BlackBerry’s intentions with the Passport were good. It wanted to create something groundbreaking in spite of multiple inherent risks, and that’s an approach that is rarely seen in the world of smartphones today. That’s worth commending. Unfortunately, all the Passport proves is that difference for difference’s sake is not enough.
BlackBerry has enough problems on its software side alienating its potential customers with bizarre form factors. So why create a phone that’s so wide that it’s uncomfortable to store in a pocket or use one-handed? The shape and proportions of the Passport offer no obvious benefits while introducing numerous weaknesses.
It’s a shame because, like the OS it runs, the Passport has many things going for it in spite of its downside. Its display quality is excellent, its touch-sensitive keyboard is awesome, and its battery life is top-notch. But ultimately the Passport simply doesn’t, and perhaps never could, bring enough to the table to justify having to deal with such a poorly shaped device and a platform that is most likely on its way out.