Summary: The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone — the best BlackBerry ever, in fact — a fantastic communication tool and a decent smartphone. The issue is that I said the same thing about the Bold 9900 in 2011 and the Bold 9000 three years earlier. The trouble with recreating its former success is the tacit acknowledgement that BlackBerry will never quite be the same company.
Pros: - Amazing, impossibly good hardware keyboard - Gorgeous, high-definition Super AMOLED screen - Substantive software improvements over initial BlackBerry 10 release - Impressive camera quality in good lighting conditions - Excellent macro photo quality - Premium build materials - Good battery life - Excellent call quality - The best BlackBerry experience to date
Cons: - App ecosystem is still largely barren - Software is occasionally buggy - BlackBerry Hub is not as intuitive as it could be - Third-party integration with the Hub still lacking - Low-light camera performance subpar - Very expensive
Excerpt: One can’t even begin to write about BlackBerry 10 without acknowledging its near-mythical importance to RIM BlackBerry as a company. From its roots as an embedded operating system at QNX to its unused potential as the brains behind the PlayBook, the underlying code of BlackBerry 10 is a legacy unto itself, a proud and lasting statement of steadfastness in the face of certain bankruptcy.
Pros: * Intuitive navigation using gestures * BlackBerry Hub is an amazing notification centre * First-party apps are top-notch * Email support is still industry-best * Virtual keyboard is incredibly accurate and adapts to your typing over time * Native apps made with Cascades are nicely-designed and perform well * Has potential to be disruptive to the market if the app catalogue is sufficiently built up
Cons: * Camera software is simple and finicky * Lots of bugs remaining in final software * Third-party app selection relies too heavily on Android ports and shortcuts to HTML5 web pages * Not as tweak-friendly as BlackBerry OS * Initial reports point to underwhelming battery life in first devices
Excerpt: If you're dead set on a physical keyboard for your phone, the Blackberry Q10 is the phone to get.
Pros: Top rated battery life, Good speaker quality, Very portable
Cons: Small display, Subpar camera quality, Subpar performance – has a somewhat dated processor and takes over a minute to turn on, Physical keyboard – consumers have become accustomed to onscreen typing, Small screen difficult to read on, Unintuitive to navigate, Blackberry app store is limited compared to Apple and Google Play stores
Conclusion: The only fault, outside of an app store that I have now thoroughly combed for useful apps (I found very few), is that the Q10 is not a cool phone, at all. You’ll certainly be the coolest banker, or the trendiest CEO in the dimly lit cigar lounge, but you’ll only be fooling yourself. In spite of its rigorous and richly designed shell which could even be called boring , the Q10 is a phone you should own.
Summary: I feel like we’ve been here before. In any discussion about BlackBerry, “The Bold is the one you really want” is a line you could’ve used at practically any point in the last five years. And so it is again: When the full-touch Z10 started hitting retail earlier this year to mediocre reviews , you couldn’t help but think, “This isn’t BlackBerry’s wheelhouse. The Bold is the one I really want.
Pros: Top-notch portrait QWERTY keyboard, Design is an improvement over Z10, Livable battery life
Cons: BlackBerry 10 still young, app catalog is light, "Go home" gesture more finicky than on Z10, Screen could be much brighter
Conclusion: I would recommend this device to almost anyone really, if you are in the market for something very different then this is your device, it’s an absolute no brainer for anyone currently using a previous BlackBerry with QWERTY keyboard as this is the best upgrade you will ever get.
Summary: BlackBerry has always done the physical keyboard right; in that sense, the company is peerless. The Q10 gives BlackBerry a way to carry that expertise over into the next generation of smartphones, and it works well. When a smartphone has such a great keyboard that you find yourself looking forward to typing on it, that says a lot.
Summary: Since the release of the Bold Touch 9900, BlackBerry has taken its sweet time to come up with a good successor. During this time some BB users have already given up and succumbed to the allure of an all-touch flag bearers like the HTC One, SGS4 and Sony Xperia Z . But for the few passionate loyalists, we think that all the wait was all worth it as the BlackBerry Q10 is, without question, the best portrait QWERTY handset out there in the market.