After the successful launch of BlackBerry Z10, the next in line is the BlackBerry Q10. Like BlackBerry Z10, this smartphone also runs on the new BlackBerry 10 OS Mobile platform. It is one of the first smartphones to have a physical QWERTY keyboard. Most people have a liking for touch screen smartphones but there are some others who prefer a physical keyboard. BlackBerry is at its best with this smartphone and is known to provide top-quality QWERTY keyboards on its phones. We present a hands-on for BlackBerry Q10 which we will later analyze for a verdict.
Design The BlackBerry Q10 is made using the glass weave technique on the back of the device. It has stainless steel framework on its sides which makes it far stronger than plastic or stainless steel. On comparing this new phone with the older BlackBerry models, you will find that this phone has a firm, well-made and attractive exterior. Apart from that, the physical properties of this phone have also improved which is made for business users.
The BlackBerry Q10 has a power on its top and volume controls on its right side. This phone is quite lightweight and weighs only 139g. It has a compact size of 120 x 67 x 10.4mm that makes it easy to hold in our hands.
Camera BlackBerry Q10 provides a large 8 megapixel camera that has almost all the features of the new Z10’s camera. The Time Shift feature used by both these smartphone lets users to take shots in high speed mode. This feature enables to select the best facial expressions which will give you excellent pictures. So, the resultant picture will have everybody in the group photo looking great with their best smiles. This can be done by clicking many photos continuously and integrating a photo frame by frame with the best shots.
Screen The BlackBerry Q10 has an amazing 3.1 inch touch screen display with a 720x720p resolution and density of 330dpi. The touch screen is made of AMOLED display that gives great performance in less power. This phone gives high-quality colours on the display as well as amazing contrast ratios. Even though Q10 has a smaller display, its touch screen responds quickly. It enhances its usage by providing the awesome combination of QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen.
Keyboard There isn’t any phone available yet that provides the physical QWERTY keyboard like the BlackBerry phones. At the launch of BlackBerry Q10, they had mentioned that it would give the best typing experience. The BlackBerry phones are preferred the most by people only because of this season. The Blackberry Q10’s keyboard gives effortless and great typing experience to its users.
Verdict The Q10 would suit business users the best but others can also buy this feature-packed smartphone. Even though it doesn’t have a full touchscreen display like most other smartphones available today, we hope that it will appeal to a specific section of users.
In this epic smart phone war between Samsung and Apple, BlackBerry Business Phones plays a smart move, now slowly shifting its focus from Smart phones to its Services as well. The Canadian Acme today launched a “Secure Work Space” feature for iOS and Android devices which allow users to separate their work apps and personal data with ease all managed through the single BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 administration console.
Secure Work Space tool allows new containerization in addition to application-wrapping and secure connectivity option which in turn offers high level of control and security. On a personal Android Phone or an iPhone, users with Secure Work Space get integrated email (with attachment viewing), calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry’s “Documents To Go”. With corporate data held separately within the Secure Work Space container, the standard apps can be deployed by user with confidence in addition to other apps chosen by the company.
BlackBerry in association with Partner Box is working towards the cloud aspect of the new service & users interested in taking advantage will have to purchase a $99 per year, per device license to access the new feature. According to BlackBerry, users benefit majorly because, they no longer need to configure and manage expensive VPN infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls.
The success graph of these BlackBerry operated services can be drawn from the fact that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 which went live back in January, has since been installed a reported 18,000 times on an Android Phone or an iPhone, with Reuters stating that in excess of 60-percent of Fortune 500s in the United States are either currently using or testing out the platform.
Though critics argue that the company is fighting a lost battle with the release of the BlackBerry Smart Business Phones “the Z10 and Q10” being the most notable, it is a known fact that BlackBerry Business phones have a herculean task ahead if it plans to compete with Android Phones and iPhones.
The BlackBerry Bold 4 or the BlackBerry 9900 is one phone that is making its presence known in India. Featuring the BlackBerry 7.0 Operating System, it has a touch screen display and BlackBerry’s flagship physical QWERTY keyboard. Looking sleek and stylish, this phone is surely a nice piece of technology to have in your hands. Let us get a feel of the BlackBerry 9900 christened the Bold 4 and analyze its make and features.
