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黑莓Q10真机实测报告

JP Mangalindan 2013年06月26日

带键盘的智能手机?黑莓相信,在触摸屏大行其道的智能手机市场,它的新产品仍会有一席之地。《财富》编辑真机实测发现,黑莓的邮件、电池续航能力依然出众。不过,因为物理键盘压缩了屏幕的尺寸,可用的应用太少,主流智能手机用户可能不会买它的帐。

    首先,我承认:本人用的就是黑莓(BlackBerry)手机。

    实际上,我用一台黑莓Bold 9930来收发工作邮件(我的选择),而用一台iPhone 5来干其他事情。你知道吗?这种安排一直很奏效。我很喜欢iPhone的许多特点,比如工业设计、应用选择等等,但有一点我一直不太喜欢——就是它的触屏输入。我现在已经熟练掌握了在屏幕上编写短信,更新Facebook状态,上Twitter,以及在路上时记录邮件的摘要,但有时候我还是会打出一些错别字。

    而使用黑莓手机同样有利有弊。我使用黑莓手机已经有一年多时间。用黑莓撰写邮件非常轻松,很少出现因为按错键导致的错误。但我喜欢用它来收发邮件,却不喜欢用它做其他事情。iPhone上的许多应用,比如流媒体音乐服务Spotify、Nike+Runing、租车服务Uber等在运行黑莓系统7.0的黑莓手机上都用不了。而能用的应用也惨不忍睹——Facebook就是最好的例子。按照如今的标准,2.8寸触摸屏实在是太小了。就连打开和浏览最基本的PDF文件都令人难以忍受。要知道,PDF这种文件类型已经有20年历史了。

    对于每天通过手机处理几十封甚至几百封邮件的黑莓忠实用户来说,黑莓公司希望Q10能让他们认为值得进行一次升级。上周,美国电话电报公司AT&T推出了黑莓Q10,威瑞森(Verizon)和T-Mobile在本月早些时候就已经推出了Q10。黑莓希望能将它颇受欢迎的物理键盘和更新的智能手机标准相结合。黑莓Q10采用更大更清晰的3.1寸触摸屏,分辨率为720 x 720,使用1.5千兆赫双核处理器,2GB RAM,16GB内置内存和800万像素摄像头,并可连接4G网络。此外,这也是第二款运行新黑莓10操作系统的黑莓手机——第一款是无键盘的Z10。

    那么,这款手机表现如何呢?

    黑莓的忠实用户会喜欢Q10更大的屏幕,更轻便、更耐用的机身,感觉这款手机的机身即便摔上几次也不会影响手机运行。此外还有它的键盘。之前的黑莓手机也提供过非常类似的键盘布局,不过按键是沿一条轻微的曲线排列。而在Q10上,按键则是沿一条完美的横轴线进行排列——不会影响输入,用户很快就能习惯。

    黑莓手机的通话质量一直非常稳定可靠,Q10继承了这个传统,在旧金山周围可以清晰通话,而且用扬声器通话的质量同样非常清晰。音量非常适合播放音乐和视频,虽然低音部分略有不足。应用和屏幕加载非常流畅。此外,Q10还保持了黑莓手机另外一项宝贵资产——电池寿命:在随意使用的情况下,我一般两天之后才需要操心充电的事。

    而在软件方面,公司在黑莓10上做了很大的改进。但有人认为,黑莓只是在追赶,而没有“创新”。这种观点在某些方面来说是正确的。

    Confession: I use a BlackBerry.

    Or well, I have a BlackBerry Bold 9930 for my work email (my choice) and an iPhone 5 for everything else. And you know what? It works. I've enjoyed my iPhone's many strengths over the years -- industrial design, app selection, etc. -- but the one thing I've never totally loved is the touch-typing. I've become adept at rapidly tapping texts, Facebook (FB) status updates, tweets, and brief emails on-the-go, but I still make too many typos for my liking.

    The opposite holds true when using my Blackberry (BBRY), which I've had for more than a year now. Typing out emails is easy and brisk, and errors caused by hitting the wrong key are rare. Still, while I love using it for email, I hate using my BlackBerry for everything else. Many of the apps on my iPhone -- Spotify, Nike+ Running, Uber -- aren't available for my BlackBerry, still running BlackBerry OS 7.0. And what is available looks rough: the Facebook app being one prime example -- and that 2.8-inch touchscreen display feels really cramped by today's standards. Even opening and viewing basic PDFs -- a standard file type that turns 20 this year -- is a grinding chore.

    For loyal BlackBerry users who still crank through tens, if not hundreds of emails a day, the company hopes they'll find the Q10 -- available from AT&T (T) last week, and Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) earlier this month -- worth an upgrade. It tries marrying that trusted BlackBerry physical keyboard with newer smartphone luxuries-turned-standard features. There's a larger, brighter 3.1-inch touchscreen with 720 x 720 resolution, a 1.5 gigahertz dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G network speeds where available. It's also just the second BlackBerry -- the first being the keyboard-less Z10 -- to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.

    So how is it?

    Loyal BlackBerry users will appreciate the Q10's expanded screen, and the lighter, but extremely durable body, which feels like it could easy take a few tumbles and still keep going. Then there's the keyboard itself. Previous BlackBerries offered a very similar layout, but the keys were arranged on a slight curve. On the Q10, the keys are arranged on a perfect horizontal axis -- it doesn't affect typing, and users will quickly get used to it.

    BlackBerries have been historically strong when it comes to call quality, and the Q10 keeps the tradition alive with clear calls around San Francisco and calls on speakerphone are also crystal. Volume is also good enough for playing back music and videos, though bass was predictably missing. Apps and screens load pretty smoothly. And battery life, another typical BlackBerry asset, is here, too: With casual use, I went two days before I needed to even think about charging.

    On the software side, the company has also made some big strides with BlackBerry 10, although some would argue it's more BlackBerry playing catch-up than being "innovative." They're sort ofright.

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