TECHNOBYTE for 26 September 2014

Blackberry last week introduced the Blackberry Passport. It is certainly one of the strangest looking devices I have seen. It is big, the size of a passport and is almost square shaped as opposed to current smartphones that have a rectangular shape. The BlackBerry Passport offers a unique 4.5” inch square screen with Full HD-class (1,440 x 1,440) resolution. It offers a similar viewing space to a 5” inch phone but offers an even better viewing experience because of the screen’s width. Blackberry has gone back to basics by including a really well built keyboard at the bottom of the device.

The Blackberry Passport is a very well built phone that has all the latest high end specifications including a 13MP camera. Battery life is fantastic.

Blackberry is using their latest operating system version 10.3 which includes Blackberry Assistant, software designed to help you plan your day better by using voice commands to do tasks on the phone.

The Passport is built for productivity. The innovative QWERTY keyboard has a touch enabled physical keyboard which enables a user to simply swipe the suggested words up towards the screen.

BlackBerry Blend is a new feature that brings the power of your BlackBerry smartphone on to your computer and tablet. Anything you do in BlackBerry Blend on your computer or tablet is reflected on your BlackBerry smartphone, as if you were doing the task on the smartphone itself.

The Blackberry Passport is not for everyone. It is built to work hard and is designed for heavy usage users who want the functionality of a smartphone with great build quality, security and great battery life. The size can be awkward and it does take some time adjusting to the unusual shape.

Apple released an update to its iOS 8 late Thursday that it says will fix the numerous bugs with the original operating system.

Apple has responded to claims that its new handsets are prone to bending by saying such damage would be "rare" during normal use. Media outlets across the globe had reported that several iPhone 6 owners had complained of handsets becoming misshapen after being carried in trousers pockets without a case. Apple said nine customers had told it their iPhone 6 Plus phones had bent. In a statement the company noted that the handsets' shells had been constructed out of "anodised aluminium, which is tempered for extra strength" and also featured stainless steel and titanium parts to reinforce the areas of the phones likely to experience the most stress.

This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 26 September 2014



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