We all know BlackBerry for one thing and one thing only, their beautiful Qwerty keyboard. Today as more markets begin selling the Q10 i wanted to give you guys a review on the device. Its not a Z10 or an iPhone killer but it might be the best BlackBerry ever. Lets dive right in .
After the release of the Z10, BlackBerry is set to release worldwide their first Qwerty BlackBerry10 device dubbed the Q10. The iconic keyboard makes a furious comeback in a sleek , stylish and extremely powerful device. The company has placed a huge bet on the success of this device and we will see how it stacks up against the competition.
- Dimensions – 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm (4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 in)
- Weight-139 g (4.90 oz)
- 16GB Internal storage
- 3.1″Touch display
- 720 x 720 resolution, 330ppi
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Cameree
- 4GLTE Ready
- QWERTY keyboard & touch screen
- Up to 14.4 days* standby time (3G)
- 1080p HD video recording
- Up to 13.5 hours talk time (3G)
- 2100MAH battery
- BlackBerry 10.1 operating system
The Q10 is a true BlackBerry from the absolute gorgeous design to the most comfortable keyboard on a modern smartphone. I never thought I would see a larger keyboard than the 9900 but to my surprise the Q10 has larger keys (30 percent larger according to BlackBerry)that are laid out in a straight line form. This is achieved by removing the very familiar navigation bar and trackpad. The back of the device is a beautiful glass weave that is a new material exclusive to BlackBerry. The device is wrapped around a beautiful black metal that aside from being scratch resistant it gives it a very luxurious look. On the back side there is a metal band that Is placed very thoughtfully to raise the phone when you place it down and avoid scratching the lens of the camera. Every aspect of this device is extremely thought out and in terms of pure design BlackBerry hit a homerun.
The Q10 sports a beefed up 2100mah battery that promises a healthy full day of charge. To compliment the large battery BlackBerry has taken advantage of the OLED screen and has created a dark theme. The dark theme than can be found in the BBM, Calendar, contacts and various other applications is not only cool but extremely practical. I put the device through vigorous use and I m happy to report this is one impressive battery performance. If you weren’t happy with the Z10 battery you will be very happy with the Q10.
One thing that sometimes eludes these reviews is how productive you can be with your device. BlackBerry knows that their customer is a busy individual that is always on the move. The Q10 is one of the most productive devices I have ever had the pleasure of using. The Instant Actions allow you to “type and go” and complete tasks in a minimal amount of time. I can start typing ” tweet” type my message and press send and bam the tweet has been posted.
The presence of a keyboard saves a lot of time as you can start typing at any time thus saving you time of opening an application and having to bring up the keyboard. Typing emails, texts, or BBM’s is a breeze, a feeling extremely familiar with Bold 9900 users. This is BlackBerry’s bread and butter.
So here is the same old question, tool or toy?. The smaller screen is not ideal for watching movies and doing heavy intense media stuff. To BlackBerry’s credit they have gone above and beyond to make sure that if you have some down time, the Q10 will also be fun to use. From listening to music or watching YouTube videos or playing really high intensity games like Need For Speed. Games like Angry Birds are available and are easy to play on the Q10’s smaller screen. Browsing through BlackBerry World’s game section Q10 owners will be extremely satisfied.
After spending some time with the Q10 I feel that BlackBerry took all the initial negative feedback and made the necessary adjustments. Everything from better email experience to being able to copy and paste phone numbers to the call screen. BlackBerry 10.1 brings a fury of new improvements especially on the notifications side where now you can have custom notifications for each contact. This was an issue for a lot of Z10 users who had been spoiled but the amazing notifications on BB7. Talking about BB7 you now have the ability to PIN message your buddies like you could In older devices.
For those of you who use BBM as a social network you ll be happy to know that now you can actually just “like” a picture like you do on Facebook. Nothing incredible here but definitely a nice touch. Last but not least BlackBerry has added a very cool HDR mode to improve on an already impressive camera.
Skype on the Q10
When I first received the device I was very happy to see Skype pre-loaded. Unfortunately that was it. Most of the applications that already existed on the Z10 were no where to be found. I was extremely disappointed to be honest but I was hoping that upon release we would see an influx of apps and boy was I right. Most apps are now available including Skype, WhatsApp, Blaq, BlackBerry travel, The Score, ScoreCenter, Kayak, Maxim, Untapped, GasBuddy, HHS, Flixter, MLB at Bat ,and NHL GameCenter just to name a few. BlackBerry World is growing fast for both Z10 and Q10 so check frequently as more more apps become available.
I really wanted to spend a little more time on this FANTASTIC keyboard. If you have ever been a fan of Qwerty devices this is your dream. The operating system compliments the use of keyboard which is something I honestly didn’t expect. Combining the larger keys on the Q10 with a very fast OS has been a breeze to type and use this device as my main driver. I can’t wait to read the reaction of BlackBerry users who purchase a Q10. Below you can see a comparing video between the older Qwerty BB7 devices and the Q10.
- Battery Life
- Dark theme
- Smaller Screen
A lot of people are way passed the full keyboard device. Most people want a large 4 to 5 inch device that is extremely media friendly. The Q10 unfortunately is not a device for those people. This is a device build specifically for the people who want a pure communication device with no compromise. The operating system is fluid beautiful fast and is only on its first generation. For the first time you can have a full Qwerty device with out having to settle for a phone that can type a long email in seconds and at the same time play Angry Birds. I believe BlackBerry has done a phenomenal job with this device and like I said in my first impressions post , I have now officially switched to Q10 full time and I am not planning on a full touch screen any time soon.
Scoring of the BlackBerry Q10
- Speaker Quality
- Battery Life
- Operating System
The BlackBerry Q10 is a solid QWERTY offering for those who prefer the communication-focused BlackBerry 10 operating system with a physical keyboard. While the BlackBerry 10.2.1 operating system is not completely optimized for the Q10's screen aspect ratio and size, the Q10 represents the classic BlackBerry form factor with a much-needed operating system revamp. The missing "tool belt" might be a sticking point for many loyal BlackBerry users, but future software enhancements should make up for this lack of hardware input.