BlackBerry Z10: Stuffed with Features; Designed for Performance

The latest addition to the BlackBerry family, BlackBerry Z10, has been successful in creating quite a stir among the BlackBerry users, but the same sensation is missing with the iOS and Android users. There is no arguing that Blackberry seeks a comeback with this peculiar smartphone that runs the latest in the line of Blackberry operating systems, i.e. BlackBerry 10. Z10 received an update lately that brought it closer to the competition with its rivals in the marketplace.

Before we take a peek into this new innovation by BlackBerry (formerly named RIM), let’s have an overview of its design and style.

Design and Introduction The BlackBerry Z10 combines 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display, a decent 2GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage; seems a change not as refreshing as the users of a premium high-end smartphone would expect. The phone features a dual-core processor (1.5 Ghz) and an 1800mAh battery, which makes it quite flavorless and under-powered. The handset of Z10 has measurements of 130 x 65.6 x 9mm that could be seen with any of the present generation smartphones. The device fits perfect in your hand with the grippy plastic at the back. The overall design gives a distinctive feel to the device.

The NFC pad on the cover allows for interaction with any compatible wireless devices. You can use the three buttons at bottom to activate the volume control and the lock/power key on top to turn on or turn off the device. The great design of the device would certainly make it a cynosure of all eyes.

Blackberry-Z10-hands

Features

Messaging
BlackBerry is renowned for offering quality email management and free messaging with BBM. You can keep track of your messages and tweets while doing a different task using the new peek gesture. Every time you see a red light flashing at the top of the handset, you can switch to the notifications instantly without having to quit the current application. You can do this by sliding your finger up from the logo in order to have notification items displayed to the left. If you move to the left, you can view the new message in BlackBerry hub. BlackBerry hub is a centralized place storing for all communications made though the handset, i.e. text, BBMs, calls, and social updates. It is easy to navigate to the Hub via the peek method. All it takes is just sliding a little to the left and you are all set to post replies to those messages.

Keyboard
The method of providing the input, i.e. the virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry handset, has seen a radical change. The keyboard has been optimized to give users the real-time experience provided by its physical version. This keyboard contains silver frets (similar to BlackBerry Bold 9900) that allow you to easily and quickly switch between the keys. It has the power to predict what could be the next word and display it on these silver frets. The font (being too small) is the only downside that reduces your typing speed.

Interface
BlackBerry Z10 runs BlackBerry 10 operating system, which truly makes it stand out from other competing smartphones. BlackBerry 10 brings a revolutionary change in the way a user interacts with the device and provides a platform much similar to that of Android Jelly Bean, iOS, and Windows Phone 8. However, it is not easy to get acquainted with this platform for both new and current BlackBerry users.

Navigation is done through a gesture-based system as opposed to the physical buttons on Android devices. When you press the power/lock key, you are presented with the BB 10 lock screen. This screen gives you a glance at notifications, including emails, BBMs, and missed calls. You can unlock by sliding towards the top. The home screen will give you a feel of both Android widgets and titles of Windows Phone OS.

Z10-interface

If you frequently require navigating to settings and making changes, then some good news awaits. You can go to the notifications bar and find toggles for all major settings, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, rotation clock, etc. Surprisingly, you can choose to set only one alarm through BlackBerry Z10.  This is a real pain in the neck as you may easily have this option on even the cheapest handsets. The recent software update has been quite been able to do away with the lag and blank screens, which were commonplace before.

Camera
Camera is one of the most promising features of BlackBerry Z10. You have two cameras on Z10: 8 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing. You will also find an LED flash on the back. To access the camera app, you have many choices. You can start the app from the lock screen, from the app list, or from the homescreen dock. You can choose your desired configuration without a hitch and click pictures quickly with Z10.

Both the cameras have high shutter speed. BlackBerry Z10 is good for clicking self-portraits as the whole screen acts as the shutter. On BlackBerry Z10, you don’t need to tap to focus. All you need is to move around and hold down on the screen. Though the camera provides a 5x digital zoom, you may often have to compromise with the quality of the image the more you pinch the screen. BlackBerry 10 also provides a new feature called Time Shift. You can choose this mode while clicking with Z10 and get snaps of time before and after the shutter was pressed.

Battery Life and Connectivity
In terms of battery life, BlackBerry Z10 is not your saving grace when compared to other devices running Android or iOS. This can be attributed to larger resolution displays and lower demanding processors built into Z10. The removable 1,800mAh battery can make it through a full working day without excessive usage. You can expect a talk time of up to 11 hours and a standby of 408 hours on the BlackBerry Z10.

There are myriad options for you to connect with another device, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and DLNA support. You can seamlessly perform data transfer without having any network connection or wires using NFC built into BlackBerry Z10. You can manage NFC by navigating to the main settings menu.

Pros

BlackBerry Z10 has robust design, great 4.2-inch HD display, decent camera, and the much awaited Messaging Hub feature. The BlackBerry 10 operating system is a big plus that makes navigation and mapping a cinch on Z10.

Cons

You may be annoyed with the plastic case (not premium), lack of apps, small processing power, and less memory on BlackBerry Z10. All these negatives make BlackBerry Z10 go completely unnoticed in this fierce competition.

Verdict

BlackBerry Z10 is packed with some exciting features like the Time Shift mode, new BlackBerry 10 keyboard, and Messaging Hub. However, this smartphone is not certainly on the top of the heap due to various annoyances. The plastic case is not what one would usually see on a flagship product, such as this. The BlackBerry 10 platform is often puzzling and some of the BB10 apps lack major features (camera, music, and video applications). Given these downsides, it is clearly not the best package of smartphone design and functionality.

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