BlackBerry Z10 review, specs: The BB10-powered BlackBerry Z10 has been called the black iPhone.
It sports a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM plus premium design; it speaks high-end in every sense.
Priced at $250, the Z10 is BlackBerry’s premiere device.
Though BlackBerry has lose a huge chunk of its market share over the years, it continues to appeal to a segment of consumer loyal to its brand.
The expected release of the BlackBerry Classic, showcasing the much love QWERTY keyboard that may BB devices famous, is a step in appealing deep to its niche.
For many years now the Canadian mobile manufacturer has been striving to bounce back in the market through the release of smartphones intended to compete against giants such as Samsung and Apple.
Last year, BlackBerry launched the Z10 as one of its flagship models.
With a good set of specs and features, the smartphone certainly gives off a message that it means serious business.
The question is: Does it deliver? The BlackBerry Z10 has a dimension of 5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches and a weight of 137.5 grams, making it one of the thinnest models in the entire company’s roster.
It also has a thick, rubberized, dimpled coating with a soft finish for a solid and comfortable grip.
Although the handset’s design doesn’t turn heads or receive awards, its entire body screams of functionality, sophistication, and most of all, formality—all qualities that make it business-like.
Meanwhile, its 4.2-inch display has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 355 ppi.
It has an adequate amount of pixels for a crisp web and media viewing experience.
This time, BlackBerry has veered away from its trademark QWERTY keyboard.
As a result, the Z10 has more room for your fingers compared to the cramped BlackBerry 9900.
In terms of performance, there is nothing really special about the Z10’s 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor.
It isn’t even at par with high-end smartphones that are already on the quad-core level.
Still, it is responsive enough for simple, everyday tasks.
Scott Hanselman sees the Z10 as the “Black iPhone” not only because of its appearance, but also because of its impressive response time.
“It actually feels more like the lovely HP TouchPad’s webOS than like anything I’ve seen in the Blackberry universe.
It’s certainly more visually polished and consistent than any Android I’ve used, has more clarity and depth than a Windows Phone and is somehow as fluid as an iPhone,” he adds.
To sum it up, the BlackBerry Z10 is one serious smartphone.
It may not have mouth-watering features unlike its competitors, but it still delivers a business-like look coupled with decent specs.