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.
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.
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 (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)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.
Nokia Lumia 1020. (Supplied)
When I first heard about the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020, my jaw dropped. 41 megapixels? I mean that had to be a joke, right? Why would you ever need that many pixels in a photo taken by a cellphone unless you’re planning on taking wall-mural selfies? (And if you are, make sure it goes on a bathroom wall.)
Still, I was excited to try out the phone.
HTC One. (Supplied)
HTC needs a more creative marketing department. I understand the company wants to make it sound like its new phone, the HTC One, is the only you’ll ever need. But that philosophy doesn’t really work when it has already released a One X, a One S, the One X+ and so on. And, ultimately, in another year or so HTC will have another phone, it will want you to buy. It makes you wonder if the company can come up with different names.
If you’re looking for an iPhone 5, now might be a great time to consider one. As rumours of the iPhone 5S and even an iPhone mini continue to circulate, Canada’s three major telcos are offering lowering pricing on the iPhone 5 models with a term plan only, with prices on the 16GB models being made available for under $100 or even free for a refurbished unit with one provider.