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Is the BlackBerry Passport right for you?

- November 3rd, 2014

So if you’ve seen the BlackBerry Passport, which launched back in September, the one thing that probably sticks out to you is the size.

An almost square device, the phone looks like it would be a monster to carry around. And, frankly, the demonstration that it was roughly the same size as a passport didn’t placate me as passports aren’t that small either.

John Chen holds a Canadian passport over top of a BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen shows a Canadian passport along with the Passport smartphone during an official launch event in Toronto, Sept. 24, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris

At the launch, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and company showed that the Passport could easily fit in the inside pocket of a blazer. But I’m not a Bay Street businessman who wears a suit to work every day. I generally wear a golf shirt and pants and so it seemed that it would be considerably more uncomfortable to carry the Passport around.

Or at least, that’s what I thought. In fact, it fits reasonably well into the front pocket in my pants. Jeans could be an issue, but most men’s pants have big enough pockets.

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Review: LG G3 smartphone

- August 6th, 2014

If you’re looking to upgrade to a premium smartphone, you can’t do much better than LG’s latest offering, the G3.

Released in North America on Aug. 1, the LG G3 is a lightweight, slim and sleek device that can satisfy even the most hardcore smartphone user. Taking its design cue from the LG G2, the G3′s only physical buttons (power and volume controls) are on the back of the device, leaving the front of the device almost entirely free for the touchscreen.

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Review: HTC One (M8)

- April 21st, 2014

Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)

But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.

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Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

- March 31st, 2014

Before trying out the Idol X, I had never used an Alcatel OneTouch phone before.  In fact, I knew very little about the phones and TCL, the company that makes them.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a phone of a less recognizable brand than say, a Samsung, LG or HTC product.

But the Idol X makes quite an impression.

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A closer look at the BlackBerry Q10

- August 20th, 2013
BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10. (Supplied)

Now, I’m sure many of you hardcore BlackBerry fans have already ran out and bought the Q10. Having a smartphone with a physical keyboard is the main reason most BlackBerry fans have stuck with the company formerly known as Research in Motion over the years, even as Android and Apple phones took over the market.

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