BlackBerry Q10—Modernizing a Classic
The BlackBerry Q10 is an updated relic, aimed at both the modern and classical tastes of BlackBerry enthusiasts. The new device features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display and touch screen, and an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 5x digital zoom, as well as HD video recording. All of this AND a keyboard AND a new operating system. Plus the potential for Android Jelly Bean apps in the future. That’s a pretty solid lineup.
BlackBerry users can look to the Q10 as a bridge between what they’ve known and loved in the past, and the contemporary smartphone. This role may have been meant for the Z10, being the pioneer of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. But the Z10’s virtual keyboard and full touchscreen has left many BlackBerry purists less than amazed. The Q10, then, which maintains the quintessential physical keyboard feature, revives the BlackBerry legacy.
Not so classic features
Classic does not mean outdated, however. The BlackBerry 10 operating system boasts several updated features shared between the Q10 and the Z10. These include a large integration of gestures for easy navigation on the touch screen, as well as the ability to multitask. Users can switch through up to eight running applications by tapping and swiping.
BlackBerry Balance is a new feature of BlackBerry 10; it allows users to separate personal and office data into different profiles. BlackBerry Link, then, allows users to sync and organize music, photos, videos and documents between their device and a computer. This is compatible with both Mac and PC. These certainly help to keep BlackBerry as a frontrunner for business phones.
Apps for the BlackBerry Q10 currently work on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and below operating systems. However, BlackBerry recently announced that it will add support for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean apps in an upcoming software update. While some of the Android apps that gingerbread supports are now three years old, Jelly Bean will support such features as fragments, embedded fragments, hardware acceleration and animation framework, amongst others.
BlackBerry will always have a certain, classic appeal, especially for those who grew up with it in this digital world. It has a loyal following and a solid place within a particular niche. As BlackBerry is forced to modernized, so are its fans. The BlackBerry Q10 may be the perfect entrance into the era of full touchscreen smartphones. Make sure you protect yours with one of the many available cases for the BlackBerry Q10 from OtterBox!