Official BlackBerry Q10 hard shell packs subtlety, style, and protection

This is one well-rounded case.

By Simon Sage on 3 Jun 2013 03:07 pm EDT

One of the many BlackBerry-banded accessories that launched alongside the BlackBerry Q10 was the official BlackBerry Hard Shell Case. Despite the name, the entire edge which circles the device is made of soft rubber, which adds solid grip compared to the relatively glossy rear. The hardware keys remain fully covered (though accessible), and every port has breathing room: the two secondary mics on top, the one on the bottom, the bottom speaker port, micro HDMI and micro USB. 

The seam between the hard plastic and soft rubber lines up perfectly with the battery door seam on the device itself, which you can see through the port holes. At a distance, this makes it hard to tell where the case starts and the device begins, which is a subtle but important addition. The rear shell is covered with small, shallow bumps which smooth out just before the case curves outwards. The light texture is almost ticklish to the touch, and certainly more interesting than the smooth, matte finish on the black Q10.

BlackBerry Q10 official hard shell

Those that are particularly proud of their BlackBerry fandom will be happy to see the logo remaining intact on the rear. NFC works perfectly fine through the case, so no worries there. White and black versions are available, depending on which model of the Q10 you end up grabbing. The inside of the case doesn't have much in the way of additional padding, so if you're looking for heavy-duty impact protection, you'll be better served by a bulkier case. Even with something this size, I would have liked to see the rim raised just a little bit more; this makes it easy to flip your phone face-down without any concerns. 

Totally awesome CB sticker not included :)

The BlackBerry Q10 hard shell is very well-balanced in that it offers a solid level of baseline protection, full access to all of the device's important bits, a relatively slim profile, and an adherence to the device's style that only the original manufacturer could achieve. If you want to have a case ready to go for when your Q10 comes in the mail, you can order one of these hard shells from CrackBerry Canada right now.

Buy the official BlackBerry Q10 Hard Shell at CrackBerry Canada

Reader comments

Official BlackBerry Q10 hard shell packs subtlety, style, and protection


Looks nice, but my only question is that are the buttons still as easy to press? One thing that I never liked about these cases is that the buttons becomes quite hard to press. Like the OEM case for the Bold 9900 for example.

I am also wondering about the button situation. Some feedback either from Simon or other Hard Shell users would be really appreciated.

Why no OEM Hard Shell & Soft Shell for Z10?
Those are exactly what I want!

Why, BBRY, why?!?

This is how you CB10, son!

Nice review as always Simon. I'm still on the fence about a Q10 case but I'll eventually cave & buy one.

You guys should ship a couple cb stickers with every shop order. That's what we do at my tattoo shop, send a couple laughing buddha stickers to anyone who buys jewelry. I would put one on my case or skateboard or guitar

Posted via CB10

I've got the soft shell, on my Q10, and really love the stealthy look, with the blacked out BlackBerry logo. I love how all the cut outs line up with the seams on the device too!

Nice review on the hard shell - I'm not so sure how practical it is, given the sides are soft rubber... how different is the protection (on the sides) to the soft shell case? Looks similar... :-)

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

I always used the hard shell on my Bold 9900, so I was interested to try this out for the Q10.

On the plus side, it's well built and sturdy, and it fits the phone perfectly. There are no problems using the on/off button and volume buttons.

On the other hand, the hard plastic offers no grip at all on an inclined surface (car dash, crossed leg etc) and aside from feeling very slippy in the hand, it loses the sexy tactile feel of using the phone naked.

Have personally gone for a "best of both worlds" option - leather pocket for sturdy protection in transit, nekkid as a newborn when it's in use. Hmmm! :)

Posted via CB10

I have and I hate it. It makes the phone bulky and feels cheap. Have to keep in on till I find an alternative. I never naked as I tend to drop every gadget I have.

Posted via Q1

Why no love for the US? We want this! Lol I usually go naked as I only have the leather pouch and a dbbrand carbon fiber skin on my Z10, but for my Q the work horse I might need this

Via CB10 on AT&T Z10

Already been launched in the middle east, I got mine in black for my black Q10 :D

Posted via CB10

I agree with the others in saying that BlackBerry should have (not too late!) made a hard shell for the Z10. BB's Z10 cases (transform and flip) have been gimmicky at best and I'm puzzled as to why they never made a simple hard case as this style remains the most popular type of cases amongst touchscreen phone owners...

Seems to be a strange oversight on their part. I for one would love a BlackBerry-quality hard case with BlackBerry logo on the back! PLEASE MAKE ONE!!!

Posted via CB10

Great review.

I personally picked up the BlackBerry Soft Shell and I just love it. In fact, I hesitated for quite a while between Hard and Soft, but I finally bought the latter since the Hard Shell looked bulkier.

The only drawback of the Soft Shell is that the BlackBerry logo "digged" on the back actually holds thé moist and oily dirt. I wish the logo was exactly the same as the Hard Shell's.

Posted from my Q10 via CB10

My main question... will the q10 fit in the leather holster with this case on?

Posted via CB10 on Z10

Have this on my Q10. Sturdy, well built and easy to slide in and out pockets unlike it's soft shell counterpart.

Posted via my Q10

I have this case as well and I like it a lot. Fits much better than the softshell and to answer the questions about access or ease of using the buttons: Everything lines up perfectly and all buttons are still easy to press.