Talk me out of the new Blackberry Q10

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  1. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    What can I say, I'm a dinosaur when it comes to cell phones. I like my Blackberry. I really enjoy having an actual keyboard (have typed on my wife's iPhone and, even when your turn it sideways and get the larger "keyboard" I don't like it).

    Three or four friends from ADV all have the Galaxy III and I think it's the slickest thing since sliced bread . . . but it doesn't have a "real" keyboard.

    Do any of you in the know have any idea if the new BB will have any of the fun, helpful, features that the iPhone and the Galaxy III have? Or would I only be getting a newer version of my three year old BB Bold?
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    The Droid 4 has the best physical keyboard I've used on a cell phone.
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  3. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Does it have the other cool features the newer phones all seem to have as well?
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  4. DriveShaft

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    Is that a membrane keyboard? It'd surprise me if a membrane keyboard scores highly on your list.
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    $199 with contract? Who do they think they are, Apple?

    I'd wait for the back-to-school sale when they will be $0 with a new contract.
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  6. Hannda

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    Excellent idea. But it brings me back to the original question of 'do I want one or do I need to grow up and move on to newer technology?'
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    I'd blow $200 on one. Don't give a rat's ass about apple whatever...my most important feature is a functional keyboard. It's fundamental to me being able to text while driving somewhat responsibly. And until Siri starts making better sense of Vietnamese names, and what not...keyboards are still king. So my choices are limited. I was totally going to blow my $$s on the Q10. But I didn't realize there were android alternatives. Now it's just a question of how well spec'd the platforms are vis-a-vis their operating demands, vs. how well supported the software community is.
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    It has the latest version of Android and runs it well, what it doesn't have are the super high resolution displays out now (540x960 VS 1080x1920 that some have).

    The screen on the Q10 will be better (Super AMOLED so brighter & higher density with 720 x 720) but the Droid's is 1/3 bigger.

    As for features the Droid 4 is basically the Droid Razr, so 2 generations back from top of the line processors, it has a 1.2 Ghz dual core. Though the Q10 isn't much better with a 1.5 Ghz dual core. For comparison the Galaxy S4 (US version) will have a 1.9 Ghz quad core processor.

    The Q10 has double the RAM though using the Droid 4 I can say that's not an issue anymore. Initially on Android 2.3 it would have occasional slow downs but on Jelly Bean it's very smooth.

    The bad news is the physical keyboard is going the way of the dodo, the Droid line is already months overdue for a new phone and they completely skipped it when they redid the Razr's which share their guts with it.
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    I still hate the iPhone's :deal

    The nice thing about the Droid is it has little nubs for the home keys so you can touch type with it. But the newer phones out there are much easier to type one. The Galaxy S4 is big enough that you can go pretty fast on it. I'm probably going to upgrade to the Galaxy Note 3 when it comes out.
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  10. Hannda

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    Food for thought, thank you. Your method also has the advantage of preparing myself for the day, I expect in the not-too-distant future, when the "physical keyboard" goes away for good - at least on phones.:cry
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    :bow Thank you.
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    The newest Galaxy ?#? I saw . . . Jeebus, it looked like a tablet computer. Probably has nearly the horsepower of one as well. I guess if I had a purse or something to schlep it around in it'd be fine, but I just use the screen lock on my BB and stick it in my back pocket.
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    Actually the 1.9 Ghz quad core which will out perform most if not all tablets (as long as we're talking ARM and not x86 which are the desktop Intel/AMD processors) out right now.

    I watched a review of the Q10:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p12Ba085_LA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Overall it seems like a decent middle range phone, the 200 dollar price tag is probably because they know they can get the crackberry crowd. It wont be able to compete with those lower specs at that price so I'd expect a drop in the near future. It's worth 100 no question as of right now though.
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    I had an iPhone 2.5g for three years......never came to terms with the keyboard. My last three phones have been Blackberries with keyboards.
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    Glad to hear I'm not the only one. So far it's you, DriveShaft and me.
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    That was helpful, thank you. :rogue
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  18. DriveShaft

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    Alot of times, the direct comparisons are a little misleading; cross-platform processing comparisons need to be based on numbers of operations per second, or something like that, due to the inherent differences in how efficiently each OS makes use of various aspects of the architecture.

    It still sounds like the Q10 is the better choice. I'm not a huge gamer, or consumer of...consumer apps...mostly practical stuff.


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  19. Patrol

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    My experience with Blackberry is that once they bring out the next model they completely cease any support of existing devices. My last Blackberry was about 2 years old when it basically stopped working. I called and that was their explanation: you can't expect us to support a device that's two years old.

    Hopeless. Samsung or Iphone for sure.
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  20. NikonsAndVStroms

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    That's definitely true, the jump from 2.3 to 4.0 and especially 4.2 have definitely improved performance on my phone.

    I know I'm a "little" biased, but for practical apps there should be basically no difference between the 2 as neither will be taxing the performance of the phones. I'd try em both out and see how you like the GUI of android 4.3 VS Blackberry 10, and try out the keyboards.

    Also to the OP when do you need to upgrade by? Because once these phones are no longer the brand new ones (which only lasts 1-2 months now it seems) they have to knock down the price to move em.
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