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BlackBerry Z10 & Q10, user love hate relationship

Under: BlackBerry, Mobile Phones
Date: February 11th, 2013

After all the recent excitement at the January 30th unveiling of the BlackBerry 10 operating system we have two new BlackBerry smartphones to consider that are both running BB10. They are the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 and many may have a love hate relationship with these devices, especially as the first is an all-touch device while the latter features the customary QWERTY keyboard so loved by many BlackBerry device owners.

It would be good to think that people using devices on other platforms at the moment, would be open enough to at least check out one of these new BlackBerry 10 phones. However there will be many who have already decided they won’t even try one of the new BlackBerry smartphones as they may be diehard Android or iOS fans. Android or iOS device enthusiasts may also not be won over by the fact that there are ‘only’ around 70,000 BB10 apps at present and while that’s a good amount on launch that can’t compete with the hundreds of thousands of Android or iOS apps available.

However there will be a huge amount of BlackBerry enthusiasts who can’t wait to get their hands on the Z10 or Q10 but herein may lay a dilemma. The BlackBerry Z10 has already released in the UK and Canada and is due to release in the US next month. So if you really are eager to get your first taste of BB10 then this is available right now to many of you. There’s a snag though as while the Z10 is certainly an impressive enough device it doesn’t have that QWERTY keyboard. As we’ve already said, traditional BlackBerry device users are rather enamored with their physical keyboards but if you want BB10 with QWERTY then you’ll have to wait for a while longer as BlackBerry has confirmed the BlackBerry Q10 will not release until April and even later for some regions.

So if you think you’ll love a new BB10 smartphone do you grab the Z10 now or wait a few more months for the Q10? To help out we’ll give you a very brief look at some of the key specs and features of these two handsets to see how they compare in other aspects.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 355 ppi, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB. It also has an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE (where applicable), NFC, and it comes in black or white color options.

Moving on to the BlackBerry Q10 and this is powered by a 1.5GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, 3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 720 x 720 and 328 ppi, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable to 64GB with microSD card. Other specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera, and NFC. The Q10 also comes in black or white color options.

The Z10 flagship then has a larger display with higher resolution and also features LTE that the Q10 lacks. However of course the Q10 has the QWERTY keyboard and that will sway it for many existing BlackBerry device owners. We’re really interested to hear your opinions on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

Do you hate the idea of either or would you love to get your hands on one? If you want to purchase the Z10 or Q10, which is your preference and why? If you usually use a BlackBerry with QWERTY keyboard are you willing to switch to an all-touch device? Let us know by sending your comments.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Fezziwig/644811936 Paul Fezziwig

    They’re releasing fantastic new products almost weekly now, and you whine about it not being fast enough? You sound like a spoiled child…or a desperate blackberry basher.

    • Peter

      Couldn`t have said it better myself. And I hate this ‘only 70,000 apps’ business. Apps aren’t everything. The usability of this device is simply superior to anything out there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Fezziwig/644811936 Paul Fezziwig

        I’ld love to learn how many different apps iOS and Android have downloaded in the last year, it’s probably closer to 100k. The rest are duplicates (ie 15k solitaire games), outdated apps, or just plain rubbish (400k haven’t been downloaded yet)….I won’t hold my breath on that, no journalists are asking these questions, too much work involved and they don’t want to know the truth anyways.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6TY26J3FYNPO77LTZVND5MEAI Thomas Yu

          Additionally, a lot of Android apps are really web apps that just put a mobile website in a wrapper and are thus useless offline, and often laggy due to the lack of hardware acceleration.

          For things like banking, there’s really no loss if there’s no app – just use the mobile site, it’s the same damned thing. Android proves it too well.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Fezziwig/644811936 Paul Fezziwig

            Thats the great thing about the BB10 browser and html5 support, no need to download 100 apps to use 100 scaled down app versions of websites, just 1 good free browser required…..not so good for Apple and Google’s pocketbooks when developers go this route though, hence they drag their feet with html5 support, now Blackberry has broken the dualopy…thank you BB !

  • coded Max

    I will definitely wait for BB Q10, cuz of d keyboard, I wish dey could build d Q10 with an optical trackpad or give us BB TK VICTORY with OS 10, dat should be the best hybrid phone of the century.

  • Anthon Jackman

    I’m definately getting the new BlackBerry Z10. I use a qwerty keybord BackBerry now, but love the new keyboard on the Z10. I’m not a big app user rather I prefer the abaility of a phone. The new Z10 will be a solid performer. I’m also going to get the Q10 to support BlackBerry and because I want my physical Qwerty stil. I want to know, because I like options as well but out of all these thousands of apps these other platforms offer. Who ever gets to all thosr apps to actually use. I’ve had both the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. I download all these apps and never get to them. I’m too busy refreshig to get my emails that I need. Its all preference I think and at the end of the day everyone will get what’s best for their personal needs. I prefer a functional proven system that I can grow with. The apps will come and all in time for me to actually use them…

  • http://twitter.com/svivie Stephen

    I just wish that they had released the two devices at the same time so that people could decide and no one would be left waiting. Ideally I’d like the Q10. I have an iPhone 5 now and I don’t really feel like switching to the Z10 to get BB10 as I don’t see the point. The Q10 offers the physical keyboard and iconic BlackBerry style, so that makes it worthwhile. However, I’m longing to experience the BB10 OS, so I am feeling very impatient! lol

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