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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display No comments great!
  • Battery life No comments so-so
  • Camera No comments great!
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments great!
  • Media support No comments great!
  • Durability No comments great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments great!
Detailed review
The Blackberry Z10 was the first of a new line of products by Blackberry (previously RIM) in which they designed a fresh and unique user interface to lay on top the underlying QNX software. The software works flawless with the medium spec hardware, able to handle demanding game graphics as well as the running several apps at once.

My favourite feature has to be the absence of physical buttons in order to operate the phone which initially takes some getting used has become second nature to me to the point when given another phone I forget that not every phone has this amazing technology built in! I mean come on, I don't even have to press a button to unlock my phone! The fact that I don't need to double tap a physical home button to enter my multi-tasking manager is a real time saver.

The quick glance of Blackberry hub allows for quick and easy checking of notifications, which might I add are all nicely snuggled up in a singular hub, which when pinched can separate unread from read. The introduction of quick setting customisation is something both Android and iOS can learn from, allow your customers to pick and choose what THEY want quick access too, I understand Android is more customizable in this area than iOS but even then it requires a 3rd party app, this should be an option to the customers out of the box.

Apps although are low in number on the actual Blackberry App World, are large in number in terms of sideloading and now the addition thanks to 10.2.1 through AmazonAppStore and Snap, a google play emulator allowing direct sideloading of android apps to use on your Blackberry 10 device straight away.

The camera so far has produced beautiful shots of my chosen subjects, although I have yet to have an opportunity to need it in low light environments, day light shots can be compared to that of a fully functional digital camera, with 1080p video capture being crystal clear.

The one let down is the battery life of this device which can be drained within half a day with heavy use, but in this day and age, smartphone manufacturers are less concerned with battery life and more concerned with how much power they can pack in one go. Thankfully this phone has a removable battery so I will be investing a mere £20 soon to buy a brand new official one from Blackberry to refuel and renew my device.

If you're looking for something outside the social norm but still want the comfort of having those important apps you can't live without, this phone is perfect, with software updates continuously coming even a year after release (compared to Android phones which become obsolete within 6 months for updates), this is a great first attempt for Blackberry in attempting to recapture the publics attention.