I was contacted by Telus as one of ten people selected in Canada to receive a free BlackBerry Q10 to review and be part of the #10BestofBBQ10 team. I was one of the early adopters of BlackBerry. I had one of their original models that looked like a pager (with a qwerty keyboard) then upgraded to the BlackBerry 957 which I had for a while (nice big screen).
Overtime, as I upgraded, I experienced the Curve, Pearl, Tour, Bold, Torch, etc. My favorite has been the Bold. Prior to receiving my free Q10 from Telus I was a Bold 9900 user and quite happy with it.
Certainly the lack of features and apps on the BlackBerry has been very dissapointing, however, the QWERTY keyboard has always been the main reason I have been a diehard BlackBerry user.
Being in the IT field and dealing with hundreds of emails on a daily basis, the ability to type in quick emails/texts (with accuracy) is very important. I can one-hand a BlackBerry and type in emails without looking. Not sure if this is a skill worthy of going on my resume. 🙂
There was a lot of hype over the Z10 which I personally think is debatable. You can simply get an iPhone or an Android which are also entirely touchscreen. The apps on the droids and i-devices are far superior. However, the Q10 has that one critical requirement which has been neglected by many other smartphone manufacturers: the keyboard.
I own i-Devices which I do use – especially my iPad Mini which I really enjoy (due to iTunes apps, movies/shows, bigger screen for emails/web browsing, and many other features). The Q10 though is my current smartphone hub for phone calls, emails, text messages, and quick tweets.
Here are some specs regarding the Q10:
- Classic QWERTY Keyboard
- Light (only about 5mm taller than my Bold 9900)
- Removable 2100 mAh li-ion battery
- 3.1″ OLED Touchscreen
- Sharp colors and great contrast
- 720×720 16M colors
- 2G GSM/CDMA
- 3G HSDPA
- 4G LTE
- EV-DO, HSPA, LTE
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band
- WiFi HotSpot
- Bluetooth v4
- Up to 64GB microSD
- 16 GB internal
- 2GB RAM
- 8 Megapixel Camera (3264 x 2448)
- LED flash
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
The touchscreen navigation on the Q10 takes some getting used to with the swipe gestures (left to move, down to get settings, up to leave an app, etc). It is a bit of a shame they got rid of the menu and settings buttons. However when I stumbled upon a list of keyboard shortcuts I had renewed faith in the Q10.
KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS – View Shortcuts
- Make a call – Type “call contacts name” or “call phone number”
- Send an email – Type “email contacts name” or “email email address”
- Send a text message – Type “text contacts name” or “text phone number”
- Start a BBM chat – Type “BBM contacts name”
- Update your Facebook status – Type “Facebook status update”
- Post a tweet – Type “tweet tweet”
- Post a LinkedIn update – Type “LinkedIn status update”
- Add a note to BlackBerry Remember – Type “note note details”
- Add a task to BlackBerry Remember – Type “task task details”
- I like that the Q10 is basically the same size as the Bold 9900 (only about 5mm taller).
- The dual band WiFi (2.4 and 5 GHz) is a nice touch.
- The screen resolution/colors is fantastic (though I do enjoy larger screen sizes).
- It is great that they kept the removable battery.
- The keys on the keyboard have a nice feel to them and spacing seems really good.
- The camera timeshift is awesome. Take one photo (it actually takes many) and pick the best one.
- I feel the swipe is not sensitive enough and doesn’t always work with my thumb. This is quite annoying but I am hoping a software update will resolve this.
- They kept the same microUSB connection as the Bold 9900 so I could still use my investment in adapters and cables. Nothing is more annoying than having to get all new cables and adapters when manufacturers change the connections.
It is my opinion that if you don’t need a keyboard you should stick with an Android or iPhone. However, if you send a lot of emails/texts and like the keyboard then the Q10 is great.