BlackBerry Q10

RIM has unveiled the BlackBerry Q10, which keeps the company's iconic physical keyboard but runs the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 software.


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Along with the new BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen device, RIM also unveiled the BlackBerry Q10. CNET was on hand at the event and previewed both handsets.

Shaped more closely to the BlackBerry Bold line of handsets, which enjoyed a great deal of popularity among the ranks of the "crackberry" faithful, the Q10 boasts a hardware keyboard and powerful mobile components.

On the inside, the device features the same revamped parts you'll find on the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10. This includes a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. In our hands, the phone felt fast and responsive, almost like a mini PlayBook tablet.

The keyboard will feel familiar to old BlackBerry hands. It sports similar sculpted edges and frets that the BlackBerry Bold phones use. The key layout is straight rather than curved, though, perhaps to emulate its Z10 sibling. To make room for the keyboard, the screen is smaller, measuring 3.1 inches. It is an AMOLED display, however, so colours looked saturated and blacks dark.

The Q10 flaunts a fancier design as well, with an all-glass back plate, which has been reinforced by a resin weave for extra durability. Even though BlackBerry makes the claim that the Q10's soft-textured back is a more premium design touch, it felt a bit on the cheap side, perhaps because of the light weight of the handset overall.

We do like the speed of the camera, which snapped images almost instantly and locked on to subjects quickly. We would also love to take the TimeShift feature for a spin. Of course, like the Z10, it didn't appear that other shooting modes were available, such as HDR or ISO settings.

Another bright point is that the Q10 boasts a bigger 2100mAh battery, compared with the Z10's 1800mAh power unit. Interested? Stay tuned for a full review when we get undivided access to RIM's latest keyboard product.

Via CNET.com



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LiamD2 posted a review   

The Good:physical qwerty keyboard, updated blackberry OS

The Bad:not as many apps offered on blackberry store as android or IOS

As soon as the Blackberry Q10 was released, I went into Optus to have a look at it. It doesn't seem that appealing to me because of its small screen size. If I was going to get a blackberry smartphone, which I wouldn't for their mediocre reviews, I would probably get the Blackberry Z10.

I think Blackberry is trying to catch up with Android and IPhone because both android and iPhone are very popular and I think Blackberry just wants to catch up with the competition.

As they say, there is always a lemon in everything, and well, I just think the Blackberry Q10 is that lemon!

 

AlexV1 posted a comment   
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I miss not having a physical qwerty!!! Come back to me blackberry!

 

somedude. posted a comment   
Australia

I know that they want an all touch experience with the bb10 phones, but they should have kept the trackpad. especially on the Q10. since I currently have the bold 9900. I use the trackpad more the touch screen,\

hopefully they make a slide phone so that we can have both the keyboard and the big screen :) .




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  • LiamD2

    LiamD2

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    "As soon as the Blackberry Q10 was released, I went into Optus to have a look at it. It doesn't seem that appealing to me because of its small screen size. If I was going to get a blackberry smartph..."

  • AlexV1

    AlexV1

    "I miss not having a physical qwerty!!! Come back to me blackberry!"

  • somedude.

    somedude.

    "I know that they want an all touch experience with the bb10 phones, but they should have kept the trackpad. especially on the Q10. since I currently have the bold 9900. I use the trackpad more the ..."

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