Blackberry Z10 Review

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There’s been a massive fanfare around Blackberry latest phone, the BlackBerry Z10 and some have even said that this is Blackberry’s saviour. I’ll let you be the judge of that. I’m just here to review the phone.

This is the first phone to run on Blackberry’s OS10 with a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset and Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor. It has a 768 x 1280 pixels display with a Capacitive touchscreen that shows 16M colors. Quite impressive!

Strange Positions

What is a little strange, is the fact that the volume rocker is positioned on the right (where most smart phones position this on the left hand side), on the top is a lock button as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the other side is a microSD slot, up to 64 GB (16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM internal storage). At the back, you have access to a removable battery which is a Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery that is advertised to offer you Up to 312 h of standby time and Up to 10 h of talk time.

blackberry_z10_grid_like_displayYou can unlock the phone in a couple of ways. You can either press the power/lock button at the top or you can simply swipe your thumb from the bottom of the display to the top.

The OS is very similar to others out there with a grid like display. You can drag and drop these around as you might expect or you can drag one on top of the other to create a new folder.

To Flash Or Not To Flash

When going through the browser, I found that the pages loaded really quickly with very little lag and unlike a few browsers that remain unnamed, this does support flash. However, there are a few premium sites like Netflix that have blocked access via this device, but I believe they’re in the process of getting this sorted out. When? Well, that’s anyone’s guess. I suppose it depends on how many people purchase the Z10 and are calling from the rooftops to have this properly integrated.

Pinch zooming is really responsive and coming out of the application is really fast by simply swiping up from below. Whilst viewing your applications there’s a new feature called “peeking” where you drag your thumb up slowly on the display and you can see an array of icons that allow you to view other applications that are running such as your email.

Blackberry World – Your Media Centre

Blackberry World is the home for your premium content and like other phone manufacturers, they’re gambling that you’ll buy lots of premium apps and services from here such as music and movies. I suppose, one of the main things that are letting down this device are the amount of apps available.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Z10 has garnered some interest in the tech circles and is actually very good. It’s plain, simple and has the cool Predictive text input function which is activated by swiping the predicted word up to the screen to use as part of the message. It’s not quite as easy as you might think and is really hard to get used. However, I’m guessing this will become second nature for all of you power texters out there.

Verdict:

So, who is the competition? I believe that the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5 are the Z10′s main competitors and anyone thinking of buying this phone will probably take a look at these too. My guess is, if you like your apps, you probably won’t go for the Z10. But, if you like a design that’s slightly different with a rock solid in-house OS, you’ll probably opt for the Z10.

Will this phone blow you away? Probably not. Is it worth getting? Absolutely, just be patient with the amount of apps coming online and you’re good to go.

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