BlackBerry Q10 Review
BlackBerry released its first BlackBerry 10 device earlier this year once its Z10 was made available across a number of U.S. carriers, but hardcore BlackBerry fans had to seriously consider whether or not they really wanted to pick it up since it didn’t have a physical keyboard. Sure – the BlackBerry Z10 does have a 4.2-inch touchscreen, but BlackBerry owners know it’s all about the QWERTY keyboard, which is why the release of the Q10 is probably a bit more anticipated than the Z10 was. We were able to get our hands on the BlackBerry Q10 earlier this year when BlackBerry announced both it and the Z10 would launch the BlackBerry 10 platform, and at the time we were impressed with how well the QWERTY keyboard performed through our limited time with the device.
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The BlackBerry Q10 will soon be made available in the U.S., which means it’s about time we get our hands on the device and put it through its paces to let you know whether or not you should pick it up when it’s made available on your preferred carrier. So without further ado, let’s get into the BlackBerry Q10. BlackBerry Q10 Specs Display: 720 x 720 (330 PPI) Display Size: 3.1” Display Type: Super AMOLED Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor RAM: 2GB Storage: 16GB Flash MicroSD: Yes > Up to 32GB Battery Capacity: 2100mAh Rear-Facing Camera: 8MP Front-Facing Camera: 2MP Weight: 139g Dimensions: 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 Official specs can be found on BlackBerry.com Context We all use our cell phones differently, so we feel it’s important to describe how we tend to use our cell phones on a regular basis. I pretty much am connected to the hip with my cell phone as I perform a wide variety of activities which mostly include checking and responding to emails, chatting through instant messaging, communicate on various social networks and listen to music. There are other miscellaneous activities I perform throughout my day, such as playing games, but these are the ones that I tend to do on a more regular basis. I rely on my cell phone heavily in order to communicate with others for business and my own personal life, so I know how important it is to choose the right device depending on what you’d like to do with it.
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I currently carry around both an iPhone 5 and HTC One as I always like to have both an iOS and Android device on hand since they’re currently both the leading mobile platforms, but I do dabble in Windows Phone 8 every so often. One last thing I’d like to share is my first cell phone was a BlackBerry device, the BlackBerry 8700g to be exact. Industrial Design BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review BlackBerry Q10 Review The main focus of the BlackBerry Z10 was its 4.2-inch screen, and while the Q10 features a nicely sized 3.1-inch display, the main focus here is its QWERTY keyboard, which we’ll get into shortly in our review. First, we’ll take a look at the overall design of the Q10. The area you’re going to look at first and probably the most is the front of the BlackBerry Q10, which has a lot going on in addition to its 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display. Surrounding the screen is a thin bezel on the bottom and sides, while above the screen is where you’ll find a BlackBerry logo, front-facing camera and its speaker. Below the screen is the piece de resistance: the QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard on the BlackBerry Q10 has a thin piece of silver separating each letter row, which when combined with the silver symbols on each key, really gives it a nice, premium look.
Each key of the Q10’s keyboard is black with white symbols and has a slight groove to offer a better feel when typing with your thumbs. I admit it’s been a couple of years since I used a mobile device with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but after using the Q10 for a while, I became very comfortable with it and could see myself typing away on it for hours. The top of the BlackBerry Q10 is where you’ll find the devices power button and 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom houses its microphone and speakerphone. The Q10’s volume rocker, which includes a mute button in the middle, can be found on the right side of the device, the left side is where you’ll find its microHDMI and microUSB ports. The back of the BlackBerry Q10 doesn’t have the Z10’s textured rubberized material, and instead has a glass weave finish which provides a nice amount of grip when holding the device in your hand.
The glass weave allows for the Q10 to slide a bit, but it also grips onto your hand when the device is being held giving it a nice contrast which feels a lot better than rubber. The top-left corner portion of the Q10 is where you’ll find its 8MP camera along with its single flash, and just below it is a single strip of metal which travels to the sides of the device.: