BlackBerry Q10 vs Nexus 4

Vs Paul Briden 14:06, 1 Feb 2013

We compare the BlackBerry Q10 to Google and LG's low-cost Nexus 4 Android flagship

The BlackBerry Q10 is part of BlackBerry’s (formerly RIM) new generation of hardware for the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Fans of old school BlackBerry handsets with physical Qwerty keyboards will be right at home here as it uses the traditional form factor with the addition of a touchscreen.

The Nexus 4 is built by LG and runs a stock build of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

BlackBerry Q10: Key specs and what’s hot

One of the really nice things about the new BlackBerry models is the build quality appears to be great. The BlackBerry Q10 uses a ‘glass weave’ textured back panel and if it’s anything like the BlackBerry Z10 in terms of the materials used and the fit and finish it will be a satisfying device to handle.

So far we like the fact that BB10's multitasking, notifications and communications are such a central aspect and easily accessible at any time. The number of apps is fairly low compared to Android but as a starting point 70,000 is impressive and all the big names are there along with a huge catalogue of licensed multimedia.

The amount of onboard storage is decent at 16GB while the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM should deliver good performance, being well-optimised with the BlackBerry 10 software.

A particular strong point compared to the Nexus 4 is that the BlackBerry Q10 features expandable microSD storage for high-capacity cards up to 64GB.

Nexus 4: Key specs and what’s hot

The Nexus 4’s display comes out as a preferable option, owing to the fact that there’s only a 10 pixel-per-inch (ppi) difference but it is considerably larger at 4.7-inches to the BlackBerry Q10’s 3.1-inches and 330ppi.

A ‘True HD’ 1280x768 pixel resolution and IPS Plus display technology also help deliver a satisfying picture quality with fantastic colour and brightness.

Inside the Nexus 4 is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor chip clocked at 1.5Gz with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

This is a veritable powerhouse when it comes to multitasking and running intensive apps, multimedia and gaming. It goes without saying that this also handles general running and UI navigation of Android with ease.

The 16GB storage space is a reasonably good amount to have (there’s also an 8GB variant, but we won’t dwell on that).

A big pull of the Nexus 4 or indeed any Nexus device is the up-to-date stock Android build loaded onto it. This is Android as it should be with no interference from fussy UIs. It’s fast, smooth and stable with a slick interface, useful multitasking and the benefit of over 700,000 apps to choose from.

The Nexus 4’s build quality is quite high and it feels well-made in the hand. Premium rubber-coated plastics meet with a glass back panel for an overall pleasing setup – although we have to admit the glitter effect is a little avant-garde for us.

Direct Spec Comparison: Shootout

Device BlackBerry Q10
Nexus 4
Dimensions 119.6x66.8x10.4mm,139g 133.9x68.7x9.1mm,139g
Display 3.1-inch Super AMOLED,720x720 pixels,330ppi

4.7-inch IPS Plus LCD,1280x768 pixels,318ppi

Camera 8-megapixel,1080p video,LED flash 8-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video
Storage 16GB,microSD up to 64GB 8GB/16GB
Processor, RAM, Graphics 1.5GHz dual-core,2GB RAM 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon APQ8064,2GB RAM,Adreno 320 GPU
Operating System, BlackBerry 10 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
UI n/a n/a
Connectivity Bluetooth,microUSB,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,GPS Bluetooth,microUSB,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,GPS
Battery 1,800mAh 2,100mAh

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