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BlackBerry Q10 review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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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
BlackBerry
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
3.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Softpedia

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

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

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

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
BitBitByte

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


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Screen Size
3.1"

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

Processor
1.5 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
8+ MP

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

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

Storage
16 GB

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

Battery
2100mAh

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

Overview
Release date April 26, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
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
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
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 (Celluar) Up to: 575 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
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
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Blackberry
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
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
2+ megapixels
Zoom
3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (BlackBerry World, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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