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BlackBerry Passport vs. OnePlus One – Best smartphone reader’s choice finals – Mobile Madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 28, 2015March 28, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

After rounds of match ups pitting flagship devices against each other we are just days away from crowning this year’s Mobile Madness winner.  The finalists are the BlackBerry Passport and the OnePlus One.  The BlackBerry Passport beat the Motorola Droid Turbo, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and  HTC One M9 to reach this final round.  While the OnePlus One fended off the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and BlackBerry Classic to claim a finalist spot.

Who will win? Both the BlackBerry Passport and OnePlus One are unconventional flagships.  The Passport sports a square but work-friendly form factor and the OnePlus One claims the title of “The Flagship Killer” and does not even have the support of a traditional distribution channel (i.e., carriers and in-store availability). So who will it be readers? The BlackBerry Passport or the OnePlus One? You decide!

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.

 

OnePlus One

More than half way through this year, and we can already accurately predict which big phones will be on many end-of-year lists. Devices like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the LG G3. We’re expecting other high profile phones to hit the market this fall, too, rounding out what will likely be remembered as one of the strongest years in mobile ever.

But there’s another device people are excitedly talking about, a dark horse that’s rising from the smartphone ether, and it’s already showing tremendous promise. Maybe you’ve heard of it? The OnePlus One is this year’s so-called “flagship killer,” and it has many mobile nerds gawking… read the full review

 

BlackBerry - Passport OnePlus - OnePlus One
Display Size 4.5-inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel display (453 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 1440 1920
Display Type N/A LTPS IPS with TOL
Operating System BlackBerry OS 10.3 CyanogenMod 11S on Android 4.4
Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 13MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 5MP
Networks
  • 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)
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE: Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 3450mAh 3100 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Miracast
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Time of Flight (ToF)
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 198 mm (7.80 inches) 152.9 mm (6.02 inches)
Width 90.3 mm (3.56 inches) 75.9 mm (2.99 inches)
Depth 0.36 mm (0.01 inches) 8.9 mm (0.35 inches)
Weight 196 g (6.91 oz) 162 g (5.71 oz)
Colors Black Black, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC MP3, AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC, WAV
Supported Video Formats 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA MP4, H.263, H.264, RMVB, FLV720P
Other Features
  • FM Radio
In The Box N/A N/A

 

Voting for this round will run though March 31. The winner will be announced April. No April Fools joke, promise.

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 (HTC One M9) Vs Winner of March 21 (BlackBerry Passport)
March 26-28 Winner of March 22 (BlackBerry Classic) Vs Winner of March 23 (OnePlus One)

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 24-26
(BlackBerry Passport)
Vs Winner of March 26-28
(OnePlus One)
Winner Announced April 1

 


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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