PAY­ING THE PRICE FOR A KEY­PAD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

As the smart­phone world re­volv­ing around an all­touch dis­play, Black­Berry con­tin­ues to hold an edge as the only big man­u­fac­turer with high-end QWERTY phones. The Black­Berry Q10, an­nounced in Jan­uary along with the Z10, will be the new QWERTY flag­ship for the com­pany while sport­ing its new Black­Berry 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Though it looks a bit big, and fat, the Black­Berry Q10 is not much larger that its pre­de­ces­sors like the 9900. It is just the slightly big­ger dis­play that makes it look big. In fact, at 3.1 inches the dis­play is just 0.3 inch larger than that of the Black­Berry 9900. The re­mov­able back panel is made of car­bon fiber that gives it a soft fin­ish, mak­ing the Q10 com­fort­able to hold.

To get more real es­tate for the dis­play, the tra­di­tional first row of call, menu, back and can­cel keys as well as the track pad have been shown the door. We were un­sure if the ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the ubiq­ui­tous track pad would be worth it. But the BB10 OS, like in the Z10, needs just a swipe to bring all that you need on the screen it­self. But it took us some time to get used to the swipe and peek ges­ture on the Q10, though it was very sim­i­lar to the Z10. The key­board is again a Black­Berry mas­ter­piece and is di­vided into four rows sep­a­rated with me­tal lines. It was a plea­sure typ­ing on this key­board and the ac­cu­racy lev­els were much be­yond what you would get on a touch­screen. If you do type some­thing wrong, there is al­ways auto-cor­rect to rec­tify the mis­take. The 8 MP cam­era is about aver­age in re­sults. Un­like the Z10 that strug­gled to last a day with heavy us­age, the Q10’s 2100 mAh bat­tery man­aged to give us a day and a half.

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