BlackBerry Z10 User Reviews

Overall user rating

9.0

The overall rating is the average of all user reviews, while the overall alternatives are the ones that has been listed most.

Multimedia
8.7
Internet
9.2
Call quality
9.1
Battery
8.0
Reception
9.2
Display
9.1
Build quality
8.9
Text input
9.6
Everyday usage
9.2
UI speed
9.2
Camera
8.4
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RoyBatty posted on Feb 05, 2014, 9:49 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

9.0

Solid phone

RoyBatty has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

OS 10.2.1: Many annoyances fixed (freeze on txting) and basic features are back (attachment auto-resize, contact groups). Improved UI, battery percentage, customize quick links, native flashlight.
OS 10.2.0: overall was 7 out of 10

Build quality
10.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Fast, no issues yet. Uncompressed data is too bad, but expected.
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
-1 cannot change quality -1 focus sluggish, no manual option
UI speed
9.0
Minor sluggish moments when closing large apps.
Everyday usage
9.0
-1 Android support spotty and unclear
Text input
8.0
Text prediction good, not great
Display
9.0
Battery
8.0
-2 Solid compared to competition, but let down compared to legacy

Pros

  • Stability
  • Internet
  • Multitasking
  • Battery (compared to iPhone)
  • BBM
  • Native screencapture

Cons

  • Poor app ecosystem
  • Android emulation spotty / unclear
  • Battery (compared to Android)

4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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sheldonkennedy posted on Dec 13, 2013, 10:45 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

9.0

Very, very nice

sheldonkennedy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I've switch over from iPhone 4s and am very impressed with the new BB10. I can understand why people become addicted to BlackBerry - it's powerful and well executed. The build quality of the Z10 is lovely - just the right weight and size to fit comfortably in the hand.

Build quality
10.0
Fits well in the hand. Good weight. Nice and thin. Feels solid.
Reception
10.0
Better than iPhone 4s
Call quality
9.0
Better than iPhone 4s. Only issue is carrier reception.
Internet
9.0
Browser is great. History is a bit confusing at first.
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
9.0
Camera interface is really good.
UI speed
9.0
Smooth and responsive. Very fluid, even with a few odd stutters when it's very busy.
Everyday usage
10.0
Everything flows well in a neat package.
Text input
10.0
The predictive text is excellent. The screen is the right width to allow for big enough keys to type.
Display
10.0
Vivid. Screen size is great.
Battery
9.0
For its class the battery is better than I expected. Outlasts the iPhone 4s.

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Fluid and well-executed OS
  • Comes standard with good apps

Cons

No Cons

2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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suneelgaddam posted on Nov 12, 2013, 6:12 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

10.0

The BB10 Expereince ,powerful multitasker.

suneelgaddam has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

The BB10 OS is the best OS,and the quick updates providing making it even better.The Back Carbon Panel has a great grip which fix into the hand which is better than holding those large screens when u dont know can drop from u r hand.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Everything

Cons

No Cons

3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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kjhawkman posted on Oct 11, 2013, 4:18 PM
Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

9.0

Z10 Make Life Better

kjhawkman has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Bought this phone the day it was released, use it every single day and after a short time came to love it. It' fast, its extreamly well built, tough, dropped it a few times, not issues. Its comfortable to hold, has a bunch of very nice features like removeable batter, sd memory card expansion slot( I have a 32 GB card in mine :) Message Hub is the most inovative thing thats come along in years and works extreamly well. Once you get used to it, its hard to switch over to the other big name brands.

Build quality
10.0
Feels great, everything fits well, dropped mine a few times without a case on, no issues.
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
9.0
Time Shift really is cool... Touching anywhere on screen to take photo is really handy, front facing camera makes for really good face to face bbm chats.
UI speed
10.0
Message Hub and social media intigration is unbeatable.
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Best Virtual Keyboard you can ever use. seriously.. Thumbing out a message with coffee in one hand is totally doable.
Display
10.0
Super Crisp Screen, ,Higher Res than Retna Display.
Battery
8.0
Yeah Battery life is just okay. Since last couple OS Updates its gotten better however a quick pop of the phone back lets you change batteries very easily. BB also makes a realy tidy spare battery/case that you can plug into usb port if need be in case you cant get to a power source mid call ect..

