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BlackBerry Q10 review

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BlackBerry Q10
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BlackBerry Q10

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The BlackBerry Q10 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Q10 is the first model running the new Blackberry 10 operating system to feature a full QWERTY keyboard. Built for loyal fans of the Blackberry typing experience, it mixes a comfortable hardware keyboard with refined gesture controls and an app based ecosystem.

As Jonathan Bray of PcPro points out, “The Q10 leaves no key hardware feature out, with Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and 4G all present and correct.” In fact, it managed to bridge the past with the present quite nicely for something designed like an old Blackberry.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sit well with those used to the full touch interface. Half of the device is keyboard, while the other half is a small square display, making this phone a bad bet for viewing multimedia content. However, for a keyboard addict, Tim Stevens from Engadget agrees that the Q10 is “unquestionably the best phone with a keyboard on the market.”

The Good: Awesome physical keyboard, ability to run apps.

The Bad: Small screen with bad aspect ratio, limited app selection compared to Android & Apple.

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2100 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


I’m convinced the Q10 should have been the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone launched on the market. It would have certainly stopped BlackBerry’s fans exodus to other platforms with the right marketing.I believe the Q10 is the spiritual successor of the traditional BlackBerry smartphone and...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 users...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends
Digital Trends

Even though it doesn’t have a giant display, the BlackBerry Q10 may prove more interesting to mainstream users than the Z10. After all, there are a million touchscreen smartphones in the world. There aren’t many phones with good physical keyboards (and the competition mainly consists of...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Pocket Gamer
Pocket Gamer

The Q10 is one of the only devices you're going to find these days with a keyboard. Pretty much every manufacturer using Android has given up.But don't assume this is because everyone else has given in to BlackBerry and its huge success, because it's more likely that most users have now found touchs...

- Jonathan Morris, Pocket Gamer

The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone. It’s small and very pocketable, features top notch hardware and a capable/promising OS. In terms of hardware alone, it’s a definite recommendation. As for software, it’s a bit more of an “approach with caution”. There are apps, sure....

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

BlackBerry Q10 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. BlackBerry's suggested retail price is $549.00. You can compare Q10 prices from around the web here on The Informr.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Q10 user manual here.

BlackBerry backs up the Q10 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Q10 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The BlackBerry Q10's screen size is 3.1 inches with 720 x 720 pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.2.1) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 296 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry Q10 Specs

Release Date April 26, 2013
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.2.1)

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Processor Qualcomm 8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
5x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Time Shift mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
Pixel Density 330 pixels
Size 3.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 296 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 575 minutes
Talk Time Up to 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to 14.8 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.7 x 1 cm (4.7 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Blackberry
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Wallpapers
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Viewable document types: XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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