Monday, April 29, 2013


The smartphone market has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Once a major competitor in the smartphone market, BlackBerry has lost much of its market share as many former BlackBerry users have switched to iOS and Android. Despite its troubled history, the company remains and is fighting to regain its stronghold in the smartphone market. Whether you’ve stayed loyal to BlackBerry through the years or are simply considering all smartphones on the market today, BlackBerry’s new Z10 may catch your eye.

The new Z10 is BlackBerry’s first device to run on the latest version of BlackBerry’s operating system, BlackBerry 10 (BB10). Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on the Z10, and things are looking somewhat hopeful. BlackBerry reportedly has already received an order for 1 million BlackBerry Z10 devices from an established partner. Not long ago, the company also announced its BB10 store reached a milestone of 100,000 apps.
Let's first give you a quick walk-around of the Z10 in action, with the BB10 operating system and then we'll dive in deeper to design, user experience and performance characteristics.
Before we dive into the full hands-on review to see what the Z10 and BB10 OS has to offer, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of the device:
Operating system: BlackBerry 10 OS
Processor: Dual Core 1.5 GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash
Expandable memory: Removable microSD memory card (Up to 32 GB)
Display: 4.2″ 1280 x 768 resolution 356 PPI, 24-bit color depth, 15:9 aspect ratio
Camera: Rear camera 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Front camera 2 megapixel
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: 4.0 Low Energy (LE)
HDMI Port: Micro HDMI for connection to your HDTV or projector
Battery: 1800mAH removable battery, Up to 10 hours talk time (3G), Up to 13 days standby time
Size: Height 130 mm / 5.12 in, Width 65.6 mm / 2.58 in, Depth 9 mm / 0.35 in
Weight: 135.4g / 4.78 oz

The Z10 features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a 1,800 mAh battery. Although some users may miss BlackBerry’s famous hardware QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry decided to mimic its competition by giving the Z10 a traditional candy-bar form factor with a 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280 x 768) and an on-screen predictive keyboard.

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