Both phones were released in September and they’re not Android-based devices, meaning that each one has a unique OS, with different kinds of programs and applications. Blackberry is trying to conquer some hearts with the weird looking quadratic model, but there is no accounting for tastes and many mobile users won’t like the shape of the device.
Designs, displays and sizes
The Blackberry Passport has an odd design, being a square-screened phone featuring a full-QWERTY keyboard below the screen. On the back panel, you’ll notice a band on the top, the frame is made of stainless-steel and on the front panel you’ll find the IPS LCD screen of 4.5inches which deals a resolution of 1440x1440pixels with 453ppi. To protect it against scratches, Blackberry used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to cover the display. As we were saying, the phone is quadratic, which means that it’s very wide (90.3mm). The device is 9.3mm thick, 128mm tall and it weights 196grams.
If you think the Blackberry Passport is an ugly phone, you can’t say the same about Apple’s iPhone 6, which has an aluminum body and a display made of shatter proof glass treated with oleophobic coating. The phone is slimmer than the previous model, measuring only 6.9mm, its width is 67mm and it’s much taller than the Blackberry device, measuring 138.1mm. Also, it’s very light, weighting 129grams. Below the screen, there’s a round home button with a fingerprint sensor integrated into it, which will allow you to purchase products via Apple Pay. The display is LED-backlit IPS LCD sized at 4.7inches, which is capable of rendering a resolution of 750x1334pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi that remained unchanged from the last model.
Hardware and OS
The Blackberry Passport keeps up the pace with the newest smartphones from the market, offering a good hardware performance, because it’s equipped with a powerful quad core 2.26GHz Krait 400 processor based on a Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 chipset. The CPU couples with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, which makes the BlackBerry 10.3 OS run like a charm. As far as the internal memory goes, the Blackberry flagship comes with a built in memory of 32GB, but you’re able to increase it up to 128GB with a microSD card.
The iPhone 6 houses the latest Apple chipset – A8, which supports a processor with only two cores, clocked at 1.4GHz, but Apple assures us that it’s a great performer. The GPU is PowerVR GX6450 and the RAM capacity was retained at 1GB. However, you’ll have three options of internal storage: 16, 64 and 128GB, but the phone doesn’t support a microSD card slot. The iPhone 6 was launched along with iOS 8, but Apple rushed to release an update, 8.0.2, which fixed some bugs, but not all of them.
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3” sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, check quality
Secondary 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
Unlike other Blackberry models, the Passport has a more advanced rear camera of 13MP, which comes with features such as optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, HDR, face detection and geo tagging. While the back camera is able to shoot videos at 1080p@60fps, the 2MP camera on the front records at 720p. The iPhone 6 may not have a rear camera with too many pixels, only 8MP, but you shouldn’t underestimate it. It has phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash, HDR, 1/3” sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size and other great features that help you obtain good quality photos.
Passport’s other features
The qwerty keyboard is the main characteristic of Blackberry’s Passport, and many reviewers believe that this feature is the secret of success, because this way, the phone will sell well, being purchased by those who need to send complicated text documents and don’t want to carry a laptop or a tablet with them.
The BlackBerry Assistant competes with Apple’s Siri and the voice-activated program seems to do a very good job.