A week with the Q10

by Volker Weber

I put my hands on a Q10 about three months ago. Actually three and a half months ago. And I was not interested at all. It seemed old, like an old BlackBerry. As much as I love the BlackBerry Bold 9900, its software is dated. And there I had the shiny new Z10, the bPhone. I saw it again two weeks later, in Amsterdam, and was given an extensive demo by BlackBerry. Still, no Q10 for me. The Z10 had my attention. Then I received a note that I was eligible to receive a Dev Alpha C, which is a boxy version of the Q10. Six weeks delivery. Yawn.

And then, last week, I got the final product. First impression: this does not feel at all like the prototypes I had seen. This was good. I put a new SIM into the Q10, because I wanted to use it at the same time as the Z10, going back and forth between the two. Hah! I have not touched the Z10 once.

The Q10 has all the benefits of the Z10. And then some more. Like keyboard shortcuts to jump between messages. You get a physical keyboard and good suggestions. It's easier to wake up, since you don't have to swipe a long screen but a much shorter one. The screen is where your thumb wants to be. Very easy to reach everything on the smaller screen. I have charged the Q10 every second day without a problem. Whenever I write something, I just drop the other phone (Galaxy S4) and get the Q10.

Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. Big time.

Comments

So - Blackberry not quite dead yet? That's good to hear.

Does the Q10 have all the nifty features from the Z10, like TimeShift, Balance and Flow?

Lars Olufsen, 2013-05-02 22:55

Of course. Same software. One level up (10.1).

Volker Weber, 2013-05-02 22:56

I'm kind of excited to look at one once it is available unlocked in the U.S.

Eric Hancock, 2013-05-03 05:08

Was the device alway warm like my Q10? It was delivered yesterday and I could find some forum threads in the net where people asked the same question.
The device is always warm on the backside even without working with it.

Torben Volkmann, 2013-05-18 21:01

Nein, meiner ist kalt.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-19 01:28

Nachtrag:

"Hab den Fehler gefunden! Es war Evernote (wo ich das eben so schön aufgelistet habe). Meine Datenbank ist mittlerweile fast 10GB groß und ich habe keine Möglichkeit gefunden beim Q10 die Adressbücher zur Synchronisierung auszuwählen. Anwenderfehler und nicht das Device! Evernote vom Q10 gelöscht und schon ist alles wie es soll."

Volker Weber, 2013-05-19 20:00

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