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Posted on Aug 27, 2013 in DevBlog Sofia | 1 comment

Z10 vs Q10: addict and developer view

Z10 vs Q10: addict and developer view

Let me start by stating that I have used every single BlackBerry device since the 8700, experienced the track-wheel, the trackball, the track-pad and the full touch devices. Still, my favorite BlackBerry OS device is the 9800 Torch, and after it the 9810 Torch 2. I’m totally fond of slider-phones, for me this kind of devices represents the best of both worlds – hardware keyboard and a big screen. So when the first BB10 devices were announced I was really excited to try both Z10 and Q10.

After a while, the Z10 emerged as a clear winner for me, and I will explain why.

No matter how good a virtual keyboard is (even with the amazing word prediction, that BlackBerry introduced with BB10), the real hardware keyboard is something you really can’t skip if you happen to receive and answer a lot of mail every day. People often say that with some practice one can learn to type as fast as typing on real keys, but try typing with one hand in a cold winter morning, or on the back seat of mad driving taxi and you’ll be able to feel the difference.

And another major point – I can type on a hardware keyboard without actually looking at the screen, which is handy if you write emails while on the go. So keyboard wise, a big plus for the Q10.

The truth is that your smartphone is as smart as the battery lasts, after that it is just a piece of useless metal. The bigger battery of Q10 is a quite an advantage if you rely on your phone to carry all the daily tasks without recharging. I use all kind of tricks to extend the battery life of my Z10 like switching to 2g network and using only Wi-Fi at work and at home. Thus battery is another big plus for the Q10.

Screen size
Most of the time (like 80%) I use my smartphone for browsing and reading online articles, tech blogs etc. Even when I open Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn it usually ends up in opening a link in the browser and reading something that catches my eye. So I really value the screen estate and let me tell you that the 720×720 can be too small for reading, especially in the browser reader mode (it is literally like 3 rows visible and constant scrolling). Hence Z10 shines like a star with its bigger screen.

Screen type
Q10 uses AMOLED display, which in my own experience is not that good in direct sunlight and often changes color if you look at it at certain angles. As I said above, reading is my major point when using a smartphone, so another plus for the Z10 here.

Screen skin
I hate black. I hate it with all my heart. I especially hate white letters on a black background, it really hurts my eyes and this is the thing I mostly dislike about Q10. I know that this specific theme is introduced to preserve battery life, but I still don’t like it. In the latest OS updates at least the Q10 Calendar got a chance to look like a “normal” app… Z10 wins here once again.

There are more apps available for the Z10 than for the Q10. Yes, all major apps are there and luckily all Built For BlackBerry apps too (it’s part of the BFB rules to support all phone models), so the quality apps are there too. But still, if you compare numbers, the Z10 is a clear winner.

Same as apps, there are more games for the Z10. Moreover it is more fun to play on a bigger screen, especially car driving games, since you can tilt your phone in landscape mode like a real pro. And let’s face it, it is more fun to whack zombies on a 1280×768 screen.


As a conclusion, after choosing the Z10 as my primary phone I lost productivity, but gained entertainment. And who says that work shouldn’t also bring some fun.


by Tihomir Hristov,

Sofia developer group manager


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  1. nice post, basically great arguments for a slider concept :)

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