity tool, in the workplace. As such it is powerful and versatile, and for those who want a portable productivity device with a hardware keyboard it will be a perfect companion. For many others it may be a hopelessly hobbled entertainment device.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 70% workmanship: 50%
60% Is this the phone to reboot the 'Berry?
Source: Techradar English
BlackBerry has succeeded in doing something different and producing a new device that sums up everything it is as a brand. That is a brilliant thing, and to those that feel this is aimed at them (medical professionals, entrepreneurs, the email-obsessed) then it should be up there as one of the first phones you consider. But for everyone else, this is unashamedly a productivity-centric machine that'll let you take your work around with you. What it's not is the market's best new smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 40%
60% BlackBerry Passport review
Source: IT Pro Portal English
BlackBerry has given itself an uphill struggle in producing a handset which so squarely (pardon the pun) bucks the handset trend, and in deciding to support Android but not the full Play store. Great battery life, an undeniably good screen and BlackBerry Blend may be enough to sway some business users, but the pull for non-professionals is more difficult to understand.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% BlackBerry Passport review
Source: V3.co.uk English
For corporate customers operating a BES, the Passport is probably the best smartphone option currently available. Offering a wealth of security and management features as well as a productivity-focused touch-enabled physical keyboard, coupled with BlackBerry's Hub feature, the Passport does have definite business appeal. But despite BlackBerry's efforts to make the Passport more consumer friendly as well, its slightly chunky design and focus on productivity features hamper its BYOD appeal. As a result we can't see many buyers outside enterprise firms already using BlackBerry choosing the Passport over a competing Android, iOS or Windows Phone handset.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry Passport: First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The build quality of the phone is extremely good. It felt solid but not heavy and the keyboard felt great. The specifications of the phone are also in line with other top end devices as well. The screen is running at a resolution of 1440X1440 pixels, and there's a 13-megapixel camera that seemed to be pretty good though a little slow to focus. A 2.2GHz processor and 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage round out a pretty good device, on paper.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/29/2014
BlackBerry Passport deep-dive review: Qwerty meets quirky
Source: Computerworld.com English
While BlackBerry has a number of great improvements in the Passport, I'm not sure how much they matter. Yes, it is nice to have a fast processor, a clear display and long battery life, but the added width of the square display means very little to me. Various rectangular phones I've tried show me all I need to see while on websites or typing emails. I'm not one to regularly compose or edit Excel spreadsheets, so the added width to do that is also meaningless to me. Admittedly, I'm not the target user of this device.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/26/2014
A Phone Only a BlackBerry User Will Love
Source: Recode English
For current BlackBerry users, and businesses using the company’s devices, the Passport brings some nice additions and the choice of a wide-screen phone. But if you’re already invested in other platforms, there’s no reason to switch.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2014
70% BlackBerry Passport (Unlocked)
Source: PC Mag English
So, okay. Here's a weird thing. My BlackBerry Passport review period overlapped with my iPhone 6 review period. And while I was doing the iPhone 6 review, I kept checking the Passport even though it had a cracked screen for my e-mail. I'll just put that out there. The BlackBerry Passport is the apotheosis of the work phone. It is spectacular at the things you need to do for work: fitting in your jacket pocket, lasting all day, calling, emailing, Web browsing, editing PowerPoints, and showing them on a big screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
86% BlackBerry Passport Review
Source: T Break English
Simply put, the BlackBerry Passport is a fantastic device that ranks right up there with the best phones I’ve used this year. But will it help BlackBerry regain market share? I certainly hope so. I don’t think BlackBerry made the Passport with the intention of converting someone from an iPhone. It’s made for someone who has owned a BlackBerry before and wants to fall in love with it all over again. There really is nothing else in the market quite like the BlackBerry Passport.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 85% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
BlackBerry Passport hands-on preview
Source: Stuff TV English
The BlackBerry Passport, with its quad-core Snapdragon innards and 3GB of RAM, is the most powerful smartphone the company has ever produced. But that's completely overshadowed by its build.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2014
50% BlackBerry Passport
Source: Laptop Mag English
The BlackBerry Passport is the first smartphone I've reviewed in years that I really didn't want to carry. Part of me liked having a physical keyboard again, but I couldn't type quickly enough on the wide layout. Worse, the heavy and awkward design made taking this device out and using it feel like work -- which is tragically ironic, given the productivity benefits the Passport's wide display, long battery life and smarter new BlackBerry 10.3 OS provide.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 50%
40% BlackBerry Passport review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Overall the BlackBerry Passport is perplexing. We can't for the life of us work out who it has been designed for, how it was approved, and why BlackBerry thought that a square screen with massive keyboard and bulky chassis would be a success - even for diehard BlackBerry users.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 40%
82% Mal was Ungewöhnliches
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 82% features: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%

 

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BlackBerry:


These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

Qualcomm Adreno 225: Integrated OpenGL ES 2.0 and Direct3D 9_3 capable graphics card.

unknown:

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Qualcomm Snapdragon:

S4 Plus MSM8960: High end dual core Soc (Krait cores) including a Adreno 225 GPU.

800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

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» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.12 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

0.2 kg:


72.6%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

» Sony Xperia Z3v
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.17 kg
» HTC Desire EYE
unknown, 5.2", 0.154 kg
» Motorola Moto X 2014
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.145 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.152 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 4.6", 0.129 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 8.0", 0.27 kg
» HTC One M8 For Windows
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
unknown, 5.1", 0.16 kg
» ZTE Grand S Pro
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Amazon Fire
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.7", 0.16 kg
» HTC One E8
unknown, 5.0", 0.145 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.17 kg
» Asus PadFone X
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 9.0", 0.514 kg
» LG G3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.149 kg
» Nokia Lumia 930
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.145 kg
» HTC One M8
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, 10.1", 0.425 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.477 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.331 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.753 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.163 kg
» LG Optimus G Pro 2
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.9", 0.17 kg
» Nokia Lumia Icon
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Sony Xperia Z1s
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.3", 0.137 kg
» LG G Flex
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.176 kg
» Asus New Padfone
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1, 5.0", 0.145 kg
» Nokia Lumia 2520
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.62 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-05-15)