How The Best Keyboard Phone Competes: The Blackberry Q10 Vs. The HTC One Max

By Subodh / January 6, 2014

The Blackberry Q10 is thought to be the best keyboard phone around at the time of writing. While a lot of phone manufacturers have done away with a traditional keyboard, Blackberry have decided to hang on to theirs. There was a point when Blackberry (Who used to be known as ‘Research In Motion) took away the traditional keyboard feature, but it was met by disapproval from loyal fans.

Switching back to a keyboard meant Blackberry did themselves a huge favour in terms of sales and keeping their customers happy, but how does this well-performing handset compare with one of the latest on the market, and can it offer something more? Let’s find out.

Introducing…

The Blackberry Q10 – With its traditional QWERTY keyboard, the Q10 has delighted many a Blackberry fan by sticking to the traditional method of input. Even in this day and age where touchscreen is all the rage, there are still those who much prefer to be able to type with ease.

Blackberry Q10

With a glass-like substance coating the back of the handset, you will be pleased to know the Q10 is apparently stronger than handsets with plastic backs, so you shouldn’t worry too much about bashing it about. Running on the Blackberry 10 operating system, you’ll find this handset relatively easy to use, helping you to go about your business without any difficulties.

The HTC One Max – This beautifully crafted handset is somewhat of a masterpiece, and its huge display is certainly going to be loved by anyone who loves to watch videos, check out pictures and even read web content. The slight curve on the back of the handset finishes it off quite nicely, and the amped-up speakers at both the top and the bottom of the screen are likely to impress.

HTC One Max

Dimensions

The Blackberry Q10 – When the issue of size comes into play, the Q10 is a good 4.71 x 2.63 x 0.41 inches, making it just about the right size to hold and operate. Weight wise, it’s exactly what you would expect from a new handset, weighing it at just 139 grams.

The HTC One Max – The One Max is quite a big handset, but that’s not a problem by any meas. If you can handle the 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches quite comfortably, and you like to view content, this could well be the handset for you. As far as weight goes, at just 143 grams, which is just 4 grams heavier than the Q10, this handset doesn’t half impress.

Screen Size

The Blackberry Q10 – We all want to have bigger and better screens and the Q10 will bring you an ok size of 3.1 inches, which isn’t the biggest around, but if you’re not looking for a huge screen, you won’t be disappointed. You do however get a pretty good 330 pixels per inch, ensuring your images are crisp and clear, which we think is a bonus on a phone this size.

The HTC One Max – You know just by looking at the One Max that it means serious business, and with a very pleasant 4.7 inches, the display will not let you down. With 468 pixels per inch and a resolution of 1080×1920, you will have no problem picking out a boat load of detail.

Camera

The Blackberry Q10 – The camera is always an integral part of the latest handsets as people are keen to know how well they work and what features they give you. The 8 mega pixel camera is not the best around right now, but it’s certainly not the worst either, and you’ll have no trouble taking a clear and easy-to-view picture. The flash LED makes taking pictures in reduced light so much easier, and the digital zoom and image stabilisation is a nice little touch. The camcorder comes with 1080p and 1920×1080 as its credentials, along with a front facing camera that’s ideal for video calling at 2 mega pixels.

The HTC One Max – As far as the camera goes, you may be a little disappointed with the 4 mega pixels, but the LED flash may just help. The Optical image stabilisation features, as well as many other options the camera gives you, will help you to get a good picture even if the MP’s are a little lacking.

The front facing camera comes at 2.1 mega pixels, which is a tiny bit better than the Q10’s, and means the video calling experience will be just that little bit better.

Processor

The Blackberry Q10 – The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 is a bit of a little beauty, and will help you lovely new handset to work pretty darn quickly. You will also have the opportunity to make us of a very reasonable 2048 RAM, and 16 GB’s of built-in storage. The great news is you can also add a microSD or microSDHC card so your memory is boosted up to 32 GB if you wish.

Talk time is a reasonable 13 hours, with stand-by at an impressive 15 days thanks to the 2100mAh battery

The HTC One Max – The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T can be found deep within the handset, which means it’s a fast moving bit of tech, and the 2046 MB of RAM equals that of the Q10. When it comes to built-in storage, you’ll get an impressive 32GB, with 26 of those GB available for you to use. Unfortunately you cannot expand the memory.

Talk time is a pretty good 18 hours, and standby is a very impressive 20 days thanks to the 2300mH battery.

The Verdict

As you can see, both of these handsets are vastly different, and they will suit people who are looking for something specific. If you want a large screen, a big handset and a phone that runs quickly and smoothly, the HTC One Max may suit you. However, if you’re looking for a decent camera, a good amount of storage and a traditional keyboard, the Blackberry Q10 should be on your shopping list.