BlackBerry Q10 Stands Out vs Nokia Asha 210: Battle of the Keyboarded Phones

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By Gilda Galang | April 25, 2013 1:31 PM EST

Recently, the BlackBerry Q10 has been making waves as a revamped and refreshed BlackBerry prototype, and more. Now a contender comes in the form of the recently announced Nokia Asha 210, a budget phone that dabbles in the keyboarded phones segment.

See which ones wins you over in this face-off of the keyboards that's about to get physical.

BlackBerry Q10

At first glance, it's easy to assume that the Q10 is just a slightly refreshed version of the keyboarded BlackBerry Bold or Curve.

But even when it doesn't have a breakthrough design, the fact that the Q10 was able to retain the QWERTY physical keyboard, it's a very aesthetically improved design that brings back the allure of the keypad.

According to ABC News, what makes the design unique is that it was able to retain the size of the original BlackBerry, and make the screen 30% larger than previous BlackBerry QWERTY phones. What's more, despite extra space for the screen, the keyboard doesn't suffer--if anything, you get well-spaced and wider keys.

And then there's the body. What supposedly sets the iPhone 5 and the HTC One apart is the aluminum body, but the BlackBerry Q10 is made of a durable, hard-to-scratch, glass-weave that is lighter and stronger than plastic.

Touchscreen & keyboard

The Q10 is also markedly different from previous BlackBerry phones in the sense that it also has a touchscreen.

And combined with the size of the Q10, it makes for a perfect, one-hand swipe and go movement, which is particularly nice on the Super AMOLED 720x720 resolution screen.

What it takes after the Z10

Since it's the keyboarded flagship phone for the BB10, you can expect that there are very similar features with the Z10, among which are the software (though the Q10 has a more advanced BB10.1 OS even before it has already become available for the Z10) and the camera.

The inside is also the same, with the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 processor and 2GB of RAM, reports EndGadget. But with the more improved OS inside you can expect faster app loading and performance.

When it comes to the battery, Q10 has had an improvement based on the comments made to the Z10. BlackBerry's estimate of the Q10's run is roughly 13.6 hours of 3G talk time, 354 hours of standby, and 9 hours of video, according to TechCrunch, and based on user tests, it does manage to hang in there efficiently.

Nokia Asha 210

Users awaited with bated breath for Nokia's announcement this week, but those who were looking forward to the reveal of the Nokia Lumia 928, instead saw the arrival of the Asha 210, the low budget phone.

In the age of touchscreens and swiping, the Nokia Asha 210 is a rarity akin to the BlackBerry Q10. But it seems that Nokia has a few things up its sleeve and planned out for the Asha 210.

Features: Too backwards for the times

In the time when smartphones are clamoring to outbid each other in features, it's as though Nokia Asha 210 is going for the meager is better approach.

Granted it is a budget phone, but consideringthe 2-megapixelamera, dual SIM capability, social features, and some phone apps for photo editing and file transfer, it's a bit bare for something released in the middle of the smartphone battle, reports GIzmodo.

If anything, it seems that its $70 price tag--plus maybe the many candy color design variants, if you are into dressing up your phone--is the only appealing feature, but what you get doesn't necessarily give you what you want.

The WhatsApp button

If Nokia was gearing up for something breakthrough or original, it did so with the introduction of a dedicated WhatsApp button in its QWERTY keyboard.

According to Digital Trends, WhatsApp is already in the phone allowing the Asha 210 its own messaging faculties similar to the BlackBerry Messenger. As a 2G phone, it can only do so much, but wi-fi capabilities help it plow further.

So the verdict? If you're looking for a quality QWERTY phone, the BlackBerry Q10 is the way to go. You may have to shell out a few more in terms of price, but the features you get are what BlackBerry has been known for--and more.

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