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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6

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Which of these super-smart smartphones should you buy?

Less than a week after the iPhone 6 hit shops with a significantly inflated form factor, the BlackBerry Passport has been launched with a similarly dramatic size increase.

Apple has long since deposed BlackBerry as the smartphone king, but how do these two flagship devices compare? We compare the vital statistics to try and reach an early verdict.

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Design

BlackBerry Passport: Steel frame, plastic body, 128 x 90.3 x 9.3mm, 194g

iPhone 6: Curved aluminium, gold or light/dark silver, 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm, 129g

Both phones are significantly bigger than their predecessors, but while the iPhone 6 still at least looks and feels like a phone, we're not sure quite what the BlackBerry Passport is.

It's a huge, square slab of metal and plastic, unwieldy in hand and pocket alike. With a width of 90.3mm, it's wider than the iPhone 6 Plus, let alone the iPhone 6, and at 194 grams it's a massive 65 grams heavier than Apple's flagship phone.

The Passport's looks are functional and business-like, as per every BlackBerry ever, and you'd certainly back it in a drop test. But it simply doesn't compare to the classy, slim, and desirable iPhone 6 with its all-metal (well, mostly) body and gently curved glass screen.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Screen

BlackBerry Passport: 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 IPS LCD, 453ppi

iPhone 6: 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 IPS LCD, 326ppi

This is why the BlackBerry Passport is slightly square - because its 4.5-inch screen is perfectly square. This means that it's great for filling in spreadsheets and... not a lot else, in all likelihood.

Any kind of media consumption is going to be compromised here, and web browsing looks like it will be an oddly constrained affair any way you turn it.

Which is odd, given that the Passport's screen is extremely crisp at 453ppi, with excellent clarity and viewing angles thanks to IPS panel technology (which the iPhone 6 also uses). It's certainly sharper than the iPhone 6's screen, which is slightly larger (4.7-inches) and a whole lot less pixel dense (326ppi).

But for general usability, we know which we'd choose every day of the week, even at this early stage.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: CPU and RAM

BlackBerry Passport: Snapdragon 801 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM

iPhone 6: Apple A8 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 64-bit, 1GB RAM

The BlackBerry Passport runs on a Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is plenty potent enough, but no longer cutting edge. With double the number of cores of the iPhone 6's A8 chip, as well as an 800MHz clock speed advantage and three times the RAM, you'd think that the BlackBerry would take the performance going.

However, Apple's custom chip has got serious chops. It's built on an advanced 64-bit architecture, and a tiny 20nm manufacturing process makes it much more energy efficient than its rival.

Combined with a potent GPU, the iPhone 6 leads the way in the vast majority of performance-related areas, as recent benchmarks have confirmed.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note 3

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Camera

BlackBerry Passport: 13-megapixel, OIS, LED flash

iPhone 6: 8-megapixel 1/3.06-inch (or equivalent) sensor, TrueTone flash

BlackBerry cameras have never been particularly accomplished, but the Passport's looks set to be the best yet. It's a 13-megapixel example with optical image stabilisation technology for steady shots and improved low-light performance. Those are two specs that appear to better the iPhone 6.

Of course, iPhone cameras have been some of the best around for several years now, and its seemingly meagre megapixel count (8MP to be precise) hides a sophisticated image sensor and class-leading colour accuracy.

Phase detection autofocus technology also means that the iPhone 6 camera will focus in much faster than the BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Storage

BlackBerry Passport: 32GB, microSD support

iPhone 6: 16/64/128GB, no microSD card support

The storage set-ups are very different here. Apple goes for three fixed storage options: 16, 64, and 128GB. The Passport has just the one 32GB option.

However, the Passport comes with a microSD slot for expansion purposes, making it the more flexible beast - though even maxed out with a 64GB card it'll still fall short of the 128GB iPhone.

BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Extra Hardware

BlackBerry Passport: QWERTY keyboard with capacitive touch, NFC

iPhone 6: TouchID, NFC

Both phones have NFC for mobile payment purposes, although the Apple Pay service is US-only at present.

As for unique hardware features, the BlackBerry Passport features a physical QWERTY keyboard - something of an anachronism these days. Still, a sizeable minority of power users can't live without one.

While this three-row example looks to be a bit awkward, it does feature the ability to scroll thanks to a capacitive touch facility across the keyboard's surface.

