By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Can an old-school idea keep a smartphone on the cutting edge? That’s what Blackberry is counting on as it releases its newest model — with a physical keyboard and a touch screen.
AT&T is now taking orders for the Q10, which is in T-Mobile stores today. Verizon ships it tomorrow. Sprint’s version arrives this summer.
“Whether they are former Blackberry users or current Blackberry users, they’re really going to like it.”
The Verge editor Dan Siefert says that’s because one of the only devices with actual keys actually does have the best keyboard:
“The problem is how is the company going to capture new users. If you’re familiar with the iPhone and you’re familiar with what Android offers, there’s not really much here that’s going to say you need to switch to the Blackberry 10.”
For $200 on contract, the Q10 offers an impressive web browser and a revamped operating system with a messaging hub that likely will take some getting used to.