After a series of leaks on the internet, Blackberry raised curtains on its latest flagship handset – the Blackberry Z10. It is a full-touch phone and features the brand new Blackberry 10 operating system. We’ll be doing an in-depth review to find out if the Z10 should be your next smartphone.
On first glance, you’ll be quite impressed with the Z10’s smart and stylish design. It looks neat and business like and is perhaps the most beautiful Blackberry handset we’re handled till now. Unlike the recent trend of large smartphones, Blackberry has decided to keep the Z10’s dimensions to 130 x 65.6 x 9mm, making it easy and comfortable to handle. However, it isn’t the best design in terms of efficient usage of space. We’ve seen phones like the Motorola Razr i which are much smaller in size even though they have a slightly bigger screen than the Z10.
The back panel has a textured plastic finish which feels nice and soft and provides a firm grip on the phone. And it’s removable as well which gives you access to the battery inside. The neat bezels at the front and the rounded corners cap off a design that is worthy of a flagship phone.
The Z10’s screen measures 4.2 inches on the diagonal and has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Its pixel density of 355 ppi, rivals that of the iPhone (326 ppi) and S3 (306 ppi), so you’re sure to get a rich viewing experience. The screen has vibrant and natural colors, wide viewing angles and excellent sharpness which shines through while watching high definition content. However, its brightness levels aren’t the best which somewhat hampers the overall experience. Nonetheless, it is bright enough to be visible in sunlight.
The Blackberry Z10 possesses an 8 megapixel sensor with LED flash and autofocus. It isn’t the best camera around but it does manage to deliver excellent image quality. To take a snap, you’ll have to tap anywhere on the display or you can use the physical mute key on the right. The camera app doesn’t have a wide range of features like the ones on Android phones but it does give you modes like Time Shift, Burst Mode, Face Detection and different aspect ratios.
Quality of still photos is excellent with good exposure and plenty of detail. In low light conditions, the LED flash does a good job to deliver good results but noises starts creeping up. Video quality is very good as well and you get the option of continuous LED flash while recording. Users get the option of shooting videos in full HD 1080 pixels or 720 pixels.
Software and UI:
The Z10 comes with Blackberry 10 operating system straight out of the box. The UI is quite different from the current mobile platforms as it relies on gestures. Being new, it takes some time getting used to but once you get a hang of things, you’ll find it smart and easy to use. One of the key features is the Blackberry Hub which stores all your messages, E-mails and updates from social networking sites. The Apps page is similar to the Android and iOS versions with 4 X 4 grids of app icons on each page. The default apps include Maps, Calendar, Browser, Docs To Go, Music player, video Player, Remember, Foursquare, Facebook, Story Maker and much more. The software runs pretty smoothly thanks to the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM inside the phone.
The Blackberry Z10 has a Li-Ion battery of 1800 mAh which manages to last a day with normal usage. However, the phone doesn’t have good power management when it is idle. Even on stand-by mode, the battery consumption is pretty high by modern standards. According to the company, you should be able to get around 10 hours of talk time and stand-by time of 13 days.
The Blackberry Z10 is a good device but it lacks the flair of the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3. Also, the company has attached an ambitious price tag on the phone which makes it even more difficult to choose it over other flagships phones. Nonetheless, it is nice, solid phone with good range of features which should make Blackberry fans happy. But, if already own an Android or iOS phone, there is hardly any reason for you to shift to the Z10.