BlackBerry Z10 Is a Better Buy Than the Q10: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-01-30 Print this article Print

5. It's what customers expect nowadays

The average customer today will find much of what they'd expect in the Z10. The device has a dual-core processor, ample storage, a solid display and a respectable camera. And at $199.99 with a two-year contract, the device delivers a strong value for the price. Toss in its near-field-communication and 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) support, and the Z10 seems like an obvious smartphone choice for buyers, especially in enterprises, that are looking for iPhone alternatives.

6. The Q10 has no advantage in hardware features.

Perhaps the Q10 would be a more-desirable purchase if it came with some internal components that would top the Z10's. The trouble is, the device doesn't. In fact, both handsets have the same exact components, including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. In other words, the Q10 is essentially a Z10 with a smaller screen, less pixel density and the inability to make use of some features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. It's a no-go.

7. App issues

Although RIM has done a good job of attracting developers to BlackBerry 10, the Q10's smaller screen size means many of the apps that fit the Z10's display so nicely won't accommodate its tiny display. RIM has of course scoffed the notion that there might be some application limits between the two devices, but it won't be long before users start wishing they opted for the bigger screen over one that crunches and scrunches their apps.

8. Future development

Of course it's important to think about the future. BlackBerry 10 is, at best, the third-most-important mobile operating system to developers. With two different screen sizes, they'll be forced to make modifications to their apps to accommodate the Q10. If the Q10 fails to sell as well as the Z10, as most analysts expect, those developers might simply focus their efforts on the bigger device. By doing so, Q10 users will be left out in the cold, further depressing it's market appeal.

9. Virtual keyboards get better every year

Those who will buy the Q10 will argue that virtual keyboards are downright awful and physical keys ensure more productivity. However, those folks fail to realize that with each update, BlackBerry 10 is sure to gain improvements in virtual keyboard function. In fact, BlackBerry has already said that its software for typing in messages is top-notch. The last thing customers should do is become shortsighted and believe that virtual keyboards will never be able to match physical keys. As the last several years have shown, virtual keyboards are coming along very quickly.

10. It's better-looking

If Apple did anything to the mobile marketplace, it proved that aesthetics matter. When comparing the Z10 with the Q10, it's hard to pick the latter for its beauty. BlackBerry's Z10 is thin, elegantly designed and can match the style in devices like Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III. The same can't be said for the BlackBerry Q10. That's sure to matter to many customers.

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