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I have been a long time Blackberry user, and although I've switched to Android for a while, the Q10 has brought me back. I've used this phone for several months, and have been pleased. It's nice to have a phone with a swivel holster on my belt that doesn't look like a large tablet. I can easily put this in a holster and cover it with my t-shirt and nobody knows I have my phone. Having a holster is important to me because I hate putting my phone in one of my pockets. I don't need a huge phone, so the size on this is perfect for me.
The next best part is the keyboard. I'm terrible at typing on touchscreen keyboards, so this keyboard makes my typing much faster and accurate.
Switching to the new OS 10 and trackpad removals were two very big changes. I have mixed feelings about OS10. I don't like that it follows the typical Android/Apple feel, and there's nothing you can do to customized it. The best part of my BOLD was that I could use theme studio and create my phone the way I wanted. I always had my next four calendar events on my home screen, reminding me every time that I look at my phone what I have coming up in my life.
Minus customization, OS 10 is awesome. It's great that you can sideload .apk (android) files. Not every android app will work perfectly on the phone, it's nice to at least have some of their apps on your BB.
Overall, this phone is just as great as every other BB. It's nice to have a browser that can actually view modern websites, and GPS apps that work. I would suggest this phone to anyone
I have been a BlackBerry user since the 9000. Loved the physical keyboard from day 1. From there I went to the 9700, 9780, Z10, Z30 and now the Q10. Throw into that mix a couple of Nexus devices but never iOS.
The virtual keyboards on the Z series are the best out there with it's intuitive prediction and learning my typing style. However, I was not always very accurate typing on glass so was constantly having to correct what I'd already typed. I thought the larger Z30 screen would improve my accuracy. Unfortunately that was not to be the case.
So, after much deliberation as to whether I would miss the screen realestate and whether I could again get used to typing on a physical qwerty, I decided to bite the bullet and purchased a used Q10 off Gumtree. The unit I bought has a couple of scratches on each corner but nothing is bent or rattly and the screen and keyboard are immaculate.
The first half hour was quite difficult, to be honest. I doubted whether I'd made the correct decision but as I became familiar with the physical keyboard again, my confidence grew and my doubts faded away. I now know that I will always have a qwerty device as my main handset. My Z30 sits in it's box in the cupboard. It does get handled occasionally and although I am still amazed at its build quality and smoothness of operation, I know that I can never rely on a virtual keyboard for my day to day business.
Will I get the Passport when it is eventually released? Not likely. It's just too big for me. What about the Classic? If the Q10 continues to serve me well without any of the gremlins reported by other fellow users, then I may skip the Classic and see what BlackBerry has in store for us, the faithful, in the foreseeable future. Then again, the Classic is meant to have a massive battery and a faster processor. So yes, I may just bite the bullet an get one. We shall see.