First Impressions of the BlackBerry Q10: The BB10 QWERTY Smartphone

BlackBerry and QWERTY keyboard are two synonymously associated terms with respect to a Blackberry device. Even though the Q10 packs in the same specs as the Z10, the Q10 promises to be a transcendental change when the rival market is heavily populated by iPhone and Android. The new operating system, other advantageous features, emphasis on the newfangled design, devising of the premium handset signal a noticeable aspect in the way Blackberry is looking forward to the scheme of things. Blackberry has managed to provide a complete touch experience along with the manifestation of a QWERTY keyboard that makes it a unique device in the high end category. Perhaps, it can be presumed as a good device for the BlackBerry loyalists.

Blackberry Q10 promises to be an eye grabber during the time that a user closely looks at this specific device. Although it is a generally regarded concept that no one prefers a QWERTY phone with a physical keyboard, but BlackBerry have been the forerunner of the QWERTY keyboard for quite a long time now. The earnest acquisition for a QWERTY keyboard may differ from individuals to individuals and some users may simply not be comfortable with a touchscreen and are usually attached to the facilitation of a physical keyboard only. The Q10 has managed to amalgamate some of the aspects of the Bold Touch 9900 i.e., abridging the gap for the touchscreen with the physical QWERTY.blackberry-q10-

This device easily fits into the palm of the hand and the rounded design highlights the Blackberry’s legacy of producing rounded devices. Additionally the device encompasses a carbon fibre weave on the back of the device. It is regarded that every Q10 will have a distinct carbon fibre weave design and so no two Q10s will look the same. This helps in providing a soft touch feel and extra grip. The build quality is excellent and it feels premium. Furthermore, it was also explained how BlackBerry produces a chassis individually. It was explained that every unit gets carved out unibody block of cold forged stainless steel and then each chassis amasses 20 minutes to be put together.blackberry-q10-hardware-layout

The representation of these chamfered edges on the keyboard provisions out a neat look and feel on the device. Also every key is equidistantly poised and the front side lacks any aesthetic pleasure. It is further assisted by intuitive predictive text, which the words one can just flick on to a message. The tactile feel of the keyboard ensures touch-typing is a breeze. However this facilitation is not necessarily faster that you can do on a touch screen.

Another thing that impressed me very much was the compartmentalization aspect that is resident on the device. The user can operate on Personal and Work criterion domains by simply swiping down on the device. Eventually when this action is through, the individual can select one of them during the particularized time of the respective situation. And such a proper compartmentalization is a unique exhibition. This utility is not a theme or a launcher that changes these aspects, but this is an internal manifestation developed with the aim that this can be used for enterprises. Other beneficial features are the Blackberry Hub, Remember. The calendar constitutes some exceptional features with respect to simplifying the progress for a busy businessman or working professionals.

The screen is crisp and clear even though it is a 3.1 inch, which is bizarrely small by today’s standards. It possesses a 720×720 Super AMOLED display. However, this can’t be just credited as a top notch display. The appearance of the icons is huge whereas the text becomes too small in the browser and when you try on bringing it close, there is blurriness of the text experienced on this particularize device. Furthermore, the device has an 8 MP camera which is almost the same as the Z10 and it manages to take mediocre pictures. Additionally, it is construed that the loud speaker that resides at the bottom of the device is impressive along with a microphone for voice calls. The BlackBerry Q10 is available in two colours – black and white. BlackBerry has packed in an upgraded antenna in the Q10 that helps in reducing the battery consumption in low signal areas. Hence it delivers a good battery performance.

This device has been specifically targeted to a particular domain and has been targeted towards a particular segment. The specifications highlight that the device possesses a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 chip clocked at 1.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM. Additionally, it has an 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. Considering all the propitious features and other beneficial aspects, the price of the device is perfectly construed to be a stumbling block. Would one individual pay Rs 44,990 for this device?