The BlackBerry Passport unboxed

The BlackBerry Passport unboxed

You've probably already read our BlackBerry Passport review, which covers all the major bases of the device, and what it's capable of. Kevin and Bla1ze have had a few weeks head start on the device, but maybe a few first impressions are in order following our unboxing of the demo devices handed out at the Toronto launch event.

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Digging into the BlackBerry Passport's design

Digging into the BlackBerry Passport's design

We were really eager to talk with BlackBerry's design folks at the Toronto Passport launch event to get some details on the device's distinct form factor. Alison Phillips, BlackBerry's Managing Director at Industrial Design, gave us the run-down.

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A closer look at BlackBerry Blend from the BlackBerry Passport launch

BlackBerry Blend has finally arrived for those lucky enough to have a BlackBerry Passport or Porsche Design P'9983 and it's totally awesome. At the BlackBerry Passport launch event in Toronto, we caught up with Sanjay Nathwani, Product Manager at BlackBerry to get a closer look at BlackBerry Blend and some of the stuff you can do with the app on the whole.

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BlackBerry Passport available at Amazon for $599

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If picking up new devices from ShopBlackBerry isn't your thing, Amazon has you covered. The shiny new BlackBerry Passport is now available for $599. Amazon lists the Passport as a pre-order item with availability of September 25th, so Prime users should be able to land a new device by the weekend if all goes well.

The factory unlocked device should work across most carriers, so you won't have to wait for your provider to offer the Passport before you can get your hands on one. As a quick refresh, here's what the Passport has to offer:

  • 3450 mAh battery, up to 25 hours of mixed use
  • Touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard
  • Wide Touchscreen 4.5inch Display
  • More ways to access Apps with the Amazon AppStore
  • BlackBerry Blend - the power of BlackBerry on your computer or tablet

Don't forget you can grab some brand new Passport accessories from CrackBerry Canada too so your new device doesn't have to go naked!

Thanks Henrick!

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It's the moment you've all been waiting for. You've joined us in scouring the leaked pictures. You've memorized the rumored specs. You've waited (im)patiently for months, chatting with other CrackBerry readers in the forums about the strange yet irresistible new BlackBerry that would be releasing someday. And today was finally that day. With the announcement of the BlackBerry Passport this morning, it's now time to announce who has won the device from our contest! Over 20,500 of you entered, but only one of you can be the winner.

The winner of the BlackBerry Passport is...

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AT&T will have BlackBerry Passport US exclusive… someday

When the BlackBerry Passport launches with a US carrier partner, it will be AT&T. So said BlackBerry CEO John Chen at today's Passport launch event, along with the expectation that the newest and squarest BlackBerry smartphone will cost around $250 with a contract, presumably the same from AT&T as well.

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Your Passport to Adventure... Kevin's BlackBerry Passport Review!

Today is a BIG day for BlackBerry. The long-awaited BlackBerry Passport is finally here, and there's lots to talk about. While we won't be able to match the wit and showmanship of BlackBerry CEO John Chen on stage, we'll still be firing up a special edition CrackBerry podcast today to talk all things Passport. Be sure to read Bla1ze's CrackBerry BlackBerry Passport review, and while you're doing that, you can listen and watch CrackBerry Founder Kevin Michaluk give his review of the BlackBerry Passport.

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How much with the BlackBerry Passport cost around the world?

Today's the launch of the BlackBerry Passport, and the new square BlackBerry now has pricing for its international launch markets. BlackBerry already already revealed that the phone will launch at $599, and it is indeed available from the BlackBerry Store at that price (which is stated to be a $100 discount). But how much outside of the US, where the Passport doesn't even have a carrier partner?

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The launch of the BlackBerry Passport today also brings BlackBerry fans an all new physical QWERTY keyboard, which the company is hyping today as "touch-enabled". What does that mean, exactly? BlackBerry has that covered with a new video and blog post just about the Passport's keyboard.

