Allow me to introduce you to Stefan Schulte-Strathaus, a Customer Support Manager based in Germany. Schulte-Strathaus works in the IT industry for a leading software systems and database management company.
Schulte-Strathaus has been blown away by his BlackBerry Passport experience thus far and says it’s getting “more and more perfect” as he uses the device to keep up with clients in his home office or on-the-go.
Watts: What caught your eye about the BlackBerry Passport?
Schulte-Strathaus: I thought it would be a good device to have because I’m always traveling, and need to be constantly connected to my colleagues and staff. I also love the BlackBerry 10 OS and the Hub.
But aside from the great messaging features, I need a physical keyboard to support my working needs. The Z10, Q10, and Z30 were all great devices, but nothing beats a physical keyboard. And I enjoy having a bigger screen to view all of the web pages I need to read.
The BlackBerry Passport is just brilliant. It’s perfect.
Watts: How does this ‘perfectly brilliant’ BlackBerry Passport fit into your line of work?
Schulte-Strathaus: First of all, the battery life is awesome. I don’t have to worry about finding a socket somewhere to keep it charged, which is very useful when you work with clients all around the globe in various time zones that need immediate responses. I’m constantly traveling, but I still need to be accessible. I can also rely on the BlackBerry Hub to get all of my messages and always be available.
Recently, I had a very busy week traveling between London and Barcelona. I carried out the majority of my work using the BlackBerry Passport to schedule a series of conference calls and meetings. I was able to effectively stay in contact with many people via email and phone calls.
Having all of those key functions available in one device, without worrying about the battery life, increased my ability to respond and act faster than I have with any other device I’ve used.
Watts: Sounds like the Up to 30-hour battery life has been handy for your job?
Schulte-Strathaus: Again, the battery life is just great. I took it off the charger Monday at 6 a.m. and by 7 a.m. Wednesday, I still had 28% battery. It was a bit weird that during those two days I didn’t spend a minute thinking it had to be charged. No wasted brain power on frivolous things. My wife has an iPhone, and it’s permanently on the charger.
The calendar app works perfectly with (Microsoft) Exchange. OmniFocus, a task management app, will be my next project to get working with BlackBerry Passport as I usually rely on my laptop to get things done. I’ve also loved how my Android apps have executed flawlessly and run much faster than on my Z30.
Watts: How have you enjoyed the other core experiences?
Schulte-Strathaus: I had some challenges with typing on the keyboard at first, but I’m used to it now and have gotten faster. I’m able to respond to a lot more emails, and it’s much easier to communicate. I appreciate the ability to be more productive without being tied to a desk.
With the BlackBerry Passport I can check an email, easily review any attachments or supporting information based on the quality and size of the screen, then respond to it in a timely manner.
Watts: I can tell you’re really enjoying the device. How would you rate the BlackBerry Passport?
Schulte-Strathaus: Definitely a 10. I’ve had it for three weeks now, and it’s getting more and more perfect.
Watts: Great! What reactions has your BlackBerry Passport received from peers, colleagues, friends, etc.?
Schulte-Strathaus: People are pretty interested in it. I have two Canadian colleagues who currently use iPhone or Windows, but I think they’ll switch pretty soon after seeing my BlackBerry Passport. Just the other day I was in a meeting with over 60 colleagues, who mostly have iPhones, and when I took it out they gave it a weird look. But I passed it around for all of them to play with a bit, and they asked a lot of questions. The feedback I received was positive.
Watts: Thanks for chatting with me today, Stefan. Continue enjoying your “brilliantly perfect” BlackBerry Passport!