Design Measuring 115 x 66 x 10.5mm, the Bold 4 is a bit larger than the similarly designed BlackBerry 9700 series but with a 4mm reduction in the thickness. With a metal rim on the borders, this phone looks classy and is compact and light weight at just 130g. The phone fits comfortably in your hands without any gripping issues.
Focusing on the controls, the screen lock button rests on the top and is slightly buried to prevent the phone from getting unlocked unintentionally. The volume controls are on the right upper side and there is a ‘convenience’ key on the same lower side which launches the camera by default on pressing it. The other side that is the left side has the USB socket and the 3.5mm earphone jack towards the upper side.
Features Coming to the software, the Bold 4 runs the older BlackBerry 7.0 OS and is embedded with a 2.8” capacitive LCD touch screen. What is special about this device is the 1.2GHz QC8655 processor which powers the phone for its superior and speedy performance. A 5MP camera is fine in Bold 4 but BlackBerry could have made an impact with an 8MP camera.
The Bold 4 has a RAM memory of 768MB and has 8GB ROM for OS and user data and applications storage. The user memory is expandable up to 32GB by an external SD card.
BlackBerry phones are known for its sturdy and functional keyboards. The Bold 4 has the same design as previous Bold phones. Sculpted keys and chrome bards between each rows of keys offer effortless typing experience. Messaging and emailing is made very efficient with a long press capital letters feature (pressing keys longer gives CAPS).
Camera The BlackBerry Bold 4 has a reasonable if not spectacular 5MP camera without an autofocus which is a norm in camera nowadays. The pictures are average at the best with the camera. LED flash is included which is a positive thing. Overall, the camera of this phone is not something which motivates you to buy this phone.
Connectivity and Battery Looking at connectivity to the world, the BlackBerry Bold 4 has 3G, Wlan, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 capability. With Wi-Fi and hotspot features, you can have continuous internet on your phone.
At 1230mAh, the Li-ion battery give a 5 hour talk time on 3G connection and about 307 hours of standby time which is decent enough and nothing to complain about.
Verdict The Bold 4 is the best ever BlackBerry Bold Smartphone from BlackBerry. With its competing features, it will surely appeal to die hard BlackBerry lovers. Business users will rejoice with some enhanced features like improved browsing and interactivity.
Some time ago, an official looking Blackberry Twitter account had posted news about the availability of BBM for Android devices by June 27th this year. The T-Mobile UK also followed this post and shared it further saying it was official news. It turned out that this post was fake and the account from which it was posted was also fake. Since these rumours had spread very quickly, many reports started coming in that claimed that this post was in fact official and genuine. This made the awaiting users question whether the June 27th release date was delayed.
After some days, the tweets that spread this rumour were deleted. The expected June 27th release date came and went without any news about the so-called BBM for Android. The news about the Blackberry messaging service being made available for Android devices is true but the release date turned out to be false. Once the provider of best mobile phones in India and the rest of the world, Blackberry had announced in May this year that they are going to launch their messaging service this summer but there has been no further reports about its development.
When the managing director of Blackberry India was recently asked whether the BBM for Android would be expected soon, he replied saying that the users can expect to get the BBM for their Android mobile phones online by the end of Summer. On probing him further, he said that the BBM for Android phones would arrive in Summer as per North America. So, users can hope to get BBM for the best Android mobile phones in India by September.
In the U.S, Summer mostly starts by June 21st and ends by September. Although Blackberry has confirmed that the messaging service will arrive for some of the best Android mobile phones in India in this Summer, they haven’t specified any time frame for it. As of now, there are no online reports about the time slot in which Blackberry will be providing BBM for Android mobile phones. The summer has officially started in U.S so the update about the release date could come any time now.
Although there are no details about the BBM for Android, the latest update comes in the form of Google which is working towards integrating SMS functionality for its Google Hangouts feature. So, it would be quite worth thinking whether the users waiting for their Android mobile phones to get BBM would go online to check out the new universal chat feature Google is going to implement.
This new development does arise the question of whether Google will steal the show from Blackberry while it takes time to launch BBM for Android. Also, it is good to notice that Blackberry is focussing on the services part with the Secure Work Space that it launched earlier for Android devices and now it’s looking forward to adding BBM to the Android Apps store.