BlackBerry Q10 review: Typical BlackBerry smartphone
Although it was launched alongside the BlackBerry Z10 (and the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 OS) back in January, the BlackBerry Q10 has taken a longer time to get to market. The Z10 was meant to attract new customers to BlackBerry and was given to journalists attending the launch event, so reviews quickly followed. But even if the Q10 has only recently hit the market to become available both from all major operators and SIM free, its task seems to be just as crucial for BlackBerry's future as it has to keep the loyal customers close to the brand.
The Q10 is actually the first BB10-powered device to pack the BlackBerry traditional QWERTY keyboard and a pretty large touch-enabled display.
What is in the box:
- The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone
- A 2100mAh battery
- Wall charger with detachable microUSB cable
- Stereo headsets
- User guides and warranty
The Q10 is a real BlackBerry phone, featuring the traditional BB form-factor and a portrait-style physical QWERTY keyboard which looks simply great and aims at an existing niche that will definitely welcome it. However, the presence of a QWERTY keyboard means a smaller screen, which will probably make the phone rather inappropriate for a decent web and multimedia experience.
The BlackBerry Q10 looks great and won't disappoint the QWERTY fans, being also compact and providing good grip in the hand with materials (mostly plastic) that are pleasant to the touch. The BlackBerry Q10's 3.1-inch screen is rather small by today's standards, but is still touch-sensitive and high-quality with a 1:1 aspect ratio and a decent resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 330 ppi.
Being a Super AMOLED screen, good contrast and viewing angles are guaranteed, although outdoor visibility could have been better.
The back side of the phone houses the 8-megapixel camera lens and the LED flash. Removing the cover we’ll see the hot-swappable microSD slot, micro SIM compartment and 2100mAh battery.