The BlackBerry You've Been Waiting For

by Scott Lewis on June 17, 2013
Device Name: BlackBerry Q10 for Verizon Wireless
Operating System: BlackBerry
Available Carrier(s): AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
Manufacturer: BlackBerry
Available Color(s): White(Verizon), Black (Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile)

Tell Me About It

The first thing that went through my head when I first laid eyes on the BlackBerry Q10 was, that is the best looking BlackBerry I have ever seen.  The second thought was it's a BlackBerry so I wont like it because I don't like the operating system.  After using it for a few days and getting to know the ALL NEW BlackBerry 10 operating system, I found that there is not a huge difference between this phone and other Android or Windows Phone 8 smartphones.  While a lot of people are like me and have a preconceived opinion about how good a BlackBerry phone can be, I dare them to try the Q10 with the BlackBerry 10 OS and tell me it is exactly what they thought it would be.

Who It's Good For

The physical QWERTY keyboard and crisp looking 3.1-inch touchscreen makes the BlackBerry Q10 the perfect smartphone for anyone looking for a strikingly brilliant and powerful smartphone that can fit easily in your pocket or purse.

What Makes It Great

  • The always there 4-row QWERTY keyboard allows you to type fast with one or two thumbs
  • Navigating the Q10 is easy thanks to the new gesture based navigation in the BlackBerry 10 operating system
  • Compact design allows it to easily fit in a pocket or purse
  • 8MP primary camera takes crisp photos that are easy to share right from the photo album
  • The Q10 is running the latest version of the BlackBerry Messenger application that allows for video chat
  • Comes equipped with 16GB of on-board storage to hold your movies, music, and apps
  • Notification LED light that will discreetly alert you to a new text message, email, or voice mail.

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

If you're looking for a reason to check out the new BlackBerry Q10, I have three good ones for you.

1. The 4 Row QWERTY Keyboard:
The keyboard on the new Q10 is exactly what you expect on a BlackBerry smartphone. Easy to read keys with excellent spacing and that special feedback that you can only get from a real physical keyboard. The typing experience on the Q10 is fantastic. If you are currently using a touch screen smartphone, using the Q10 will take you back to the first phone you ever had with a real QWERTY keyboard. I also believe you can type faster and more accurately on a real keyboard because of the added dimension of feel you have when moving from key to key.

2. The Completely Redesigned BlackBerry 10 Operating System:
The completely redesigned BlackBerry 10 operating system is a welcomed change that drastically changes the user experience on the Q10. If you're a current BlackBerry user, you might think the Q10 is missing something. Since the BB10 OS uses gestures to navigate through the phone, they were able to remove the track-pad from above the keyboard. Once you get passed the lack of track-pad, navigating the Q10 becomes very natural and intuitive.

3. The BlackBerry Q10 Comfortably Fits In Your Pocket:
The sleek design of the Q10 makes it the perfect phone to take with you for every occasion. While many smartphones say they will fit in your pocket, not many of them comfortably fit in your pocket and even less can stay in your pocket when you go to sit-down. The Q10's slim design also allows it to fit into a clutch or small purse. Which makes the Q10 a ladies best friend when she's out on the town.

Takeaway

The BlackBerry Q10 is a great smartphone that will handle everything you can throw at it and more.  While some might think the Q10 is just another BlackBerry, the would be wrong.  The combination of hardware and software improvements make the Q10 a great smartphone that is definitely worth a look when your ready to get your next smartphone.