While the BlackBerry Z10 is attracting most of the press coverage, as it’s a fashionable touchscreen phone, perhaps the more important device to be released by BlackBerry yesterday was the Q10. A physical QWERTY keyboard is something of a rarity these days, but it still has plenty of fans, meaning if the phone is good enough, BlackBerry could have a winner on its hands.
Let’s take a look at how it compares to the other QWERTY phones on the market these days, where the choice is so slim, it’s also up against the device it replaces, the BlackBerry Bold.
- Price: TBA
- Screen: 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution.
- Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM.
- Weight: 139 grams. Battery: 1800mAh cell with a talk time of 10 hours.
- Operating System/App Store: BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry World.
- Bonuses: 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage memory, NFC.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
- Price: £400
- Screen: 2.8-inch touchscreen with a 640 x 480 pixel resolution.
- Processor: 1.2GHz single-core processor with 768MB of RAM.
- Weight: 130 grams. Battery: 1230mAh cell with 6 hours talk time.
- Operating System/App Store: BlackBerry OS 7, BlackBerry World
- Bonuses: 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage memory, NFC.
Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330
- Price: £120 – £160
- Screen: 3-inch touchscreen with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution.
- Processor: 850MHz single-core processor.
- Weight: 112 grams. Battery: 1200mAh cell with a 5 hour talktime.
- Operating System/App Store: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Google Play.
- Bonuses: 2-megapixel camera, 4GB of internal memory, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update available.
The only other option is the Nokia Asha 302, which runs on Series 40 software, so it’s not strictly a smartphone no matter what Nokia tries to tell you. It’s cheap and reliable though, at around £90, but you’ll miss out on the extensive application stores and customisable nature of Android.
See what we mean about the BlackBerry Q10 going almost unchallenged? It’s by far the most technically adept, has the latest software and continues a long tradition of strong, QWERTY-equipped smartphones from BlackBerry. If you’re after a phone with a physical keyboard, it’s very hard to ignore the Q10.