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A great phone with a keyboard, if you still want one

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The BlackBerry Q10 delivers the great QWERTY feel that fans have been waiting for, but those looking to consume content will want to stick to the larger panel on the Z10.

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Critic reviews

7.6
27 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.1
  • Display
    7.1
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Camera
    6.8
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.8
  • Media support
    7.6
  • Durability
    8.6
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

8.4
15 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 23, 2013

There are certainly those who won't buy a phone without a keyboard, and the Q10 is unquestionably the best phone with a keyboard on the market. However, ... we're not sure cornering that market will move the needle very far in BlackBerry's favor.

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8.0
TechCrunch Apr 24, 2013

This is a business phone, and an unabashed one, and in a world where we often want our devices to do everything for us, a little focus is actually a very refreshing thing. ... evaluate your priorities if you’re thinking about getting a Q10: the app situation is still dismal for BlackBerry 10.

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8.0
CNET Apr 24, 2013

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.

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8.0
AllThingsD Apr 23, 2013

For plenty of users who gave up on BlackBerry years ago, the Q10 probably won’t change their minds. But for those of us who love physical keyboards and want a keyboard paired with the full functionality of a serious smartphone, the Q10 delivers.

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8.0
New York Times Apr 25, 2013

If the screen-space trade-off is worth it to you, and if you don’t mind betting on an underdog, you’ll find no better keyboarded phone than the BlackBerry Q10.

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7.0
Ars Technica Apr 24, 2013

The Q10 is a very solid and well-built little phone, and it's one of the few options available from any smartphone ecosystem for the physical keyboard holdouts. For most buyers, though, it's going to feel like a throwback, and we don't mean that in a good way.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 23, 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 is the phone BlackBerry fanatics have been clamoring for -- with a killer keyboard and welcome OS improvements -- but you'll have to live with a small touch screen.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 14, 2013

As expected, the BlackBerry Q10 for AT&T sets the bar for QWERTY messaging phones, but it can't quite compete with other smartphone leaders.

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6.0
Wired Apr 23, 2013

For you power-hungry, data-consuming users who have stuck with BlackBerry ... the Q10 is the phone you’ve been waiting for. ... if you’re not the typing type, and especially if you live for your apps and your photos, you’re better off sticking to the black rectangles with the bigger screens.

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8.0
Mashable Apr 24, 2013

So the Q10 scores a victory, but it's a pyrrhic one. As good as many of the features of the Q10 are, it's not a phone I could recommend to anyone but the diehard few who were already lining up for it.

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8.0
Associated Press Apr 23, 2013

The Q10 is likely to be attractive to the BlackBerry faithful. It deserves to lure some people over from Androids and iPhones as well. The keyboard makes the Q10 a good complement to a tablet. Use the bigger screen for entertainment, surfing and gaming, and the BlackBerry for messaging.

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7.0
ABC News Apr 24, 2013

Many who have been waiting for a new Blackberry with a keyboard and a real browser will find the Q10 to be the phone they have been waiting on for so long. As for me, I'd replace my Bold with the Q10 in a heartbeat, but ultimately it's not enough to become the only phone I carry.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 30, 2013

We like the design and the keyboard experience, but beyond that communication experience, there's little that's unique and BB10 is still some way behind rival offerings.

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6.0
TechHive May 8, 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 is the best physical keyboard phone out there, but tepid app support and a frustrating interface hamper its potential.

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10
The Telegraph Apr 24, 2013

If a great keyboard is your main requirement, as it is for many users of all ages, the Q10 is the device you should buy. It’s the best of its kind on the market – BlackBerry remains king of the keyboard. Let's hope apps will come later.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jun 13, 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 follows the exact same path as the Z10, with the same advantages and disadvantages—except this time it has an exceptionally designed physical keyboard that's practical to use. The body is indisputably a success, but where the Q10 falters is in its battery.

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8.0
Gear Diary Jul 9, 2013

Put simply, there is a lot to like about the BlackBerry Q10. ... For me, the biggest problem stems from the BlackBerry Q10’s poor use of what little screen resolution it offers. Menu bars that take up too much room and don’t disappear are largely to blame here.

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7.0
TrustedReviews May 29, 2013

For business users, the Q10 will be a welcome and giant step up from an aging BlackBerry Bold 9900. It is unlikely to turn around BlackBerry’s fortunes just yet, though.

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9.0
CrackBerry Apr 23, 2013

If you love your physical keyboard BlackBerry then the Q10 is for you - no question. If you're a BlackBerry fan but want to step things up, you may opt for the BlackBerry Z10 or even hold out to see what new devices come down the road. Overall we couldn't be more pleased with the BlackBerry Q10.

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9.0
Mobile Syrup Apr 24, 2013

Four years ago, the Q10 may have been a contender for the best smartphone in the world; today, BlackBerry has to work four times as hard to prove there’s still a reason to go QWERTY.

