BlackBerry Q10, priced at Rs 44,990, is for those who wish to have a no-frills smartphone

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BlackBerry Q10 price: Rs 44,990

The erstwhile undisputed leader of the pack asserts its dominance in mobile sphere, and how! BlackBerry's evolution in QWERTY bar form factor is a revelation; a visual delight, with glass weave design on the back, crossed pollinated with rugged workhorse of a mobile device. Q10 represents the best in the breed example of evolutionary train of mobile devices that have rolled in from BlackBerry with its operating system (OS) reboot. Q10 features an elegant, brilliant 3.1-inch square AMOLED touch screen with its now standard swipes and gestures mated to an ergonomic physical keyboard. The sides sport the volume rocker with a standard 3.5 mm jack and micro-USB charging port, standard across all its models. Internal hardware specifications resemble its predecessor Z10 with an upgraded battery life of 2100 mAH.

Digital hub serves as a central repository of your emails, social notifications and text messages. A nifty fact overlooked by many is that Hub represents a highly effective way to bypass the installed social apps on your phone; you can initiate conversations and reply to them from hub itself making installed apps redundant. This author prefers and highly recommends Fruux, taking advantage of the native active sync protocols for OTA contacts and calendar entries in real time. Starting from a scratch to full personalisation and installing updates, took less than half hour. Users can also switch devices with the help of BlackBerry Link desktop software but this author prefers method outlined above instead.

There are numerous under the hood improvements in addition to the last Z10 review covered previously here. Type and Go, a kind of launcher, has been introduced. Type "email" on the home screen and the email field pops up; similarly you can type "bbm" followed by the person's name and it composes BBM for you without opening up the app. Universal Search has expanded in its scope and speed dial from the home screen is a new addition. Camera features a HDR mode in this update with standard features.

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