Dan Seifert, The Verge:
Below the screen is what makes the Passport a true BlackBerry: it
has a honest-to-goodness physical keyboard, something no other
modern device offers. It’s a throwback to the keyboards that made
BlackBerry smartphones so popular in years past, and BlackBerry
says it’s essential for efficient productivity on the go. But the
Passport’s three row layout isn’t as good as the older designs.
It’s too wide, making it all but impossible to type the simplest
words with one hand. And for some reason, the spacebar is jammed
up into the third row of letters, splitting the keyboard and
causing all kinds of confusion for my thumbs. I never got used to
it and I remain a far faster and more accurate typist on a good
virtual keyboard. It’s not clear to me why BlackBerry didn’t just
make the Passport slightly longer to accommodate a fourth row of
keys — it’s already a big phone, another quarter-inch wouldn’t
make much of a difference in size but would go a long way to
improving the keyboard.
Man, if the keyboard doesn’t make people happy, I’m not sure what the point of this is.
Weird Verge-ism toward the end (italics added):
Nobody would really argue that iOS is a super productive platform,
but my iPhone offers the tools I need to get my job done, and the
Passport does not.
★ Wednesday, 24 September 2014