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8.0
Business Insider Apr 23, 2013

Do you absolutely need a physical keyboard? If the answer is yes, then the Q10 is the best phone you can buy. In fact, it's pretty much you're only option unless you want to buy one of the older, outdated BlackBerrys.

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8.0
V3 Apr 24, 2013

The BlackBerry 10 is a great phone for those looking for a smartphone with a physical keyboard, especially corporate users trading up from older BlackBerry devices. However, the BlackBerry 10 platform still has only a limited range of applications available.

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7.0
BGR Apr 23, 2013

All in all, the BlackBerry Q10 is a phone for a very limited group of people. It’s for hardcore BlackBerry fanatics who have to have a physical keyboard, but to be honest, I don’t see much point in a phone like the Q10

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7.0
Digital Trends Jul 23, 2013

The Q10 is made to deliver the best experience around messaging. For people who prioritize this above everything else, including good apps, the Q10 is a good buy.

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8.0
USA Today Apr 24, 2013

My verdict on the Q10: Physical keyboard devotees will embrace it, but the phone still seems destined to remain a niche product.

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7.0
MobileBurn Jun 13, 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 is the phone that most BlackBerry users think they want. It's the phone that best represents BlackBerry's iconic status as a messaging machine, and it also has the better battery performance of the two current BB 10 models. However, I'd argue that it's not ... the best phone.

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Engadget Jan 30, 2013

It's a hybrid touch / physical QWERTY model and one that diehard BlackBerry fans won't only be more familiar with, but potentially more willing to embrace with open palms.

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Gizmodo Jan 30, 2013

That comes out to a typing experience that feels totally like a BlackBerry keyboard, while also feeling slightly less staid. This, somehow, feels like a modern phone, just with a physical keyboard.

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ZDNet Jun 7, 2013

It has been quite a while since I used a hardware keyboard device, but I have to say that so far it is pretty refreshing. I have heard people say they can type faster on the Z10 and optimized software keyboard, but I can still fly faster on the hardware keyboard.

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SlashGear Jan 30, 2013

While the 3.1-inch display may be incredibly small on paper, it really works on this device, and we can’t say that many people will have a problem with it.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 30, 2013

The keyboard is instantly recongnisable and the size and feel of the device scream Bold at you as soon as you pick it up.

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Consumer Reports May 3, 2013

The BlackBerry Q10 is a palm-friendly phone with an intuitive interface that smartly keeps all of the people, places, and other things you care about where they belong: under your thumb. Overall, I liked the keyboard, but ... it screams for a separate row of buttons devoted to numbers

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Phone Scoop Jan 30, 2013

The keyboard is great. It is a classic keyboard, with scalloped keys offering excellent travel and feedback. I had no trouble pecking out messages on the Q10 in the (really) short time I spent with it.

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TrustedReviews Jan 30, 2013

Tapping out a few sentences the keys felt larger than any previous BlackBerry we can recall and the action is even lighter, but the end result is that we could type at a pretty decent pace.

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T3 Jan 30, 2013

We had a quick go with the keyboard and it's certainly comfy and responsive to use so we can't see QWERTY keyboard fans being disappointed.

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TechRadar Jan 30, 2013

For those who simply can't live without a full keyboard on their smartphone the Q10 is an enticing proposition with a decent size keyboard and larger touchscreen coupled with the new BlackBerry 10 OS making it a far more powerful and diverse handset.

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7.0
adityan adityan

Beautiful piece of hardware; very elegant. But a glaring design blunder is to not have a trackpad, or even a home button, which just about every OS has! As a result, navigation is sheer nightmare! I love BB's. And I will buy one when the engineers put a trackpad to it. So there.

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9.0
Azero79 Azero79

Maybe it's not a multimedia device, but it has a great productivity and security factor that concurrence simply can't offer, I get a lot of stuff done very quickly with this device.

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9.0
juliank juliank

I have been a BlackBerry user since the 9000. Loved the physical keyboard from day 1. From there I went to the 9700, 9780, Z10, Z30 and now the Q10. Throw into that mix a couple of Nexus devices but never iOS. The virtual keyboards on the Z series are the best out there with it's intuitive...

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9.0
gerard6656 gerard6656

I bought this phone in April to help me research BlackBerry's investment prospects. Frankly, I thought it would be a 3-4 week fling and then back to my Casio commando (android) which I also like a lot. Reality is, the BlackBerry is smaller, lighter, probably not as durable but still quite...

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kirshan kirshan

I absolutely love this device! I've used android and iOS but there's nothing that compares to a blackberry for getting things done! The keyboard encourages you to just keep going, there's no irritating on screen keyboard that makes you keep proof reading your work. But if your looking to be...

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9.0
pavelevstignee pavelevstignee

I like keyboard, actually I like keyboard on nokia E5 more, but Q10 is also good, may be little hard to press space if not in middle. Camera is nice, can do 1080p video, and take a micro video, so can choose best moment. Battery is not big and not small, I use phone a lot and I charge it once a...

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