The most important question arises after the comeback of BB is, will it deliver what it’s tasked for? Formally known as RIM, it’s now been renamed as BlackBerry Z10 to run it’s new operating system BlackBerry 10. It’s not just about making money but to craft a great and better comeback for company’s survival in the market. All this depends upon this new set. It’s a know fact that Company is struggling hard to make it’s mark for a few years now and is kind of experiencing shaking rocks. They themselves admitted that it’s a bit low on the market front and that this 4G piece called Z10 is a ray of hope for them to get back the brand image they had.
The BlackBerry Z10, after its launch a few time ago, there have seen some updations in the software which has made things a bit stable. This review has been crafted keeping in mind the latest arrival in the app store and also updates on the phone with all possible information about it.
A slight price drop has been experienced in the UK since it’s launch. If you want it sim free, you need to shed your pockets heavy upto £470, while you can also pick it for free on a monthly contract starting at £32. In the US BlackBerry was only available in late march in about $630 SIM-free and on monthly contract in around $199.99
The BlackBerry Z10 is competing hard in same category phones like Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 because of it’s 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.2 inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a low price tag.
Let’s first have a look at it’s design, what can be seen is that it looks like a mimic piece of many a smartphones in the market, looking like a slab with a not so amusing black glass and plastic. BlackBerry Z10 seems a little heavy with it’s slanting surface with a sizable gap above and below the screen. And also are found little chunkies of plastic(buttons) on both the ends of the handset.
It may seem a bit unnecessary, all these design features but all this doesn’t make BlackBerry Z10 overly ponderous because it portrays a comfortable 130 x 65.5 x 9 mm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches). Weight wise we can call is a medium weighed phone weighing 137.5g (4.85 oz) which ain’t anywhere near as heavy as Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 820, but is also ain’t as feather light as iPhone 5. The weight doesn’t seem a problem and reassures comfortability in your palm and though the framework is completely plastic, its light weight still makes it feel like holding a premium piece.
At the rear, it’s again plastic but with a rubbery feel to give a good amount of grip to the phone. Speaking of the rear part you will also find an 8 megapixel camera with a single LED flash on the top left corner of the phone with the shiny logo of BlackBerry in the middle. Underneath the rear flap you’ll find Micro SD and Micro SIM slots. It supports 32 GB of storage capacity although something is in the air like its updation into a device providing 64GB storage.
In the world of lithium batteries, Z10 is a boon with a removable 1,800mAH battery. There can also be seen a NFC pad on the rear which enables Z10 to interact with other compatible wireless devices. On the right hand side a visible triple button setup which is a volume rocker switch system with the middle switch used for playing and pausing music or video file and activating voice control when held down. On the upper side of Z10 you can see a 3.5 mm jack for headphones along with power and lock button in the center. All the button are given a metal finish considering the class it should maintain. It also has a micro USB port along with a mini HDMI port for those who are fans of connecting their phones directly to the TV for a bigger view. The bad news is that the HDMI cable is not boxed up with the phone so you need to pick it up from the market separately but not to worry since you have the USB cable to connect your phone to your laptop or PC.
Hence, the BlackBerry Z10 doesn’t make it out loud with it’s design but there are plenty of other things that makes it a piece of great build quality and a phone of class.