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BlackBerry Z10 Review

BlackBerry Z10
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Call Quality:

BlackBerry Z10 Review
Again relying on AT&T’s network, we’re pleased by the smartphone’s call quality, as voices on both ends of the line are clear and distinctive – the earpiece produces an average volume output. Switching to the speakerphone, however, it exhibits some strain at the loudest setting. Thankfully, the noise cancellation feature of the phone works rather well, but it does take a few seconds to kick in initially.

In our time testing out the Z10, we didn’t experience any dropped calls or significant fluctuation with signal strength.


Battery:

Thinking long and hard about its removable 1,800 mAh battery, we’re frightened right from the onset to know what it’ll deliver, since it’s not quite a beefy compared to some other top-tiered smartphones. And rightfully so, our suspicions are confirmed, as a fully charged battery provides us approximately 10 hours of normal usage – and that’s using the handset strictly with HSPA+ connectivity! Knowing that it’s sporting LTE connectivity as well, we can’t imagine the terrible battery life it’ll get with that connection.


Conclusion:

Oh BlackBerry! We had some serious high hopes with this smartphone, well, more with the new platform of course. In the US, it isn’t going to arrive until March, where it’ll be sporting that golden price of $200 with a 2-year contract. First impressions are key, right? Well, we can’t say that the BlackBerry 10 is a darling of a gem with its design, which is a shame to tell you the truth, since solid industrial designs can really be the first line of defense to garner some attention. Instead, the BlackBerry Z10 has a stale appearance that’s already overshadows by many stylish smartphones. Quite frankly, if this were walking down on the same fashion runway as some other notable handsets, it would quickly be forgotten afterwards due to its bland and boring design.

Naturally, it’s the new BlackBerry 10 platform that’s the true headliner here. After taking their time developing this QNX based platform, we have to give BlackBerry credit for finally hitting the bull’s-eye with this touch friendly platform. Indeed, they tried desperately in the past with other notable BlackBerry smartphones, but for once, they have something that has the balance to greet our fingers with open arms. No doubt there’s a steep learning curve with BlackBerry 10 and its various gestures, but once mastered, it becomes second nature. However, as much as they’ve placed a huge emphasis on the touch experience, they neglected to give the same attention to detail with other aspects of the platform.

The more we look at it, BlackBerry 10 is going to have a difficult time sweeping people that are heavily invested in other mobile platforms. To tell you the truth, people that are comfortably invested in a rival platform’s ecosystem will find little reason to make the switch to BlackBerry 10 at the moment – mainly because it’s doesn’t offer the same level of functionality that we’re so accustomed to experiencing nowadays. Therefore, if you’re an existing iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone user, there are going to be huge compromises if you decide on bailing and making the switch to BlackBerry 10. However, if you’re still a BlackBerry user, the transition over to the new platform will be a bit more justified, since many of the features haven’t been established by last-gen BlackBerry devices. Ultimately though, it’s going to hinge on BlackBerry’s commitment to expedite the platform’s development to meet the standards set forth by its rivals. If not, we can see a timely demise in the near future – much like webOS.

Software of the review unit: 10.0.9.2372

BlackBerry Z10 Video Review:



Pros

  • Consistent smooth performance
  • Lots of included accessories
  • Still a great messaging device

Cons

  • Understated design
  • Terrible battery life
  • Tough to remove smudges from the display
  • Basic map & voice control apps
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posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:26 3

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


As usual Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn​nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn​nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
V here....jokes aside

looks like pa has a new intro animation?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:53 24

9. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


boring UI just like iOS

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:58 11

36. drdaly (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


I think that's not correct,
John V looked so biased as he was just telling cons not fairly reviewing the new entry of the anticipated Z10, also didn't give BB credit for their effort which they deserve by the way.
Really was upset from this review :((((((

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:10 17

37. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Did you check out the conclusion? I applauded them for the visual appeal with BB10.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 02:32 4

67. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


@john v ..... u let all the applications open and stated battery life....QNX is real time os , if u dont close, they will be active only..not like ios or android where the apps go into hibernate mode....try to do battery test with apps closed

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:28 8

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


John V gave credit in the ending stating that the experience was good & fresh as compared to some other platforms !
BlackBerry did do a good job with BB10 , but it should have been a little more comprehensive & complete as they had more than a year to develop the platform .

