Recently the smartphone market has seen a series of discounts and various kinds of offers from smartphone giants like BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone. We've seen the exchange offers in iPhone 4 where students got Rs 7,777 ($144) off the cost of an iPhone, while non-students got a discount of Rs. 7,000 ($130). It was also sold at a discount price starting from Rs 26,500. Soon to follow up, BlackBerry came up with their scheme, which offered 0% EMI on BlackBerry Z10 and Curve 9220. According to their scheme, consumers were allowed to purchase Z10 at Rs. 4,799/- per month for 9 months and Rs. 799 per month for 12 months, for the Curve 9220. American Express offer was the first offer pushed by the company to Q10.
In fact, both were preparing grounds for their latest devices. Soon Apple came with iPhone 5 which is priced at the staggering figure of Rs. 41,849 to Rs. 45,500 while BlackBerry at a similar fashion outed their Q10 device which comes at a hefty price of Rs. 44,990. Hence it is likely to assume a mild quarrel between the two high end smartphone makers.
Thus, Gizbot has come up with a brief comparison between BlackBerry Q10 and Apple's iPhone 5 below.
iPhone 5 sports a 4 inch LED backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen with pixel density of 326ppi and multi-touch retina display screen and offers a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels while the BlackBerry Q10 comes with 3.1inch super AMOLED display with touchscreen that offers a 720 x 720 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 330 ppi along with the keyboard that has been crafted carefully by well spacing large keys.
Processor, OS and RAM
iPhone 5 is powered by Apple A6 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor which is backed by 1GB RAM and runs on Apple's very own OS, iOS 6 which is upgradable to iOS 6.1.3. On the other hand The BlackBerry Q10 is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor supported by 2GB RAM and runs on latest BlackBerry 10 OS and TI OMAP 4470 chipset.
The iPhone 5 comes in three variants with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal memory and lacks microSD card slot while BlackBerry Q10 houses 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB via micro SD card.
Regarding connectivity the iPhone 5 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, 4G LTE, 3G and micro USB 2.0 support and similarly BlackBerry also comes with NFC, Bluetooth, GSM, 4G LTE, GPS, EDGE and GPRS.
iPhone 5 features 8MP rear camera with iSight technology along with 1.2MP front camera for video calling. BlackBerry Q10 on the other hand has a similar 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash accompanied by a 2-megapixel front facing camera.
The iPhone 5 comes with a non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery which is claimed by Apple to offer a talk time of 8 hours and standby of 225 hours. While the BlackBerry Q10 is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery which provides 13 hours of taktime and standby of 367 hours.
Price and Availability
As of now the iPhone 5 with 16GB internal storage capacity has been priced at Rs. 45,500 on Infibeam which also offers free shipping and 0% EMI with Rs. 3,791.67 per month for 12 months and 0% processing charges. On the other hand BlackBerry Q10 also comes in a similar price at Rs. 44,990 which is also listed on Infibeam and has carries a similar offers.
Comparing both the devices iPhone has a lesser processor and a bigger full touch screen display than BlackBerry Q10. Specwise iPhone has a lesser intensity than BlackBerry Q10 with higher processors and RAM, better front facing camera and better battery. BlackBerry Q10 also has the advantage of having an easy to use QWERTY Keypad along with the touchscreen display. BlackBerry is also cheaper than iPhone 5 by Rs. 500. On top of that BlackBerry 10 gets rid of the outdated physical home button on the iPhone 5, and allows users to use touch gestures to control the OS. Thus, BlackBerry Q10 might be a better and safe deal.