The BlackBerry Q10 is BlackBerry's first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to feature a physical hardware keyboard, different from the BlackBerry Z10, which utilizes a full touchscreen for navigation in the smartphone. BlackBerry 10 operating system brings a lot of new and improved features to BlackBerry smartphones, allowing them to adapt to the way modern smartphones have adapted to the current times. It also has software optimizations so that the BlackBerry phones can perform better and faster.
Before BlackBerry 10, the main input method and navigation of a BlackBerry smartphone is through the use of physical buttons and the physical keyboard. However, with the BlackBerry 10 operating system, the rules have been slightly changed. The main and primary input in BlackBerry 10 smartphones is through of the touchscreen on the smartphones.
The change of having the primary input become the touchscreen from physical keys does not fully negate the inclusion of physical keyboards however. The BlackBerry Q10 does come with a physical keyboard, along with the inclusion of a touchscreen in the form of its 3.1-inch display. Users can use a combination of gestures and keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the BlackBerry Q10, such as moving a finger from the bottom to the right in a curved motion, which opens the BlackBerry Hub quickly.
The BlackBerry Q10 can multitask better with the BlackBerry 10 operating system, making the user able to switch out between different applications faster, saving time. This happens because of a feature called the "Active Frame"; when a user leaves an application by going directly to the home screen, the application is minimized into this Active Frame, which keeps the application running in the background in a miniaturized window. To return to the application, all the user has to do is to tap on the Active Frame to access it immediately again or tap on the 'X' symbol to close the application.
Some of these Active Frame compatible applications also can have functionalities that are similar to Android's widgets; being able to display small bits and pieces of information such as upcoming appointments in a calendar. This adds yet another layer of functionality in the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, giving users to experience proper multitasking functionalities on the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, allowing for better productivity and efficiency when performing daily tasks.