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BlackBerry Q10 first impressions

BlackBerry are the masters of the QWERTY keyboard and the newly launched Q10 is its QWERTY BB10 unicorn. The interesting thing about the Q10 is that it packs in the same specs as the Z10, which was la

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BlackBerry are the masters of the QWERTY keyboard and the newly launched Q10 is its QWERTY BB10 unicorn. The interesting thing about the Q10 is that it packs in the same specs as the Z10, which was launched earlier in the year, but with a bigger battery to boot. Questions remain about the relevance of a BlackBerry smartphone is this market dominated by the iPhone and Android, but the Q10 basically offers the best of BlackBerry. Is it enough? Read on to find our first impressions. Also Read - BlackBerry Classic latest photo leak reiterate the return of physical navigation and trackpad

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The thing one notices about the Q10 is the weird looking back panel which BlackBerry likes to call a carbon fibre glass weave. It’s definitely a little unusual to hold at first because the finish is quite unique, but at the same time it feels very upmarket worth of a device that commands a price of Rs 44,990. Also Read - BlackBerry Q10 review

That said, when compared to some of the newer smartphones, the Q10 feels like a beast from a different age. It feels brick like at 10.4mm, and is by far a much thicker smartphone than something like the iPhone 5.

From the front though, things are very familiar, and the Q10 looks like a bigger version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. It has an 3.1-inch AMOLED display which has a weird resolution of 720×720 pixels which converts to 360 pixels per inch. We found the display to be nice and crisp and it had deep black levels like most AMOLED panels and had good viewing angles.

A side-effect of the resolution is that when an app is designed for BB7 then it gets letterboxed like iPhone 4 and 4S apps were on the iPhone 5 and if it was designed for the Z10 then the user needs to scroll the down as all the content is not displayed on the lower resolution display. BlackBerry tells us there are currently 1,20,000 apps in the BlackBerry World store of which 70,000 apps are optimized for the Q10.

The keyboard on the Q10 is comfortable to use. We found it easy to type, and we liked the travel the keys offered. That said, we prefer the keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Internally, it has a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 chip clocked at 1.5GHz  and has 2GB of RAM. This more than ample firepower for BB10 to run smoothly.

It also has a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing, a large 2,100 mAh battery, 16GB of internal memory and has a microSD card for memory expansion.

While, the QWERTY keyboard and modern capabilities will appeal to the BlackBerry faithful, we are pretty sure the price of Rs 44,990 is going to be a major stumbling block. We are not too sure that the QWERTY keyboard will be enough of a reason for a person to shell out Rs 44,990 for a phone that neither boasts of an apps ecosystem that can rival iOS and Android nor top-of-the-line specs.

Photographs: Harshita Rastogi

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  • Published Date: June 6, 2013 4:44 PM IST


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