Last month, we reviewed the Blackberry Z10, it was their first ever touchscreen only smartphone aimed at the business user and/or dedicated Blackberry fans. Overall, we thought that it was a decent smartphone that could complete against the Apple iPhone, and various other Android smartphones.
There were some minor bugs with their BB OS10, but was expected and will require some months for the OS to mature. The other thing that Blackberry needed to beef-up, is their apps store … the limited number of apps will be another big concern and I’m sure they are working on this right now.
Moving on … Blackberry has always set themselves apart when it comes to their smartphones. They are renowned to produce great smartphones designed for the business user. Most of their previous and current models included a built-in QWERTY keyboard that was perfect for emails, texting and SMS. If there was one thing that Blackberry did well … it was that!
Thanks to Blackberry, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Blackberry Q10 smartphone … the successor of the Bold 9900. It’s aimed at the business user, and will be Blackberry’s top-of-the-line smartphone that has a full built-in QWERTY keyboard.
Just like the Z10, the Q10 runs on Blackberry’s latest OS10 and comes with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 dual-core processor running at 1.5 GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, but has a 3.1″ inch Super AMOLED touchscreen instead, offering 720 x 720 resolution at 330 PPI. It also has the same 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p recording and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera (720p recording). For connectivity, there’s a USB 2.0 high speed port, Micro HDMI port, and a removable micro SD memory card slot found inside the phone (Up to 32 GB).
I have a feeling that the Blackberry Q10 may not be, what users of the original Blackberry Bold want. Looks can be deceiving, and I think the part-touchscreen and part-keyboard feature can be very confusing to use for most people. But who am I to say? …
I’ll be giving the Blackberry Q10 a couple days of continuous usage to find out what it has to offer. There are serveral questiosn on my mind … Will the full QWERTY keyboard be a help or a hinderance? Can it compete as a top-of-the-line smartphone for the business user? Let’s find out …