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BlackBerry Passport

If you are in the UK and fancy ordering the new BlackBerry Passport SIM free, the pricing is now out there. unlocked-mobiles.com have the new flagship available to pre-order for £484.98 including VAT which isn't as high as many folk thought - good news.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Premium Micro-USB 1.8A Charger

The BlackBerry Premium Micro-USB 1.8A Charger is made for maximum portability with its 6ft. cable. Use it at home, or take it with you to the office, to the airport or anywhere life takes you! You'll be able to keep your mobile device charged and ready wherever you go. Get yours on sale today for just $12.95!

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BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry Assistant has now officially launched with the release of the BlackBerry Passport, and now we have more details about how it works. BlackBerry demonstrated Assistant on stage today at the official reveal event for the BlackBerry Passport, stressing the importance of multiple interaction methods and context.

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BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry Passport Review

The BlackBerry Passport has finally arrived and it has brought a new twist to the classic QWERTY BlackBerry design.

From the original leaks, to BlackBerry CEO John Chen showing it off, to what is now the official unveiling of the device, the BlackBerry Passport has attracted many people because of its quirky look. Even I had my doubts about the Passport initially, wondering if BlackBerry's design team had lost their minds. But after a while I warmed up to the look of it and began to wonder if BlackBerry was really onto something here with the odd shape, the missing row of keys, and unique trackpad built into the keyboard.

According to BlackBerry, the Passport was built for productivity, and one of the key selling points is that it's a powerful smartphone that is optimized for viewing and input. The large display offers an uncompromising experience for viewing content, reading documents, using maps, managing email and finally, browsing the web.

But does it really deliver all of that? Let's find out in our comprehensive BlackBerry Passport Review!

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BlackBerry Blend brings the power and security of BlackBerry to your computer and tablet

After many months of rumors and speculation, BlackBerry has now made BlackBerry Blend official along with the BlackBerry Passport. The new app seamlessly brings messaging and content from your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet and with Blend, users can take advantage of the secure BlackBerry network to blend their personal and professional content and conversations together using the screen of their choice.

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BlackBerry Passport redefines productivity for mobile professionals with boundary-breaking design and features

It's here! The BlackBerry Passport is now official and we couldn't be more excited about it. Announced today at events being held in Toronto, London and Dubai, the BlackBerry Passport is the latest flagship device and with it BlackBerry continues to arm mobile professionals with tools that make them more productive.

"As we set out to design BlackBerry Passport, we were guided by a simple yet challenging idea – to set aside the limitations of traditional design and to instead simply build a device that fundamentally changes the way business professionals get work done on their smartphone," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. "The BlackBerry Passport was created to drive productivity and to break through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices."

Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets. The BlackBerry Passport also includes the industry's first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate. According to the press release, which you can read below, BlackBerry Passport's new QWERTY keyboard is almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboards.

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BlackBerry invites you to work wide with Passport promo video

BlackBerry invites you to work wide with the all new BlackBerry Passport. In their latest promo, BlackBerry is showing off the Passport and some of it's best features — from the innovative touch-enabled keyboard, to the expansive square touch screen.

If this spot doesn't get your BlackBerry blood pumping, I don't know what will. Check it out and let us know what you think!!

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BlackBerry Passport now available for $599

BlackBerry Passport now available for $599

As expected, the BlackBerry Passport is now available for purchase online from ShopBlackBerry for $599. It looks that there are no restrictions on the device and it will be an unlocked model, so if you've been waiting to get your hands on the biggest BlackBerry yet — here's your chance.

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BlackBerry has just posted up a new blog entry and video that shows how their new BlackBerry Passport was designed, with an emphasies on how the new square form factor will help its owners.

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BlackBerry promo shows the company is still all about serious business

Coming out strong at today's Passport event, BlackBerry showed off an awesome new video that shows their all about serious business. The runs at just over 2:30 so it's not quite cut for TV, but it's BlackBerry through and through.

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Sleepwalker's Journey HD

We first took a look at Sleepwalker's Journey on BlackBerry 10 over a year ago on video and it was a pretty popular game. The only downside was that it came with a price tag from BlackBerry World. If you couldn't justify spending the cash but were interested in playing the game I bring you good news.

Amazon have Sleepwalker's Journey featured as their free app of the day today - sweet! I've downloaded it from Amazon onto my Z30 and it works perfectly.

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