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BlackBerry Z10 Review: The Best BlackBerry Smartphone

BlackBerry Z10 is a very important phone for the manufacturer and the consumers as well. For one, this is the phone which BlackBerry hopes to use as a launch pad for BB 10. The Canadian firm also hopes to go beyond the BlackBerry loyalists and create a wider fanbase. Apart from the latest operating system, Z10 also showcases some brilliant specifications.

BlackBerry Z10 Design

BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry 10

The build and design of BlackBerry Z10 is very sophisticated. It has a sleek, black form with only the BlackBerry logo and name in the front, below the screen. There is no tacky chrome highlights or rims and the glass front is bordered by two thick bands of matter cover on top and bottom. The back cover has a plastic cover with rubber coating.

BlackBerry Z10 Display

BlackBerry Z10
BlackBerry Z10

Z10 has a 4.2inch LCD screen with a WVGA HD resolution of 1280 x 768p and pixel density of 356 ppi. The images are very crisp and the text pops out. Viewing angles are quite generous and the contrast and saturation is worth mentioning.

BlackBerry Z10 Hardware

The phone is powered by a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It has 2Gb of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The memory can be extended by 32GB by microSD card. The micro SIM slot is found beside the memory card slot. It is situated next to the battery, so removing the micro SIM would mean removing the battery and shutting the phone down.

BlackBerry Z10 Camera

BlackBerry Z10 camera
BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10 has a 8MP primary camera. It can shoot videos at 1080p. The camera may not be one of the best, but it is quite good with clicking images, capturing one shot per second. In bright light, the images are bright, with good contrast and color. But in low light conditions, the result is not as impressive. The LED flash is better than most phones showing off one.

BlackBerry Z10 Battery

The BlackBerry Z10 is powered by a 1800mAh battery which can be replaced by the users. The battery life is average; continuous video playback will afford it life for just over eight hours. For LTE versions, it is even less.

BlackBerry Z10 Software

It is difficult to pronounce a verdict on BB 10. The official software is not out for sale yet. But the general overview so far is impressive. The default apps present in the phone are simplistic but worth using. But there are also a large number of junk apps crowding the app market. A lot of popular third party apps like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu and so on are yet to grace BB 10 with their presence.

BlackBerry Z10 Price

The BlackBerry Z10 will be available for purchase in Canada from February 5 at about $149.99.

My verdict on BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10 is a good phone because of its smooth performance, the impressive hardware and the QNX based OS. Camera performance fails to impress, but again, it is better than a lot of other handsets claiming same camera features. The app section needs more development, no doubt. The junk apps outnumber genuine apps by far, and the ratio needs to be corrected soon, otherwise app-heavy users won’t take the leap of faith from Android of iOS to BB 10.

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