BlackBerry Z10

8.0
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Reviewed by M. Ryan Norris (Currently owns)

The BlackBerry Z10 is a pretty good device that can now be bought at a very good price, whether on contract, or unlocked. The hardware is very good and feels quite durable, even with the somewhat thin removable back panel. There are some decent first party accessories and cases available, but there's not as much of a selection as there was on previous devices, like the PlayBook tablet and older BlackBerry phones.

The software is probably the best feature of the Z10. The gesture-based interface may take some practicing, but for ones who were familiar with webOS, it shouldn't take long to learn. The software keyboard is probably the best feature of the operating system. The selection of applications seem to be a little better than what was available for PlayBook, although I do prefer the natively built applications, instead of ones ported from Android versions. There is plenty of room for improvement in BlackBerry World on the Z10, though (like adding a podcast section, more native applications, and possibly books), but what is there already is pretty decent.

Battery life could be a bit better, and the camera is pretty good in very bright light, but could be better in lower light situations and indoor areas.

The Z10 does just enough to become a great mid-tier phone. BlackBerry could have done much worse than this.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 7
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