We here at N4BB pride ourselves in a few things. One of those is the close knit family we have amongst our writers and editors. The other is how strongly passionate we are about BlackBerry products and services. We spend tons of time throughout the week in our BBM group discussing all things BlackBerry, as well as generally getting to know each other and supporting one another in all our personal lives.

With the latest announcement of the two latest phones coming from BlackBerry, we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about how exciting it is to have some new gadgets to play with pretty soon. If you ask Lucas, James, Niko, Stefany, JT, or any of the other staff here what I think about the new phones, any of them will very quickly tell you that I think the Passport is a hideous phone.

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Now before you guys start to flood the comments with all sorts of delicious vitriol on how I’ve betrayed BlackBerry and how I’m wishing doom and gloom on the company, allow me a minute to defend myself.

I mean look at it. It’s square! Not technically a square, but the screen is square and it looks all disproportionate and sideways. When I first saw the leaked prototype photos, I had to look away in disgust because it just looked so weird and ugly. I know I’m not the only one who’s thought that, so don’t pretend you backed it from the beginning.

It made me think of those cheap phones you would get with a pay-as-you-go provider that is somewhere between a feature phone and a smart phone. My first impression was not great.

Well now that we’ve got an official look and its design is pretty much finalized… Ok I still think it’s kinda ugly.

But here’s the thing: I really hope I’m wrong. I saw the video of Chen with the phone in his hand, and it doesn’t look as awkward and clunky as I originally thought. I read how the touch capictive keyboard is going to work, and wow that sounds stinking amazing. Down right revolutionary. While I still think the phone design overall is… not my most favorite… of BlackBerry designs, I will say that I’m slowly starting to turn around.

You may be wondering what the point of this editorial is. Why did I choose to write about how I don’t like a phone that BlackBerry is releasing? There’s no doubt a group of you who are fired up that I would post something that sounds so anti-BlackBerry. Well fear not, fair reader. I still bleed BlackBerry. Let’s not forget you’re reading an article from a former member of BlackBerry Elite, a group of die hard fans of the highest pedigree. If you ask any of my friends and family outside of the BlackBerry community to describe me, I guarantee one of the first things they’ll say is, “That guy is OBSESSED with BlackBerry.” So please, don’t for a second think that I’ve turned my cloak or given up on the company or its products.

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That being said, I really hope I’m wrong about the BlackBerry Passport. While I was adamant in my opinion of it when I first saw it, I think it’s slowly starting to draw me in. Only time will tell. I’ll have the phone in my hands before you know it, and that will be the true test on what kind of device it is. Thankfully, I trust BlackBerry to release great devices.