Blackberry Passport Silver Edition Review!


Let me preface this by saying I never really intended on giving the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition a full blown review. From the onset, I pretty much considered the device "just another version of the Passport" and overall I feel I was right in that assumption. It is just another version of the BlackBerry Passport, but it just so happens that it"s the nicest version of the BlackBerry Passport available to lớn date.

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With that in mind, it"s certainly worthy of a closer look, even if the majority of the changes are cosmetic rather than internal. I"m not going to cover every single aspect here lượt thích I would in the đánh giá of a a brand new device. Instead let"s just take a nice overview of some of the changes that I think are most important to those who may already be Passport owners trying khổng lồ decide if they want the Silver Edition or, the more likely scenario, those who already know all there is to know about the Passport but haven"t pulled the trigger on purchasing one. If you"re looking for a massive run down I fully suggest our original BlackBerry Passport reviews instead.


Features & Specs

Breaking down the specs for the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is pretty easy. They"re largely the same as every other version of the BlackBerry Passport with some slight changes khổng lồ the dimensions and weight of the device. That means you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core CPU with an Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage that is expandable up khổng lồ 128GB officially through the use of a microSD card.

For the display, you get a Gorilla Glass 3 enforced 4.5-Inch, 1440x1440 LCD that runs at 453 PPI. If staying powered up is a concern, which it shouldn"t be with a Passport, you get a 3450mAh integrated non-removable battery. That battery also powers the 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with OIS and Back Side Illumination capable of shooting 1080p đoạn phim as well as the 2MP fixed-focus shooter on the front capable of shooting in 720p.

Other fun stuff includes USB On-The-Go, SlimPort access for USB and HDMI out as well as Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast, FM Radio support and NFC. Plus, the chất lượng calling feature called Active Leak Compensation, which automatically adjusts the gọi volume based on how close you hold the device to your ear. I should chú ý there is one thing missing here that"s mentionable and that"s the lack of wireless charging. Although the Silver Edition is closer to the AT&T version of the BlackBerry Passport than it is to lớn the original, the wireless charging options remains exclusive khổng lồ the AT&T BlackBerry Passport.

When it comes lớn the dimensions of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, there are only really minor differences but those coupled with the placement of the camera và flash on the device bởi vì tend khổng lồ throw things off when it comes to lớn accessories. Here"s how the different versions stack up.

Original BlackBerry Passport128 mm / 5.04 in90.3 milimet / 3.56 in9.3 mm / 0.36 in196g / 6.91 oz
AT&T BlackBerry Passport131 mm / 5.16 in90.5mm / 3.56 in9.3mm / 0.36 in194g / 6.84 oz
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition131.4 milimet / 5.17 in90.5 milimet / 3.56 in9.25 mm / 0.36 in205g / 7.23 oz

Are you concerned about what networks your devices run on? If so, there"s not a lot lớn worry about in terms of differences here across versions but as you can see below, the AT&T version lacks band 13 LTE, which as far as I know is a Verizon band but as we should all know by now, no versions of the BlackBerry Passport work on CDMA networks such as Sprint & Verizon, so it being missing is really a non-issue.

Original BlackBerry Passport1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20 (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/800 MHz)1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)850/900/1800/1900 MHz
AT&T BlackBerry Passport1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, trăng tròn (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/800 MHz)1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)850/900/1800/1900 MHz
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, trăng tròn (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/800 MHz)1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)850/900/1800/1900 MHz

In the end, if you"re looking for the version that has the best compatibility across networks, the short answer is there really isn"t much difference even at the mã sản phẩm number level, especially for the U.S. & Canada. If you REALLY want to get technical, there"s a nice rundown of compatible carriers in the Forums thanks to Raino and many others that breaks things down by regions as well as specific mã sản phẩm numbers.

BlackBerry OS 10.3.2


So, we"ve established that most of the differences on the Silver Edition are purely cosmetic. Let"s go ahead and take a quick look at those changes as well & dig a bit deeper into the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. I say dig deeper because while the official specs from BlackBerry may not show it, they did make one internal change that may or may not matter lớn those considering purchasing any version of the BlackBerry Passport.

The Keyboard

The keyboard on the Passport Silver Edition will largely be of interest lớn those who are familiar with the original BlackBerry Passport, while those familiar with the AT&T version of the BlackBerry Passport might not care so much as that keyboard is pretty much identical lớn that of the Silver Edition. Essentially, BlackBerry made the keyboard "smoother" và by smoother I mean the buttons are more easily pressed & they have less overall stiffness lớn them. There was a certain click on the original Passport keys that you"re likely either going to lớn love or hate that just isn"t present on the Silver Edition. In addition to the keys being smoother, BlackBerry also increased the form size of the chin below the spacebar on the Silver Edition. While it"s presented as something entirely new, it"s really not. Much like the keyboard, the increased chin size is a carryover from the AT&T BlackBerry Passport, so owners of that device know what they"re getting into when purchasing a Silver Edition. PS: Safe lớn say at this point, the chin portion itself is plastic.

