The BlackBerry Z10 is everything for BlackBerry – and I don't mean just the platform or the renamed company that acquired the brand for which it's best known. The Z10, the first smartphone to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system, is a sink or flotation device that will likely decide whether the company can keep its dwindling market share and the ship it sent off of the first to bring it to the worst smartphone relevance.
Gone are the days when a BlackBerry was the definitive smartphone. The BlackBerry Z10 debuts at a time when smartphones are both about gaming and productivity, and this phone can only thrive in this era if it can strike a balance between entertainment and business. Can the BlackBerry Z10 be the savior that BlackBerry – the company and the operating system – needs so badly?
Hardware & design
The BlackBerry Z10 has what many consider to be generic in appearance. There are no flashy colors like we've seen on Windows Phone 8 devices, and no bold curves to stereotype a phone as "sexy". It's an all-business box, rectangular and mostly black, with the exception of the silver-colored buttons that appear in limited areas. That's not to say it's boring just doing business. The Z10 happens to have a design that favors minimalism. The 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm (5.11 "x 2.58" x 0.35 ") frame is basically the" little black dress "of smartphones.
A large bezel and lines around the edges subtly make the BlackBerry Z10 eye-catching, but a user's senses are quickly touched. Hard plastic is used for the front and sides of the phone, but a juicy soft rubbery material is used for the back of the phone. It has dozens of tiny dimples that are similar to the Google Nexus 7, and it's definitely one of the most comfortable smartphone materials to rest gently in the palm of your hand.
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The body is otherwise sparse as BlackBerry has lost the weight of a physical keyboard and trackball that were so common for the cell phone maker. The only distractions of the Z10 from its otherwise inconspicuous design are the micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports on the left. a power switch and a 3.5mm headphone jack on top; and volume buttons separated by a button that can pause music playback or hold down to prompt voice commands, on the right. There is a speaker on the bottom of the phone that plays music at a reasonable volume, and there is a red notification light in the top right corner.
A 4.2-inch screen serves as the face of the BlackBerry Z10. The display looks great thanks to the strong brightness, which can be adjusted on a sliding scale, and a resolution of 1280 x 768, the pixels packed tightly in a smaller space. The high resolution is typically seen on phones with larger screens, so the Z10's 356ppi display produces a detailed image that looks wonderful for video and text. The brightness levels become a readable screen even outdoors.
Performance & Specifications
BlackBerry 10 is an operating system based entirely on the concept of fluidity. Users switch from one app to another and instantly change course. To enable this persistent state of motion, strong internal hardware is required, and the BlackBerry Z10 comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The processor keeps the flow and peak elements of the BB10 software free and the phone appears to hum with just a few hiccups.
Key BlackBerry Z10 Specifications:
- 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 32 GB
- 4.2-inch IPS display (resolution 1280 x 768, 356 ppi)
- 1.5 GHz dual core processor
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, microHDMI output
- 4G LTE and HSPA +
- 1,800 mAh battery
One annoying feature is that when you start an app, the phone first navigates to the active screen and then starts the app. The plot only adds a split second to the process, but the presentation makes it seem like the phone is slower than necessary. The same appearance of sluggishness occurs when switching between portrait and landscape modes, which is strange considering that every other aspect of the BlackBerry Z10 navigation seems to be pretty quick. The BlackBerry 10, at least on the Z10, appears to have excellent memory management and the hardware to run the operating system effectively with virtually no resistance.