We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.
I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.
Sprint was kind enough to send me a demo device and let me give it a long good test. I’m not going to get in depth with all the details, but I will give you my impressions.
The device in general is slightly larger than the Bold 9900/9930. This is due to the larger screen size. Otherwise, it is almost identical. For me, that is good. I really liked the 9900/9930 series. Sprint does not offer the Z10, so this is the first BlackBerry 10 device on Sprint using LTE. The increased data speeds were very nice, because in the past Sprint 3G service just would not cut it for what I needed in a smartphone.
The Q10 does a great job at being a phone. All basic functions work just as you would expect them to. Where BlackBerry 10 falls a little short is in the Applications department. You will be hard pressed to find as many quality apps in BlackBerry World as you would in the iOS App Store or Google Play. Now that doesn’t mean BlackBerry World has nothing, because it does have many options…. and yes for those wondering, it does have Angry Birds.
Overall, I thought the Q10 was a great device. It still doesn’t have everything I need to pull me away from my iPhone, but I do believe it could be a great device depending on what your needs are. If you main goal is to be able to make phone calls, text, email, and do some social media; then this device is exactly what you want. I carry my iPhone as a personal device, and use a BlackBerry for a work device. It works out great for a business device because my needs are exactly what I described above.
If you want to learn a little more about the Q10, watch the YouTube video below from BlackBerry. They have numerous Q10 videos available that will break down the device and its capabilities more in depth.