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BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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Pros
  • Nice display
  • Solid build quality
  • Removable battery
Cons
  • Limited app selection
  • Slow boot and shutdown
  • Underpowered speaker
78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

80
kilo23
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
shivashish
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
Tethys
The Z10 is a fine "budget blackberry", although the Z30 improves on it in many...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
71
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
70
ABC News
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.
 
70
AllThingsD
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.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
TechRadar
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.
 
70
CNN
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.
 
70
USA Today
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.
 
80
CrackBerry
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.
 
70
TechCrunch
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 convert to come back to platform.