As for the iPhone 6, it sees the return of the TouchID system from the iPhone 5S, enabling fingerprint authentication for access and mobile payments.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Software

BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry 10.3 OS

iPhone 6: iOS 8

It's been a bit of a white-wash up to now, in truth, and perhaps the biggest discrepancy of all comes with the software. You have arguably the strongest and zippiest mobile OS of them all (although stock Android would have something to say about that) against arguably the worst.

We'll have to wait and see how BlackBerry 10.3 OS fares on the Passport, but that fact that it's not a completely new OS means that it's likely to fall some way short of iOS 8 and its myriad improvements. It does crucially, add support for the Amazon Appstore so you can download Android apps and the new BlackBerry Assistant is closely integrated with your work data.

Early Verdict

We never like to be too bold in these vs pieces where one of the handsets hasn't been available for us to test properly, but this is kind of an exception.

The BlackBerry Passport is a super-sized BlackBerry with the vast majority of issues that this has entailed in the past, and a few all-new ones to boot (unwieldy size, compromised keyboard).

It might be the phone of choice for a small subset of business-minded users, but for the vast majority of users the iPhone 6 is likely to remain the far better choice.

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DehDude

September 24, 2014, 6:52 pm

Hmm.. would like to correct you on a few things.

First of all however, a few things you missed on.

- Call quality, BB is top notch here, reports say consistently that BB10 users get better signal because of the antenna technology

- Speakers, Passport has the loudest speakers yet, beating out the HTC M8.

- Battery. Iphone 6

- DNLA and Miracast support(hardware independant apple TV)

- Passport 3450 mAh vs Iphone6 1810 mAh. Almost double.

BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Design

- Passport uses premium material, hold one and you will see

- Iphone while also premium feeling has many reports of bending in peoples pockets!

https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=...

just read the headlines.

Win passport

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Screen

- Web browsing is actually better on the Passport because its wider, although videos will shrink due to aspect ratio

- Iphone 6 screen rated 326ppi VS 453ppi. You even say it, Passport is much clearer.

Passport win for general usage

Iphone only for videos

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: CPU and RAM

- Iphone has best CPU no doubt about it, but 1GB RAM is laughable.

- Passport has 3 times that, and still a very respectable CPU, same as all other flagships etc.

Win Passport.

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Camera

- Iphone 8mp vs Passport 13mp. Sure MP is not everything, but it does mean something.

- Color seems truer on the Passport

- Added features of TimeShift (amazing for touch shots) and a top class panoramic mode also help.

- Iphone does have quicker focus and slow mo.

Tie

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Storage

Iphone users are stuck paying more for an upgraded model.

Passport supports 32GB internal and soon 128GB External. And yes External storage comes at half the cost of the upgraded model and is swappable.

https://twitter.com/DHabkirk/s...

Win Passport.

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Extra Hardware

- I wouldnt say one is better than the other here.

- Picture password on BB is inovative fun and super secure, however TouchID is faster.

- NFC is negated as both devices have this.

- The keyboard allows swipe to delete, swipe up to use word suggestion, or tap to bring up cursor.

- Iphone touchId is superior only if you are that person that absolutely hates entering a password

Tie

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BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6: Software

- While IOS is admitedly smoother due to the extra frames added to transitions, the speed of navigating BBs OS10 is uncomparable.

- Since iphone features are known by all, lets cover some BB features

- Multitasking is unmatched on BB10 seriously.

- SmartSuggestions to share to most used contact or App

- Always Enabled 1 swipe away HUB for all communication.

- Quick search (example type Jen and see all calendar email sms/bbm, filenames with this word. Also the option to search Jen in internet, appstore, youtube, etc etc

- File Manager out of the box with cloud add ons, and now BLEND which is similar to Continuity on IOS but accross all platforms allows you transfer files accross any device

- Apple has improve much in IOS 8 but is still behind. Heck try adding multiple email attachments in IOS... BTW BB also the has option to attach any attachment sent or received in any email quickly.

If BB10 has any advantage its the OS, I came from Iphone 5, and have used the new Iphone6, and trust me it cannot compare to my current Z30.

Win Passport

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If your going to make a review, at least make it fair.

This is coming from a non fanboy user, just somebody who is sick of the bashing BB receives from authors like this.

Garry

September 24, 2014, 7:19 pm

talk about an opinion vs a review... The passport has been out for a few hours and you are already finding ways to put it down? I am an iphone user but at the same time, i'm getting really tired at all the negative publicity bb is getting for what i think are really great specs. When Samsung came out with the "HUGE" phone everyone was critisizing it, and they sold like hot cakes. It's time to think ourside the box, or should i say "square"...

