Reinventing BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10 Review

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The smartphone market has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Once a major competitor in the smartphone market, BlackBerry has lost much of its market share as many former BlackBerry users have switched to iOS and Android. Despite its troubled history, the company remains and is fighting to regain its stronghold in the smartphone market. Whether you’ve stayed loyal to BlackBerry through the years or are simply considering all smartphones on the market today, BlackBerry’s new Z10 may catch your eye.

The new Z10 is BlackBerry’s first device to run on the latest version of BlackBerry’s operating system, BlackBerry 10 (BB10). Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on the Z10, and things are looking somewhat hopeful. BlackBerry reportedly has already received an order for 1 million BlackBerry Z10 devices from an established partner. Not long ago, the company also announced its BB10 store reached a milestone of 100,000 apps.

Let's first give you a quick walk-around of the Z10 in action, with the BB10 operating system and then we'll dive in deeper to design, user experience and performance characteristics.

Before we dive into the full hands-on review to see what the Z10 and BB10 OS has to offer, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of the device:

BlackBerry Z10
Specifications & Features

Processor and memory
1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 Plus
16GB Flash

Operating System
BlackBerry 10
Quad band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1700/1900 MHz)
Quad band HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, (850/1700/1900/2100 MHz)
Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
*Note: HSPA+ Band 4 (AWS) is carrier dependent

Z10 (4G - Verizon)
LTE Band-13 (700 MHz)
CDMA Cell-band and PCS-band (800/1900 MHz)
WCDMA Band-1 and Band-8 (2100/900 MHz)
GSM/EDGE Quad Bands (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz

4G Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
Ports and expansion
micro HDMI

4.2-inch 1280 x 768 resolution, 356 PPI
24-bit color depth

Size and weight
5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches
4.78 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
8MP rear camera with LED flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization; 1080p HD video recording
2MP front-facing camera with image and video stabilization; 720p HD video recording

BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, BlackBerry Browser, BlackBerry Calendar, BBM, Text Messages, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Remember, Docs To Go, Pictures, Music, Videos, Story Maker, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, BlackBerry Maps, Games, YouTube, Voice Control, Weather, Clock, Calculator, Compass, File Manager, Box, BlackBerry Connect for Dropbox, Print To Go, Smart Tags, Settings, Adobe Reader, Phone, Camera/Video Camera/Time Shift, Setup, Help, SIM Toolkit, Search
1800mAH removable battery
Up to 10 hours talk time (3G)

Up to 13 days standby time
AT&T $199.99 after discounts and with a 2-year contract
Verizon Wireless $199.99 after discounts and with a 2-year contract

The Z10 features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a 1,800 mAh battery. Although some users may miss BlackBerry’s famous hardware QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry decided to mimic its competition by giving the Z10 a traditional candy-bar form factor with a 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280 x 768) and an on-screen predictive keyboard.


The BlackBerry Z10 is available from AT&T (left) Verizon Wireless (right).

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sevags one year ago

sounds like what the Blackberry Bold should have been when it was first released. basically this phone is only good for those who are already brand loyal to BB but to any of the rest who already jumped ship to a different mobile OS there is no reason to go backwards.

karanm one year ago

I played around with this phone a few days after it came out in Canada, it was definitely impressive for a BB device but not so much when compared to other smartphones. With the micro HDMI port I wonder how well it handles video output to a decent sized tv or a projector. The phone also feels solid as a brick, like the older Bold.

shadizzle one year ago

A few people I know are waiting to try out he upcoming Q10 and will probably decide what direction they want to go. The Q10, is pretty much the new "bold" in a sense, I know alot of people who are looking forward to that ones launch. I went with the Z10 in white, and its been a great phone to me, I really do like the new BB experience so far.

Clixxer one year ago

With the new OS and new phones Blackberry is coming out with its going to be interesting to see where this company ends up. 

thunderdan602 one year ago

I hope these new BlackBerry devices can help turn this company around. I loved my old Storm. The only real gripes i had about it was it didn't have Wi-Fi and i was not crazy about the internet browser and the lack of apps. However, for email, and texting, it was smooth as butter. It took decent pictures and the speaker was very good for a mobile device.

seuli one year ago

It is interesting that is coming out a new BlackBerry phone. I will buy this phone of new version. It has fresh display and best speaker.

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