I was a Bold user before BB10 came out. When it did, I wanted to get the Q10 who’s introduction I had been following in the news and websites. Being a Verizon customer, the Z10 was the first device available and there was no word for at least several weeks on when/if they would carry the Q10. My contract renewal had already come due and I visited my local store several times, checking out the Z10, agonizing over whether or not I could deal without the beautiful BlackBerry PKB I had gotten so used to on my Bold. After about 8 weeks, of my resolve being tested, I gave in and purchased the Z10, unaware of the automated VKB features and thinking that at the very least, I could type with the device in landscape mode. Of course about a month later, the Q10 became available. I do not regret my purchase of the Z10 as I love the device and used it (platooned with a Z30 and Q10) for a couple years; currently my dad is using it and I suspect will replace it with a Z30 any time now. Eventually I purchased the Q10 off contract from Verizon.
Today, the talk is all about the Passport, Classic, Leap and the forthcoming slider. Rightly so, as they’re all excellent and exciting devices offering different features and form factors, but all running on the most secure, efficient, feature-rich, OS available. The Leap is incredibly stylish and offers tremendous value at the price point. The Passport is incredibly innovative and arguably the best productivity device on the market; paired with a Miracast monitor and Bluetooth keyboard, it is essentially a workstation. The Classic offers the incredible productivity features of the PKB and toolbelt in a one-handed form factor that mobile professionals love, and the slider (whatever it will be called) looks to be a very high end device in terms of specs, and may satisfy those of us who want the best of both worlds in terms of screen real estate and the excellent typing experience you can only get on a BlackBerry PKB.
In the investment industry, some fund managers are described as “contrarian” because their style seems to fly against the grain of what the generally accepted market sentiment is. I may be described this way because I like to give some love to the “old” devices (old by mobile industry standards) that no one is generally talking about. Many of the UTB members, contributors, and admins would probably say they have a genuine affection for the BlackBerry brand, and some might say it’s their favorite brand. I definitely feel more like a “fan” of the company than just a customer or a “user” of their products. I want to see them complete their turnaround and paradoxically, some of my affection for them may have been increased due to all the negative press and even vitriol they have had to endure, sometimes surprisingly, at the hands of media outlets that profess to support the BlackBerry user community. The practices some of those sites engage in have been well documented on UTB and in the UTB forums, so I will just say that they have been so bad, if you listened to them, you may not even have purchased a BB10 device, expecting the company to have gone out of business.
As a Verizon customer, my access to BB10 devices is sometimes limited. They did carry the Z10, Z30 and Q10, but they did not carry the Torch and have not offered the Passport. My contract comes due soon and I have my eye on the Classic, which I can get for $99 USD with a two year contract. While everyone has been talking about their new Passports (again, rightly so), I have been somewhat sentimentally admiring my Q10 and thought I’d share with you why I still love it. The other day, I picked my nephew up from high school and my Q10 sat in the center console with his shiny new Motorola Moto G (I believe that’s what it was). The Moto G is a nice phone, sleek and stylish, and has a button on the back where your index finger naturally rests that can be used to control certain features on the device. (A decent innovation I think.) But when I glanced down at the two devices, I realized I wouldn’t trade my Q10 for that device if you paid me, and not only because my device runs the most secure, efficient, feature rich, OS on the market.
It seems many people feel strongly about their mobile phones, so possibly, my being a little sentimental here is excusable. Visit any mobile tech forum and you will find some very emotionally charged discussions, which tells me many “users” have become “fans” of their platform much like many of us do with sports teams. I took a stab at addressing some of these issues in a post I published some time ago which you can find here.
I love the styling of my Q10. I love the stainless steel frets on the keyboard and on the back of the phone, the glass weave battery cover that has the perfect amount of grip with the BBRY bullets on it, the rounded edges allowing it to sit comfortably in my hand, and the form factor and size and being so easy to use one handed. I love how when I get in the car and put it in the windshield mount I have, it doesn’t take up too much space or block my vision. I love the PKB. I love the feel of the keys, and the click they make when I press them, and the confidence of typing away, looking at the screen, just as I would with a full size PC keyboard. I love being able to compose business emails confidently without worrying about my punctuation or making typos. I love the PKB shortcuts like being able to jump to the bottom of UTB Forum threads or activate apps with the touch of a button via the programmable keys feature. I love the square screen and not having to be concerned with the format of pictures I take and how they display on different devices. I like the class 1 Bluetooth, the replaceable battery and the two BBRY charger bundles I have on hand, and the HDMI out so I can watch the occasional YouTube video on my big screen TV. I like the removable micro SD card and being able to inexpensively upgrade the amount of storage capacity I have. Of course, I also love BB10 and don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t use it; seriously.
The Q10 is an excellent platform for anyone interested in productivity and whom is willing to give up some screen real estate for a superb typing experience on the PKB and for a device that’s small, easy in and out of your pocket, and easy to use one handed while you’re on the go. I have 10.3.1.1448 on my Q10 and feel like even if I didn’t get a new BlackBerry for a couple more years, I would still have one of the best devices available for my needs (Possibly only the Classic would be better.). Frankly, the way BlackBerry supports their devices with regards to their OS releases, I could probably use this phone for a long time to come. It’s a real workhorse and a joy to use.
So, if you’re a Q10 user and don’t have the funds for a replacement right now, just remember your device is one of the best available for anyone who’s concerned about the privacy of their data and location, enjoys easily using their device with one hand, and likes to get things done efficiently and stay organized and productive. The Q10 is still a world class device by these standards. ………Cheers!