BlackBerry explains the design decision behind the Passport's square display

Shawn Knight

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Last month we profiled BlackBerry's upcoming Passport smartphone. The title of the article labeled the handset as an oddball considering its square display - a design decision that's went largely unexplained until now.

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Dimitriid

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Would be somehow reasonable if there was no hand ergonomics involved: Either the text will be too small or the device will be too unwieldy, sadly a consequence of human beings not having square shaped hands.
 

ikesmasher

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"hey guys, we think the square screen is a little more efficient for work, so we are gonna do it and completely ignore the fact that we just nulled the possibility of 75% of the worlds apps and videos appearing fullscreen on our phone, because everyone else uses reasonable aspect ratios!"
 

MilwaukeeMike

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This will make the device ideal for reading e-books, viewing documents and browsing the web, we're told.
I get it that this thing is a productivity device and not just another phone for facebook and texting, but if square the ideal shape for productivity we'd be using square monitors.
 

Polaco

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This will make the device ideal for reading e-books, viewing documents and browsing the web, we're told.
I get it that this thing is a productivity device and not just another phone for facebook and texting, but if square the ideal shape for productivity we'd be using square monitors.
well monitors can accomodate more than 66 characters nowdays
 

Forg0t2

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I want one in the shape of my hand. Than I can slap someone in the face and say: Ohh, its for you...
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

Posts: 8,645   +3,288
Looks like Blackberry is trying to offer the consumer a square deal here. Apple should have done this first because their fans are usually blockheads.