Pros

  • Absolutely amazing effort went into this phone and it shows. For a first release its pretty damn good.

Cons

  • Battery life could be a bit better, but on par other brands.
  • Side Loading Android Apps may not be for everyone however BB World is getting better all the time.

5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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gaumzy posted on Oct 10, 2013, 6:19 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

10.0

Amazing!!!

gaumzy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I've been using the BlackBerry Z10 for over a week now and I have definitely been more than surprised with its performance. Most of the features are exactly as per the demos available online. While some of them are eve better than expected.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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svlt7 posted on Aug 21, 2013, 12:30 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

9.0

The most excited I have ever been with a new phone (with some caveats)

svlt7 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Although Blackberry as a company has not been doing wonderfully with its sales, the phone and operating system they introduced to the world this January is really a stellar product that seems to, unfortunately be poised to be ignored by the public masses. BB10 is a very snappy, intuitive and free-flowing OS that makes good use of a wide variety of swiping gestures, multitasking and compatibility with the internet that makes it such a joy to use, as opposed to the occasionally bug-ridden Android software or the restricted and "cramped" feeling of iOS.

Apps run as active frames and continue what they are doing in the background, and pages render generally flawlessly, Flash and all on the browser. The Hub is the main selling feature of the OS, and is an excellent tool which allows users to quickly access and respond to notifications from a whole host of apps, from email accounts to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Whatsapp and Line notifications... all of this being integrated into one screen for ease of use. No more going into each app to check for updates! The lockscreen is also quite a pleasure to use, being able to easily access and view the latest notifications.

Apps are the main drawback for the operating system, but it really isn't the lack of apps itself as far as the end user is concerned - it's the process required to install the apps. Android apps - from Instagram, to most Google services, to Netflix, Snapchat, Pinteret, Vine etc. are readily available for download to sideload...  

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
7.0

Pros

  • Smooth OS
  • True multitasking (Active frames)
  • Excellent notifications hub
  • Very intuitive predictive text and typing
  • Can run the majority of Android applications

Cons

  • Requires a desktop/laptop to install Android applications
  • Weak native app store

6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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MrNodoz posted on Aug 12, 2013, 4:08 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

9.0

Z10 is very impressve!

MrNodoz has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

This is a very impressive mobile computing device! For a brand new OS, this is something to forward to; smooth, responsive, intuitive and nicely built! Though there are kinks and bugs to be ironed out in the software; none are discouraging. Some did suffer from random reboot issue, but that has already been resolved through updates. Every update received so far has made nice improvements and optimizations. Z10 hardware is very good, slick and modern yet professional; not cheap feeling and no back glass to crack. Very nice in the hand and back texture makes for good grip. The Z10 keyboard is probably the best virtual keyboard on the market. The HDMI out makes for great fun and professional multimedia experience. Some features: Time Shift camera, remote file access to your PC via BB Link, DLNA, HUB, Remember, multitasking… So many great features you can read up on and I cannot justify writing here.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
8.0

Pros

  • Definitely reccomend

Cons

No Cons

4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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Luis714 posted on Aug 07, 2013, 5:12 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

10.0

The New BB Z10 is not just a hype!

Luis714 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

What I love about the new BB is that I’m not just paying for a name brand, my previous phone, needless to say was an iPhone.
Like everyone else, I fell for the name brand hype, with its proprietary ecosystem and with no expandability.
The camera on the Z10 could be better, but the fact of the matter is that I did not by the phone for the camera.
As for the CPU, I was a little disappointed that BB did not go with a quad core CPU, from a business perspective it makes sense, why go with a much more expensive CPU without knowing if the new phone will be received with wide acceptance.
Now the software I do like, very responsive and the HUB, just simplifies life, from a single location I can quickly stay update with my emails and social network media.
The music player is great, with one exception that streaming music to WIFI enabled speakers causes app to crash.
The browser works good for basic use, but if you need to browse through large number of post, it just does not seem to be able to handle large amounts of data.
I would have preferred BB allowed alternate browser apps to be used, this way if ran into any problems, I could have just installed Firefox.
Like all other devices, they all have their flaws, but considering this is BB’s first attempt at releasing a device under the platform.
I think they did a phenomenal Job in merging both ecosystems and coming out with a solid and reliable product.

