Protect your BlackBerry Q10 with the Case Mate Tough Case

By DJ Reyes on 7 Jul 2014 07:05 am EDT

I have been using cases on and off lately, not really settling on one. I love the feel of a naked BlackBerry but I am prone to dropping them and so I look to protect it. The latest case to don my BlackBerry Q10 is the Case Mate Tough Case. The last case I put on my Q10 was the BlackBerry Soft Shell case which also meant it fit in nicely into the Q10 Leather Holster. I thought I'd try a more protective case this time around. Read on for my thoughts on the Case Mate Tough Case.

The Case Mate Tough case comes with two parts - a soft silicone cover and an outer shell. The outer shell has a rubberized finish that offers a lot of grip for those with slippery fingers. The case covers the keys along the side and the power button on the top but these are still easily pressed when needed. I have had experience with other cases for others models that make the buttons a bit stiff to press but I don't have that issue with the Tough case. The ports on the left side of the device are exposed so they are easily accessible. Which for some people this is preferable as it means you don't have to fuss over have to open a flap just to insert the charging cable. There are also cutouts for the headphone jack along the top, the camera on the back, speaker and microphone on the bottom.

Case Mate Tough Case Front

There is a small lip on the case so if you put the phone face down the screen does not touch the surface. Neither does the keyboard but it is a small lip. The rubberized texture of the case means that it won't slide around when laid on a surface either.

I do have a few niggles with the case though. The phone tends on come out just a tiny bit on the top, I find myself having to push it back in every now and then. It's such a snug fit that the outer shell doesn't seem to clamp over enough and so the phone slowly slips out, only by a bit though. Another thing is that at the cutouts at the speaker on the bottom and the ports on the side, you can easily pull on the silicone bit as there isn't anything hard there to hold it in place. While, again, this is not a major thing, I feel after a while you may end up stretching it a bit too much and then it just won't look nice at all with a small bit sagging there. The one other thing is that it does pick up pocket lint very easily, making it a bit unsightly when that happens.

As a protective case, it will do a good job protecting your device from bumps and knocks. I've dropped it twice already, not from great heights and it has meant that my device is free from scratches.

The Good
  • Rubberized and textured for added grip
  • Two layer protection
The Bad
  • Easily attracts pocket lint
  • Vulnerable at the cutouts around the port and speaker
The bottomline

The Case Mate Tough Case is tough. The textured outer layer offers great grip even for those with butter fingers, like myself. The exposed ports can be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference but I quite like the fact I don't need to fiddle with a flap every time I want to charge my device up. Having to push the device in every so often is a small inconvenience. It's not like the phone will pop out but it could have fit a bit better. Then again it could just be my case. It's not too bulky but you can rest assured it will protect your device.

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Protect your BlackBerry Q10 with the Case Mate Tough Case


I have one I'm my desk somewhere, it was nice just a little to bulky. Be not as bulky as an otterbox

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Using this case from almost an year on my sweet q10. It has protected my work machine well.

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I've dropped my Q10 about half a dozen times, but it's emerged virtually unscathed. A clear case of some sort is tempting, though...

I keep my Q10 in an Incipio Feather Case with a black Nite-Ize Phone Clip for the ultimate pocket carrying.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

I cannot comment on the Q10 iteration of this case, but I can say indefinitely that for my Z10 the case mate tough has saved my phone more than once.

No one likes adding bulk, but I bet people hate a cracked screen or broken phone more.

Trust me when I tell you, I've dropped my phone on many angles and this case has withstood the drop each time.

I have the Z10 version if this case. I highly recommend it. Best case I've ever owned.

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I have been using the BlackBerry hard shell case as my primary case, while the leather pocket is relegated to part time weekend use.

I actually prefer the phone with the case on - the battery cover has always been a bit loose and creaky, which the case now solves. The extra width of the case actually makes it easier to hold and type.

It doesn't have a lip to prevent contact between the screen and keys (which is annoying and lends itself to only being used on one side), but is slightly slippery to help get it in the pocket easily.

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DJ is spot-on about the cutouts over the charging ports ans speakers. They do sag after use which is a pity, because otherwise, this is a handsome case that feels grippy in the hand.

Unfortunately, I have not found a single 2-material case without the sagging problem. Even the Otterbox Commuter has the same issue, though it's rubber/silicone is beefier than that of the Casemate case.

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I really don't understand all these "cases" that pritect the back and sides only. The screen is what's most likely to get damaged. How many timrs have you heard someone say "I broke my phone back"? I'll bet none.

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I still use the genuine flip case, one needs to get used to having the flap hang down or folded to the backside while using it, but it will protect the screen when the device happens to fall on another protruding object. Open cases like this Casemate don't offer any protection against such an impact.

Falling on the sides or the back is usually not such a drama.

Two things though with the original flip case, it might not keep closed (happened once, now I've got a scratch upper left corner) and the cover sits lower than the front surface, as is doesn't wrap around the edges.

I solved the problem with a velcro dot, now I can permanently and securely close the flap.

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Just order it from Amazon! Let's see how will look and work! Let you know once I get it

BlackBerry Q10 **Waiting for Q20

This would be nice if they had this for the Z30 along with tempered glass screen protector.

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Got case mate today had one on my 9900 didn't last long,,, it split hope this one for my Q10 is longer lasting

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I also hope they make some nice accessories like this for the passport and classic. Z30 didn't have much of anything.

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So, although I like my otter case okay, and it has actually worked to protect my blackberries when I drop them...

They don't have a way to easily cover the lens and quickly uncover the lens if I need to take a picture.

