BlackBerry Q10 Review

Interface:

When we said that the small screen might be the BlackBerry Q10's biggest downfall, we may have made a mistake. The BlackBerry 10 software platform might be just as big of a reason for anyone who doesn't like this phone.

Sure BB 10 OS is snappy, visually-polished and very fluid — just as every contemporary mobile OS should be — but it's hard for us to see why one should prefer it to iOS or Android, or even Windows Phone, especially when we know that BBM is coming to those other platforms (except for WP). The thing is that BB 10 not only lacks any groundbreaking features to make it stand out, but it even throws in some unintuitive stuff like a bunch of navigation gestures to make things somewhat more complicated than they should be.



So, there's no Home button, we can live with that. Instead, the user has to swipe from the bottom in order to minimize an app and return to the home screen, which is basically OK, but it just doesn't work in a device such as the BlackBerry Q10. While the swipe-up gesture is OK for something with a bigger screen like the Z10, it's simply frustrating when using the Q10. Imagine that you have a list of options and you want to scroll to the bottom. As you start scrolling (which is done with... surprise - a swipe-up gesture!), there's a very big chance that you might swipe from the bottom of the screen (since there isn't much space for you to stretch your fingers), and all of a sudden, you're back to the home screen with the app minimized, when all you wanted to do was to scroll the list. Sadly, the experience with the Q10 is littered with such examples. Of course, we don't say that you can't get used to these issues. In fact, you can even learn to avoid them with time, but the question is should you...


Messaging:

The BlackBerry Hub is at the heart of the messaging experience in BB 10 and the Q10. It's basically an always-on application that's found in the leftmost end of the homescreen. The BB Hub integrates all of your communication activities including text messages, email, calls and notifications. It's a cool concept that you can always return to the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere else in the OS by doing a swipe up and then right gesture, though that one is a bit difficult to master.

the keyboard is very good and will be enjoyed by those who plan to really do a lot of typing on their phone.

The Email client of the Q10 is good, though we've certainly seen better. It will surely get the job done, but we feel that the small screen isn't going to make working with the BlackBerry Q10 very comfortable.




Internet and Connectivity:

BlackBerry has developed a very capable browser for BB 10, so you can theoretically surf the web in a decent way. We say theoretically, because it's possible, but it's practically a pain due to the small screen and 1:1 aspect ratio. It's a pity, because everything moves swiftly and the browser itself is very capable. That doesn't mean that it has Flash support, of course.



In terms of connectivity options, the BlackBerry Q10 is well-equipped as it sports LTE and HSPA, along with all necessary Wi-Fi protocols, including 'n' on the 5 GHz band.

In addition, this little bad boy boasts a Micro HDMI (Type D) port, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, so yeah, we can't complain of a lack of features in this respect.


Processor and Memory:

Almost surprisingly, the BlackBerry Q10 sports a pretty decent 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and not 1, but 2 GB of RAM in order to ensure the smooth operation of the system. Built-in storage is 16 GB, which is fine, especially for the Q10, but if you ever happen to need more, you can always insert a microSD card of up to 64 GB.

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49 Comments

1. Kurai unregistered

7? . . .bulls**t!

33. TheBitterTruth unregistered

atleast 8.

36. cabuya

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

i love phonearena reviews they give a 7/10 but all pros and no cons i dont get it because if is all pros then i guess is a 10/10

2. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

7 is rly low.....

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Seems pretty clear to me from the start of the review: this isn't a phone for you (the average buyer comparing equally capable smartphones to find the best one for you), it's for Them (Blackberry fans). Unfortunately I don't believe there are many of Them left. The few I've known moved on to iPhones at their last upgrade.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think you really captured the challenge facing BB/RIM - so many of their users have moved on to either Android or iOS. The only ones left are dedicated fans. Why BB didn't release the Q10 first is beyond me. Oh well. Best of luck to BB.

