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Phonerated's list of the best BlackBerry Cell phones (as of April 2015) opens with the Passport by BlackBerry, a 13-megapixel 4.5-inch smartphone. BlackBerry is best-known for its full keyboard texting phones (and more recently, the BlackBerry 10 series). Also view all their new phones here.
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BlackBerry attempts to set a new trend in the smartphone market with the Passport´s square display (1440p, 1:1 aspect ratio) capable of showing 60 characters per line. The Passport also comes with a high-end feature set, including a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and 3GB worth of RAM. Its imaging power might also turn out satisfactory, with 13- and 2-megapixel cameras. Under its lid is a 3450mAh battery, one of the highest capacities we have observed on 2014 smartphones. Just like many BlackBerry phones, the Passport is equipped with a three-row full QWERTY keyboard.
One of BlackBerry´s attempts on full-touchscreen models, the Z3 offers several signature features alongside the BB Screen Reader and Magnify apps for users with poor eyesight. It runs the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, but is compatible with some Android apps, giving a touch of leisure to what is otherwise a productivity-oriented device. It also features the Balance technology that offers dedicated profiles for both work and leisure, probably so one does not get in the way of the other.
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
Released alongside the BB Passport is this square-screened (3.5-inches, 720 x 720) model sporting the classic BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard and navigation panel. The BlackBerry Classic's specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB worth of RAM to match. Probably in anticipation of business and multimedia use, its 16GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128GB with a microSD card. This LTE-ready model also comes with BlackBerry's 2014 feature set, including the BB Hub, BB Assistant, and BBM video calling.
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