BlackBerry has always done the physical keyboard right; in that sense, the company is peerless. The Q10 gives BlackBerry a way to carry that expertise over into the next generation of smartphones, and it works well. When a smartphone has such a great keyboard that you find yourself looking forward to typing on it, that says a lot.
Of course, if your priority when shopping for a smartphone isn’t its keyboard, or if you find that you don’t need to type all that often on your handset, then there are plenty of better phones out there for you. Phones with bigger, brighter displays, phones with better cameras, phones with more powerful hardware, you name it.
It’s not even that the Q10 specs and performance are all that bad, it’s just that it’s closer to being a mid-tier smartphone than a flagship handset in the grand scheme of things. Its specs are, however, top of the line among those smartphones that put typing capabilities first since they’re so few and far between. Combined with its peerless keyboard, that isn’t half bad.