BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s Passport is now in the top 5 phones of popular phones site PhoneDog, Cam Bunton said in a video update from the site.
The entry of the curiously-designed smartphone from BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to the PhoneDog top 5 smartphones mark its popularity as the list is made from votes of readers of the site.
“There’s a lot to like about it even though it hasn’t been designed specifically with the average consumer in mind. And what excites me the most is the new physical keyboard,” Bunton said.
He noted that the keyboard of the new BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) passport is “a big, chunky, easy-to-type-on, fantastic physical set of buttons” yet it also comes with touch-sensitive technologies that makes it capable of doing other functions.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) launched the BlackBerry Passport in September. It has already garnered accolades like being the most popular phone among readers of The Verge as well as becoming the biggest selling phone on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s website shortly after it was made available.
John Chen, CEO of the Canadian handsets maker said shortly after the phone’s launch that 200,000 units of the smartphone have already been ordered by people from around the world.
Meanwhile, Bunton said that the screen of the BlackBerry Passport gives it an advantage over other smartphones out in the market because it makes it easier for people to read emails, websites and other text-based material.
He added that though the BlackBerry OS is not the best in terms of native applications available, the Passport makes up for it because of its interesting design. He even predicted that based on the way the new smartphone is trending on the site’s list, it is going to the top spot.
Fourth on the people’s choice list of the site is the LG G3. Next is the iPhone 6 from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Clinching the second spot is the iPhone 6 Plus. Winning the top place is the HTC One M8.
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings is a big investor in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). The Canadian firm reported owning about 46.65 million shares in BlackBerry by the end of the second quarter of the year. This stake makes up 32.67% of the firm’s whole portfolio and was valued at the time the firm reported the stake at about $477.77 million.