The BlackBerry Q10: Conference tested, blogger approved

By Adam Zeis on 28 May 2013 03:30 pm EDT

We've been covering conferences for years. It's always a challenge to sort out just what gear to bring to a show. Extra cables, power cords, cameras and especially what device to use. We're BlackBerry addicts and keep bigger stash of devices than the average consumer, so there's always a choice as to what device to use at a conference. Heading into BlackBerry Live last year the obvious choice was the Bold 9900 which did an amazing job, but also burned through batteries (so much that BlackBerry had a battery swap station set up to trade out your dead batteries). This year though, things would be different. 

Enter the BlackBerry Q10.

Perhaps more than anyone on the CB team, I was super excited to get my hands on a Q10. I love my Z10 but I really am a keyboard guy at heart and I knew that going into a conference as big as BlackBerry Live I'd want a keyboard as my copilot.  

Now I'm not saying that the Z10 isn't a "conference device" - heck, they were even given out to every BlackBerry Live attendee. Just that being able to stretch a battery as far as possible and also being able to pump out messages crazy fast are big concerns at a conference like BlackBerry Live. For that, the Q10 is a machine and that's just what we needed. I was a bit worried that the Q10 wouldn't launch at all before we headed to Orlando, but thankfully it made it just in time to be in my hands before I left The Garden State for some much need sunshine.

While I knew that I would arrive in Orlando with a Q10 in hand, I was surprised to see that the majority of the CB team were using a Q10 as well. For the most part we were all Z10 users leading up to the conference. Kevin had been dual-wielding a Z10 and Q10, I had just recently switched and Bla1ze had done the same. Simon, James, James and Marcus all arrived with charged up Q10's as well. It was an awesome sight to see. 

Conferences are the ultimate test of devices. You run batteries longer, typically get more emails and BBMs (we got plenty thanks to our CrackBerry Live show). Use groups more, take lots of photos, use Twitter more and make more phone calls or BBM Video chats back home. It really is a test of endurance for our devices.

So why the Q10? Well for starters, as we proved over the course of the week, battery life is nuts. We'd all plug in to charge a few times here and there during the day, but most times we were just on the go non-stop. I'm ecstatic to say that I never lost a battery the entire time in Orlando. I was up every day before 7 and we didn't head to bed until close to midnight most days. Kevin (who obviously uses his devices a bit more than me) first killed a battery around 10pm on Tuesday, then again on Thursday, but no one else managed to kill one off. A few of us even had the Q10 Battery Charging Bundle at the ready but never had to pull it out, and that says a lot.

For messaging the Q10 held strong as well. For me, it was always about being able to pull out my device and pound out a quick message on the run. With a touchscreen I feel that it's harder at times to do that, making the Q10 the top choice here. The Z10 has the best virtual keyboard around but there is nothing like have the feedback of a physical keyboard. I love the feeling of pulling my device out of my pocket, cranking out a quick message then going about my business. For me, I find that much easier to do on the Q10 as opposed to the Z10. 

Overall there are no complaints from our end as far as the endurance of the BlackBerry Q10 at an event like BlackBerry Live. Everything was solid from head to toe and kept us going strong for the entire week. No more dead batteries, hourglassing, OS lag from BBM groups - everything just worked and it worked well. This is honestly one of the first conference trips where I've had no issue with my device of choice and I couldn't be happier. 

I'm not sure what device everyone else is using back home now, but I'll be sticking with the Q10, that's for sure. 

The BlackBerry Q10 is conference tested and blogger approved.

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Reader comments

The BlackBerry Q10: Conference tested, blogger approved


Cool writeup, in a non-US kind of way. Interesting how no one at the conference from the US , which was in a major US city, could have the same experience as you.

Lol! Don't worry Camera, soon the launch will happen and you'll have your very own Q10 to blog about.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 & loving it!

We get it, your upset about the delayed q10 release. Just accept that some things won't happen as you would like and MOVE ON

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If BlackBerry continues at that pace and releases more quality products, the future is looking bright indeed for them.

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Funny, I thought I'd go for the Q's keyboard, but the Z has won out! I'm actually as fast & don't miss the physical board at all.

