My short-lived love affair with BlackBerry’s new smartphone began when I received a sleek box containing the Q10. At first I thought the Q10 would be like the usual BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone but I ate my words upon using it. I’m telling you why in this review.

The Look

I’d like to applaud the Canadian manufacturer for sticking to its signature look that is classic yet modern at the same time. Just by looking at the Q10 – even without turning it on – made me say that this is a BlackBerry.

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However, the BlackBerry Q10 isn’t your ordinary smartphone. It has a hard-button QWERTY keyboard, which is a BlackBerry feature that goes from way back, that I think is still quite good for hassle-free typing.

What’s even more interesting is that, the Q10 has a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a fantastic 720×720 pixels. This alone is a great feature especially for professionals and bloggers that need to be connected 24/7 because it offers vibrant colors and perfectly contrasted images. On the sides of the Q10 are a microUSB and micro HDMI ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, volume rockers, and power button. By the way, I love the fact that the Q10 is very handy with dimensions 119.6×66.8×10.4mm.

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The Performance

Did I mention that BlackBerry Q10 is fast? I’m talking about its 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, with a backup of 2GB in RAM. Still not satisfied? The Q10 boasts a whooping 16GB of memory that is expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card.

It also has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera that’s quite awesome for video calling and the oh-so-popular “selfies”. I’ve tried Googling a lot of things using its speedy Internet connection (thanks to the Q10’s 4G connection!) and even if my social media accounts are running, lagging is never an issue. Admit it, there are smartphones out there that take ages to load when there’s a lot of programs running.

The video is great too! I was able to record myself using its front-facing camera and the result isn’t that bad after all. Believe it or not, the Q10 is capable of shooting 720p HD videos that can be zoomed in 3 times. I know, splendid!

I have to burst your bubble, though. There’s no denying to the fact that the Q10 is probably BlackBerry’s best smartphone so far, but it comes with a shortcoming. Its 2100mAH removable battery heats up every time I use the Web even for a short period of time. I still need to check why it happens.

The Features

Q10 2I usually think of BlackBerry as a must-have for business people. When I used the Q10, I realized that it isn’t just for the professionals, but also for bloggers and students alike.

One of the many features this BlackBerry Q10 offers is the BlackBerry Hub. It’s like Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter in one. Placed on the left side of the home screen, the BlackBerry Hub lets you access everything – from your text messages to e-mails – with just one swipe. Now you can check updates without loading three to four programs simultaneously.

BlackBerry Story Maker, Documents To Go, Print To Go, LinkedIn, Foursquare, YouTube, and Smart Tags are some of the really cool features you should try when you get one. However, BlackBerry World is worlds apart from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Why? There aren’t too many applications that can be installed and work in the Q10. It saddens me since I love downloading gaming apps to brush off my boredom and I just couldn’t do it with this beauty.

Conclusion

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Generally, I find the BlackBerry Q10 very stylish and convenient too. For P31,990, you’d get to experience a whole new world from the BlackBerry 10 series. Whether you’re a business person or someone who wants to enjoy the Internet, then I suggest you take the Q10 into consideration. Despite its present struggle to keep up with the you-know-what brands in the industry, I still believe that BlackBerry will do better if only the Q10 gets a much lower price tag.

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Blackberry is available PhP1,499/mo at Globe with Unlimited LTE, free calls and text combo. it is also available at Smart and Sun.

 

 

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Alex is the girl behind Queen Sica, a blog that documents her personal endeavors and high-end fashion stuff. A graduate of AB Journalism from UST, she aims to write for Nina Garcia and sit beside Anna Wintour during Fashion Week. Follow her on twitter: @iamalexthegreat.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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