By Vamien McKalin | May 06, 2013 03:04 PM EDT
The second BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Q10, is out and ready for consumer consumption. Reviewers have gotten their hands on the device and from what we can tell, the BlackBerry Q10 is a capable smartphone but suffers from performance problems along with having a small screen and mediocre camera.
Still, reviewers believe it is the perfect handset for those who want a BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard.
CrackBerry - Kevin Michaluk: "For the most part, the BlackBerry Q10 is a form factor play; the specs and platform match the BlackBerry Z10 very closely. Those who want a full touchscreen experience should opt for the Z10. And those who love their physical keyboard and can't make the transition to touchscreen typing should definitely pick up the Q10. It feels absolutely great to use and will be an easy transition for those making the leap from a legacy BlackBerry."
Engadget - Tim Stevens: "The BlackBerry Q10 is, for the most part, exactly what we expected it to be: a Z10 with a smaller display and a physical keyboard. There's not much between the two phones when it comes to performance or aesthetics and, while the improvement in battery life is nice, both still fall into the 'average' category in that regard. Unsurprisingly, then, which of the two is right for you boils down to a single question: how badly do you hate typing on glass?"
Cnet - Brian Bennett: "How compelling the BlackBerry Q10 is really hinges on whether you believe that the ideal mobile device needs to be an efficient messaging machine first and a gadget for running apps second. If so, and I admit you're in the minority, then the Q10's superb keyboard and message-handling capabilities make it a perfect match. Its long battery life and comfortable keyboard may be what you've been holding out for, and the inclusion of BlackBerry 10.1 is extra icing on the cake. Those who want a phone tied to a bigger ecosystem and one that offers a wider selection of apps and services, however, should look elsewhere."
The big question is, how many smartphone users require a device with a physical keyboard? We'd like to think that market is small, and that RIM should focus on releasing a low-cost touchscreen-based BlackBerry 10 device instead of this.
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