BlackBerry Q10

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The BlackBerry Q10 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Q10 is the first model running the new Blackberry 10 operating system to feature a full QWERTY keyboard. Built for loyal fans of the Blackberry typing experience, it mixes a comfortable hardware keyboard with refined gesture controls and an app based ecosystem.

As Jonathan Bray of PcPro points out, “The Q10 leaves no key hardware feature out, with Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and 4G all present and correct.” In fact, it managed to bridge the past with the present quite nicely for something designed like an old Blackberry.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sit well with those used to the full touch interface. Half of the device is keyboard, while the other half is a small square display, making this phone a bad bet for viewing multimedia content. However, for a keyboard addict, Tim Stevens from Engadget agrees that the Q10 is “unquestionably the best phone with a keyboard on the market.”

The Good: Awesome physical keyboard, ability to run apps.

The Bad: Small screen with bad aspect ratio, limited app selection compared to Android & Apple.


Operating system
BlackBerry
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
3.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Softpedia

I’m convinced the Q10 should have been the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone launched on the market. It would have certainly stopped BlackBerry’s fans exodus to other platforms with the right marketing.I believe the Q10 is the spiritual successor of the traditional BlackBerry smartphone and...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
Tech Advisor

BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 users...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

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...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Pocket Gamer

The Q10 is one of the only devices you're going to find these days with a keyboard. Pretty much every manufacturer using Android has given up.But don't assume this is because everyone else has given in to BlackBerry and its huge success, because it's more likely that most users have now found touchs...

- Jonathan Morris, Pocket Gamer
BitBitByte

The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone. It’s small and very pocketable, features top notch hardware and a capable/promising OS. In terms of hardware alone, it’s a definite recommendation. As for software, it’s a bit more of an “approach with caution”. There are apps, sure....

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


BlackBerry released the Q10 on April 26, 2013.


BlackBerry Q10 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. BlackBerry's suggested retail price is $549.00. You can compare Q10 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry Q10 user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the Q10 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Q10 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
3.1"

The BlackBerry Q10's screen size is 3.1 inches with 720 x 720 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.2.1) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 296 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry Q10 Specs

Overview
Release date April 26, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 10 (Update Available: 10.2.1)

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Processor Qualcomm 8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 296 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 575 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.7 x 1 cm (4.7 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
Pixel density 330 pixels
Size 3.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Blackberry
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Time Shift mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (BlackBerry World, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Softpedia

The true BlackBerry 10 smartphone

from Softpedia

I’m convinced the Q10 should have been the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone launched on the market. It would have certainly stopped BlackBerry’s fans exodus to other platforms with the right marketing.

I believe the Q10 is the spiritual successor of the traditional BlackBerry...More

I’m convinced the Q10 should have been the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone launched on the market. It would have certainly stopped BlackBerry’s fans exodus to other platforms with the right marketing.

I believe the Q10 is the spiritual successor of the traditional BlackBerry smartphone and the only one that could satisfy a true BlackBerry fan’s needs. The amazing QWERTY keyboard and the long battery life, as well as the powerful BlackBerry 10 platform should tempt any consumer looking for a business phone.

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Tech Advisor

BlackBerry with physical keyboard offers decent performance at high price

from Tech Advisor

BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 us...More

BlackBerry's Q10 is filled with many creative features but its ultimate success will come down to one basic question: Do you want a qwerty device? I don't think the era of the qwerty is over, since I have met users who prefer a physical keyboard. But they are in the definite minority. What Q10 users will get with the new smartphone is a distinctive-looking device with a vivid display, an easy-to-use physical keyboard and touchscreen interface and an inventive approach to user security and management. In the most optimistic scenario, BlackBerry's Q10 sales will out-do its Z10 sales, which BlackBerry claims have gone well, critics notwithstanding.

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Digital Trends

Comfortable to hold, but the screen is small

from Digital Trends

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...More

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). And the main reason why most want that good keyboard is because they spend most of their time messaging; if nothing else, BlackBerry 10 is made for that type of person and the Q10 is made to deliver the best experience around messaging. For people who prioritize this above everything else, including good apps, the Q10 is a good buy. Just be aware that in order to get the most out of it, you’ll need to invest some time in learning the tricks and shortcuts.

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Pocket Gamer

The Q10 might provide the solution to those who demand a physical keyboard

from Pocket Gamer

The Q10 is one of the only devices you're going to find these days with a keyboard. Pretty much every manufacturer using Android has given up.

But don't assume this is because everyone else has given in to BlackBerry and its huge success, because it's more likely that most users have now found touchscreens sufficiently usable – especially alongside the benefit of a larger screen...

More

The Q10 is one of the only devices you're going to find these days with a keyboard. Pretty much every manufacturer using Android has given up.

But don't assume this is because everyone else has given in to BlackBerry and its huge success, because it's more likely that most users have now found touchscreens sufficiently usable – especially alongside the benefit of a larger screen.

And, this being the case, BlackBerry has its own device that totally shames the Q10 - the Z10. It beats the Q10 in every single way, leaving me to conclude that after having spent many years with a QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry, it's probably time to let such devices rest in peace - at least unless BlackBerry can find another way to do it.

