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Friday, 22 February 2013

Blackberry Z10 Reviewed!!

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The BlackBerry Z10 is the rebirth of a fallen leader in the smartphone market. It's completely different from the past with a big touchscreen and brand new OS. Except, this time BlackBerry has also added a dash of fun unlike BlackBerry's previous generation of touch-driven smartphones.

BlackBerry 10 OS that powers the phone is a modern operating system with a brand new gesture-based interface and support for powerful dual-core CPUs. If you think dual-core is old news on Android and Quad core processors are in, you'd be right, but the Z10 is closer to the iPhone in this regard - the OS has been optimized to run on very few devices, allowing for maximum efficiency.

The Z10 is equipped with a 4.2" WXGA screen - slightly bigger and sharper than the iPhone 5's retina display - but kept the package more compact than certain massive droids. Then came all the connectivity features, hardware ports and slots.
Here's what they ended up with, the good and the bad of it:
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Key features
·         Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri/quad-band UMTS/HSPA, optional 100 Mbps LTE
·         4.2" 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) capacitive touchscreen TFT
·         Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, 2GB RAM, Adreno 225
·         BlackBerry 10 OS; advanced on-screen keyboard; Office document editor
·         BlackBerry Hub with extensive social networking connectivity
·         BBM with video chat and screen sharing
·         8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection and Time Shift; LED flash, 2MP front
·         Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps; 720p recording with front-facing camera
·         16GB storage, microSD card slot; built-in Dropbox and Box integration
·         Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi sync
·         Bluetooth 4.0
·         NFC
·         standard microUSB port, microHDMI
·         3.5mm audio jack
·         GPS receiver with A-GPS
Main disadvantages
·         Brand new UI has a steep learning curve
·         BlackBerry World missing key apps
·         BlackBerry Maps are even worse than Apple Maps
·         Camera offers little control over image quality

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As with any newborn OS platform, there will be growing challenges. The biggest concern is whether the sleek new interface will put people off. It's fast and intuitive once you get used to it, but doesn't have the level of familiarity of the iOS or Android.

That's the mission ahead of the BlackBerry Z10. It can't single-handedly recapture the market and bring BlackBerry to its former RIM glory, instead it sets the stage for future devices (the Q10 is a couple of months away).

That does not mean that the Z10 won't achieve popularity - with quality hardware and software, the Z10 can easily net both people who need a BlackBerry but are tired of the OS 7 devices and new users (like me) who are equally tired of iOS and Android.

So, revolution or evolution? The hardware is miles ahead of Berries of old, but you'll have to jump over to the next page to see how it stacks up against current Androids and the iPhone.Thanks for reading. Please give your views & comments below.