BlackBerry Z10 review

z10The new BlackBerry 10 looks great in an iPhone 5 sort of way and also features a refreshed version of Blackberry Operating System 10. Some early reviews have criticised this latest version of the operating system as being too rough around the edges, especially when compared to Android or iOS, both of which see more familiar to most users and have had many years to iron out any problems. The other problem with the Blackberry OS is the lack of apps, but hopefully this will change as BlackBerry 10 becomes more popular.

There can be no real denying that the Z10 borrows heavily from the design of the iPhone 5. Though it certainly feels different beings made from plastic and with a soft, grippy layer on the back. Though the software amy take some getting used to for those which have previously owned Anroid or Apple powered phones, once you get used to it there is little to complain about. The Z10 is very light at just 137.5g and only 9mm thick, slightly larger than the iPhone 5 but you would not notice the difference unless the handsets were placed side by side. This is one of the best designs from BlackBerry in years, minimalist and attractive, but just a bit iPhone 5ish!

The display measures 4.2 inches with a 768 x 1,280 pixel resolution, everything on this screen looks extremely crisp and sharp, it’s bright and colourful enough to go to the top of the glass along with the Galaxy S3, Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. But is the new BlackBerry 10 operating system a decent alternative to iOS and Android? Well it’s certainly brave and different, and once you have become accustomed to it does the job very well, it does all the same stuff, but differently! The browser on BlackBerry 10 is particularly good, very fast with slick and easy zooming Web pages. The on-screen keyboard is fantastic, with large, well-spaced buttons and great Autocorrect features, like the physical qwerty keyboards of conventional Blackberry’s, the Z10 is a great device for typing/texting. The BlackBerry Hub amalgamates all your communication feeds such as Facebook, Twitter, Blackberry Messenger, email etc) into one app. All networks are squished together in one chronological stream and you simply swipe to see your networks listed individually. It’s a functional system that works very well, but doesn’t look particularly attractive, which is strange as everything other function on the BlackBerry Z10 offers lovely visual touches such as the transparent effects when you swipe to unlock, giving the impression of sorting through a deck of cards.

The BlackBerry instant messaging service remains a serious tool as useful as ever, this latest version includes video calling too which works well over 3G or 4G connections. Simply put, the BlackBerry Z10 has a comprehensive instant-messaging package which is hard to beat.

This is a business orientated professional device which can also handle most of your browsing and social networking needs, unfortunately it’s just as expensive as handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5, so is hard to recommend unless you are a Blackberry lover who loves messaging. Alternatives like the Google Nexus 4 are just as powerful with much of the same features plus of course lots more apps to download.

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