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All anybody needs are Q10, Z10, and a PlayBook. There are six cameras included and two flashes. Of course there are some "camera snobs' out there who require maybe a standalone camera. Otherwise there's no point in having a cluttered device existence. Simplify.

Posted via CB10

Camera snobs? ha ha. Good one. Keep using your PlayBook to take photos with. You'll make professional photographers worth more money.

Smartphone cameras are good only because they're there virtually all the time. I would never leave a real camera behind if I was getting PAID to blog/report at conferences I attend.

Good write up Adam, nice to read a real-life account of the quality of the Q10's battery life. My only smartphones have been touchscreens and though I could type like a fiend on the regular dial pad of the old feature phones, I've adapted to touchscreen typing very well to where I'm as fast or faster than a lot of people on hardware keyboards. But I'm happy that it would appear that the majority of Q10 users are happy with their devices. I do envy your battery life but c'est la vie.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 & loving it!

I still love my swipe up Z10! I do want my battery life to be better and Verizon to finally update and fix these reboots! All in all, I'm just happy that we in the US can finally get our hands on the Q10.

Posted via my White Z10

I have a q10 did have a zed 10 before the physical keyboard is what brought me to the q nothing can beat typing on a physical keyboard the q is the best communication device out there gets the job done quick fast and efficient and on time but one of the most important things for me is that it has the true blackberry look something I feel the zed 10 does not have.

Posted via CB10

Well, enjoy it and don't get sucked into all the Q10 hype. Both phones are absolutely awesome beasts, and regardless of all the articles and posts you read here saying otherwise, the Z10 "gets things done" wonderfully, business wise. In addition to that, just think of all extra screen space which you possess. Preference between the two really just comes down to a matter of opinion. So appreciate your Z10. :-)

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For me a day trip to and around London is the ultimate stress test for my device. 4G, camera, streamed radio and music listening, video recording, GPS, SMS, phone calls, BBM, finding restaurants, games, watching films. The Z10 performed admirably and I needed the extra screen real estate. I had to do a battery swap but that takes a minute. The fact that it only required one is a miracle considering what I put it through.

I tested most of the outstanding phones on the market before taking up the Q10. I'm not a fanboy I will take whatever does the job. Nothing does the job like a Q10. If your priority is messaging, phone calls, connectivity and above all speed, it's the boss. I love the fact that my kids have iPhones and Samsungs, it puts a smug smile on my face everytime they try to do something in the real world and are outstripped by their old man. Love it!

Having my Q10 for almost a month, i like the device, best communicator out there. If i'm not typing, i operate the Q10 with just 1 thumb, freakin easy. Battery is good and Q10 lies very well in the hand and small enough to put away. Physical KB, word predition, reader mode all great. For those people in the USA -> soon enough, just a little more patience...

Rocking my Q10 before the launch in Nigeria, everything you have said is so true. After rocking the awesome Z10 for four days and switching, I can say without a doubt, I'm a keyboard guy! But how on earth do you squeeze so much juice out of your battery? I'm done by 4pm! I've only had it for 2 days though......

Looking forward to actually getting my hands on one, the extra battery life and physical keyboard have me stoked for the Q10... I hope they get the email nonsense sorted out though... I don't want to have to side-load K9 Mail.

Don't forget conferences are notorious for crappy coverage as well. Happy to say my Q10 chugged along nicely.

So, none of you were up to the task of operating the conference with the Z for comparison purposes? Thrilling. Don't get me wrong, CrackBerry and the bunch of you rock, proving fabulous coverage of an important event, but it would be nice if at least one of you was a touchscreen champion.

Posted via CB10

There were plenty of Z10's as well. DJ and Alicia used them full-time. Kevin was dual-wielding as well I believe.

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Ok, right on. I'm eating it. Comparison feedback would have been a welcome addition to this post, though. Just saying'... I might be have a little Q envy.