Build quality
10.0
Overall I think it's a solid product.
Reception
10.0
So far I have not had any reception problems, within my provider's coverage area.
Call quality
10.0
No complaints.
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
8.0
Bettery life needs some improvements.

Pros

  • Display 356 ppi
  • Expandable Storage
  • Not a proprietary ecosystem
  • Micro HDMI
  • NFC

Cons

  • Battery 1 day use with heavy use.
  • No alternate Browsers
  • Streaming Music over WIFI does not Work.

3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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BBGirl posted on Aug 07, 2013, 3:48 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

10.0

BBZ10 First Impresion

BBGirl has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I've owned previous BB's and this one by far is the best, the new interface is user friendly, yet gives you the power to multitask with ease. I fell in Love with the HUB, how it allows you view all your user connectivity data from one single location.
The interface is very fluid, allowing you to quickly get to your apps.
Overall I think BB has done a great job combining hardware and software to provide a great user experience.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Great blend of Hardware and Software

Cons

  • Not enough Apps yet, with time should be better.

1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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Drhamedz posted on May 17, 2013, 5:58 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: May 17, 2013

10.0

Best Phone

Drhamedz has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

The best Best Smartphone I Have Seen ever he is very intelligent . he ( yes he) knows what' in your mind . from keyboard to the camer( with time shift mode) to Blackberry hub to the display . I'm sure he is the best smartphone I Had been Seeing ever ...

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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njp43 posted on Apr 16, 2013, 11:54 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

9.0

Buy RIMM

njp43 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Bill Gates was right: it all comes down to software. As I stood at the ATT store several years back with my 87/8800 brick (solid as a rock), I could have chosen the iPhone or BB Torch. I picked the torch. Why? Because it had touch but the iconic keyboard in one. At the time it was an ideal combo. I later regretted it when ridiculed by colleagues, friends and family telling me "BB's dead - they screwed up bad". Then, just a few days ago, I went back to the same store, looked at all the alternatives (Samsung, MOT, iPhone, HTC, NOK and SNY). Of all, NOK was the most solidly built but Sony felt quite good in my hand.

Disclaimer: I'm looking for a phone (#1) and other stuff (#2 priority). If I wanted an awesome camera, I would probably buy a device made specifically for that purpose. But that's just me. Since everyone's expectations are much higher now, we want more and we want it for less. So, after ruling out the iPhone 5 (piece of crap if only because I can't expand the memory) and the Samsung (ditto but because android UI really needs work and the device itself is of cheap quality) and the HTC (again device quality), I was left with the Nokia Lumia, Sony whatever and the trusty BB.

My main gripe with the older BB OS was the lack of apps. But now, that limitation is GONE! I can load android apps onto my BB! Soon someone will make a hypervisor for iOS. So apps (aka software) is no longer the issue. Still waiting for Skype though. But you get the idea. Now I get the reliability...  

Build quality
8.0
use of higher quality materials would have been nice, even at a higher price point. But I guess volume is what matters these days.
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Works great - FiOS and 4G.
Multimedia
9.0
Not totally sure but what music and videos seen thus far look fine. If I want 3D and HD, I'll watch on a flat screen. Does anyone really watch a full movie on their "phone" and expect it to be like a 60-inch TV?
Camera
10.0
it's fast for me - not a professional photographer. If I was, would hire me to take video of an important occasion on my ph? Seriously.
UI speed
10.0
very surprising. almost instant.
Everyday usage
10.0
sturdy, reliable, fast.
Text input
10.0
this is a blackberry after all. ever try to use a dell keyboard after a thinkpad? or an android after blackberry?
Display
9.0
pushing the envelope to full HD would have given it a 10.
Battery
9.0
i'll give it a 9 based on prior experience and because I can't say since I haven't truly field-tested yet. But if you run a lot of apps, it takes power.

Pros

  • keyboard
  • hub and centralized messaging
  • feels good holding it
  • virtualizing apps written for other platforms
  • security

Cons

  • certain pre-loaded apps seem buggy
  • missing the home button (throw us a bone)
  • missing back button (why not do both?)

