BlackBerry's Square Phone Has One Big Advantage Over The iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 may be getting all the attention this week, but BlackBerry believes its new 4.5-inch square handset, the Passport, has at least one distinct advantage over most "narrow" smartphones, including the iPhone 6.

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Steve Jobs once insisted the multi-touchscreen on the original iPhone was vastly superior to feature phones with static, physical keyboards - as pictured above - but BlackBerry says the physical keyboard paired with the square design of the Passport actually makes it easier to use, especially when writing emails, memos, or documents.Advertisement

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"If I want to be able to read this document, I have to zoom in quite considerably," Gadway says. "Now watch what happens: I lose a good chunk of the content off the right hand side of this screen. And in order to read this memo, I need to pan back and forth across the page as I go through the document.
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But where this problem really comes to light, according to Gadway, is when you want to make edits.

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You might think simply turning the iPhone (or comparable Android phone) to landscape mode might solve some of these problems with left-right viewing, but it actually creates other issues.

"It still isn't fitting all on the page, but it's a little bit better. The challenge here, though, is two-thirds of the screen is now obscured by the keyboard, so I can only see a small sliver of my content," Gadway says.

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The BlackBerry Passport faces some really tough competition, but this particular aspect of the square phone might be attractive to professionals who do a lot of work - particularly writing and editing - on their mobile devices.

The Passport, which goes on sale Wednesday in the US, UK, Canada, France, and Germany, costs $599 without a contract and $249 with a two-year contract, though The Wall Street Journal says pricing will vary by carrier.