Nearly two-thirds of former BlackBerry users hear the siren call from the BlackBerry Q10

Nearly two-thirds of former BlackBerry users hear the siren call from the BlackBerry Q10
Even before the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10 started to rollout late last month in Canada and the U.K., it seemed to be obvious that this was the model that would make or break BlackBerry 10. Even BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins seemed to come around to the idea that the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 was not the device that BlackBerry fans hungered for.

What made Heins' decision to release the BlackBerry Z10 first a possibly fatal error, is that once again the company was demonstrating nothing more than a "me-too" reaction to the large number of touch screen Android and Apple iPhone models that were stealing enterprise business away from BlackBerry, especially in the BYOD niche of that market. Instead of playing to its strengths and offering a model with the physical QWERTY keyboard that the company is known for, the Canadian manufacturer ended up trying to compete in a game it just cannot win. Instead, had it released the Q10 first, it could have differentiated itself from the pack.

Hopefully for the company, it is not too late as pent up demand for the BlackBerry Q10 helped drive strong sales in Canada and the U.K. With T-Mobile making a last second U-turn and deciding to offer the device when it launches in the U.S., there must be something that the carrier's executives saw that made them decide to offer the device.

Meanwhile, a poll taken of 1300 people at this past week's BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando found that 64% of those former BlackBerry users who switched to the Apple iPhone or an Android handset, are tempted by the BlackBerry Q10 to return to the platform. Of over 1200 current BlackBerry users, 76% of them said that the BlackBerry Q10 is enough to keep them loyal to the platform.

The two poll results should put a smile on Thorsten Heins' face this weekend even if he sits back to ponder whether or not he made a mistake by launching the BlackBerry Z10 first.

Poll results show strong demand for the BlackBerry Q10
Poll results show strong demand for the BlackBerry Q10

Poll results show strong demand for the BlackBerry Q10


source: ZDNet

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60 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am not one of them.

12. Kurai unregistered

BB should stick to phones with physical qwerty keypads .. . that's what makes BB unique and that's where they're good at . . .

25. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Agreed. If they have to compete with Android, write the necessary drivers to put Jelly Bean on a Q10 and go about it that way. No company is going to dethrone Apple or Sumsung by trying to out-Apple or out-Samsung either.

62. frmrVZguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

@Kelley71 BB is paying android app developers to port their apps to BB10 ... mixed results so far as app feature sets change between platforms . @Kurai Yep, they are good at keyboards and their patents keep the good stuff exclusive. BUT ! They made that little 3 inch screen a capacitive touch screen so they can mix a little of both to the product. IMO they still are too late to release the updates and competition is eroding their profitability. Good thing they made a BBM app for iOS and Android - that should fix the problem, ... right ? :O

33. jcarrigan unregistered

if only they made a qwerty keyboard that a person with regular sized hands could type on then id get one. but some of those keyboards are for mini-me, children, and women with dainty hands.

46. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I have big hands and never had a problem with their Querty keyboards.. You just got used to the touch screens

42. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

your so right physical keyboard all the way

45. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

No they are better at touch screens as well... go and try the new Z10 for one or 2 days than speak.. I've tried them all and Z10 is a winner for a touch screen

64. jcarrigan unregistered

i admit i havent checked out the z10 because pretty much no one in my area carries it

59. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The problem, recommended retail price for an unlocked unit in Malaysia is RM 2399 (USD $799). That's just absurd, they are digging their own grave with that kind of pricing.

44. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Nobody asked you

57. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And me2, not one of them. ®

2. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

LOL who took that poll?

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

people at the "BlackBerry Live conference" LOL. That's a great place to take BB poll

21. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

yeah try the same question at an apple conference and se what happens =P

34. jcarrigan unregistered

an apple conference is full of retards. try again. how about a nokia conference.

38. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

So ppl that prefer Apple are "retards"? I didnt know a personal preference made someone a retard, guess that could be said about everyone that has a personal preference then if its different from ones own preference. Please try really hard to not be such a fanboy and respect others preference. I prefer Apple, my choice, my money, but i have no qualms with android at all, or any other OS, as being a fanboy is immature, childish, and egotistical. :)

40. jcarrigan unregistered

haha ur cute, how am i a fanboy? I mentioned Nokia which runs only Windows, I own an android phone, and I have an iPod that now collects dust in my dresser. Oh and I cant forget my old Blackberry which used to be a pretty awesome phone other then the small qwerty keyboard. I made a defense for BB because someone is clearly having an issue with the poll being made at a blackberry conference so someone name dropped Apple, I wouldve bashed them if they name dropped LG. it doesnt matter who they mentioned. its the clear fact that someone was being a retard so I pointed the mirror to the idiot. :) I have no personal vendetta with Apple although there devices leave much to be desired. so go ahead and thumb me down and go back to your facebooking or snap chatting or whatever you kids do these days :)

54. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Lmao, how so true, all average joes... ®

3. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Got my BlackBerry Q10 last week. Real nice device. Now only if it had Viber!

6. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

easy. just sell it and buy yourself a nice iP5 or HTC One.

8. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

why , if he's bought it its obviously what he wanted why would he sell it and buy something else just for one app

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

BB haters are like that, just ignore them.

48. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Iphone 5 or HTC one can't compare... Crapiest touch screen keyboard

51. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Yep way ahead of Blackberry

55. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Or a Samsung or Sony, Lg ®

28. Jack1192

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Viber was launched for the Bold 9900 a while back, probably a couple of months. Hopefully they'll make a version for BB10 soon.

47. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Lovin the Z10 ;) Q10 looks nice too

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I have always liked Blackberry just felt that they were always one step behind everyone else.

49. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Now they are ahead with the new QNX software.. everyone thinks they are still behind in hardware but phone works lag free and the software beats the rest

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