BlackBerry Z10 Review
0. phoneArena 04 Feb 2013, 08:23 posted on
Whoa! What’s this? A totally brand spanking new BlackBerry in town, something that has the BlackBerry name on it, but doesn’t seem to running the usual BlackBerry OS we’re so familiar with. After hibernating for the better part of the last year, the company formerly known as Research In Motion, known as simply BlackBerry now, has finally unleashed its long awaited smartphone running its new QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform. For a company attempting to establish its prominence once again in the business, a lot is hinging on this gamble of sorts – especially taking into factor the exorbitant amount of time they’ve spent on it.
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55. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 537; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
The Q10 will probably be the more important phone for BB anyway.
58. d.scythe (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
another biased review...
WTF PA !!
can't u review something more balance...
the design is great (of course it's about taste, but obviously almost everyone think it's a good design), and u said it understated?? so which one you think s overstated? iphone?
as for u know, i owned iphone 4s, and it's a great design, but i think the Z10 is equaly great...
even more fresh cause the back cover made of leather (i guess it's a leather, CMIIW)...
so i think this review really is a bullsh*t from the start...
plus it's released after 4-5 days after it introduce to public? give me a break...
60. Risky_KillMoves (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Cons: Basic map & voice control apps
Is this not the Apple iPhone 5? I'm just saying it got a 9, lmao...at least it has real multitasking
63. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
HAHA It's Johnnnnnnn V's review, so of course he missed the terrible Apple Maps.
61. vanessa.deagan (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I have the Z10, bought it on launch day here in the UK. Not really impressed with it, was expecting more. I feel let down by the user experience. Too many judders and stutters in the wrong places (especially in the browsero when browsing in landscape mode, or scrolling in the settings menus). Not saying it's a bad effort by Blackberry, I just feel it's not enough, especially when there are mature viable alternatives out there.
Pricing is wrong, feels more like a mid-range handset. Until the kinks (user experience) is completely polished, consumers are probably better off with something like a Nexus 4 for half the price. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a Z10 fire sale in a few months time.
68. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
i agree with most of the posts!..... review was biased!...... lot of features left out!..... and it definitely should have gotten an 8!,,,
71. MC1123 (Posts: 1251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
yeah! 8 should be the score!!!
maybe they are holding back giving it 8 coz its not as premium as a high end flagship should be!! but why is s3?
69. dancorcal (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I'm not loyal to any one phone or OS. I've tried them all, and I'm usually the type to want to try the newest thing and would be caught up in the hype BB has gotten. I see nothing here that even makes me want to try it.
70. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
You people are whiny. So what you are saying is that unless someone raves about products you like, they must be bias. All of you are coming across as immature and for lack of a better word, pathetic. I'm pretty sure that John will still be able to sleep even with all of you shredding him for what a phone review is supposed to be, his opinion. Good review John, keep up the good work.
72. Vacchus (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)
Something is wrong with you!
Underestimated and bypassed a lot.
Not to mention that your fast talking with no commas or fool-stops gave me a headache.
Also, how is that you give
7,5 to the Torch 9860 And to the 9850 (with OS 7) and
7,0 to the Z10 (with OS 10) ?
Does that mean I should stay with my 9860? (Sorry, but no way)
73. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
phonearena should give micheal , the review section ratings. he already posts many artlcles , but atleast PA should let him check with the guys like john v articles. because there too biased or useless infomation and important imformation is always missed. this review is more like an android or ios fanboy giving his personal opinion about z10.
74. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I didn't think the review was terrible. In a review, you have to comment on your dislikes and it's good to make some comparisons to other flagships in the market. I think what we were all looking for was almost a walk-through on the UI itself and it's new features. It would have been good if this was given and the review was more based on the experience. This is hard to do with PA because they want you to touch on all categories, briefly. For those that are complaining, try writing a review yourself under these guidelines. It's not easy. I used to do it for horror films under a similar structure.
75. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
I think PhoneArena really needs to change their review criteria and bad writing habits. These are not reviews, they are comparisons. I want to hear about how specific features of the phone and how they function, exactly what apps, besides facebook ect..., come installed on the phone. I know if I had the phone in front of me I would find numerous things not mentioned here, Blackberry specific things.