Josh Wedekind

September 25, 2014, 6:19 am

Almost nothing in this article is true. From media consumption, to CPU/GPU performance, to camera focus speeds, to microSD card limitations, to BB 10 OS responsiveness. Not a single thing in this article is not an outright lie. Absolute rubbish.

Matt

September 25, 2014, 12:14 pm

I completely agree. Just another Apple fanboy journalist who is attempting to write an unbiased early comparison.

George

September 25, 2014, 3:52 pm

Author must never have used a bb10 device if he doesn't have a clue as to how much better it is than the big 2. He admits as much himself. He is making his judgement without having tried it. I'm pretty sure he ordered a 6+ to compensate for his 3-

MrRandom

September 25, 2014, 4:26 pm

Just a bunch of Blackberry fanboys disagreeing about an accurate review. Of course the iPhone 6 will be better in terms of media consumption. I'd never want to watch a movie on a square screen. Websites wouldn't be as good, games wouldn't be as good. CPU/GPU is better on the iPhone, especially with the addition of Metal, and based on how optimised iOS is. Camera focus speeds on the new iPhone will be as good, if not better than the BB due to the focus pixels.

And yeah, I know you'll disagree with me, as would any BB or Android fanboy, that's just the way things are. But it's nice to see an unbiased comparison. So many websites are biased one way or another. (and yeah I know you think this one is too, but you're biased about that, so doesn't really count)

be1035

September 25, 2014, 8:27 pm

This is probably the MOST slanted review of two devices that I have ever seen. It is amazing how the author takes everything unique and new that the Passport offers and subjectively states how bad it is while touting how amazing the iPhone is. For example, the author talks about the size and says:

"Both phones are significantly bigger than their predecessors, but while the iPhone 6 still at least looks and feels like a phone, we're not sure quite what the BlackBerry Passport is.

It's a huge, square slab of metal and plastic, unwieldy in hand and pocket alike. With a width of 90.3mm, it's wider than the iPhone 6 Plus, let alone the iPhone 6, and at 194 grams it's a massive 65 grams heavier than Apple's flagship phone.

The Passport's looks are functional and business-like, as per every BlackBerry ever,
and you'd certainly back it in a drop test. But it simply doesn't compare to the classy, slim, and desirable iPhone 6 with its all-metal (well, mostly) body and gently curved glass screen."

Interestingly enough, considering this article was posted yesterday, the author didn't even mention that maybe size and form factor could be an advantage to the Passport, or at least for people who don't want to worry about having their phone bend while holding it in their pockets.

I don't mind people's opinions, but when you're a paid journalist (which used to mean something back in the day) it's disgusting and disingenuous when they take every opportunity to subjectively bash another product because it isn't from THEIR company.

By the way, I am an iPhone user, but this kind of journalism just pisses me off.

AD_Mega

September 26, 2014, 12:24 am

The Passport support microSD up to 128G plus have 32G on the phone. So thats 32G more that the iphone.

Andy Race

September 26, 2014, 7:31 am

I don't even need to read a review on the blackberry, just looking at it is plenty enough reason not to buy it. It's bloody hideous.

Doud

September 26, 2014, 9:03 pm

Well, over the past years I had quite a couple of different phones. My first smartphone was the first Gen iPhone followed by the iPhone 4. Then my stepfather showed me his new Xperia Arc S and from that moment on I fell in love with large screens. So the Note 1 was an inevitable investment, followed by the Note 2, Xperia Z Ultra, G Flex and finally the Lumia 1520. Getting tired of Android and iOS the Lumia was an attempt to try something new and I loved it. Since the Windows Store doesn't offer a really comparable app selection I thought this could be a real drawback over the time. Instead I realized what really was important for me: Mails, texting and most of all reading news on the web. It weren't hundreds of different calender apps or the so called "entertainment" apps or whatever. Mails, texting and news/browsing. As simple as that, nothing more (And before anyone comes up with 'yea i know why you don't need apps, you're a fuckin' dinosaur!', I'm 24 and i'd consider myself as a hard core smartphone user). As far as texting or messaging goes I'll definitely try out the passport's keyboard to get an impression and give it a try but looking at the browsing/newsreading experience, I think the passport nails it. I enjoyed the 6.44" Xperia Z Ultra just for browsing. But being a 6.44" phone with gigantic bezels under/above the screen it could be considered as a big ass monstrosity. Though I really tried it just wasn't comfortable in my jeans' pocket anymore. I admit, I often look back, 'cause what really made the Z Ultra so enjoyable for browsing was the screen's width. I came to realize that when I went to the stores again to look for another phone. Smaller screens wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, as long as they would have a decent width, so reading and browsing would still be enjoyable and I think this is where the BlackBerry Passport steps in. Regarding the display it offers what I'v been looking for since my Z Ultra days: A phone with a considerable wider screen than other smartphones (compared to other device's portrait mode! I never used the landscape orientation for browsing or reading because I never felt comfortable with it, quite strange considering a standard monitor is 16:9 too). So I'll definitely think about getting a Passport as my new phone. Only other alternative for me would be the Note 4, which I'm equally excited to get my hands on to make my decision, though the Note's screen isn't really what I'm looking for regarding the width. Just my 2 cents. Oh, and as you can see from my former phones, I'm neither biased to any OS and although I never owned a BB I'm surely no BlackBerry-hater. I always thought BB had its right for existence but was never really looking for one, which is exactly the case now.
I guess i'll have to wait and get my hands on those. So, get your flagships to the market, Samsung and BlackBerry!