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The Camera và Flash

The camera on the Silver Edition at first blush is a minor change but aside from the look of it being updated to offer better protection from scratches and the flash placement being moved around, there"s some speculation that it may have been improved slightly as well. Ahead of the launch of the Silver Edition there were mentions of the camera possibly being upgraded based on comments made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Twitter. Did they really change the camera? Well, yes, but seemingly not in the way everyone may have been expecting. Through some analysis, information shows they did indeed change the front facing camera from one provided by Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEMCO) khổng lồ one provided by LG Innotek (LGIT). It remains a 2MP fixed-focus shooter capable of shooting in 720p but there"s noticeably less lag when using it whereas on previous versions of the BlackBerry Passport, the front facing camera was oddly slow lớn respond lớn movement. So they never changed the rear facing camera at all? Technically speaking, no. It"s still the exact same camera module installed running the exact same firmware that all other versions of the BlackBerry Passport are running, but some claim lớn see some improvements in the clarity and vibrancy in the images shot on the Silver Edition compared to others. My personal take, it could be attributed khổng lồ a better lens being used but in my testing it"s not really enough khổng lồ make a fuss over.


Although BlackBerry made no mention of any speaker or volume upgrades on the Silver Edition, I bởi vì have khổng lồ say that when playing music through the device, not over headphones, it does generally sound slightly louder and slightly clearer. With no mention of changes and no way to lớn determine if the hardware has changed without ripping the device open, I think it"s safe to lớn say any perceived sound chất lượng differences are simply coming from the fact there"s more metal on the Silver Edition than any of the other Passport versions. Obviously, the earpiece has changed slightly in looks but the sound unique itself remains the same in my testing.

Size & Weight

If you looked at the dimension comparisons in the specs portion, you"ll already know the Silver Edition is ever so slightly larger. If you thought the original Passport or AT&T Passport were too heavy, you might want to stay away from the Silver Edition as it"s even heavier due lớn the reinforced stainless steel frame being improved lớn provide extra strength and durability. Granted, it doesn"t really feel all that much heavier khổng lồ me but that"s likely because I"m already used khổng lồ carrying a Passport around. As for the size, well, the squared off top and rounded off corners added some height khổng lồ the Silver Edition but honestly, it"s only just enough to mess with some form-fitting accessories that you"ll not be able to lớn re-use if you"re moving from a different version of the Passport into a Silver Edition.


Speaking of accessories, BlackBerry rolled out a bunch of new ones strictly built for the Silver Edition such as the Leather Flex Shell Case, Leather Flip Case, và Sync Pod that works with official cases và shells. If you own a different version of the Passport, you"re going lớn have lớn go ahead và purchase all new accessories to lớn protect your device.

Of course, some folks are likely also asking if the Silver Edition accessories work with older Passport versions. The short answer there is no. Due lớn the changes made on the Silver Edition, Silver Edition accessories won"t really work on any other versions of the Passport. However, there is a long answer as well. The long answer is yes, but there are some caveats. For example, the Silver Edition Flip Case will somewhat work on all other versions of the Passport. I say somewhat because the flash location will be blocked but if you don"t use the flash all that often and really want the case, both the original and AT&T Passport fit inside & show the LED when closed. In the end, I don"t really suggest it but I can"t tell you what to lớn do.

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Although I was rather skeptical of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition when it first started appearing, after having used it for a while now, I have no issues with saying that it"s a great addition to lớn the Passport lineup. Just like the original Passport & the AT&T Passport, it"s not going khổng lồ be a device for everyone, especially those who might already own a BlackBerry Passport. But as we"ve witnessed already, there are plenty of people out there "upgrading" khổng lồ the Silver Edition and it"s not hard lớn see why.

Yes, it"s true. It"s just another BlackBerry Passport. But the refinements made & materials used make it a worthwhile purchase & with it costing only $50 more than the others, BlackBerry just might catch some folks who didn"t like any of the previous versions. Yes, there"s an argument there that if they didn"t lượt thích any of the prior versions, there"s no reason they would buy the Silver Edition but us humans are funny creatures & sometimes all it takes is a little bit of additional shine và we"re sold. You know it"s true.

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