BlackBerry Z10

Verge Review

BlackBerry is about to enter the battle of its life, and as you'll see in my review of its new flagship phone, the Z10, it's using everything in its arsenal to win. Maybe win is the wrong word; perhaps victory for BlackBerry right now is something more like not losing everything. Because if you've been following this story, you know that everything is what's at stake. The company is coming back into the game with force, that much is clear. Its new touchscreen smartphone is the serious...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .35 inches
Weight .3 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.2 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
Operating system BlackBerry OS
Launch OS version 10

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.12 inches
Width 2.58 inches
Thickness .35 inches
Weight .3 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, White
Loudspeaker Mono

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.2 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 768 px
PPI 356
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
UMTS / HSPA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 2 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system BlackBerry OS
Launch OS version 10

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, Micro HDMI

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Yes

Recent News

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Recent Discussions

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7.8

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  • Software 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 5

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  • 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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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by adriankessel (Currently owns)

    This phone has an understated design that I like. It is relatively small and light. The display is good but not up to the same level as phones from others like HTC, Nokia, or Sony. The camera is surprisingly good. This is a major step forward from any other BlackBerry camera. The interface is nice and it is easy to get sharp, colorful photos. Captured videos also look very good.

    The reception is solid but the speaker is just average. I don't have any complaints about the sound. It just isn't quite as loud or bold as other BlackBerries I've used. The performance is generally good. I run into very few stutters. It definitely doesn't feel as fast as 2013 Android devices though. Thats in terms of web browsing and how quickly you can launch and switch applications. I can't speak to the gaming performance because I have not tried it. The keyboard is easy to be fast and accurate on and has a handful of useful gestures.

    The app selection for this phone is not good. I use Twitter on it, which works fine. I could read a Kindle book if I wanted to. Outside of those, it has nothing that I'd like to use. I can't use any of the music services that I like, YouTube is only available through the browser, there is no Google Maps and the list goes on.

    Now that it seems this phone is available for free on contract, I'd probably say its nicer hardware than you get on a comparably priced iPhone or Android device but the lack of useful software would keep me far away from this phone. This is a tough one to recommend for most users.

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    Reviewed by alion (Currently owns)

    Excellent design and display. Battery life is ok but could be alot better. It still is good considering what's out there (they all could use some improvement). Performance is second to none. Far better than my iphone 5. Not as many apps as other platforms but it has everything that I need and there are new apps coming on line regularly. Great Experience

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