Rex_Dart

September 27, 2014, 5:30 am

What a ridiculous "review." Factually inaccurate, purposefully misleading, and extremely biased. Others have already pointed out all of the article's bits of misinformation or conveniently left-out facts (battery life, hardware features, software features (seriously, does the author know ANYTHING about BB 10.3? The worst mobile OS?), storage capacity, speakers, call quality, mobile browser, solid construction, etc etc), so I won't reiterate too much.

Look, if iPhone 6 is what you want, more power to you. Use it and be happy. But to blindly trash a solid device like the Passport for no other reason that because it's not what you fetishistically worship as the second coming of Jesus Christ, then you have no business writing for any website with the word "trusted" in the title. What a completely horrible piece of so-called "journalism."

t_uk

September 27, 2014, 5:42 pm

Not a fair comparison between the two devices and there are several omissions that matter in day to day use that unfortunately makes the iPhone a non starter or at least severely compromised for my typical use.
1. Apple NFC is not usable for NFC pairing to speakers and other devices and its payment system doesn't work outside the US
2. Blackberry OS10 supports apt-x higher quality Bluetooth audio
3. BlackBerry OS10 is far more powerful than iOS and includes much more native functionality e.g. DLNA, file management, Bluetooth file sharing, true multi-tasking, better central notification centre (the hub)
4. No lock-in to Apple ecosystem ... I can do file transfer without iTunes or the cloud and BlackBerry supports FLAC file format for music.
5. The screen and camera are higher resolution and not as likely to get outdated as soon
6. Expandable storage which means I can add significantly more memory at reasonable cost.
7. Price. iPhone pricing is laughable. The Passport and many other flagship phones are just better value for money for the same or sometimes better quality

Josh Wedekind

September 27, 2014, 8:24 pm

You must be retarded if you think websites and most media look better on a lower density, narrow screen. The one thing that may look better is widescreen videos. But watching movies is so much easier on my Passport. (Don't have to rotate and speaker is loud enough to not require bluetooth speakers).

MrRandom

September 27, 2014, 9:13 pm

Lol, such a BB fanboy, getting all defensive! And how childish to call me a retard. You must not know this, but different people actually have different opinions about things.. who would have thought! Haha, so yeah I prefer looking at websites on a 4.7" widescreen in landscape rather than a smaller 4.5" square screen. You might not, and hey, that's fine, that's your opinion. I don't know how you think watching movies is easier on a passport, especially since they'd be smaller, but if you think it's easier, then fair enough. Oh and the density thing is basically meaningless since I can't see the pixels on an iPhone 6 anyway. Seriously though, you make BB fanboys look bad! Maybe next time try arguing like an adult instead of being so immature?

leglace

September 28, 2014, 2:34 pm

For me it comes down to a few things.

Want something fresh. All these new devices are looking like the competition. Last time I was excited was with the HTC EVO. The Passport is fresh and new. I love the concept.

Need a phone that works dependably as a phone. IPhones have problems with call quality. I spoke to a rep for something work related. She kept breaking up. She had an iPhone 6 and told me it was a known problem. She was returning it. Guess what she was going back to? A Blackberry. Work related phone calls are too critical to gamble with. Android devices are hit or miss. I can't keep track. Motorola seemed like the only dependable phone for call quality for some time.

Longevity of product. Apple is certainly not an issue. But Android... I am finally tired of Android fragmentation. I used to laugh at the term fragmentation while I had a 6-12 month old Android device (Currently LG Optimus G). You have to either buy a Nexus or you have to take a number and hope they choose your device. 2-3 year old devices should get updates as they do with IOS and Blackberry. Windows keeps messing with hardware requirements, so I don't see potential.

