BlackBerry’s reputation is built on great QWERTY devices. And although the company’s all-touch Z10 took the lead earlier this year, many are still holding out for the keyboard equipped Q10—that perfect combo of excellent BlackBerry hardware and next-gen software. But with many of the market’s devices moving in an entirely new—much, much larger—direction, are there enough die-hard QWERTY fans to care?
Now that BlackBerry 10 has had time to simmer, it’s time to see if the Q10 will really help the company bounce back from mobile purgatory. BlackBerry’s fate doesn’t necessarily hang in the balance of its most recent devices, but it’ll surely tell us where the company is headed. After all, consumers speak with their wallets, and iOS and Android are far and away the top choices.
Having gotten used to devices with screens 4.7-inches and up, going to a smaller form factor will certainly be a challenge. But I’ve always been a big fan of BlackBerry hardware, so I’m ready to use it as my daily driver. Will a simple QWERTY keyboard be enough to pry me away from devices like the HTC One? I’m curious to see over the next few weeks.