- Editor's Rating
- Sleek, quality design
- BlackBerry 10 is fast and efficient
- Powerful processor and hardware
- Display not terribly bright
- Battery life mediocre
- App selection still a work in progress
Quick TakeThe BlackBerry Z10 is a quality smartphone with some drawbacks, but an excellent, albeit young, operating system in the form of the long-awaited BlackBerry 10.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the first phone from BlackBerry — formerly known as RIM — to run its new mobile OS, BlackBerry 10. It will be released in the US in March at a subsidized price of $199.
The hardware itself is appealing, featuring a sleek design with sharp edges and rounded corners. The Z10 is thin and light, but it doesn\’t feel cheap; it still has enough heft to feel solid in the user\’s hand. Available in black or white, the Z10 also has a textured back.
The display is 4.2 inches and both images and text look sharp thanks to its 1280 x 768 resolution. Colors and contrast impressed as well, but the display was not terribly bright, even on the highest setting.
The hardware underneath the hood impressed as well, with the 1.5 GHz, dual-core processor keeping both apps and the OS running smoothly at all times. Other specs include 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage (expandable via a microSD card slot behind the back plate of the phoen), and NFC capabilities.
The cameras of the Z10 were of decent quality, but were somewhat hampered by the software. Due to slow startup times and the inability to tap-to-focus (users instead must drag a reticle over the desired point of focus), using the camera(s) on the Z10 isn\’t always an enjoyable experience.
BlackBerry 10 is the real star of the show here, bringing efficiency and intuitive, gesture-based navigation to the table. BlackBerry Hub aggregates all messages and notifications from various outlets (email, text, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but can also be filtered to show only one type of inbox. The ability to swipe away windows or minimize them with an upwards swipe makes it easy for users to bounce back and forth between multiple applications, their home screen, and the Hub. It only takes a second to learn before it all becomes second nature.
The BlackBerry Z10 may not be a perfect device — its mediocre battery life is another drawback — but it serves as a more-than-capable vehicle for the brand-new BlackBerry 10 OS, which is a success, at least in our opinion. The only issue is that the platform is still very young, and with such a small \”ecosystem\” and currently limited app selection, users probably aren\’t likely to jump ship to BlackBerry 10.