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Old 09-29-2014, 06:11 AM   #1
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New BlackBerry Passport

Anyone getting one?

CNET review found here.

Looks interesting. Personally, I like the idea of a phone that can focus more document productivity, though I have to wonder why a Tablet wouldn't be better?

The physical keyboard is also very nice.

So, is it a viable offering in today's market? Will we see other phones start to introduce physical keyboards again? Or is it a further slide into obscurity for BB?
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:39 AM   #2
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I tend to go for physical keyboards w/ the latest hardware specs, and a decent OS. When my old Palm gave up the ghost, the only reasonable alternative was the blackberry q10. The BB10 OS is excellent. I play with my wife's android, and her company's iphone all the time, but I'm glad I have the q10. Eventually, I will probably get the passport...if they're still in business. The specs are pretty impressive. even the camera spec has an f/2 aperture.

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Old 09-29-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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whats the cost... I just cant justify paying 300.00 for a phone. I know... cheap bastard !
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:47 PM   #4
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whats the cost... I just cant justify paying 300.00 for a phone. I know... cheap bastard !
In Canada it's $200 with a 2 yr subscription or $699 unlocked. I believe in the US it's $599 unlocked. I also heard it's coming to Costco in the near future so it could be cheaper there. Haven't seen one but those that have appear impressed.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:50 PM   #5
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Anyone getting one?

CNET review found here.

Looks interesting. Personally, I like the idea of a phone that can focus more document productivity, though I have to wonder why a Tablet wouldn't be better?

The physical keyboard is also very nice.

So, is it a viable offering in today's market? Will we see other phones start to introduce physical keyboards again? Or is it a further slide into obscurity for BB?
IMO phones are driven by their eco systems and at present BB still has to rely heavily on people loading Droid apps and hoping they work. The passport looks like a destroyer of pockets with its 4 relatively sharp looking corners. I think if you were in the market for a newer BB the Z30 would be a better choice - but I prefer the OSKB on the Z30 to the physical one on the Q10.
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