BlackBerry caused waves in the world of mobile technology earlier this year when it finally launched its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system and announced its new Z10 touchscreen smartphone and Q10 QWERTY mobile alongside the software. The BlackBerry Z10 hit shelves not long after BlackBerry 10 was unleashed, but the Canadian manufacturer held off releasing the Q10. Until now that is.
The BlackBerry Q10 Safety Net
The main focus of the BlackBerry 10 launch centred upon the Z10 and the company’s shift towards the modern touchscreen device, however, many speculated that the Q10 was added to the line-up to act as a safety net in case the Z10 wasn’t as well received as BlackBerry hoped.
Design & display
The BlackBerry Q10’s design is in keeping with the traditional form factor boasted by previous Blackberrys, featuring a QWERTY keyboard nestled below a 3.1-inch super AMOLED touch display. The device is sturdy and feels like it could withstand a few knocks and bumps, and is comfortable in the hand. There are no menu keys or a trackpad on the Q10, so all navigation is conducted using the touch display and QWERTY keyboard.
The Q10’s battery life is impressive – the 2100mAh offering lasted over a day with one charge. The majority of recently released smartphones last only from morning to night before running out of juice, so the Q10 definitely beats them in this area. Its extra staying power is mainly due to the fact it only has a small display to power, in comparison to the touchscreen displays boasted by devices such as the BlackBerry Z10 and HTC One.
New features brought forth by BlackBerry 10 on the Q10 include the BlackBerry Hub, which collects together all messages, notification and calendar entries in one handy location. There’s also a File manager that can sync with users’ Box and Dropbox accounts for integrated cloud storage back-up.
The BlackBerry Q10 isn’t a massively revolutionary handset, although there is a place in the market for it. Those who already own an older BlackBerry such as the Curve 9320 or Bold 9900 and wish to stick with the QWERTY may be enticed into upgrading to the Q10. The extra benefits of the BB10 OS and the enhanced camera make it a more desirable option to other BlackBerry devices, especially for those not wanting to opt for the Z10’s full touchscreen option. Whether the Z10 or Q10 will come out on top remains to be seen, but we’d say these BlackBerry smartphones have some life in them yet.
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