As for saying the maps are horrendous.... that's being overly dramatic. All a mapping service NEEDS to offer is accurate street locations, good routing algorithms, and turn-by-turn voice guidance. Maybe some points of interests. Look at Garmin, the leader in PNV devices. Do they offer transit schedules and how to find your way around the mall in all their devices??! NO, they don't. You know why, John V.??? Because it's unnecessary. Rate the navigation service for what it is, not what Google is. Apples' maps were trash because they were not accurate. It doesn't even say in this review if the maps are accurate.
This is not a comprehensive review by any stretch and manages to throw the new Blackberry under the bus because it operates differently than other platforms. Reviews like this will give people the wrong idea and drive people away from a product they may like, in turn causing Blackberry itself financial ruin.
FYI... I am a long time Android user.
76. MC1123 (Posts: 1251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
true story bro!! most reviewers nowadays (even the verge) are really bias! they keep on comparing it to other platform!!! i mean the point of review is reviewing what it got! and what they always do is comparison, but also, sometimes it need to be compare! but on a different article!
i mean BB10 is a new OS and with a promising trademarks! so hoping that they review things unbiased!
im waiting for lisa of mobiletechreview to do her review!
77. MC1123 (Posts: 1251; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
and also john v always scares me on appearing on the first part of the video!
78. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Also the reason why consumers are ceasing to buy Garmin or any other kind of GPS, because they have better GPS services with Google's Android.
81. cen89 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
This review is something to laugh about. Look at those Cons! 1) understated dising? Maybe for you! 2)Tough to remove smudges from the display? Come on! is that really a con for you? 3) Terrible battery life? I know is not the best, But a lot of people say is almost the same of the IPhone 5 and everybody knows how that review is in this page, and what about the battery life of the SG3? is that good for you?. The only one i see as a con is the terrible maps, but hey! nothing that google maps app could not fix!. But anyway is a review from one person of one page, a funny one but what can we do...
82. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
with all honesty im expecting something more about phonearena but with this review im quite disappointed its too much and gladly i was able to read
so far their review in Z10 is way more comprehensive and unbiased truthful withiout influencing their readers not to buy the phone... oh.. well good thing PA still have some good reviews to give But not this one!
83. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
gsmarena is so biased when it comes to samsung and andrtoid phones bro....even that review is biased
84. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
nope i dont think so.. have you read it buddy? comparing it to this review gsmarena was able to give credits at some BB's advantage without comparing it to any other platform its way better that this one choice of words and very neutral
85. desmore (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)
I have had BB Z10 for two weeks now, my major observation and concern is the battery and the battery's life. It definitely do not match up with the challenge of the phone itself in terms of application to be supported.
The charging port is badly designed , you will have to be fiddling with it to get the phone to start charging.
After the battery was 100% fully charge, I use the map navigation for about 40 minutes and afterwards, the phone just went DEAD.
86. slaggyb (Posts: 193; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
You son is a liar... You don't own a Z10 stop trolling get a life damn!
87. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
completely agree with you sir he may be just a fantard trying to make a negative impression with z10 40mins of navigation would not put any phone in just 40 mins!
89. desmore (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)
there's no need for name calling. You just need to prove it wrong. what the f**k !
93. ikalinin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
i still dont see what makes this review a "7"...
94. ikalinin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
the more i read this review, the more i understand how anti bbry it is.
phone areana review Z10 Cons:
95. ikalinin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
my comment isnt complete.. the website cut it off?!
the more i read this review, the more i understand how anti bbry it is.
Understated design: why is this a CON again?
Terrible battery life: yet its better than your 9-rated iphone 5 that didnt get this CON listed in its review.. (and its better based on your own review/ specs)
Tough to remove smudges from the display: wow.. seriously?!?
Basic map & voice control apps: also a CON on the iphone 5 review.
so what makes it a 7 again??
97. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Too be honest the design is sexy and futuristic compared to any phone i've seen so far and baterry as real good and I baerly get smudges lol removing it is sooooo easy if i do...They just hate! I bet Samsung and Apple payed them to write a horrible review
96. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Haha so agreed. They probably rated it based on 5 minutes of using the phone
98. Droidude (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
The BB10 OS, QNX, seems eerily reminiscent of Nokia's Meego....am I the only one who has noticed this? Did Blackberry essentially license Meego and tweak it for their own phones? They took an extra year developing the OS to 'get it right' and while its light years ahead of BB7 it isn't nearly as good as Android or iOS. I usually root for the underdog, but this may be too little too late. Unless Blackberry does really timely and usefully clever software updates, it may be too late. Also, the design looks like an HTC One that was rejected by HTC. The extra year Blackberry took to bring the software to this level...was wasted. It should be much better.
99. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
It is way better than iOS and android. I showed my new Blackberry 10 to a few friends who use the Galasy S3 and they loved it. I had a texting contest with one who used swype and Blackberry was much faster and on top of that they all said the S3 texting lags and so does the phone in general. The multi tasking is stupid on the droid. With blackberry it's as easy as a swipe and u can always see your tasks and get to them easily and same goes for getting to the HUB with a swipe from anywhere on the phone. Android is garbage and no matter how much better the specs get on the devices it still lags and it's just boring...My friend said BB Z10 looks futuristic and he loved the time shift feature and how fast texting was and overall speed of the OS and that's with a 1.5 Ghz dual core. Android could never pull that off cuz truth is it's light years behind the Z10 ;)
100. Droidude (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
Xtasy, do you work for Blackberry? Some of these posts sound similiar to some posts when the Verizon Blackberry Torch came out a couple of years ago. A Blackberry employee even admitted in his review that he worked for Blackberry and was encouraged to post really positive things about the phone.
Android definately isn't light years behind BB10, its a ways ahead of it actually. The new Z10 scored a 7 out of 10 in Phonearena's test and the Droid DNA scored a 9.
I am not trying to offend. If you are an enthuiastic Backberry Z10 owner, I'm happy for you.
101. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Ok android is not light years behind BB10 but BB10 doesn't lag like android and BB10 does it sooooo much better than any other phone. Whyare u even talking did u try the BB Z10 for 5 days? I doubt it. NO! i don't work for Blackberry but i'm so sick of people and the galaxy S3 it's a crappy software with a huge phone. Just the keyboard on the BB10 is enough to get anyone to leave their iphone or s**tty android phone behind. But there is so much more than just the keyboard that's AMAZING! The multi tasking, the flow, the speed, no lags, apps are coming and so far pleased with apps they have. Who gives a crap what Droid scored it's the same old android!!! If u try the BB10 gestures your gonna wonder why u bother with lame buttons. This right here is the future. Excuse me phone arena gave 7 out of 10 for Z10 when if u read the reviews on any carrier page it gets a 10 out of 10. Phone arena based it on the dumbest things like smudges and apps. This phone barely gets smudged and apps are good so far. camera with time shift is the best which no phone has. So take your old android and shove it up your as with phone arena's biased review
102. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
No matter what any android phone gets scored the BB10 is still much better and no matter the specs as well android will still LAG cuz the software is not native to the hardware so it doesn't intergrate properly. What blackberry did is NEW and better than anything out there right now but don't take my word for it u are a follower. I just follow what's best
103. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
You know wat just forget it. You people are annoying. Just continue using your lame android lol Oh and btw how can I work for Backberry if I live in NYC durrr
104. ikalinin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
I think it's pretty clear that the phone arena review is all alone. If you Google Z10 reviews you will see the overall score is quite high. And for both dna and Z10 the users strongly disagree with the phone arena review.
109. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
The pixel density is 365 ppi instead of 356ppi.
110. Herbie52 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Blackberry did a very smart thing recently, and that is offering their line of BB10 smartphones for sale on their official site. They are cutting off the monopoly American carriers are creating who prioritize the iPhone5, and by price gouging the Z10, and Q10 (If you want to buy it outright without contract). I bought my Z10 as a first thought, and my carrier will be an after thought. I wanted the BB10 technology, the Hub, and BBM more so than a $85/mos bill from AT&T, or Higher from Verizon. I hope Blackberry's next move is to work with smaller carriers that will welcome them with open arms. In a tough economy it is pretty hard to beat the value vs. technology curve of BB10 smartphones. Why pay $400 more for a 64gb iPhone 5s when you can get an 80gb max storage Z10 with double the ram (2gb vs. 1gb), a better CPU and GPU, 2mp front facing camera, and a stronger and removable battery! If you want to waste your money on a toy-phone that's your prerogative, but my Z10 has organized, and simplified my life...and I look professional using it! Get you Z10 today for only $449 at: store.shopblackberry dot com
111. Rajiv86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
hi frnds i want to by bb z10. its good for me or not. i am only for internet use phone required. no gaming no video
112. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Its good enough for casual usage. But for more apps or games, I would recommend a Lumia 920 or HTC Desire 816.
113. ikalinin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
Lol... its not just for casual use, its a day to day power house.
Apps and games is a non issue, blackberry 10 runs android apps, no problem.