BlackBerry Z10 - A Contender For The Best Smartphone (Part 2)

4/16/2013 11:33:48 AM

BlackBerry’s Z10 keeps quite perfectly the advantages of other previous BlackBerry smartphones, which is good supported in working. If you consider smartphones as tools for working, the Z10 handset is reasonable and there is nothing to blame on it. BlackBerry Hub is smart and efficient with an e-mail application which supports a variety of different types of accounts.

The built-in Docs To Go Office toolkit allows processing Word and Excel files, and also Power Point slide shows, with an integrated miniHDMI port on the left side to output to a projector or large screen easily. The browser with built-in flash and HTML5 support has the browsing speed a little faster than Safari on iOS, Chrome on Android or IE on Windows Phone with features that are not inferior.

However, the plus that is worth mentioning here in the Z10 is that BlackBerry has balanced the two needs, which are working and playing on a single phone, which the previous BlackBerry phones were still "struggling". Social networking applications like Facebook, Twitter are refreshed on BlackBerry 10 with the same features that they have on iOS or Android, but work just more smoothly.

One weakness of the Z10 now is the lack of apps on the store due to the new platform.

One weakness of the Z10 now is the lack of apps on the store due to the new platform.

The music application on BlackBerry 10 is changed to make the Z10 more helpful in entertainment. The interface is designed with more space, showing big album covers quite beautifully. It also has a built-in DLNA, which allows streaming music and connecting to a variety of audio-visual equipments for music, photos or video playback over a wireless network. Its also supports multiple music file types, including lossless; however, one shortcoming of the music player is that there is no Equalizer tool to tweak the sound effects.

Besides, the weakness of the BlackBerry Z10 is the lack of third-party appsdue to that fact that the BlackBerry 10 operating system is too new. The majority of the current popular multi-platform applications or games will not appear on the new BlackBerry platform.

Performance and battery life

The BlackBerry Z10 is equipped with a Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, with Adreno 225 graphics card and RAM of up to 2GB. Although it is not the strongest processor in the current smartphone market, the Z10 is still a good smartphone thanks to the optimized BlackBerry 10 operating system, much the same with other smartphones running iOS and Windows Phone.

The excellent ability of multi-tasking on the Z10

The excellent ability of multi-tasking on the Z10

In fact, the BlackBerry Z10 runs very smoothly, even the integration of graphical effects on the interface are not maing the device run more slowly like on Android. When testing the popular Angry Bird Space game, the time for downloading the game is the same to that of the iPhone 5. The Z10 also shows that it is the smartphone which is capable of operating stably for a continuously long and tiring time.

Multitasking is the most remarkable feature of the BlackBerry Z10 if it has to be compared with other competitors using other platforms. We can run eight applications at the same time and when trying to use 24 different applications, the device still works normally. Multitasking on the BlackBerry 10 is also quite good as apps will be displaye as windows, which is easy to observe.

An interesting point that shows multitasking works well on the Z10 is when opening an online music page in the browser, on exit and turning off the screen, the music is still playing as usual. A small pop-up window like the built-in music player appear, allowing users to adjust the volume, or turning on/off, tuning to other songs on playing music in the browser.

Like most smartphones today, on continuous operation, the Z10 is also significantly hot in the back cover. However, the heat did not seem to be abnormal and unacceptable.

With the original firmware, the battery life is quite bad.

With the original firmware, the battery life is quite bad.

The BlackBerry Z10 has the battery life of 1800 mAh. If compared with other previous phones, the Z10 is not a BlackBerry one with good battery life. If you turn on Wi-Fi, with 3G mode on and with continuous operation, logging into social network accounts or Blackberry’s Yahoo Messenger causes time battery to drain very quickly; after 3.5 to 4 hours the battery runs out.

If you log out from Yahoo Messenger, as well as Wi-Fi on/off depending on the time of use, you will save a lot of power for the machine. However, with the full battery and 3G on, the Z10 only works about 10 hours, equivalent to one working day. The battery life on the BB10 is just about 15% lower than the Bold 9900 in the same conditions of use.

The high price is also one of the difficulties that leave some obstacles for the Z10.


·         Product name: BlackBerry Z10

·         Price: $679


·         Dimensions: 130x65.6x9 mm (5.12x2.58x0.35 in)

·         Weight: 137.5 g (4.83 oz)

·         Display Type: capacitive touch, 16M colors

·         Display Size: 768x1,280 pixels, 4.2 inches (~355 ppi pixel density)

·         Memory: microSD, up to 64GB; internal memory: 16Gb storage, 2GB RAM

·         WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band

·         Bluetooth: yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

·         NFC: yes

·         USB: yes, microUSB v2.0

·         Camera: primary, 8MP, 3,264x2,448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, with geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization; secondary, 2 MP, 720p@30fps

·         OS: BlackBerry 10 OS

·         Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

·         CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

·         GPU: Adreno 225

·         Battery: Li-Ion 1800mAh, stand-by up to 312h, talk time up to 10h.


·         Nice display

·         Stable build quality

·         Removable battery


·         Limited app selection

·         Slow boot and shutdown

·         Underpowered speaker


·         The BlackBerry Z10 is a better-than-good, but far-from-great smartphone.


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