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We go hands on with the BlackBerry Q10 – the first smartphone to carry BlackBerry 10 OS and a traditional QWERTY keyboard
The BlackBerry Q10 gets its official UK release date on April 26. Priced at £579.99 SIM-free and available on a variety of contracts, the 4G-enabled handset is currently the only device on market to offer the latest build of BlackBerry 10 and sport a QWERTY keyboard.
We’ve been tinkering with the handset for the past couple of days and while we haven’t had enough time to write a full review, we do have some initial impressions of the long-awaited BlackBerry Q10.
BlackBerry believes there is a niche for QWERTY-based smartphones in today’s mobile space with around 80 per cent of users wanting large-form touch-only devices like the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, and HTC One – that explains the decision to launch the Z10 first.
The upcoming Q10 caters to a smaller, but equally interesting demographic: those that love physical keyboards. Or, more specifically, legacy BlackBerry users that want a modern smartphone based on traditional ‘berry principles.
This 20 per cent, according to BlackBerry, have been waiting for something smaller, preferably with a keyboard for quite some time. So much so that many even put off getting the Z10 and instead chose to wait three months for its QWERTY-based launch partner to get a release.
And that might be the case, but now the Q10 is actually here, was it worth the wait?
The Q10 measures in at 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35mm, weighs 139g, and features a 3.1-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 330ppi. It’s old-meets-new, like a classic car with a turbo-charged engine. And that’s fine with us.
The chassis is constructed from a combination of stainless steel and plastics and round the back you have what appears to be fiberglass – although BlackBerry prefers to call it ‘Glass Weave.’ The overall finish is as statesman-like as ever and just what we were expecting.
Every Q10 frame takes around 20 minutes to manufacture and has been specially treated to minimise scratches and make it more durable. Along the back panel is a metallic strip similar to the keyboard frets on the front, which finishes everything off seamlessly.
With BlackBerry 10 there’s no need for a home button or navigation nub because everything is now based on gesture-control. The end result of this switch is a lot more display – it’s 3.1-inches now (or 30 per cent larger) – and a flatter QWERTY keyboard.
Like the Bold 9900, the Q10’s QWERTY keyboard is broken up by metal frets that are designed to improve typing speed, accuracy and proficiency. On the Q10, however, they’re thicker. BlackBerry says this makes typing even easier. It also says the Q10’s QWERTY is the best it has ever built.
Towards the top on the left hand side you have a microUSB port and directly above that there’s a mini-HDMI-out. The volume rocker sits on the opposite side and a power/unlock key sits directly in the middle with a 3.5mm headphone jack to the left.
Powering everything along is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz running alongside 2GB of RAM. With storage you have 16GB of internal and microSD support (up to 32GB). Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, as is NFC and LTE.
We’ll go into more detail about BlackBerry 10 (version 10.1) in our full review of the Q10 next week. In our short time with the device, however, we did notice that some applications, WhatsApp, for instance, haven’t been updated for use on the Q10 yet.
UPDATE: WhatsApp has now been updated for the BlackBerry Q10.
We had three major concerns ahead of testing the Q10:
BlackBerry 10 wouldn’t be suited to a touch-based QWERTY hybrid interface.
Certain applications and games wouldn’t work on the smaller display.
And, finally, that reverting to a physical keyboard would feel like a step backwards after using the Nexus 4 for so long.
Out of those three reservations, only one concern has remained: the apps and games selection just isn’t there yet, unfortunately.
BlackBerry says there are over 100,000 apps inside BlackBerry World now. Maybe so, but many of these 100,000+ apps are over-priced Android ports that you can pick up for free on Google’s platform.
We get the impression that BlackBerry is playing the numbers game here, but it really shouldn’t because the bespoke content built for BB10 – apps like USA Today, for example – look and function gloriously, matching and in some cases besting anything you’ll find on Android and iOS.