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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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posted on 24 Feb 2013, 12:58 1

1. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 20:46 3

15. medalaster01 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

BlackBerry Q10 really looks cheap....

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:07 13

2. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 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!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 14:26 7

5. Chakapack (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:29 3

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:13 3

3. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

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


posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:06 6

8. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

I still use my Nokia E72, and loving it

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:57 4

14. Chakapack (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I had a E63 and his keyboard was excellent

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:48 1

4. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 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...

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:56 2

10. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 14:30 1

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..

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:05 1

7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 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™®©

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 16:15 1

11. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 16:17 4

12. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 17:13 1

13. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 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 target...business 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.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 20:50

16. mahmoodh (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 00:03 1

17. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

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