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hmmm sounds about right, BB has a steep climb to face to even get to its significance it once was.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Getting to even a quarter of their previous market share is basically not possible. They have to develop a strategy to 'right-size' the company, aka fit the company to where ever the users are, with whatever functionality is important to those users. Otherwise, it is over for BB. The 2 former co-Bozos squandered BB's market position.

19. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

exactly well said +1

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

To put it in perspective, BBRY's (then RIM) market cap at the height of its glory the week of June 16, 2008 was $76bn. Its market cap now is $7.6bn. Thus the company is worth roughly 10% of what it once was. So yes, as Doug said even getting to a quarter of their previous size doesn't look very feasible.

5. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

im willing to try this new phone... currently using a Lumia 920

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2596; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, I'm so glad that insignificant items such as battery life and the buttons along the frame are completely ignored so that the pivotal issue of being packaged with crappy headphones can be addressed... What is it with PA and the hate on Blackberry? Sure, maybe this device deserves a 7, but each review of BB10 and BB10 devices just drips with negativity. There is a weird bias displayed against with all of the decent to good points being quickly glossed over, and every little nitpick being brought to attention.

41. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Yeah, I'm noticing that a pro is brought up, followed not by a con, but by an opinion of why that pro is no good. I'm sorry if you don't like the phone, but keep the review factual with as little opinion as possible. The problem with accidentally minimizing a window when trying to scroll a list is a valid point. Wondering out loud to yourself why someone would want to learn the new BB10 OS and not stick with Android or iOS is something that doesn't need to be in here.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that 7 points for this phone is too much.

24. semipro1337

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I think its good that what you think doesnt really matter....

32. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Well the number of dislikes on your comment is clearly showing that you have said something wrong.

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not necessarily.

38. TheBitterTruth unregistered

10 people are disagree with you.

39. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly, it shows that ten people disagree with me, but that doesn't mean that I'm wrong! And I'm not wrong since I just told my opinion, in my opinion 7 points for this phone is too much.

10. exynos5

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

Ray S no offence but whenever you write reviews it will be completely biased and you won't consider certain important factors like who are the target consumers of q10? Its for enterprise and certain die hard blackberry fans who love qwerty. Secondly, compare the previous gen of Blackberry and this one ( use the previous gen for few days and come back to this unit) and give your impressions rather than comparing with some touch centric OS's. You can give me thumps down and ban P.S: I'm not a BB fan or anything like that....I use my iphone 5 and samsung galaxy s4 which are both extraordinary devices and waiting for Q10 to be released...

25. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I really don't see what's the problem here. I've said the Q10 is a better BlackBerry. I've said it's great for people who really need a physical QWERTY keyboard... and, I've also said that it's a worse overall smartphone compared to all the rest. Where am I wrong?

26. semipro1337

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

you dont really give any acceptable reasons why its a worse overall smartphone compared to all the rest. If its what someone wants and needs how come all the rest arent overall worse smartphones in that particular case?

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

By your logic there is no reason any phone could be rated as worse than any other phone. Supposing there is a phone that stabs somebody with fish-hooks every time they make a call. Sure, that might not appeal to most, but as you say "if it's what someone wants and needs how come all the rest aren't overall worse smartphones in that particular case?" I want to be stabbed in the ears by fish-hooks, dammit! Ray S. (and PhoneArena, and really the entire democratic world) are banking on the idea that the preferences of the majority of a body of people are more important than the preferences of the minority.

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

...And notice, by the way, that I never stated (in comment 28) that PA's democratic style of rating is necessarily a good thing, but they're really caught between a rock and a hard place.On one hand they're trying to catalogue and rate every smartphone on one unbiased basis, but on the other hand there are inherent differences in intentions of functionality between these smartphones based on their target-markets. An avid QWERTY user, for instance, might very well rate this phone a 10 rather than a 7, and their opinion really does matter. So what is PA to do? They could categorize their reviews into sections such as "High-end," "Mid-range," "Low-end," "Rugged," "QWERTY," etc. and just compare phones within each category, but that's a slippery-slope to run as there are obviously differences of opinion within each category itself. For instance, within the "high-end" category the HTC One would be compared with the Galaxy S IV. I personally prefer premium construction over extensive software capabilities, so I would obviously be a bit put-off that the SGSIV is rated higher than the One. The easiest solution would be for PA to go the route of Engadget and do away with the rating system altogether, but I'm not sure that's wise given their history and mission. (I realize this may have veered far from the original topic and I apologize, I was just musing aloud on some issues that have been hotly debated over the years...)