Blackberry should press their advantage of security by allowing their users to DEMONSTRATE an ethic of protecting privacy.

Future cases should be required to have a method to cover the lens to receive a license to cover a blackberry.

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Regarding classic or passport: neither! Where is the real upgrade for Q 10, the classic looks ok but I heared with roughly same spec's as Q 10 and to make it worse: the belt!!! Just learned know how to handle device without the belt ( came from 9900) ad then I should go backwards? And about passport: According to roadmap which was shown here today I'm not entitled to this device since I have some grey hear and 'm wearing suite with tie. Seriously: there's a gap between classic and pssport, maybe upgraded Z 10? And sorry moderator, yes I am in the wrong topic with my little complaint ;-)

dear DJ Reyes,
Regarding your review of the casemte Tough: it looks superb. just what I need. Currently I use both the BB Original hardshell for insideand for business and for outside I protect my Q 10 with the Otterbox Commuter, which protects my little friend perfect but adds too much bulk, it takes away the sleek design and feel. Therefor your review was heaven send and I almost purchased it but was stopped in the proces by your caveats (innercase not enough supported by the outercase, especially at sideports and speaker area) How serious are these "shortcomings"?
Q 10 is the life after the 9900!

I'm not really a fan of the bulkiness, but this seems like a good idea. I dropped my Q10 today I guess I'm lucky enough to not have any damage at all. But the feel of a naked Q10 is just handgasmic :)

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i'm in UK.
i found this on ebay, a seller was selling it for 99 pence with free delivery.
i've had my Q10 for a while now, dropped it maybe 2 or 3 times but so far apart from a few scratches it's survived. but i thought for 99p i can't really go wrong with having extra protection.
case does add a bit of bulk to thickness but i actually feel i like it, it's more secure holding it in hands.
i'm forever touching the camera lens and when i want to take a quick photo i always end up having to do a quick wipe of the lens. with this case the lens is recessed so it might be less likely that i touch the lens accidentally.
is actually quite a handsome looking case i think.

I've been using this case for a year now. Very good quality, all ports are still available. I have large hands so it actually makes my Q10 easier to keep hold of.

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DO NOT BUY THE NEW BLACKBERRY CLASSIC Q20 ::: Read on and I will explain why.. The BlackBerry Classic Q20 is nothing more than a Q10 but with fast keys and a trackpad, thats all. The software inside is still the same. BlackBerry have yet again missed a trick and NOT listened to its real customers.. BlackBerry had on previous models such as on the, BlackBerry Bold 9900 a feature on BlackBerry Protect , called REMOTE BACK UP & REMOTE RESTORE , which backed up all contacts, notes, calendar entries, reminders on to the BlackBerry cloud. and you could do this remote back up or remote restore anywhere. You did not need to connect the phone to a computer, It was securely backed up on BlackBerrys own secure cloud. That was a feature of the BlackBerry 7 operating system. As well as a function called > SELECT ALL where if you wanted to Bluetooth ALL of your contacts or documents or pictures or music or videos from your phone to another phone with Bluetooth or a computer with Bluetooth, then you did not need to waste two hours clicking on each single item like you do now on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. No it was simple, just one click of the > SELECT ALL feature and then it was done that quick and that simple. But yet again BlackBerry have not included this feature or the REMOTE BACK UP & REMOTE RESTORE feature on the BlackBerry Protect on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Nor can you save in a log file any of the SMS text conversations on the BlackBerry 10 operating system , but you can on the BlackBerry 7 operating system. Why have BlackBerry taken away so many vital features that were available on the BlackBerry 7 operating system , but are no longer available on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. So why should you waste your money buying the new BlackBerry Passport or the new BlackBerry Classic Q20 ? They may be fast powerful phones, but the vital software is not inside them and BlackBerry have no intention of listening to us loyal customers and will not be introducing these vital features in the BlackBerry 10 operating system phones. BlackBerry are only interested in the big companies , banks and law firms, to supply their handsets to because these companies will use the BES system to run and connect to their BlackBerry handsets. But if you are an individual loyal BlackBerry customer, they simply will never listen to you and simply will never care about your opinion on what should be in a BlackBerry phone. The fact is this, BlackBerry have lost touch with the individual loyal customer and have not listened at all and have not bothered to introduce the above mentioned features on the BlackBerry 10 operating system that was some of the most vital features that were on the previous BlackBerry 7 operating system phones.. So send out a message to BlackBerry and send an email to John Chen the CEO of BlackBerry and tell him what you think. his email address is > Yet unless you are a huge company, BlackBerry will never reply to your email about your concerns, let alone ever take any action about your concerns or suggestions. You can also try and email > But you will only get a basic reply saying thank you and that someone will contact you soon. But you will never get any response after that. BlackBerry will never listen to you. Because YOU are an individual and it is because of this that millions of us have said, enough is enough is enough. And left BlackBerry and went to Android and iPhone and even the failing Nokia brand has now taken over from BlackBerry with a windows operating system on their phones.. No one is wasting their money on BlackBerry anymore because BlackBerry have gone backwards and not listened and do not care.. If your Doctor had this exact same attitude towards you, then would you stay with that Doctor or would you go to a Doctor that listened to you and took action and cared about what you said... Yes, its up to you. But I will not be buying any more BlackBerry handsets ever again unless BlackBerry wake up and bring back these vital features that made BlackBerry once great. ( iPhone have their own cloud Back Up ) that is going to be my next phone. so after 10 years loyalty to BlackBerry, I wish to now say goodbye and I hope that anyone reading this will take action and keep sending the emails to BlackBerry, maybe they will listen after they have lost another 10 million customers... .

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