BlackBerry Q10

The Good The BlackBerry Q10 boasts a superb physical keyboard, the latest BlackBerry OS (version 10.1), smooth performance, and long battery life.

The Bad The BlackBerry Q10’s screen is small. Its camera is average, not exceptional. BlackBerry 10’s learning curve is long and its app selection trails behind those of its competitors.

The Bottom Line The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone for QWERTY diehards and e-mail addicts, but anyone who doesn't need a physical keyboard should skip it.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

The BlackBerry for keyboard diehards

Say hello to the BlackBerry Q10, which offers a larger and more spacious QWERTY keyboard and a fresh infusion of the BlackBerry 10.1 operating system. It builds on the greatness of past BlackBerry messaging machines, yet blends this with modern smartphone software powerful enough to run multiple apps at once without skipping a beat. It also surfs Web sites like a champ and has a battery that goes the distance. Of course, the BlackBerry ecosystem lacks a wide app selection, but the Q10's hybrid approach should satisfy traditional BlackBerry addicts who crave a practical upgrade.

The Q10 is sold on Verizon for $199.99 (with a two-year contract) and T-Mobile for $99.99 down plus $20 per month (plus service) for 24 months. It will also be coming to AT&T and Sprint soon.

Design
A deep and luscious all-black, the slablike Q10 has an appearance that's all buttoned up and ready for business. If you've used a BlackBerry Bold or even an ancient Curve handset, the BlackBerry Q10 will feel like an old and familiar friend. I know I felt waves of nostalgia flood over me when I scooped the machine up for the first time.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $900
  • Brand BlackBerry
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 3.1 in
  • Weight 4.9 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetometer, gyro sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Magnify, TTY compatible
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