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BitBitByte

A great phone with a great keyboard

from BitBitByte

The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone. It’s small and very pocketable, features top notch hardware and a capable/promising OS. In terms of hardware alone, it’s a definite recommendation. As for software, it’s a bit more of an “approach with caution”. There are apps, su...More

The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone. It’s small and very pocketable, features top notch hardware and a capable/promising OS. In terms of hardware alone, it’s a definite recommendation. As for software, it’s a bit more of an “approach with caution”. There are apps, sure. The OS is great at multitasking, yes. And of course, the secure nature of the OS is market leading. But the OS is just…different. And that’s going to be the deciding factor. Compared to the various pieces of hardware running iOS or Android, picking the Q10 over any of the others isn’t something we can see ourselves doing yet, maybe ever. While it doesn’t check all of the boxes on our own list, there’s plenty to like here and more than enough reason to give it a chance if you haven’t.

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Tech Ticker

Excellent keyboard, decent OS and a good battery life

from Tech Ticker

Admittedly, Q10 goes for a niche crowd but then targeting a certain set of users won’t make BlackBerry fit to survive the competition as its evident with the recent quarterly result. What BlackBerry needs to give their great physical keyboard and BlackBerry 10 in as many hands as possible....More

Admittedly, Q10 goes for a niche crowd but then targeting a certain set of users won’t make BlackBerry fit to survive the competition as its evident with the recent quarterly result. What BlackBerry needs to give their great physical keyboard and BlackBerry 10 in as many hands as possible. Perhaps, the launch of BlackBerry Q5 will be the answer.

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Mobile88

BlackBerry managed to make physical QWERTY keyboard phones sexy again with the Q10

from Mobile88

BlackBerry has somehow managed to breath new life into its QWERTY keyboard phone, we are genuinely impressed with the how the company managed to meld its gesture-based Q10 into a device with a QWERTY keyboard. The Q10 carries over quintessential BlackBerry DNA, and we believe even more so than th...More

BlackBerry has somehow managed to breath new life into its QWERTY keyboard phone, we are genuinely impressed with the how the company managed to meld its gesture-based Q10 into a device with a QWERTY keyboard. The Q10 carries over quintessential BlackBerry DNA, and we believe even more so than the Z10, so that should please the long-time BlackBerry fans.

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The Mobile Indian

A premium device with premium appeal and pricing as well

from The Mobile Indian

Ultimately, the BlackBerry Q10 is something BlackBerry fans were really waiting for though the price might turn off some of its fans. The device, without any doubt, has a premium appeal to it and offers NFC and HDMI along with core BlackBerry functionalities.

So, leaving price aside Black...More

Ultimately, the BlackBerry Q10 is something BlackBerry fans were really waiting for though the price might turn off some of its fans. The device, without any doubt, has a premium appeal to it and offers NFC and HDMI along with core BlackBerry functionalities.

So, leaving price aside BlackBerry Q10 is a premium device with premium appeal and pricing as well, but to justify that BlackBerry Q10 offers a great Qwerty keypad, good but strange square-ish display, amazing battery life and features to keep you going for the next couple of years. The only snag is that it has very few applications.

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IntoMobile

Solid overall design, perfectly-sized QWERTY

from IntoMobile

All things considered, the BlackBerry Q10 turned out to be what we expected: a smaller Z10 with a portrait-QWERTY, or the love child of the Z10 and Bold 9900. The latter sounds better. Strangely, I actually prefer the Z10’s virtual keyboard not just over the Q10 but every virtual keyboard -- I love the suggestive typing element added...

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All things considered, the BlackBerry Q10 turned out to be what we expected: a smaller Z10 with a portrait-QWERTY, or the love child of the Z10 and Bold 9900. The latter sounds better. Strangely, I actually prefer the Z10’s virtual keyboard not just over the Q10 but every virtual keyboard -- I love the suggestive typing element added.

However, with the Q10, BlackBerry made a play for perhaps its most loyalist fans -- the company shouldn't be ridiculed for that. I think it would have served them better if they had released the Q10 ahead of the Z10, but that’s just my opinion. BlackBerry should be applauded for improving leaps and bounds when it comes to its OS, however, it’s still miles behind both iOS and Android in features and mind-share.

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GottaBeMobile

A welcome upgrade for BlackBerry owners

from GottaBeMobile

The BlackBerry Q10 feels more like a BlackBerry device than the BlackBerry Z10, thanks to the form factor and the physical keyboard. BlackBerry 10 also runs better on the Q10 than on the Z10 and works on the smaller screen better.

That is a low bar. Physical keyboards offer speed to some users, but a good software keyboard can deliver faster access to punctuation, numbers and overall usability for many users....

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The BlackBerry Q10 feels more like a BlackBerry device than the BlackBerry Z10, thanks to the form factor and the physical keyboard. BlackBerry 10 also runs better on the Q10 than on the Z10 and works on the smaller screen better.

That is a low bar. Physical keyboards offer speed to some users, but a good software keyboard can deliver faster access to punctuation, numbers and overall usability for many users.

For BlackBerry owners this is a welcome upgrade, but the BlackBerry Q10 is a step down for iPhone and Android users, even with the included physical keyboard.

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