Reinventing BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10 Review

Design and Build Quality

When you first glance at the BlackBerry Z10, one of its main competitors--the iPhone--is sure to come to mind. Although the Z10 has a similar exterior look to Apple’s iPhone 5, there are some key differences. For starters, the front of the Z10 has no hardware buttons. Instead, the BB10 OS uses gestures for navigation. We’ll take a closer look at how some of these gestures work in the coming pages.

In terms of size, the Z10 is also larger than the iPhone 5. Here’s how they compare:

BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5
Height (inches)
5.12 4.87
Width (inches)
2.58 2.31
Depth (inches)
0.35 0.30
Weight (ounces)
4.78 3.95
(1280 x 768)
(1136 x 640)

Above the display, you’ll notice the front-facing 2 megapixel camera that’s just to the right of the center of the phone. The microphone is located below the display in the center.  Above and below the display, you’ll notice the phone’s matte casing which extends to the sides of the device.

On the left edge of the BlackBerry Z10, you’ll find a micro HDMI port and a microUSB port. A speaker is located on the bottom edge of the Z10. The right edge of the Z10 houses the volume rocker with a mute button in the center. When using the camera, the up and down volume keys function as shutter keys. You’ll find the headset jack and Power button on the top edge of the phone.

When you flip the Z10 over you’ll notice the soft, textured cover along with the BlackBerry logo. The rear-facing 8 megapixel camera and LED flash are located in the upper left corner of the phone. The rear cover is easy to remove and provides access to the user-replaceable battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. 


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