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.
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: Even though it doesn’t have a giant display, the BlackBerry Q10 may prove more interesting to mainstream users than the Z10. After all, there are a million touchscreen smartphones in the world. There aren’t many phones with good physical keyboards (and the competition mainly consists of other BlackBerry devices).
Pros: Comfortable, compact design, Great keyboard (if you don't have fingernails), Made for messaging, Speedy performance, Long battery life
Cons: Display not bright enough, Interface doesn't work well on smaller screen, BlackBerry World still has mediocre selection of apps
Conclusion: There aren’t many surprises lurking beneath the surface of the BlackBerry Q10 – it looks like a texting machine built for hardcore message-senders with some modernized software, and that’s exactly what it is. And while we called out many of its shortcomings above, the device still packs an ineffable quality that draws our affection. Maybe it’s nostalgia for the golden years of the company formerly known as RIM. Maybe it’s the great keyboard.
Pros: Best-in-class physical keyboard, Outstanding battery life, Solid video performance, Good call quality with loud speakerphone, BlackBerry Hub concept is brilliant
Cons: The BlackBerry Q10 is already available for purchase on several global carriers, with U.S. availability confined to Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA as this review goes to press. AT&T will join those carriers on June 21st, while Sprint is said to start offering the device in the “late summer.” The full retail price appears to hover between $579 and $599, with on-contract pricing ranging from $99 to $199 depending on carrier.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Q10 is the best QWERTY phone we’ve ever used and one of our favourite handsets out now. Does it have the best design, screen, interface, camera, multimedia capabilities, connections or performance? No. So why do we like it so much? It differentiates. While its sibling, the all-touch Z10 can’t stand out in a sea of touchscreens phones, the Q10 and its keyboard can, coupling good, across the board performance and an innovative UI with a familiar form-factor...
Pros: Fantastic keyboard, Smooth performance, Great connectivity options
Cons: Poor aspect ratio for video, Expensive off contract, Mediocre camera
Conclusion: The BlackBerry Q10 brings the traditional BlackBerry smartphone into the modern age. I suspect it's enough to make BlackBerry loyalists happy, though I doubt iPhone and Android users will flock to it (that was the BlackBerry Z10's job). It's fast, stable, and secure and it maintains enough of the UI conventions of older BlackBerry smartphones to make existing BlackBerry owners feel a bit less lost.
Pros: Excellent hardware QWERTY keyboard, long battery life.
Excerpt: Unsurprisingly, the BlackBerry Q10 is a looker . BlackBerry wanted to make sure that the Q10 won't disappoint the QWERTY lovers who've been patiently waiting for a contemporary device, and the company has delivered. The BB Q10 is compact and sweet, and while its predominantly plastic body isn't particularly ambitious, it still feels good in the hand as it sticks to materials that are pleasant to the touch.
Pros: Good physical QWERTY keyboard, BBM is a great messaging service
Cons: Small screen, Mediocre camera, BlackBerry OS 10 has a steep learning curve
Summary: The BlackBerry Q10 is exactly the phone the company needs at this moment to continue on its chosen path. Whereas the Z10 felt like enough of a departure to alienate loyal customers, this QWERTY device is distinct, familiar and welcome. The big question coming into the second quarter of 2013 is whether that path, the one that markets BlackBerry 10 to regular consumers and business customers alike, is enough to keep the company solvent.
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