I have been coming across this question quite often during the last 6 months, therefore, I thought of covering this in my 3rd blog in the Blackberry Passport series.
Blackberry Passport is at least 4 years old now and it still survives. The end users and a lot of Blackberry Fans appreciate its design, top notch security and reliability with BB10 OS brought to the table. Let’s explore why It is worth looking at Blackberry Passport as your daily driver in 2018.
11 Reasons Why it is worth buying a Blackberry Passport in 2018
Blackberry until last year’s rebranding exercise has been well known for Security and enterprise level encryption. The security is built into every layer of Blackberry Passport including hardware and software. BlackBerry has over 50 security certifications and approvals, more than any other mobile vendor, including the only “Full Operational Capability” approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.
- Blackberry Verifies the authenticity of BB10 OS and software every time a BlackBerry 10 device in the world boots up.
- All the applications are placed in their own sandboxes to protect against malware and data leakage. All the apps are even scanned for malware and privacy before they get added to Blackberry World.
- Even if you use patching/ or patch android apps which are supported on BB10 OS, they are only installed when they are scanned for Malware and are safe to use.
Know more about each security feature provided by Blackberry Passport/BB10 OS as below:
The hardware is unique, beautiful and very sturdy. Software is privacy controlled, malware free and encrypted.
3) Best in class Audio Conferencing
This is something I have tested in person and observed across many other android devices. If you are on a conference or usual voice call, try using the speakers for audio, the person on the other side will feel that you are sitting in a conference room. It’s that crystal clear in sound quality. Passport boosts up or reduce the volume of the call basis the environment you are in.
This is an out of the box incredibly cool and bold design. No other phone has a square screen ratio. Black or white with silver edges look stunning. It comes in multiple colors to match your style like black, white, red, silver and even gold.
Image Source: image by blogs.blackberry.com
5) Physical Keyboard
Very ergonomic and beautifully crafted physical keyboard with flick typing and use of keyboard as a track pad is productive, the experience it offers cannot be compared with a touch screen keyboard. It is still bigger keyboard and more user friendly than the new blackberry mobiles out there with Android. Above all, slide up to close an app is there in blackberry passport sine 2014, I Phone X has this feature only now.
It’s like carrying a mini laptop in your hands, you won’t need to go back to your laptop/desktop most of the time unlike what we must do while working with smaller Android/ I OS phones. Excel, word, PowerPoint and making a presentation is very convenient on this device.
7) Inventory and resell value
Its easily available at very cost-effective prices, this being 4 years old, across the globe. Canada and US on Amazon, Dubai on SOUQ, eBay and so on. Resellers or merchants are still making money and life out of Blackberry Passport sales. This also indicates the underlying demand and love for Blackberry Phones.
Above all, if you buy a Blackberry Passport and not satisfied with performance, you can easily sell it back at great resell value. I managed to buy one at $100 and sell it to an online recycling company at $100 itself for instance.
If you love reading eBooks, this phone works best, you won’t need a kindle device and yes, the software and every apk file from Amazon App-store just works fine.
9) Blackberry Hub
This is a blockbuster product, the ability to have all communication and app related notifications in one place be it email, tweets or Facebook messages is phenomenal. You can even respond from the Hub directly without having a need to go the app and open it to type a response. The patched apps from Play store don’t work in BB10 OS and its blackberry Hub though!
They are best viewed with more space , lesser scroll down, exceptionally beautiful sync with Blackberry Calendar.
The privacy control is exceptional, the moment a website which tracks your location is opened in your web browser, a pop-up alerts you immediately. This browser is also unique as the address bar is placed at bottom of the browser.
Conclusion and Thoughts
We used to have Windows mobile, BB OS, Symbian, Android and I OS together in the market, once upon a time. Unfortunately, today, there are limited 2 choices with mobile users, Android or I OS. Blackberry Passport is the last bet to provide a different experience to the end users backed by a decade of experience Blackberry had in mobility markets. It’s the last true blackberry phone, wherein hardware and software were both in the hands of RIM or Blackberry as a company.
There are mixed views for Blackberry Passport being a daily driver in 2018. If you love new apps and social media Android or I OS would be more future proof. If you love productivity and security with real privacy control, Blackberry Passport is for you and it is still worth buying in 2018 just because of the value the hardware and software brings to the table, together. I doubt if Blackberry is making any profits by selling them at such a lower price now. Blackberry Passport and BB10 OS will receive updates until end of 2019 only. After which, the device may stop functioning, I assume that the date might get postponed a bit. Having said that, this is a good time for buyers who couldn’t experience this device when it was launched at a premium price. If you don’t like it, resell value is good as well. Therefore, It is still worth and still a good try in 2018.
If you wish to know every possibility a Blackberry Passport brings to the table, its worth looking at Blackberry Passport Launch details in the video below:
I also covered all steps you could follow to install 3rd party and android apps with patching details in my blog earlier, read more about
the second blog in the same serious was around all apps that work best from Blackberry World in 2018, read more about
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Neeraj is a Tech Marketer with 9+ years of experience in B2B Sales and Marketing. At StepToInbound, Neeraj writes about Website, Search, Social Media and Marketing Automation practices.