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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. BlackBerry Passport – Best smartphone reader’s choice – March Mobile Madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 21, 2015March 21, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

Welcome back to another round of Mobile Madness. Yesterday’s challenge pitted the HTC One M9 up against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The M9 took the win.

Today we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 go up against BlackBerry Passport. The Note 4 outvoted the Moto X (2014) while the Passport bested the BlackBerry Passport to get to this round. So that leads us here.  What will it be? The Galaxy Note 4, the offspring of the original phablet, or the Passport, the squarish enterprise companion? You decide, vote below the spec sheet.

 

Galaxy Note 4

We don’t usually give away our thoughts on a phone so early in the text, but we’ll make an exception for the Galaxy Note 4. It’s arguably one of the best smartphones Samsung has ever built. While it does have some issues, a lot of them are worth overlooking for the incredible hardware served up in a gorgeous form factor… Read more

 

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry returned to its more premium roots. The BlackBerry Passport has a bizarre design, though it’s one that I am fascinated with, and offers a three-row QWERTY keyboard, a super sharp display and a metal frame. It feels solid and looks admittedly corporate, which is fine for a device targeted at the enterprise, but how does it function? I’ve been using the BlackBerry Passport for the past couple of weeks and am ready to share my opinions… read more.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 4 BlackBerry - Passport
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 4.5-inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel display (453 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 1440
Display Type Quad HD Super AMOLED N/A
Operating System Android 4.4 (at launch) BlackBerry OS 10.3
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier) 2.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 3.7MP 2MP
Networks
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20
  • HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8
  • Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3220 mAh 3450mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Miracast
  • Wi-Fi Direct
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Time of Flight (ToF)
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
Height 153.5 mm (6.04 inches) 198 mm (7.80 inches)
Width 78.6 mm (3.09 inches) 90.3 mm (3.56 inches)
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 0.36 mm (0.01 inches)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 196 g (6.91 oz)
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, White Black
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC
Supported Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA
Other Features
  • IR Blaster
  • FM Radio
In The Box N/A N/A

 


First Round:

March 11(play-in round) HTC One M9 Vs LG G3
March 12 Winner of the play-in round (HTC One M9) Vs iPhone 6 Plus
March 13 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Vs Lumia 930-Series
March 14 Moto X (2014) Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
March 15 Motorola Droid Turbo Vs BlackBerry Passport
March 16 LG G Flex 2 Vs Sony Xperia Z3
March 17 Nexus 6 Vs BlackBerry Classic
March 18 iPhone 6 Vs OnePlus One
March 19 Galaxy S6 Vs Galaxy Note Edge

Second Round:

March 20 Winner of March 12
(HTC One M9)
Vs Winner of March 13 (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge)
March 21 Winner of March 14
(Samsung Galaxy Note 4)
Vs Winner of March 15
(BlackBerry Passport)
March 22 Winner of March 16
(Sony Xperia Z3)
Vs Winner of March 17
(BlackBerry Classic)
March 23 Winner of March 18
(OnePlus One)
Vs Winner of March 19
(Samsung Galaxy S6)

Final Four:

March 24-26 Winner of March 20 Vs Winner of March 21
March 26-28 Winner of March 22 Vs Winner of March 23

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 24-26 Vs Winner of March 26-28
Winner Announced April 1

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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