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BlackBerry Q10 Review

BlackBerry Q10

Posted: , by Ray S.



The BlackBerry Q10 is equipped with an 8 MP camera, but that doesn't mean that you'll be able to take great photos. The camera UI only has the basic necessities like a bunch of shooting and scene modes, but aside from that, there isn't much else that you can customize. There isn't a dedicated camera shutter, but taking a photo is as easy as tapping the screen, so there are no problems here.

Camera quality is another story, though, as the photos that the BlackBerry Q10 takes are lacking fine detail, despite the fact that the camera has 8 megapixels. On top of that, photos are somewhat hazy and noisy – definitely not the kind of look you'd want for your images. At least colors tend to be on the realistic side, with no annoying artifacts in this respect. All in all, it's a good camera for quick Facebook sharing, but don't expect any state-of-the-art achievements.

Thankfully, the BlackBerry Q10 can record 1080p video, which is perfectly smooth and pleasant to watch. It, too, isn't as sharp as possible, but we can live with that. Colors tend to be just a bit oversaturated, but not too much, so it's OK. At the end of the day, the BlackBerry Q10 surely won't be the go-to device to take pictures with, but it tends to be a good performer and will be able to answer most casual photographic needs.

BlackBerry Q10 Outdoor Sample Video:

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It's obvious that the BlackBerry Q10 is probably the worst smartphone you can find for multimedia consumption. With a small, 3.1” screen and an aspect ratio of 1:1, video playback and gaming are extremely inconvenient. You can do it, but it'll be painful.

The earphones that come with the BlackBerry Q10 are markedly low- to middle-class, with almost non-existing highs and subtle lows. If you're serious about music, just do yourself a favor and get better earphones, you won't regret it.

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posted on 21 May 2013, 07:35 14

1. Kurai (unregistered)

7? . . .bulls**t!

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:25 6

33. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

atleast 8.

posted on 21 May 2013, 15:49 3

36. cabuya (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Jul 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

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:42 8

2. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

7 is rly low.....

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:47 3

3. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:10 3

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:52 1

4. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:15 2

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:30

19. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

exactly well said +1

posted on 21 May 2013, 13:01

27. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:53

5. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:10 7

6. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:51 2

41. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:28 2

9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 11:14 3

24. semipro1337 (Posts: 95; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:24 1

32. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:53

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Not necessarily.

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:26 1

38. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

10 people are disagree with you.

posted on 22 May 2013, 03:37

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:28 7

10. exynos5 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 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...

posted on 21 May 2013, 11:35 1

25. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 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?

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:24 5

26. semipro1337 (Posts: 95; Member since: 01 Oct 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?

posted on 21 May 2013, 13:11 2

28. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 13:32 2

29. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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...)

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:14 1

30. semipro1337 (Posts: 95; Member since: 01 Oct 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.

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:01

42. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:17 1

43. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:29 2

11. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 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 ...

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:37 1

12. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 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. .

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:52 5

13. AcE_LoZeR (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

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Display3.1 inches, 720 x 720 pixels (330 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 inches
(119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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