BlackBerry Q10 hands-on

BlackBerry Q10 hands-on
We managed to get some hands-on time up close and personal yet again with the BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY-laden handset that is running the newest BlackBerry 10 mobile OS.

As a reminder the Q10 sports a 3.1 Super AMOLED display with the square 720x720 pixels of resolution and is powered by a dual-core processor, laden with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a memory card.

We can reconfirm that it is a very well-built device, with a compact chassis that leaves you with a solid feel in the hand, and the grip is further aided by the soft touch plastic on the back. The handset exudes an overall premium feel with very responsive buttons and deep key travel on the physical QWERTY keyboard - something we've come to expect from this BlackBerry form factor, and the Q10 doesn't disappoint.

The screen is excellent, with very high 360ppi pixel density, and the typical for AMOLED deep blacks and excellent viewing angles, alongside somewhat oversaturated, jolly colors.

When it comes to BlackBerry 10, well, we have to hand it to the Canadians for producing a visually appealing, yet simple and functional interface, which we can affirm is being navigated on the Q10 without lag or stuttering, hinting at a pretty optimized for the processing power code. 

Add to these the modern 8MP camera capable of Full HD video, and BlackBerry is back with a bang in its most popular form factor, we just have to wait the spring for its retail version to it shelves here in the US. In the meantime, feast your eyes on our Q10 hands-on photos and hit the slideshow below.

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  • Display 3.1" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(13.5h 3G talk time)



1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

it is so goood that when it falls on road it breaks ...

15. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

BlackBerry Q10 really looks cheap....

2. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

This is the one that's gonna sell, I know too many people waiting for the release of Q10, Z10 is another story entirely, i dont think it offers anything different from Android and IOS, Blackberry fans love their qwerty hardware controls for bbm, me including!

5. Chakapack

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

+1 QWERTY keyboard is very good and this phone with BB 10 and that resolution will be good!

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The biggest problem for RIM/BB is the slow release cycle. June is too late. Everyone else has done their releases and most will have been shipping for a couple of months or so. Day late and a dollar short.

3. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

BB will not make it. Sorry guys. Qwerty died a long time ago. RIP BB.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I still use my Nokia E72, and loving it ™®©

14. Chakapack

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I had a E63 and his keyboard was excellent

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Is it me or does BB10 look even more similar to BB7 in the Q10s screen. If you ask me this is a radical overhaul BB need to survive...

10. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its you alone...there is absolutely no similarities between bb7 and bb10.....I own the 9900 and so patiently waiting for the Q10

6. papss unregistered

this should have came first IMO for BB. it may be little too late though... seems Apple and WP are getting the contracts for businesses..


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where is Nicolas Oliver and pikapowerize ,bad news for Nicolas, even tho BB10 @ WP8 will be failing, no matter what they remain in rejects, while Android and iOS dominates™®©

11. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I like the Q10 and think it will be successful. But it won't be 2005-2006 successful. I love the portrait qwerty form factor. I wish they would have went with a 3.5 inch screen. I would buy a Q10.

12. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Looks beautiful as far as design.. But once you go android it's very hard to turn away.

13. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I agree that BB should have run with the Q10 first. First, hardcore BB users love/miss their keyboards (I hear from these people almost daily). Second, there's far less competition for a keyboard device. To date, these Android devices seemed ideal for the under-25 set. When was the last higher-end QWERTY Android released? Look, BB's going to have to pick a market niche because it can't be Samsung by offering dozens of products. Rather, it will have to be a niche producer and customers/users (what a surprise). For these customers, BB just has to be good enough: a reliable, competent business communication tool. Certainly, it will likely lose to BYOD houses, which will likely reflect Android and iOS's market dominance. (I still don't understand why anyone would select iOS if working with MS Office since the iPhone's stock repertoire lacks a file management system and can only attach photos or video to email.) Anyway, it seems clear to me what BB's survival tactics must be.

16. mahmoodh

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Do we need the BlackBerry Internet Service for accessing online features? or is it required only BBM?


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

thank god a 3.5 at the top looks very promising!!

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