Blackberry Q10 Vs Z10: Which Should I Buy?

Last Updated on October 26th, 2014.


Many BlackBerry 10 fans are constantly confused when it comes to making a decision on the type of BB10 device to acquire, due to the fact that BB10 devices have almost same specs and features, with just a little upgrade and slight difference from each other. Choosing between the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10 would appear to be a simple task, but taking a second look can get you confused on which to choose. The Blackberry Z10 smart phone is a touchscreen device that has a great screen view, and the perfect device for an all-touchscreen lover. The Blackberry Q10 smart phone has a physical QWERTY keyboard and also gives users the touch-oriented input option, Blackberry Q10 is a perfect device for the traditional Blackberry users that are used to the physical QWERTY keyboard. The only simple way to pick between these two awesome BB10 devices would be to check out their specs and features and pay close attention to little details.

Below are comparison of both the Blackberry Q10 and Z10 specs and features based on design, display, camera, hardware, battery, multimedia, technology, connectivity and released dates.

DESIGNBlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phone
OSBlackBerry (10.2, 10)BlackBerry (10.2, 10)
Dimensions4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 inches (119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)
Weight4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
4.85 oz (138 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
DISPLAYBlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Physical size3.1 inches4.2 inches
Resolution720 x 720 pixels768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
330 ppi356 ppi
Colors16 777 21616 777 216
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensorLight sensor, Proximity sensor
CAMERABlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels
Aperture sizeF2.2
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Digital zoomBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom
Camcorder1920×1080 (1080p HD)1920×1080 (1080p HD)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Video callingDigital image stabilization
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2 megapixels
HARDWARE Blackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Dual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorAdreno 225Adreno 225
System memory
2048 MB RAM2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
BATTERY Blackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Talk time13.00 hours
the average is 12 h (699 min)
Stand-by time15.3 days (367 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
13.2 days (316 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
Talk time (3G)13.50 hours
the average is 15 h (925 min)
10.00 hours
the average is 15 h (925 min)
Stand-by time (3G)14.8 days (355 hours)
the average is 23 days (546 h)
13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 23 days (546 h)
Capacity2100 mAh1800 mAh
MULTIMEDIABlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Music player
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker
TECHNOLOGYBlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz
DataLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIMYes
GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, Glonass
CONNECTIVITY Blackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYesYes
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
HDMIMicro HDMI (Type D)Micro HDMI (Type D)
OtherTV-Out, NFC, Miracast, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
OTHER FEATURESBlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
NotificationsService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T4
OtherVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDDVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD
Release DateBlackberry Q10Blackberry Z10
 June 2013 Jan 2013

As you’ve seen from the above comparison specs and features, the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Z10 are almost identical when it comes to specs and features, However, I found the Q10 offered a better quality screen that also provided more impressive viewing angles. This is due to the Z10’s lesser quality IPS LCD display that only pumps out a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, while the Q10’s Super-AMOLED 720p screen flourishes above. Another important details was the difference in battery capacity, The Blackberry Z10 has a smaller 1800 mAh battery. While the Q10 comes with a 2100 mAh battery that’s also removable. The battery life and quality of screen is noticeably different in both the Blackberry Q10 and Z10, and the edge goes to the Q10. Though there are other slight differences to be noted.

Which Should I Buy?
After actually going through various reviews online and based on the specs and features, Also having used both the Blackberry Q10 and Z10, In the end, I came to the conclusion that the BB10 smart phone that appeals to the larger majority of BB10 fans is the Q10. The Blackberry Q10 is the most sold BB10 device in the world and also in Nigeria today. The Q10 appeals to BB10 fans that prefers both the physical QWERTY keypad and visual touchscreen function.
Finally, if you don’t want to upgrade away from the traditional style and feel of your old BlackBerry handset, go with the Q10. But, if you want a change, and get to experience the all-touchscreen feel, you give the Z10 a trial.

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