- Luke Johnson , TrustedReviews
The BlackBerry Z10 has seemingly given its new iOS and Android rival the best possible platform from which to grow.
- Joshua Topolsky , The Verge
BlackBerry is still at the top of its game with data and reception.
Miles behind in the wake of the iOS and Android era, BlackBerry has overhauled its hardware and software.
Its first offering, the BlackBerry Z10, is indeed a phone that devoted followers (current and former) will love. As Laptop Magazine puts it, "...the company has created a platform that should not only keep many faithful from jumping ship, but also win some back."
However, those used to the workings of iOS and Android and unfamiliar with BlackBerry will find the Z10 not worth the transition. Business Insider makes that clear saying, "There's next to no incentive for anyone currently using an iPhone or Android phone to make the switch to BlackBerry..."
But for the BlackBerry faithful, the Z10 will not let you down. The creators of the phone have overhauled everything you know about the previous devices (even the recent Storm series) and shown that it can create compelling hardware relevant to this day and age. Phonedog details this when saying in their review that the "...Z10 is a substantial leap forward for BlackBerry. It brings the company into the 21st century with a modern smartphone with a dual-core processor, HD display, LTE connectivity, and an improved camera."
While the hardware and technical specs are a plus, the software is a let-down. Compared to the dedicated and wide-ranging services of the App Store and Google Play, the BlackBerry Z10 fails to have an adequate competitor. Gaj-it say that "there aren't enough apps to tempt consumers away from Android and iOS, and there aren't enough consumers to tempt app developers to make BB10 apps as a priority."
The clear result is that the BlackBerry Z10, while an overhaul and modernization of the once great smartphone giant, isn't quite up-to-date in terms of software and accessibility for consumers used to the two big rivals, Android and iOS. Loyal buyers will rejoice, however, in the best BlackBerry handset to date.
Above all, the Z10 gives a new hope for the future of BlackBerry. Luke Johnson from TrustedReviews best sums this up with saying, "The BlackBerry Z10 has seemingly given its new iOS and Android rival[s] the best possible platform from which to grow."
Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)
Fast browser, gestures easy to learn, great for info junkies
Solid battery life, an excellent keyboard, and nice form factor that feels solid in the hand
Offers a full touch screen experience that delivers a very good keyboard
Camera captures under-exposed pictures, battery could have more capacity
The BlackBerry Z10, together with its operating system BlackBerry 10, is a smartphone that is worthy of belonging to the high-end segment of the mobile market, but it may be too late to steal market-share from iOS and Android devices.
Featuring a 4.2″ touchscreen with HD resolution, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM, an 8 megapixel with full HD video recording, and impressive sound intensity, the hardware of this handset is an attractive offer, even though it may not feature a quad-core CPU like certain Android competitors. What deprived the Z10 from being a perfect d... Full review
Very promising, camera above expectations, catchy UI
Performance is smooth and consistent and it’s still a great messaging device
I had some pretty high hopes out of the Blackberry Z10. Mostly because of Blackberry 10 as a platform. While I do wish they had worked on the design of the Z10 more, some might actually like the industrial design. The star of the show though, is the new Blackberry 10 platform, and the QNX based platform honestly is a joy to use. There is admittedly a very steep learning curve with all the various gestures and settings, but once you master that it becomes second nature. Performance is smooth and consistent and it’s still a great messaging device. Though I’m not a fan of the onboa... Full review
Blackberry delivered a very well thought out experience and executed it with class
Blackberry delivered a very well thought out experience and executed it with class. For me, this puts to rest the question of “Can Blackberry stop the bleeding?” This device might not be what a lot of us would like it to be, but it sure does make a case for Blackberry loyalist and anyone in between. If I had to rate this device, I would give it a strong 3 our of 5, it is an excellent 1.0 product and will become a stronger contender as the OS and feature set mature.
I would recommend this device to the Blackberry fanatic who has been holding on for ever, the corporate use... Full review
Great design, smooth performance
All said and done, is this phone worth buying? The BlackBerry Z10 is a good phone, no doubt but the phone’s undoing is its price. In the similar price range, users have got the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 or even the HTC One to choose from, all of which either have a superior hardware, design or huge app support. Admittedly, Z10 is BlackBerry’s first attempt with the new OS and BlackBerry will come out with newer and better devices but when a phone is reckoned as a ‘comeback’ device, BlackBerry could’ve priced it more aggressively to win back the lost BlackBerry custom... Full review
The Z10 feel solid and yet is light
All in all, if you are coming from another Blackberry device, the Blackberry Z10 is an upgrade. Full touchscreen, snappy keyboard, all the BES crap you’re used to, slick design, Blackberry Hub, faster internet than another Blackberry, etc. But if you come from ANY other device like Android, Windows Phone, or an iPhone, you can’t help but think you’re using a device that isn’t up to par. Give it a few iterations from now and maybe it’ll be caught up, but as it stands now, it’s like driving a model T and admiring its potential, when all your friends already... Full review
The Z10 feels light but solid in the hand
BlackBerry's new BB10 operating system is fantastic (in my opinion) it's easy to use, fast to learn and can be fantastic with some updates. My hope is that BlackBerry takes the feedback they get from users and tweak it to mature the OS. It's very good for a 1.0 version OS however BlackBerry needs to improve it quickly if they want to stay alive in the mobile space.
Is the Z10 right for you? That I can not tell you, you need to go down to you local AT&T store and play with the device itself for five or ten minutes. You will either love or hate the OS after that period of time. If... Full review
Better but not by much.
This is the BEST phone I ever had
Fun and definitely a Modern High Quality Smart Phone now.
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- BlackBerry Z10 Manual (PDF)
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