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7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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sevoman posted on Apr 02, 2013, 12:03 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

8.0

HUGE shortcomings....

sevoman has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

mail: no push mail. syncs ONLY 30 days worth of emails. does not thread conversations correctly, will break up your threads. no way to work around this. its a KNOWN flaw.

camera: ok. nothing amazing.
voice assistant: junk. does not understand basic commands. always refers you to web search.
app store: junk apps.
android sideload of apps: all become laggy with majority not being able to access network.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
7.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
7.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
8.0

Pros

  • nice screen
  • good reception
  • excellent keyboard
  • good size for one handed operation

Cons

  • email 30 day synce only
  • no push mail (activesync dead for gmail)
  • email threads are inaccurate. breaks threads apart
  • app store is terrible
  • active frames keep chaning location, rendering them useless for consistent use
  • most apps do not have active frame support

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0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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Chaltier posted on Mar 18, 2013, 3:53 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

10.0

Z10 is awesome

Chaltier has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The phone sure resembles its new motto: Re-designed, Re-engineered, and Re-invented.
Major change and improvement from all the previous devices but most of all is no more sand timer.
Time-shift sure is unique, now we can easily choose the best moment from the frames, keyboard is superb not forgetting it word suggestion makes typing easier. Blackberry Hub is kinda the same like Message in the previous devices but more organized and easily used. The UI is so fresh and new but still user friendly once you get used to it. Don't forget to try the Story Maker, it's an end user videos and pictures editor so that you can make up a story with your videos or pictures or even both; combine them, arrange them and make one great story to show and share to your friends. Overall, it is a great phone, be sure to have it!!

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
8.0
With its performace, the battery sure drains pretty quick with only 1800mAh

Pros

  • New Time-Shift Camera feature
  • New Blackberry Hub feature
  • Great UI experienced
  • Great display, 356ppi!
  • 2GB Ram, Dual-channel
  • Micro HDMI
  • Removable 1800 mAh battery
  • External memory support up to 64GB
  • New BlackBerry Story Maker feature
  • New BBM experienced (video & voice chat)

Cons

  • Battery life is quite behind the competitors
  • Camera quality is so-so if compared to the others
  • Case is not premium

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3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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sarath_aa posted on Mar 07, 2013, 5:11 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

10.0

good

sarath_aa has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

its good compare to iphone 5s........................!
iphone is only a smart phone ..........................!
not good for business purpose. ..........................!
i strongly recommended blackbbery z10 to all............................!
:)

Build quality
10.0
i feel after my iphone 5
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

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3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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phonemart.pk posted on Feb 28, 2013, 12:38 PM
Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

8.0

Blackberry Z10 review by phonemart.pk

phonemart.pk has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Blackberry have certainly come up with a great device and software this time. Its an excellent device with great new features. Fluid, responsive and fresh looking interface. BB OS10 certainly provides a new attractive alternative to Android and IOS. The only thing missing is the quantity and quality of apps, They are working hard to get all major apps. there have already more than 100,000 apps there but most of them are ported from Android. Even for a new OS its a great start. Highly recommended

Build quality
9.0
Reception
8.0
Call quality
8.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
9.0
Camera
7.0
UI speed
8.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
7.0

Pros

  • High pixel density screen, over 356ppi
  • High-resolution display
  • Massive RAM 2GB
  • 4G
  • NFC
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (Micro HDMI (Type D))

Cons

  • Camera is not good as competition
  • Quantity of Apps

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4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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garyamanesi posted on Feb 28, 2013, 12:31 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

10.0

Excellent Device

garyamanesi has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Blackberry have certainly turned it up. from hard ware to soft ware, this device is excellent. So fluid and responsive. I love the new OS10....and the apps, well they would need more apps though, as long as I could clone from the android......I have no problem with it. Business wise, this phone is fantastic. Thumbs up BBM.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Buld quality
  • Reception
  • Flexible
  • Camera
  • OS10 is awesome
  • Multimedia
  • BBM

Cons

  • Battery but it can go up to 8 hours of heavy usauge before you re juice the phone.

5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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