Blackberry Q10 Vs Z10: Which Should I Buy?

Last Updated on October 26th, 2014.
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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.

DESIGN Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Device type Smart phone Smart phone
OS BlackBerry (10.2, 10) BlackBerry (10.2, 10)
Dimensions 4.71 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)
Weight 4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
4.85 oz (138 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
DISPLAY Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Physical size 3.1 inches 4.2 inches
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels 768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
330 ppi 356 ppi
Technology
Super AMOLED IPS LCD
Colors 16 777 216 16 777 216
Touchscreen Multi-touch Multi-touch
Features Light sensor, Proximity sensor Light sensor, Proximity sensor
CAMERA Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Camera 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Flash LED LED
Aperture size F2.2
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom
Camcorder 1920×1080 (1080p HD) 1920×1080 (1080p HD)
Features Digital image stabilization, Video calling Digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera 2 megapixels 2 megapixels
HARDWARE  Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor
Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor Adreno 225 Adreno 225
System memory
2048 MB RAM 2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage 16 GB 16 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
BATTERY  Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Talk time 13.00 hours
the average is 12 h (699 min)
Stand-by time 15.3 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)
Capacity 2100 mAh 1800 mAh
MULTIMEDIA Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Music player
Filter by Album, Artist, Playlists Album, Artist, Playlists
Features Album art cover, Background playback Album art cover, Background playback
Radio FM
Speakers Earpiece, Loudspeaker Earpiece, Loudspeaker
TECHNOLOGY Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
CDMA
800, 1900 MHz
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 800, 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE 700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz
Data LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIM Yes
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
Navigation Yes Yes
CONNECTIVITY  Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspot Yes Yes
USB USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Connector microUSB microUSB
Features Mass storage device, USB charging Mass storage device, USB charging
HDMI Micro HDMI (Type D) Micro HDMI (Type D)
Other TV-Out, NFC, Miracast, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync TV-Out, NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
OTHER FEATURES Blackberry Q10 Blackberry Z10
Notifications Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Hearing aid compatibility M3, T4
Other Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD
Release Date Blackberry Q10 Blackberry 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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