30. semipro1337

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I guess I dont believe its fair for a reviewer, if they are being unbiased toward each and every device (which we all know PA does not follow this rule) that they shouldnt ever say theyre are better devices out there by comparing it to a totally different style of device. What he failed to mention was what QWERTY device out there can he compare this to that is a better choice and what makes it a better choice. Thats what a real reviewer would do.

42. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

"When we said that the small screen might be the BlackBerry Q10's biggest downfall, we may have made a mistake. The BlackBerry 10 software platform might be just as big of a reason for anyone who doesn't like this phone." A statement like this is a blatant show of negativity. Rather than say the screen was the biggest downfall, then retract that further down the review, why didn't you just go back and edit the previous comment? Phrasing it like this looks to be more of another dig at the phone based on your personal preference. It's okay if you don't like the OS or the phone, but this isn't an opinion article, you're talking about the phone. Do the features BlackBerry advertise with the phone work or not? Yes, the screen probably is too small to watch movies on. So were the other BlackBerry qwerty models that were fairly reviewed when the company was more popular. It didn't affect those scores, or warrant complaints.

43. jellmoo

Posts: 2596; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Here are some of the issues with the review: - Battery life: There is no mention of battery life for the device. This is a big deciding factor for just about everyone shopping for a device. - Basis for comparison: Harping on the small screen as it makes it poor for multimedia and gaming is silly. this device is clearly not designed for this, therefore people looking for these features are going to be looking at other devices (such as the z10) - The earphones: When is the last time this has been mentioned in a phone review? Earphones from just about every device are terrible and not a basis to judge a device. Doesn't this seem slightly petty to bring up here to harp on on? - The keyboard: The big reason anyone would be interested in the phone, and it is glossed over in a paragraph with no substance other than the fact that for some reason people will need to use their fingernail to type on the device. Instead of offering any real analysis of it at all, it gets a blurb. - Gestures are difficult: Why is it that some of the smae things that made WebOS and MeeGo so fun are seen as a negative here? The interface is different, so yes there is a learning curve, but you make it sound like you are treating the device like one of those hopeless people from an infomercial... If the device deserves a 7, then give it a 7. But show how you reached that conclusion, actually review the items that people will have questions about (the keyboard and battery life), and take into account that this caters to a different audience than other devices. Just like giving a good review to a low cost device that caters to a different market than a flagship, a text oriented device shouldn't be gauged against a media powerhouse.

11. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Ray s were you forced to review this phone? Is not meant for multimedia or what not its for those who want a physical qwerty keyboard and those who want to get things done without been distracted.. you my friend is the worst reviewer of the q10 so far..engadget and the verge even gave credit to were it is due..I see reason why blackberry refused to give you guys iphone/samsungarena a review unit cos the know the trash you will review...praise and glorify your galaxy s4 you should have given it a 10/10 ...

12. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Every better reviewers out there that even hate blackberry made positive remarks but all you are saying is small screen unintuitive os and hard learning curve. Dude admit it you can't do without the physical home button... I lost interest in your reviews when you said the galaxy s4 is very fast no lag when it's so obvious and clear that the phone lags like hell even tech sites like engadget, theverge and even gsmarena confirmed it...Am so done visiting this Samsungarena site.. very disappointed. .

13. AcE_LoZeR

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I love how this professionally done review talks about the all important included headphones and leaves that worthless battery life information! Very well done sir. Sarcasm aside, why would you compare this phone to media-centric smartphones? Their target demographic is completely different. It's a device meant for business and text based communication; not for watching Monsters VS Aliens and playing Angry Birds. Review it for what it is, not for what it isn't.
Q10
  • 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)

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