Battery life. This has become one of the litmus tests for any phone I buy. I do not want to ever charge mid day unless I am watching a Netflix marathon at an airport for hours or something of the like. These phone manufacturers punish battery life for design. Since when does a phones thickness in mm matter more than talk time? Cmon, they are thin enough now, finally. My old EVO looks like a brick now when I used to think it was credit card thin. Interchangeable batteries is the most sensible thing you can offer somebody. In case I am traveling an entire day or camping, it really makes sense to be prepared. Apple needs to get with the program.

Storage. Android hardware makers finally got the hint. They are going back to SD cards. I want to be able to carry downloaded movies for traveling. Music takes up enough space on my device memory. I have 32 GB. I am tapped out with no SD card.

Those are all very important features. The Passport gives me all of this. I am ready to go back to Blackberry and break this current mold. The Passport looks like a phone for someone who has stuff to get done during the work day.

Oh, and I love how they got rid of the trackball and allowed the hardware keyboard to be swiped. Brilliant!

Scrupulous.Geographer

September 28, 2014, 5:35 pm

exactly. I found it tedious, too.

Apple has a yearly budget to market iPhone with which it could buy Blackberry outright. They can't to avoid monopoly fines. I wouldn't be surprised if they are using unfair practices with that money.

BB has its users and I feel sorry that we are the only de-facto marketers. It's a shame I can't buy it in Central Europe: Poland or Germany.

BB is small in the Western World, but the quality I wouldn't change for anything. I was telling this story under another article. Basically, I got a message while riding a bike. I had an accident (well, almost). I had to stop abruptly and we hit each other a little. Anyway... The phone dropped on the bike road and the battery cover was separated. When I picked it all up from the ground, the cover was not damaged, the screen didn't have a scratches after dusting it off and... the phone was still running :) I laughed.

I think I might be an equivalent of Apple accessories fans :D I should have warned you all :)

Josh Wedekind

September 29, 2014, 2:03 pm

You actually turn your phone to landscape mode to view websites?
Great. Now I have to go back and test all my responsive websites to make sure they look decent on an iPhone in landscape mode...

...and you are entitled to your opinion, but I still think yours sucks.

...and I mentioned why videos are easier on the Passport. Unlike everyone else, I'm not constantly rotating my phone sideways to watch YouTube videos, or looking around for speakers when I want to show someone else a video in noisy areas.

MrRandom

September 29, 2014, 2:42 pm

Lol, and you're entitled to your opinion, which of course I think sucks. Oh and I've never had to look around for speakers to show someone else a video, my iPhone 6 is plenty loud enough.

Scrupulous.Geographer

September 29, 2014, 11:50 pm

My comment here was deleted ($*"$%£*$%£$!!!) but I will say it again: this review is deeply BIASED in favour of iPhone 6.

It doesn't mention the fact that iPhone 6 bends in your pocket and ignores the fact that BB Passport has a superior camera, battery life and screen's crispiness.

Avoid this site.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 2:39 pm

The BlackBerry Passport is Highly Sophisticated. The iPhone 6+ cannot compete on that level. Where the Passport presents New and Unique Innovations, the iPhone once again continues to Lack Greatly.

The passport may have an odd looking screen due to its square shape, it's screen resolution and spec's are brilliant. Unmatched to date. Apple lost its innovative touch years ago, and it's declining market share World Wide each year proves this.

Best smart Phone on the Planet and most Innovative, most technologically superior, goes to the BlackBerry Passport bar none.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 2:43 pm

The hideous looking device is the Bending iPhone 6+. Most ridiculously looking phone on the planet. At least the Passport has class and it does look quite sexy as a matter of Fact.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 2:47 pm

This site has lost all credibility. By providing such a review, you actually showed the readers how tech illiterate you are. This site is not trust worthy at all and people have caught on.

If you want an Old and Tired phone, get a new iPhone 6. It's iOS is so dated it's appalling to even consider it stands up against BB10 lol.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 2:55 pm

You are completely lost.
Phones need to be Compared and Reviewed with an UN-BIASED attitude. How on earth can you review a Passport when you never used BB10? Your comment is nonsense.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 2:57 pm

The iPhone 6 speakers and sound SUCK when you compare it to the Z30 and Passport. A undisputed FACT.

ATInsider

September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

It's nice to see an iPhone user appreciate change and Innovation. Give credit where credit is due. The Passport is that device, completely outside the box and highly productive.

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