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

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Critic reviews

7.1
27 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.6
  • Display
    7.4
  • Battery life
    6.3
  • Camera
    6.7
  • Ease of use
    6.8
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.7
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.6

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User reviews

8.1
38 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 30, 2013

The BlackBerry faithful who've been waiting patiently for something more modern will flock to this ... but there simply isn't enough here to woo those consumers who have already made investments in Android or iOS. Too little? Maybe. Too late? Sadly.

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8.0
CNET Jan 30, 2013

Though it's not quite enough to draw committed iPhone or Android owners, the BlackBerry Z10's modern design and features give BlackBerry fans what they've hungered for.

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8.0
New York Times Jan 30, 2013

So then: Is the delightful BlackBerry Z10 enough to save its company? Honestly? It could go either way. But this much is clear: BlackBerry is no longer an incompetent mess — and its doom is no longer assured.

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7.0
AllThingsD Jan 30, 2013

The hardware is decent and the user interface is logical and generally easy to use. I believe it has a chance of getting RIM back into the game, if the company can attract a lot more apps.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jan 29, 2013

The BlackBerry Z10 offers a slick, multitasking-friendly interface, killer keyboard and one-stop shop for messaging and social networking, but BlackBerry needs to work out some kinks.

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7.0
TechCrunch Jan 30, 2013

BlackBerry 10, and by extension the Z10, need to be Cinderella stories to bring BlackBerry back from where it is now, and while extremely solid and with a few very impressive features, I’d be hard-pressed to say there’s anything here that will necessarily convince an Android-loving BlackBerry...

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7.0
Ars Technica Feb 2, 2013

The Z10's main crime is that it doesn't really do anything that other phones on the market aren't already doing. It does some of those things exceptionally well ... but they're not so much better that they're worth giving up the ecosystems you're already embedded in.

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7.0
Computerworld Feb 6, 2013

The range of hardware and software innovations in the BlackBerry Z10 running the BlackBerry 10 OS shows that the company desperately wants to carve out a bigger future in smartphones. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that extend well beyond the actual Z10 device.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Mar 18, 2013

The BlackBerry Z10 is a capable smartphone with fantastic multitasking features, but you may have to wait a while for T-Mobile's 4G LTE network to reach your area.

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7.0
PC Mag Apr 4, 2013

The first BlackBerry 10 handset, the Z10 is a thoroughly modern, high-quality smartphone with a strong focus on messaging, but a lack of popular apps and media could hold it back.

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6.0
Wired Mar 22, 2013

The Z10 is a great phone, but not an amazing phone, and that’s what it would need to be if I were to recommend buying one over an iPhone or a flagship Android handset. At this point, I’d only suggest that long-time BlackBerry users check one out.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 2, 2013

If you're interested in the Z10, we prefer the AT&T version, which offers more consistent 4G LTE speeds and lasted a little longer on charge. But if you want LTE coverage in more places, the Verizon BlackBerry Z10 is a solid pick.

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7.0
ABC News Jan 30, 2013

BlackBerry might have caught up with the times, but so have we. BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 are the right steps, but it's going to take even more for it to bring those users back.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 11, 2013

It's significant step forward for touchscreen BlackBerry devices...However, if you're an outsider, or thinking of leaving BlackBerry, then the Z10 doesn't go far enough. The BlackBerry Z10 just about brings the platform into contention, but as we enter a new year, BlackBerry will soon be playing...

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6.0
SlashGear Feb 2, 2013

That adds up to an absence of “must have” experiences: BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 are nice enough to use, but there’s nothing really to stop you from going back to iOS or Android and their well-stocked app stores.

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8.0
TechRadar Jan 30, 2013

The Z10 is a decent smartphone offering up a strong range of features and a fancy new operating system which may catch the eye of the technologically adventurous.

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8.0
T3 Feb 7, 2013

In a world where everything is ‘quad-core’ and ‘next-gen’ the Z10 still manages to fight through the noise by being quietly efficient suggesting that BlackBerry may have won the first round, but only just.

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8.0
Gear Diary May 9, 2013

BlackBerry is not the phone I would buy if I were in the market for a new device today, but that is mainly because I am heavily invested in apps and media. If I were a business customer...then I would likely get the BlackBerry so that I could experience the platform’s evolution.

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7.0
CNN Jan 30, 2013

Two things are immediately clear about BB10 and the Z10: They're good enough that BlackBerry shouldn't be embarrassed in any way, but they're only "good enough." Nothing seems drastically more innovative than the existing smartphone status quo.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Feb 1, 2013

... there’s no one killer hardware feature and BlackBerry 10 is still a bit shaky. As well as the lack of app support there are plenty of tweaks needed to just tidy things up a bit and improve performance.

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7.0
GSM Arena Feb 15, 2013

Don't get us wrong, it can handle business tasks and even do it better than old BlackBerries. But finally users - and we mean all kinds of users - will be getting a full-time deal. And in modern smartphone terms, this is well beyond the usual nine-to-five.

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7.0
IGN Apr 23, 2013

The BlackBerry Z10 is a well-built and capable smartphone, even with the flaws found with the company's latest operating system. However, while it does have the potential to replace your Android or iOS device, the company doesn't give you many standout reasons to do so.

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6.0
Digital Versus Feb 21, 2013

For professional use, the extremely low battery life holds it back, and for personal use, the camera could be much better and BB App World has very little for games and entertainment.

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8.0
CrackBerry Jan 30, 2013

It's a whole new era for BlackBerry and the performance delivered is night and day compared to current BlackBerry phones ... the bigger question is whether or not it will meet the demands of CrackBerry Nation? I'm confident it will.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Mar 26, 2013

So, do we recommend buying the Blackberry Z10? Let's put it this way: A current street price of about 530 euros .. is no joke. But anyone who's looking to call one of the latest flagship smartphones their own and is willing to try out the new operating system should definitely take a closer look.