Posted via CB10 w/ the Z10

I had been dual wielding the Z10 and Dev C for a while still torn on whether I was going to stick with the Z10 or go Q10. For the most part I had been using the Z10 more as it had my main BBID on it but after BlackBerry Live it was apparent the Q10 was going to be the BlackBerry for me going forward. So, when I got back to the UK I got myself a white Q10 :D

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So jealous! :D. I was carrying my Z10 the entire time with my Dev C in tow. I picked up my Bold 9900 the other day and it feels strange to be back on a keyboard. So I will see what happens when my carrier releases the Q10 June. Might have to dual-wield as well.

I'll tell you this. I had a Zed10 before for 3 month since day1 of its launch in Canada. I was typing so quick ( in my opinion) that I started to ask myself how a keyboard lover like can like Zed10 more than BB9900. The other tough question was if I ever will go back to qwerty device. The moment I took Q10 in my hands (WHITE Q10) I stopped posting on CB from my laptop.
P.S. It takes me day and a half to kill the battery. I'm always on wi-fi using Slacker, 2-3 hours of calls each day and a lot of CB browsing. Staying with Q10 for now.

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This is great.

On the contrary, I feel that the Z10 is BlackBerry's answer to the iPhone 5, Galaxy range and HTC. I feel the Q10 is BlackBerry's answer to the smartphone market, as a whole.

Just my opinion.

Blackberry Faithful - #TeamBlackBerry

The iPhone (in my case, iPad) has an app that controls Philips Hue light bulbs in my home. It provides amazing access to my Directv service, offers amazing portfolio options, and a number of consumer applications I have yet to see available on a BlackBerry of any kind. Based on what I've seen available on my PlayBook and BB10 Z10, the Z is not much of an answer to the iPhone and Android devices. The reason I use the Z10 is because it's a better mobile phone. Even with all the Contacts issues I have to deal with.

I actually perfer the Z10 camera over the iPhone, I prefer the Z10 keyboard over anything, and the screen is a perfect size with perfect feel. As much as I'd love this platform to replace my need for any other, but it's not something I expect. I do, however, believe this device has yet to receive the amount of credit it deserves outside of BlackBerry's ecosystem. For all it doesn't do, yet, it's still my favorite off all devices I own and play with. Not perfect, but has my respect.

Posted via CB10 w/ the Z10

I wish I could try out the Q10 for a bit, because there's always that bit of doubt I got the wrong one. I do love my Z10 though so I can never really miss out :p

Posted via CB10

The more I see of the Q10, the more I want to trade in my Z10. While I type fairly quickly on my Z10, I really miss the Qwerty keyboard experience. With the Z10, I feel like I'm holding a China doll. The Q10 feels solid.

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Spot on with the observations: until you realize it isn't as satisfying watching a video or playing a game on a Q10...

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Can't wait to get my hands on one of these. Looking forward for the extra juice.

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I'm holding out hope for a touchscreen landscape slider, touchscreen for games, keyboard for real work. I don't care if it's a little thicker than average.

I've been using my Z10 for two months now and during this time I touched my PlayBook twice.
I think the Q10 is for people who are on the go and need to produce contents. The Z is better fit for people who consume contents.

Post via CB Z10

Love my Z, but I'd love to have a Q as well - BB 10 rocks regardless of form factor!!


The Q10 truly is an awesome workhorse! I'm finding I prefer to type longer and fuller emails than I used to, on the Galaxy S3 or Iphone 5 - although the old rheumatism may have something to do with that lol

It's a work horse but one way it could be bettered (aside from bug squashing) is if the entire front were a screen and the keyboard slid down from the back... like a slider... ;-)

Thanks for the awesome writeup :-)

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

I miss the pk, but only up to a certain extent. Auto correct on my z10 let's me type all the mistakes I type and corrects it for me, for the most part. A small sacrifice for a full screen.

Posted via CB10

Hey wipe the damned screen off before you take pics.

Looks like someone was eating french fries before messing with the phone! :)

Have my q10 since yesterday and loving it.
Stepped away from iPhone 5 and had to have the keyboard again because I'm emailing a lot.
Predictive text is just great!! Miles ahead of the competition.
Apps is the biggest flaw and here BlackBerry has some catching up to do. Really miss tripadvisor/flipboard which I believe are key apps for mobile user

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