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Feb 20 2013

Blackberry Z10 Review

by Mohd in Kuwait, Technology

Its been a while now since Blackberry10 got released and I’ve been using it since the launch date on Jan 30. Many have been waiting for the review but I had to take my time with the device using it as my daily driver to know how much usage it can take before starting to freeze and run out of memory space and now I can honestly publish my review.

As I mentioned many times before and we all know that its a totally new Blackberry device (Hardware & software wise) unlike the old generation and in my opinion it finally puts Blackberry back into the competition, so lets start with specs and Im not gonna go into all the specs but if you want to check the full Z10 specs click HERE. The Z10 is powered by a dual core Snap Dragon S4 & 2 GB of RAM which from a hardware prescriptive is a performance BEAST and I can vow for it. Multi-Tasking is incredibly fast no hang ups or slowness what so ever thanks to the S4 & the 2 GB of RAM.

 

I remember when I arrived from Dubai after attending the Blackberry10 Launch event and my friend came to pick me up from the airport, the first thing he said to Come on show it to me I wanna see it & as he held the Z10 in his hands he got so amazed by the form factor and how it felt in the hands. Personally I had the same feeling when I first got it, usually htc & Apple rulled the market for the best build quality but the Z10 really now on par with the iPhone & the htc One X build quality, it felt good in the hand with the right amount of weight not too heavy nor too light.

The Z10 comes with a 4.2″ screen and since I upgraded almost a year ago to the htc One X I really liked the 4.7″ screen rather than the 3.5″ iPhone 4 but sometimes it felt too big in my jeans especially coz i carry 2 phones now i came to realize that between the 2.8″ Bold, 3.5″ iPhone, 4.7″ htc One X & 4.8″ Galaxy S3 the 4.2″ is the best for a day to day use not too small nor too big to hold and easy on the eyes for viewing videos & reading. The screen has 1280×720 and a pixel density of 356 which leads to a higher resolution than the iPhone retina display.

The camera of the Z10 is an 8 MP with flash & a time shift feature which helps you catch the right moment before someone blinks. Its really useful in a group photo coz there is always someone not smiling or blinking when everyone else is not :p . Comparing the Camera to previous Blackberrys its more than great but compared to the iPhone 5, htc One X or Galaxy S3 its good but not great.

 One of the things I really fell in love since I started using the Z10 is the Active frame feature, it keeps your 8 latest apps open so you may switch easily between them. Its true multi tasking unlike Android & iOS where you waste a couple of seconds waiting for the app to open. I found myself switching so often between my latest apps it truly made me feel that Im spending less time getting things done.

My next favorite thing in BB10 is the Blackberry Hub or some may call it a unified inbox for Emails, Twitter, Calls, Messages & BBM. Whats really cool about the Hub is the ability to check all your messages, emails, tweets & BBM and reply or compose without the need of opening another app, it really adds to the productivity factor. I often find myself replying to emails, tweets & BBMs much much faster than I used to do on other platforms, think of it for a second you are gonna loose some seconds opening your email app to check that important email then closing it to go to twitter to reply on a mention & the cycle goes on and on opening and closing while on the BB Hub you are just a swipe away from checking your message and replying without the need of going into another app.

Things that you need to know about BB10 and many have been asking about, you dont need a special Blackberry subscription plan from your mobile provider in-order to use BBM and any feature on the device unless you are using an enterprise email & I think no one uses in Kuwait. The other main point many have been asking about is Whatsapp & according to Whatsapp Developer Team they are committed to release their famous app soon on BB10 also Skype & Instagram. You may side load Android apps on your Z10 but not all of them may work, Whatsapp Android version is working & about Instagram I have published a temporary solution for those Instagram addicts out there and you may check it ————–> HERE.

The main disadvantage that the Z10 suffers from is the lack of Apps in their store although it may contain more than 70,000 Apps which by the way is an impressive number for a new OS. We have reach a point in our mobile life where apps play an essential role in our day to day use and we keep downloading an app or 2 everyday. Keep in mind its a new OS and I remember the days when I first started using Android in its early days and more and more apps kept developing till we reached a point now where Android and iOS has the largest number of apps. I dont really wanna call it a disadvantage but for the time being it is but with developers support I really have high hopes and believe Blackberry can gain a huge market share again.

Finally a small feature that I always find important is the speaker location most mobile like the S3 have their speakers on the back side which muffles the sound only the iPhone had its speakers on the bottom side and now the Z10’s speakers are on the bottom side. This simple feature can be negligible by some but I think its the perfect position to have a clear sound.

 

 

 

 

 

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