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#BBFactCheck – What Some BlackBerry Passport Reviews Got Wrong

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#BBFactCheck – What Some BlackBerry Passport Reviews Got Wrong


As an individual who loves smartphones (particularly BlackBerry) I typically discover myself in awe of the willpower that drives a number of the “dislike” in the direction of the corporate. Last week, I hung out studying different publication’s critiques about BlackBerry’s newest gadget, the Passport (see our assessment here). Some of the evaluations reignited my perception that folks gained’t give a BlackBerry gadget a good probability.

I want bloggers and journalists realized that liking a BlackBerry doesn’t make them any much less well-liked or an Apple hater. Anyone has the proper to love multiple system. Some of the critiques I learn detailed the form and display measurement of the Passport not being their choice. I perceive these opinions.

What I don’t perceive is the senseless and typically disrespectful strategy of sure journalists, even these from the world’s most famous publications.

Even as a BlackBerry fan website, we don’t bash different units. Sure, we might revel on the sight of an iPhone 6 Plus getting blown to smithereens, however finally we respect everybody and have come beneath hearth from our personal readers for not being sufficient “professional-BlackBerry.” We need to stay truthful, stylish, and never saturate our website with Apple and Android bashing articles. You’ve come to N4BB to examine BlackBerry, not that different trash.

I have since taken the time to right some misinformation that appears purposefully revealed by different publications to advertise their biased anti-BlackBerry sentiments. Here’s an unofficial #BBFactCheck on the BlackBerry Passport critiques:

1) I was stunned to see sure evaluations not point out the Passport’s specifications. For years now I have learn stories from mainstream media that BlackBerry was so behind the specs race and the way it was a essential issue to the corporate’s decline. However, the BlackBerry Passport hardware is extraordinarily aggressive, if not a pacesetter, in sure respects.


The system sports activities one of the best in school audio system and microphones, which give one of the best in school name high quality (isn’t that what telephones are for?). When the HTC One was launched individuals went loopy concerning the audio system, however no point out about how the Passport trumps the HTC One. The Passport rocks a really extremely regarded Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and an astonishing 3GB of RAM. It could be very spectacular for those who contemplate the brand new iPhone (which is incredible gadget by itself) solely has 1GB.


And no gadget available on the market can come near the Passport’s unimaginable battery life from its 3450 mAh battery.


2) One reviewer claimed that Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn look very ugly on BlackBerry 10. The actual verbiage was, “While massive apps like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yelp are there, they’re slower and uglier than the iPhone and Android variations.”


Perhaps not probably the most outrageous factor to say, however it's incorrect. The writer failed to say what benefits you possibly can achieve through the use of these apps inside the BlackBerry 10 OS. One nice instance is how built-in these apps are inside the OS. With the BlackBerry Hub, you technically by no means need to open your Facebook or Twitter apps to answer to a message or a notification. Talk about being related and getting issues achieved!
(Twitter replies accessible immediately from inside the Hub)
(Facebook notifications and messages accessible immediately inside the Hub)


3) I perceive the truth that Google Maps is mild years forward of BlackBerry Maps, however the declare that BlackBerry Maps have been terrible is deceptive. In the evaluation, an instance to show that the BlackBerry Maps have been terrible was to point out that of a restaurant referred to as “La Esquina” in Brooklyn, NY.


The declare was that the BlackBerry Maps software returned outcomes for someplace in Spain. I personally reside in NYC, and when I tried the identical search I acquired the exact opposite outcomes. As you possibly can see, the appliance discovered the precise location and even provided to offer me guided navigation to it. I can guarantee you I don't posses a magical Passport.

4) The largest “ache” for many who reviewed the Passport was which you can not publish an image on Instagram. According sure reviewers, why would you need to submit your photographs anyway, because the digital camera on the Passport is simply not that good. I nonetheless am not sure how to answer this. I figured I’d publish some footage I personally took and allow you to be the decide of the Passport’s 13MP digital camera high quality:

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The declare that you would be able to’t submit a picture to Instagram can also be incorrect. BlackBerry World has a lovely, native, unofficial app by the identify of iGrann that you should use to add, like, and look at movies on Instagram. Otherwise, you possibly can merely obtain the Android APK (model, and have the official app in your Passport.  Either means, you need to use Instagram on BlackBerry 10 and the Passport.


It would have been good if a number of the evaluations took the time to say a few of the unimaginable options that the Passport presents. For instance, as an alternative of bashing the truth that Uber and Snapchat aren’t but “formally” obtainable, the reviewers might have talked about that that is the primary BlackBerry with the Amazon App Store, which brings over 200,000 purposes to the BB10 platform. Somehow having Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush, and a plethora of shopper purposes was not value a point out.

Furthermore, one evaluate gave the declare that, “I simply don’t want such a factor as an extended-lasting, e mail-centric ‘work’ telephone anymore.” I was in disbelief that the writer is seemingly so anti-BlackBerry that the want for a telephone with good battery life was not expressed in order to not need to point out the exceptional battery lifetime of the Passport as a bonus.


I can guarantee you, that the BlackBerry Passport makes me extra productive, and it allows me to speak with ease. The Passport permits me all day to take clear 1080p movies together with some unimaginable footage to assist protect reminiscences.


The subsequent puzzling declare was,”Modern-day smartphones permit us to not solely be energy professionals, but in addition energy mother and father, spouses, health nuts and extra. They allow us to speak far past the inbox.” I do not know what “talk past the inbox” truly means. Perhaps, the writer meant sending Snapchats to pals, which as talked about, you are able to do on a BlackBerry by downloading both a local app referred to as Snap10 or its Android counterpart. Additionally, there are greater than 30 succesful health apps obtainable on BlackBerry World and certain now much more with the Amazon App Store. No one has claimed that there's not an software hole between iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10. However, claiming BlackBerry customers can’t do these issues is completely incorrect.


I had hoped the mainstream media reviewers would be capable of see cross their blinders and supply truthful critiques. Unfortunately, it appears some went via nice lengths to persuade folks that the Passport shouldn't be for them. Hopefully, this unofficial BlackBerry Fact Check has confirmed the opposite.

#BBFactCheck – What Some BlackBerry Passport Reviews Got Wrong written by Niko Giannopoulos on N4BB


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