New BlackBerry Q10 reviewed

Long-awaited upgrade from Canadian phone maker is put to the test
By Salma Awwad
Thu 09 May 2013 09:40 AM

The transition from the Bold 9900 to the long awaited Q10 needed quite a bit of adjustment, but since I haven’t been able to stop exploring the phone from the moment I unraveled it, I would say that I will be adapting to it fairly quickly.

The upgrade is an exciting one, with many added features and advantages. First thing I noticed was the weight. The Q10 feels significantly lighter and the carbon fiber back is modern, sleek and extremely durable.

To move from a BlackBerry 7.0 to BlackBerry 10 was at first a big change, yet surprisingly user friendly. My favorite feature so far is the multiple window option, where you can open countless different applications on the same page at the same time and flip through them with ease. This is really when you notice the power of the 1.5GHz dual core processor, which was an upgrade initially introduced in the Z10 model.

Up to four windows can be viewed simultaneously on the same screen; however, if you want to see every single activity on one page, there is an option to do that as well.

“The Hub” is a new feature that centralises every single application on your smart phone. You can instantaneously access everything from your text messages, calls, emails to even Twitter and Facebook. Not having to open each application separately saves you time and effort, while keeping you continuously up to date.

The Q10 is also the first BlackBerry to have Skype. And if Skype isn’t enough, there is now a new “BBM Video” chat feature. Unfortunately, it is currently barred in the UAE because a monitoring system has not yet been put in place.

An 8 megapixel camera, as opposed to the 5 of the previous BlackBerry bold, has been installed, which is an upgrade that BlackBerry desperately needed.

The most noticeable advantage is that it comes with a touch screen as well as a keyboard for QWERTY lovers. The touch screen is 8 cm in size (diagonally), with a clear picture quality of 720 x 720 pixels.

From a Business point of view; however, there is a slight downside. BIS, which is the system used to save emails on the server, previously saved your messages for 30 days after they have been viewed.

Now, once you have opened a message on Outlook, BIS automatically deletes it from your phone in less than a day. This is a flaw that BlackBerry needs to quickly find a solution for because it seems to have left many users frustrated.

BlackBerry has always been well known for being a business phone, but it is certainly catching up with its competitors and getting the attention of social users. According to the latest company reports, 55 percent of the people who bought a Z10 were not previous BlackBerry users, but instead switched over from an Android, iOS or Windows phone.

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