BlackBerry Q10 – The Review

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The BlackBerry Q10 is now available at Comm-Tech, offering full BlackBerry 10 functionality with the physical keyboard that BlackBerry users love. The latest device is a modern, efficient and functional business handset – read our full review to find out why!

Design & Keyboard

The BlackBerry Q10 feels sleek yet robust, with a redesign of the keyboard giving a much cleaner feel. Rather than the flimsy plastic rear cover seen on the Z10, the Q10 includes a premium-feel glass-weave battery cover, also helping to protect the handset in day-to-day use.

Of course, the standout feature of the latest BlackBerry handset is the full QWERTY keyboard. As well as this traditional BlackBerry feature that users are accustomed to, the intuitive predictive text facility seen on the Z10 is also present on the Q10 handset. The phone ‘learns’ common words as you type, allowing the user to swipe them up into their text or email.

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Screen

Whilst the screen is somewhat smaller than other smartphones on the market due to space taken up by the QWERTY keyboard, the 3.1 inch Super AMOLED display is vibrant and crisp. The screen has allowed darkening of the background of many apps, improving clarity from a number of viewing angles.

Performance

The Q10 features a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, like its BlackBerry 10 sibling, the Z10. These hardware specifications result in fast processing and apps and videos that are quick to download and open, along with efficient email and messaging.

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Software

The latest BlackBerry 10 operating system has been praised for its business focus, including security features, professional email and the ability to split work and leisure with BlackBerry Balance. However, this only applies if your company is running the latest BlackBerry 10 server software, as you will have to update from BES to take full advantage of all Q10 features.

Multitasking couldn’t be simpler with the Q10 – the main homescreen displays recently-used apps, whilst a swipe to the right reveals the BlackBerry Hub, a unified inbox comprising emails, texts, and social network notifications.

A feature called Instant Actions has also been added, enabling you to start typing ‘email’, ‘text’ or ‘BBM’ whilst in any app, to be taken to the relevant compose screen. The gesture-based navigation found on the Z10 is also effectively integrated into the Q10, with no need for a physical ‘home’ button. Whilst the app selection is not as varied as Apple or Android devices, Q10 handsets do come pre-loaded with a host of useful apps, which somewhat makes up for this.

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Camera

The Q10 comes with an 8MP rear camera, which performs well in natural light, despite being a little less impressive in dim lighting (like many other smartphones). Timeshift features allow the best photo from a series of stills to be selected, and the front-facing 2MP camera rounds off the Q10 camera ability well.

Battery & Memory

Along with the QWERTY keyboard, the battery life of the Q10 also stands a cut above many rivals. Its 2,100mAH battery is claimed to offer up to 10 hours of continuous talk time, however this could be an underestimation of its performance capabilities, with much more impressive battery performance indicated in some tests. The handset also has 16GB flash storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB by microSD cards.

Overall

Overall, the BlackBerry Q10 has cemented its position as a high-performing business handset – particularly for physical keyboard devotees. It also has an excellent battery life, and plenty of storage. Whilst the smaller screen may not be ideal for all users, particularly with the current trend of large displays, it is certainly worth considering as a business handset, providing you are willing to upgrade from BES technology to gain all the benefits.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of BlackBerry 10 for your business, please leave your details below and a member of our team will be in touch.

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