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

By Shawn Knight ¬∑ 9 replies
Jul 8, 2014
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  1. 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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  2. Dimitriid

    Dimitriid TS Booster Posts: 37   +37

    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.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I legitimately thought this device was a joke when I first saw it...
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    "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!"
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    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.
  6. Polaco

    Polaco TS Rookie Posts: 46   +8

    well monitors can accomodate more than 66 characters nowdays
  7. Just waitning for circle format, because my hand is circle.
  8. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

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

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    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.
  10. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    I guess people with small hands aren't going to enjoy holding this one. Would make a nice drink coaster when it goes obsolete.

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