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Reader’s choice smartphone – Mobile Madness 2015: The Winner is…

by Roy Choi | April 1, 2015April 1, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

After rounds and rounds of head to head match ups we’re finally ready to announce this year’s reader’s choice for Mobile Madness: The BlackBerry Passport.

The Passport beat out the Motorola Droid Turbo, Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M9 and finally the One Plus One in this year’s tournament style poll.  While the Passport may not be on the minds of most buyers when shopping flagship devices, maybe it should be. Yes the design is bizarre and it feels so weird in your pocket, but then again so do most phablets. BlackBerry historically makes solid, durable hardware and the Passport does not disappoint in that respect. The 4.5-inch display is a bit small compared to other flagships but sports a stunning 1440 x 1440-pixel resolution display.

The theory behind the square display is to make room for more lines of text, which means better viewing for spreadsheets, presentations and docs which means less scrolling and in turn less finger fatigue, remember “BlackBerry Thumb.”

The Passport for all its weird, yet practical designs still has some decent specs: 3GB of RAM, Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 32 GB of storage (upgradeable up to 128 GB via microSD) 13-megapixel shooter and 2-megapixel front cam all paired with a 3,450mAh battery.

It has a physical keyboard, something I sometimes miss using Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices, but the keyboard also doubles as a trackpad. With BlackBerry 10, you also have the ability to sideload Android apps. So complaining about not enough apps is moot, there is a solution for that.

BlackBerry fans really showed up to vote, again, for this year’s Mobile Madness and you can’t blame them for it.  But like we stated earlier in the tournament, there is not a single bad flagship of the 17 phones we had selected for this year’s Mobile Madness. A word of advice for anyone looking to buy a new phone, go to your local electronics or carrier store and just play with the phones, all the phones, regardless of your preconceived notions (in favor or against). You’ll gain an appreciation for each device and operating system.

Thanks for voting! We hope you had fun following along. Congratulations to the BlackBerry Passport!

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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...