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BlackBerry Q10 review

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Contacts

It's the most basic of options on smartphones these days but even the humble contact list has come a long way since the days of the Nokia 3210 and the BlackBerry Q10 is determined not to be left behind.

With that in mind it will come as no surprise that the Q10 allows you to draw in contacts from a variety of fields including Google, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and various other email accounts.

BlackBerry Q10 review

All congregate in the Contacts app (shocker, we know) with profile pictures readily pulled through from social networking sites to provide a bit of colour in the otherwise white on black setup.

The Q10 takes a stab at matching contacts up with their various social profiles, although we found it only really did half a job, leaving us to tidying up a sizable chunk of our pals.

You can filter the contacts which are displayed to make things a bit clearer - pull down from the top of the screen and hit the settings icon to show/hide various accounts within the contacts app.

BlackBerry Q10 review

Those that you choose to show can be quickly accessed from the left hand menu pane, where you have the option to view your buddies account by account, or view a list with them all stuffed into one.

We did find the app could be a little flaky at times and when we linked our Gmail account to the Q10 and synced our contacts it seemed to update our friend list in batches, taking over an hour to finally show everyone.

We hope this is a minor software glitch and will be rectified pretty swiftly by BlackBerry, but it was certainly confusing and frustrating.

BlackBerry Q10 review

Jump into a contact's profile and you'll be able to view all their vital stats such as phone numbers, email address and social profiles on the first tab.

Tap on "Updates" and you'll be greeted with that person's latest social whitterings, while the final tab, "Activity" shows your recent interactions with them.

BlackBerry Q10 review

Joining profiles together is relatively simple - just hit the chain icon on a person's contact card and then select their other accounts from the list. Be careful though as the Q10 doesn't remove the entry you're currently trying to join to something else, which can lead to you attempting to join it to itself.

Adding a new buddy is easy too, just hit the icon of a head and a plus sign at the base of the screen within the Contacts app and fill out the details you know in the form which pops up.

Calling

There's no point having a bulging contacts list if you can't call anyone - luckily the BlackBerry Q10 brings the staple of smartphone functionality to the table via the rather unsurprisingly named Phone app.

The Phone app itself is a little special as it gets a permanent spot below the active frames and app list along with the camera - giving you quick, easy access.

Fire it up and you're transported to your recent call history - tap on a contact and the Q10 will quickly get them on the line.

BlackBerry Q10 review

If you pull the page down you can view your phone number as well as three quick links to favourite contacts plus your voicemail.

There are a further two tabs available within the app which are Contacts and Keypad.

The former gives you a list of your contacts, but for some reason on our Q10 not everyone was listed, even though they showed up in the main Contacts app.

It left us a little puzzled when we tried to quickly find one of our mates only for them not to appear - forcing us out of the phone app and into the contacts app.

BlackBerry Q10 review

Meanwhile the keypad is a very basic offering, with no smart dialling available - leaving you to your own numerical input devices.

We found that call quality was pretty good on the BlackBerry Q10 and we were able to hear our chums clearly.

You can dive into a settings menu within the Phone app, where you can set up things such as call forwarding and voice mail, but there's also an option to adjust the call audio - you can pick from normal (default), bass boost and treble boost, depending on which variant takes your fancy.

BlackBerry Q10 review

To be honest we found the default "normal" setting was fine, but those with more acute hearing may be thankful of this option.

If you're a fan of the pouch cases which often accompany BlackBerry handsets you can also set the Q10 to answer a call as soon as you whip it out of the holster, and hang up when you put it back in.

We found the BlackBerry Q10 managed to keep hold of signal well enough and we didn't experience any lack of service or dropped calls during our week of testing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTZ
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time13.50 Hour
Product ModelQ10
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution720 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 10
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density330 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Height119.6 mm
Width66.8 mm
Depth10.4 mm
Battery Standby Time355.20 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameQ10 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-53409-052
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

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Limited Warranty1 Year