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 17:04 4

41. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Dead on with that statement! You share my sentiments.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 17:16 1

43. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Always love johnnnnnnnnn v's reviews, especially the "hey guys johnnnnnnnn v here from phonearena" and his smile lol

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:39 1

47. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


one year may seem like a long time, especially talking phone years, but for an OS to fully show its capabilities it usually takes a couple years. I believe this is a nice solid start. I will wait until they come out with their first huge upgrade then decide if I want to go back to BB.

The only thing Im really disappointed at are the hardware materials. I thought BB hardware was premium?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 00:33 4

65. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


John V.

A tip for future reviews. I came here to see a phone review. I felt as if this was a comparison to everything available in the market instead of directly focusing on this product. I want to know what YOU think about the product. Not how it stacks against the competition on every little thing. You repeated plenty of times how "it gets the job done". You can do that on those individual VS. battles you guys have.

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 18:10 1

105. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I agree.
This device is brand new and has a brand new OS; this has to be factored into the review.
When compared to past BB camera's this has to be the strongest to date.
Just because all other devices are 4.5" or more does not make this 4.2" screen inferior.. come on, it is larger then the iPhone 5's screen..

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:19 4

13. MONUQ (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


PA take it in +ve note.....
but u need to have fresh experts for reviews of phone.....

Bcoz old reviewers are biased to well published platforms.....

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:19 1

62. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Sorry but you are pathetic. Flaming on R.I.M Day and night. :) I think i need to sell you a product called ''Life''.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:30 4

2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


lol not z10 it is Z7 :D

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:37 9

4. windroid (unregistered)


7 out of 10... not good :(

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:20 9

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Taking into consideration that Blackberry took a long time, the OS does seem a bit too subtle. But, since it's in stage 1, i can forget about that. I actually did like the design (better than the iPhone 5, if i must say)...
And i know what people will say about BB10, it'll be what WP7 was to Windows.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:43 11

5. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Blackberry is finally done. Maybe now they'll give it up.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:40 2

21. SleepingOz (unregistered)


That's rude dude but yeah, BB10 is meh..

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 18:12

106. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I disagree! which do you prefer Window Phone or Blackberry 10?

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 17:08

108. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Blackberry 10 over anything lol

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 17:08

107. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Your a complete dum ass... I wish I can smack u over the head

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:43 6

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Huh? The design is not good?
guess that only technobuffalo manage to rate that high lol

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:17 1

12. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


maybe jon rettinger is a bb fanboy?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:27 3

18. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


bezels, bezels everywhere.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:12 2

38. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Check out the Dec Alpha units. The Z10 looks like a slight variant of it. For a launch device, I was expecting more, since design aids in fostering attention.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 13:10

91. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Again , Z10 must have have been a good & fresh looking as the platform . Blackberry need to be relevant again and a slabby phone with not real good looks wont help them . Thats what John V is trying to say .

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:46 1

7. godzeus (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I just see a repeet of what happened with Storm 2. They brought something new to the table and it failed. U can't expect people to change how they handle touch screen phones. This is something that needs a whole lot of time to do and can't be done over night. Personally I had high hopes for WebOS. Not sure I can't get suckered into thinking the same again.
Check this; yesterday I just bought a new phone and went with Sony because Samsung had the (most used) back button on a side where it is uncomfortable to go one handed. That all said i do hope this makes it. Not like they can afford another blow.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:50 16

8. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I am loathe to say this, but this review oozes a certain level of bias, almost like the reviewer was delightfully looking for issues to pick apart.

Now, I'm not necessarily saying that this phone deserves a higher score or that it is an amazing piece of hardware, but the language used here doesn't do an honest review justice.

Add in the fact that some of the review items (such as battery life) aren't even completed and just assumed, and I have to wonder at the validity of this entire piece. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed here. I expect more from phonearena.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:20 3

16. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I completely agree

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 19:10 1

49. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I agree with you. Other sites test a device for more than a week to make a throughtful review. This one seems rushed.

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