Many of Blackberry fans love the company because of its typical physical-QWERTY keyboard phones, which have become the company’s signature over the years. With the company currently undergoing a transition between owners, BB aims to take back its loyal followers with its new phone – the Q10. The Q10 takes up a form-factor similar to phones that Blackberry had released in the past by integrating both touch and physical inputs. While touchscreens seem to be the catch of today’s smartphone world, there is still a healthy number of physical-QWERTY lovers who will love the Q10, something Blackberry will want to capitalize on.
As mentioned before, Q10 is more or less similar looking to the previous BB phones, especially the “Bold” models. The phone supports a nice display for most of the front and is definitely smooth to use. Under the screen is the phone’s main attraction-the sporty QWERTY keyboard. The screen and keyboard placement seems comfortable enough to use the touch and thumbs efficiently, for typing. The back of the phone is pretty simple, with only a camera and flashlight on the shiny body. While expected to be a generally large phone because of the dual nature, it still feels comfortable enough to hold and use. All in all, a well thought design that ensures a nice premium look.
The Q10 boasts the innovative Blackberry 10 OS, aimed towards social and business integration to ensure that you are up-to-date when on the go. BB 10 contains, by default, apps for business planning and management to help in document editing, financing, scheduling and timings. It also encompasses the all new Blackberry Hub that allows you to view content from your all networks at one place. Blackberry has also introduced its own version of video calling with screen share support as well as released their very own “Blackberry Maps”.
Hardware and Performance:
The LTE version of the phone runs on a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor clocked at 1.5GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, which enables smooth performance. The Adreno 225 GPU found in this version is powerful enough to handle most of today’s graphically advanced games. The non-LTE version is packed with Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 1.5GHz dual-core processor with the PowerVR SGX544 GPU, which should also enable the mobile phone to handle games and apps smoothly. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card. The phone has a 3.1″ touchscreen with an odd resolution of 720×720. This gives the device a stunning pixel density of 328 PPI; this makes the screen appear crisp and bright. The phone features standard connectivity options including Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, LTE and NFC. The device also includes an HDMI port to enable easy viewing on an HDTV. The Q10 has an 8MP Camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera can shoot video at 1080p. A 2MP Front Camera is also present. The phone boasts a 2100 mAh battery, which should be enough for a day’s usage.
Pricing and Availability
The phone is currently priced at around $99 on contract. It is available in most markets on all of the major carriers.
The BB Q10 is a good attempt by BlackBerry to reach the emerging markets in the world, though, a better price tag could have made it a huge success. All in all, the phone is a wonderful piece of technology and I would without hesitation recommend it to anyone looking for a device with a robust QWERTY keyboard and a built-in HDMI port.