|Memory Card Slot||Yes|
|Battery||1501 mAh – 2000 mAh|
|Rear Camera||8 MP|
|Display||4.1″ – 4.5″|
|Front Camera||2 MP|
|Operating System||BlackBerry OS|
|Fast battery charging (Quick Charge)||No|
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The design the Blackberry Z10 is quite similar in size to the iPhone 5 which while much smaller than most Android phones. It is a nice size for a lot of people. The front looks a bit awkward with large bezels on top and bottom of the screen. However it’s a good-looking phone and the backing is made out of a very nice feeling soft touch textured finish. It’s also removable giving you access to the battery along with the SIM card and microSD card slots.
While it’s mostly made of plastic the Blackberry Z10 feels solid and well built in the hand with the volume rocker and mute button placed on the right side and the lock button and headphone jack up top. The 4.2 inch screen also looks fantastic with incredibly sharp detail although it is lacking a bit in brightness.
Specs are also decent with a 1.5 gigahertz dual-core processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM along with 16 gigabytes of storage. It’s definitely not going to be winning any style awards but it ended up quite liking the simple understated design of the phone.
Blackberry Z10 has an 8 megapixel shooter around back and while the pictures don’t imply anything. All that’s special they’re a decent and they do match up pretty well with other high-end smartphones on the market right. Videos are also good nothing spectacular.
When you start the phone up gone is the old BlackBerry OS replaced by BlackBerry 10 which is a massive change. The interface takes some getting used to but it’s fairly well laid out. You have your most recent apps listed on the main screen and the rest of your apps over on the other pages and the BlackBerry hub behind it. If you swipe from the left there are your notifications along with email and texts rolled into one.
It’s an interesting idea that allows you to get to your important stuff quickly. However it can get cluttered if you’ve got a lot of emails, tweets, etc. Instead of having a home button Blackberry Z10 relies on gestures to get around which is actually a very natural way of doing it. There are glitches and rough edges around the phone reboots randomly a couple times and the browser locks up occasionally needing a force close. Most of the OS relies on a swipe from the left gesture to go back. However sometimes you have to use a button which just doesn’t make sense to the user.
The keyboard is also excellent and the autocomplete is very smart and you can even flick words up if it predicts correctly for you. Most of the default apps are solid including the surprisingly great story maker which will take your images and video and create a custom video for you. That’s actually very nicely done unfortunately app support is probably the biggest problem here. There are quite a few apps in Blackberry world but most are just plain bad. There’s also a lot missing such as Skype, Netflix, Instagram and Spotify just to name a few.
The BlackBerry Z10 is a surprisingly good phone. A lot of what it does it does very well and while the hardware isn’t anything all that special. It does get the job done unfortunately where it runs into issues is with the BlackBerry 10 operating system but simply there are a lot of rough edges. For the most part the app support is just very disappointing while the Blackberry Z10 is definitely an interesting phone.
Key Specs for the Blackberry Z10
4.2 inch display
Blackberry 10 Operating System
Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Krait
up to 64GB Memory Card Slot
16GB Internal Memory
2 GB RAM
8 MP Rear Camera
2 MP Front Camera
Non-removable Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery