The keyboard Blackberry is back and Q10, RIM’s latest entrant with its new OS looks like a good phone. The Q10 meshes up Blackberry’s brand new OS alongside features of Z10 and is the perfect solution for die-hard fans of Blackberry. Whether there is a need for a phone like this is something only time can tell.
Looks: The front is modern and classy but the back hampers the feel. The company says that the back is made out of weaved glass, giving it a carbon fiber look and comparable durability. Not bad a material to use but what it does to the experience is what makes it unworthy.
Hardware: Though different in looks, Q10 copies its predecessor Z10 as far as processor, storage and camera is concerned. The 1.5GHz dualcore Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage is ditto that of Z10. The phone also is aided by Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC. It also studs a microHDMI port. Screen Size though is where it differentiates from Z10. While Z10 sports a 4.2-inch 1280*768 display, this one has a smaller 3.1-inch display with a 720 x 720 resolution.
Camera: The BlackBerry Q10 flashes similar camera as that of Z10. The rear facing is 8MP with single LED flash and front facing lens is 2MP. An awesome feature which the camera of Q10 boasts is the HDR mode. HDR can enhance photos – especially the ones taken in variable lighting or large areas of shadow.
Battery Life: The Q10 stocks a 2,100 mAH pack which looks like enough especially because of the small screen size. The company quotes 13.5 hours of 3g talk time or up to 14.8 hours of 3G standby and upto 60hrs of music playback. Overall the battery life looks like quite impressive.
Querty Keyboard: Finally Blackberry gets back to what it does best and delivers an awesome type pad again. It’s a winner on the phone. One hand is more than enough and the fear of typing gibberish on touch phones is non-existent. Use two-hands and the experience turns even better, making you remember the Bold days, and taking the accuracy to an even higher level.
Verdict: The phone is good but the bigger question is whether there is a need for a phone like this in the very infatuated touch phone market. What works in its favor though is that there is very little choice when it comes to having a phone with a touch and a physical keyboard. Overall looks like this one is for the old schoolers and the modern ones would still prefer their android or iOS devices and if one is a blackberry fanatic, would go for the Z10.
- BlackBerry Q10 review: revenge of the keyboard (pawprintcooper.com)
- Blackberry Q10, the BB10 smartphone, up for pre-order in India (igeekzz.wordpress.com)