Phones with QWERTY keyboards have always been the strong suite of BlackBerry. Which is why when the company revamped their product portfolio with BB10 and the Z10, they decided to not forgo QWERTY phones altogether and launched the Q10 (and consequently the Q5).
Well, it seems that strategy isn't working out so well. According to The Wall Street Journal, who talked to retailers in the US and Canada, the Q10 is an unmitigated failure. There is no demand for the device and the retailers have had to return their stock.
One Canadian retailer even went as far as saying "I think we'd all say that the Q10, the one we all thought was going to be the savior, just hit the ground and died." And this is BlackBerry's home country we are talking about.
While this doesn't mean the all-touch Z10 are flying off the shelves things are looking particularly bleak for the keyboard based BlackBerries. Clearly the market for these devices has dwindled in the past and few would now want to waste precious space for a physical keyboard when they could have a large display instead.
BlackBerry now needs to rethink their strategy and assess if people really want to buy QWERTY BlackBerries anymore. Or simply BlackBerries, for that matter.
It's just that for some (me and few of my qwerty-loving friends), BlackBerries are total bummer when compared to android sliders. I mean, I'd rather use HTC Dream than BB, not out of spite, but because it's much more comfy to use. Everywher...
i own the q5,its awesum,the qwerty s great,luv old schul....we just need to get the gorilla glas piece.
I agree about the ease of typing with a great qwerty keyboard. the BB Q10 has been the best smartphone that I've ever owned. In my opinion it is much more intuitive, practical and functional as a communications tool than any Android phone I have ever...