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Blackberry Q10 review

The Blackberry Q10 has a physical QWERTY keyboard with a modern updated operating system.  Read our review of this latest offering from Blackberry.

The Blackberry Q10 comes with an improved keyboard, although it does consume a lot of area of the phone which could have been better used by having a larger screen. Including a keyboard with the phone is rare for smart phones and Blackberry are trying to distinguish their phones from the rest of the market, even if it means that it will most likely be existing Blackberry users which may be interested in this phone. A grievance that some users may feel is that the keyboard is now in a straight line. There is amble space between each key for people who may have wider hands. There are also shortcut actions which can be achieved using the keyboard too when typing a few words which will bring up the appropriate App or action.

As with most 4G phones they seem to drain the battery quicker. It is possible to squeeze two days of operation if you are conservative in use. A 2100mAH removable battery is included, with a talk time of 13.5 hours over 3G, this is quoted for the model SQN100-5.

The camera in the Q10 is comparable to the Z10 as it has the same specification. There is rear camera which is 8 megapixels and the front camera is 2 megapixels. The camera includes HDR mode and is ideal for quick snaps or short movies. You may want a better camera if you are looking to take much better images. The rear camera includes backside illumination for better low light pictures and also includes 1080p HD recording.

Blackberry Q10 has a good foundation to make it a secure system, its kernel is QNX which is used in some industries where reliability and security are paramount. The BB10 is ideal for touch driven phone like the Z10 and does feel a bit off on the Q10. You will also get the customary apps included, which allow you to play music, view pictures and open office documents.

There is a limitation with the screen, in that certain things are much better viewed in widescreen. The Q10 includes a square screen which can only be used in one viewing option this is due to the limitation of the hardware; the display ration is 1:1. The viewing angles and colour saturation is good on this super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720 x 720 at 330 PPI.

The Q10 may not be for everyone and for those coming from a no physical keyboard phone they will find it a change. There is also no button or trackpad on the phone as available with previous Blackberry phones. Another thing to consider is that there are not as many Apps available for the Q10 compared to the Apple App store or Google Play store.

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