BlackBerry executives hold up the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones.

BlackBerry executives hold up the new Z10 and Q10 smartphones.

With the official launch of RIM, er, BlackBerry’s new operating system, many people have been wondering whether they should get a phone running the new BB10 operating system.

The answer is yes. And no.

There’s a lot to consider and the answer isn’t a black and white one. But this should help you make a decision.

But first, know this: Forget about the Q10. The keyboard/touchscreen hybrid phone won’t be available for at least a couple months, and really – you’re short changing yourself with a small screen. There’s a reason iPhones and Galaxy SIIIs sell like hotcakes, and it’s not because either phone has a physical keypad.

Should you upgrade if…?

You have a BlackBerry phone sold before Feb. 5:

Yes. Stop reading this and place your order right now. Pay whatever the penalty is to get out of your contract and upgrade your device.

If your BlackBerry is anything but the new phone running BB10, and you like your BBM and handheld device security, then yes of course, you should definitely upgrade to the Z10.

There’s a good chance you might not even think the BlackBerry World ecosystem is limited with more than 70,000 apps – more than any other mobile operating system at launch.

You probably don’t really care about app selection either if you’re still using a BlackBerry Bold, so it’s not like you’ll think the new BB10 app selection is limited.

Sure, using a large 4.2-inch might seem overwhelming. But then again, the internal combustion engine was a significant upgrade from the horse-drawn carriage.

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