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7.0
USA Today Jan 30, 2013

My own verdict after testing the Z10 for nearly a week is that it's very much good enough to keep RIM in the game, but is still not very likely to help the company supplant the iPhone 5 or the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S III, or help the company recapture its past glory.

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7.0
MobileBurn Feb 4, 2013

People have clamored for RIM to produce a smartphone worthy of comparison to the iPhone and the Android elite, and the company has mostly been able to meet that criteria. However, there are still some areas of concern with BlackBerry 10, so the BlackBerry Z 10 suffers as a result.

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First Looks

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Engadget Nov 19, 2013

As far as the technology goes, this is just a Z10, but with 64GB of internal storage instead of 16GB and a microSD card slot that's now verified for 64GB cards. That's it for changes, which means you're still getting a 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 display.

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PC Mag Jan 30, 2013

The Z10 isn't bad, but is it good enough to start a revolution? I'm going to sit on my final conclusions for a little longer while I watch BlackBerry App World fill up.

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SlashGear Jan 30, 2013

This machine feels light to the touch but but not so light its uncomfortable, its touchscreen is as responsive (if not more responsive) than the leading touch-sensitive smartphones across the market today, and the software appears swift.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 30, 2013

For some the Z10 will be amazing, but for most, it just won't cut it against the incredibly tense competition already out there.

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T3 Jan 30, 2013

From first impressions both the Z10’s hardware and software are impressive with BB10 looking to be a more than worthy replacement for the ‘always on’ population.

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The Telegraph Jan 30, 2013

It’s a phone that must surpass every expectation and achieve things that no user even contemplated a mobile phone could do. Can it get close to that impossible goal?

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phoneArena Jan 30, 2013

After the dust settled at today's unveiling, we have to give RIM some praise for really taking the time out to deliver a quality product – more on the platform, obviously. Visually, BlackBerry 10 seems unrivaled at the moment due to the stark amount of consistency we see with its performance.

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Phone Scoop Jan 30, 2013

If you want to know if the Z10 is better than the iPhone or a Galaxy S III, all I can say is that the hardware falls in the middle of the two: not so good as the iPhone, but a smidge better than the GSIII.

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Ubergizmo Jan 30, 2013

After about 15 minutes with the Z10, we can’t help but walk away impressed with their new BlackBerry 10 mobile device. BlackBerry hasn’t been on the minds of mobile phone users for some years now, but they certainly got our attention with the Z10.

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TrustedReviews Jan 30, 2013

The BlackBerry Z10 is clearly a device that has been built around the operating system and shows BlackBerry’s efforts to fit in with a market tilting constantly to oversized, touchscreen heavy and sleekly designed handsets.

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T3 Jan 30, 2013

From first impressions both the Z10’s hardware and software are impressive with BB10 looking to be a more than worthy replacement for the ‘always on’ population.

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Digital Versus Jan 31, 2013

All in all, though, our first impressions of the Z10 and BB10 are positive. The phone and OS are smooth and seamless to use, screen viewing angles are very wide and the predictive text function will no doubt cause a buzz.

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9.0
gdgtTroy gdgtTroy

I've found the Z10 to be just a great device to use. It did take me a bit to get used to the Hub and general flow navigation paradigm but it quickly became second nature and now feels very natural to use to me. I love the typing experience, I find I actually message people more frequently than I...

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8.0
jasona jasona

The Blackberry Z10 is a great phone. It looks good, feels good, and the OS is definitely great. The camera is very good and the overall feel of this phone is one I'm proud to use. However it needs serious app support if it is going to survive. Without the apps it will be hard to use this as a...

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8.0
RickB RickB

This review covers an unlocked version of the Z10 that I was lucky enough to get from a friend who got one at a launch event. I'm running it on AT&T, with both LTE and HSPA+ coverage. No issues getting the unlocked phone to work on AT&T. I've been using the phone mostly as my daily...

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9.0
Strider Strider

This is a device that is a pleasure to use. It's smart in it's operating system and well laid out. As a "physical keyboard" kind of guy, this is the first touch keyboard to win me over. The Blackberry Hub is efficient and the contacts app can blow peoples mind with it's integration with social...

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8.0
TgD TgD

BOLD STATEMENT TO START MY REVIEW I possibly enjoy my BlackBerry Z10 more than my Nexus 4 This statement has raised some eyebrows among my friends and co-workers, where a large portion of them are heavy android fans. Some even think I am crazy, and most of them tease me for using a...

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8.0
NEWROUTE NEWROUTE

Many good Apps are missing that are easy to find on Android: No working SMS Scheduler. No Call Blocker, Some Apps like Alarm Clock must stay open in a windows instead running in the background. Missing API's for developers. No good offline maps unless you spend 60 USD for Mireo.

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10
gbfdude gbfdude

i was a avid iOS user until this Blackberry total burns there old design and came up with something new and unique i will use this devise for the foreseeable future i think the new york times said it best it could go any way but the eventual demise of Blackberry is far from certain any more

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7.0
sathishkannaxxx sathishkannaxxx

I own a #Limited_Edition Z10 ferrari red When compared to other black & white editons,those phone's battery backup are good But this one s for only show-off Nxt I think to upgrade to #Porsche_9982 limited edition gold

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10
jamesiv jamesiv

I've had my Z10 now for almost a year. This is the best phone I've ever had (and I've been with an iphone and androids) I love everything about this phone. Starting with the keyboard which is the best touchscreen keyboard out there. I can type faster than on a physical keyboard. and it already...

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