While I actually appreciate that Chris has given the Q10 a pretty fair run down, the thing that I don’t agree is that virtual keyboard is a good replacement for a physical keyboard, either for speed or accuracy.
I’ve dabbled with the stock, and Swype, and I’ve paid for SwiftKey X, Swiftkey X for tablets, Swiftkey 3, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time with a good virtual keyboard.
The fact is, it’s never as accurate as you want it to be. There will be tricky words that you just wish that it didn’t predict for you. But then I could generally tap faster, and while a good virtual keyboard works 80-90% of the time, the BlackBerry keyword works 100% of the time.
If I typed something incorrectly, that’s because I type it incorrectly.
It’s the same reason why I use a mechnical keyboard at home and at work.
But yeah, the market for diehards like me will shrink (yes, even I browse more than I type nowadays, but damn do I miss it). Still, if you need a tool that you can tap out fast accurate response, and articulate yourself beyond a one liner, and still look at where you’re going (I can tap reasonably accurate without looking at the keyboard), this is pretty much it.
Show me a virtual keyboard that could do that – I’ve use the iPhone VKB (literally crap compared to Swiftkey), Android stock, Android top of the line (Swype and Swiftkey), WP7 and the Z10. Nothing compares.