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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

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

Pros
  • Nice display
  • Solid build quality
  • Removable battery
Cons
  • Limited app selection
  • Slow boot and shutdown
  • Underpowered speaker
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Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

80
Craig Cleveland
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
Fabrian Prasetya
Best smartphone
70
Steven Sui
not bad
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Model
Verizon

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
305 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1800 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Email
Yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte (1xrtt, Ev do r0, Ev do ra)

Display

Screen size
4.2 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x768)
Pixel density
356 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes (HDMI Micro)
Model
Verizon-

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel
Model
Sprint-

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel
Model
AT&T

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
305 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1800 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Email
Yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa)

Display

Screen size
4.2 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x756)
Pixel density
356 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes (HDMI Micro)
Model
HSPA+--99

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel
Model
HSPA+

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
305 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1800 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Email
Yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Hsdpa, Hsupa)

Display

Screen size
4.2 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x756)
Pixel density
356 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes (HDMI Micro)
Model
Sprint

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
305 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1800 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Email
Yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte (1xrtt, Ev do r0, Ev do ra)

Display

Screen size
4.2 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x756)
Pixel density
356 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes (HDMI Micro)
Model
T-Mobile

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
BlackBerry
Screen size
4.222
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

General

Type
Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10 hours)
Standby time (max)
305 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1800 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, Xvid) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Email
Yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa)

Display

Screen size
4.2 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x756)
Pixel density
356 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TV-out
Yes (HDMI Micro)