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BlackBerry Q10 vs. BlackBerry Bold vs. BlackBerry Curve: Spec Showdown

The launch of BlackBerry 10 marks the rebirth of the beloved phone franchise. But BlackBerry isn’t the only thing that’s coming back in style. The physical QWERTY keyboard is also making a return. While BlackBerry’s new Z10 handset aims to take on the all-touch market, the company wasn’t ready to fully leave its roots behind. The Q10 has a look and feel that says “traditional BlackBerry.” Do the Q10’s specs stay in line with its predecessors or does the newest QWERTY-equipped phone identify itself as the upstanding and walking evolution of the BlackBerry family? Let’s take a look at the numbers and see.


BlackBerry Q10

Bold 9930

Curve 9630

Size 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 (mm) 115 x 66 x 10.5 (mm) 109 x 60 x 11 (mm)
Weight N/A  130g 99g
Screen 3.1-inch LCD 2.8-inch LCD 2.44-inch LCD
Resolution 720×720 pixels 640×480 pixels 480×360 pixels
OS BlackBerry 10 BlackBerry 7 BlackBerry 7
Storage 16GB 8GB 1GB
SD Card Slot Yes Yes Yes
Processor dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus single-core 1.2 GHz single-core 800MHz
RAM 2GB 768MB 512MB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, CDMA, GSM Wi-Fi, CDMA, GSM
Camera Front 2MP, Rear 8MP Rear 5MP Rear 5MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 2.1 Yes, version 2.1
Battery 1800mAh 1230mAh 1000mAh
Charger Micro USB Micro USB Micro USB
Marketplace BlackBerry World BlackBerry World BlackBerry World
Price N/A $250 $250
Availability Sprint, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon T-Mobile, Sprint

Conclusion: If you’re looking at a BlackBerry phone with a QWERTY keyboard, the choice is pretty clear with the introduction of the Q10. It blows away its previous installments with ease. A huge upgrade in on board storage, RAM, and processing power makes the Q10 a more reasonable choice for performing all the functions you’ll likely do with your phone. A bigger and better screen offers users the best display option of the bunch. The rear-facing camera gets an improvement and a new front-facing camera is a welcome edition. Given the fact BlackBerry 7 devices will not be upgradable to BB 10, there’s really no reason in our minds to go with anything but the Q10 unless BB 10 proves to be terrible.

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