PAYING THE PRICE FOR A KEYPAD
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.