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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

 
81
Average user Score
 
80
kilo23
07.20.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
shivashish
01.22.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Tethys
10.21.14
The Z10 is a fine "budget blackberry", although the Z30 improves on it in many ways and should have been the phone they announced BB10 on, which is a fine operating system for a modern smartphone that is centered around messaging and emails.
 
100
tomford
09.16.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
v3leno
08.03.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
SugarCris
05.23.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
70
filletgtx
05.05.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
60
r3alle
04.23.14
Pros:-Call quality-DurabilityCons:-Battery drains even while on standby (even with PUSH, GPS, Bluetooth, etc, all off)-BB10 apps are scarce and most of them suck-Android emulation is a great concept but runs horrible, the apps are basically useless. I'd rather go to the website and run the web app than to deal with how badly these apps run on the z10.-Screen is OK.-Speakers are a bit weak-The OS overall needs a lot more work.Frankly, I would not recommend this phone to anyone
 
80
TgD
04.20.14
BOLD STATEMENT TO START MY REVIEWI possibly enjoy my BlackBerry Z10 more than my Nexus 4This 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 BlackBerry. That's okay. They haven't tried the device.So over the past week I have been scribbling down notes to explain why I think it is a better device for me, and here are several of the things I came up with:1. Reception and radios are killerThis goes 2-fold. Firstly, this phone gets reception in places none of my other phones have- my underground parking garage, my sketchy elevator. It is fantastic. In places with decent signal, I am getting great reception. This being my 5th BlackBerry in the course of my life, (9000,9100,9700,9790), this was no surprise to meThe second part of that is I have never seen a phone idle so efficiently. I can leave the phone idle with the screen off for a while, and the battery will drop less than others I have tried. It sips power, where the nexus 4 seems to gulp, to maintain all the synchronization2. The speakerAdmittedly, the nexus 4 had a poorly placed speaker on the back of the device, but I always thought that the volume was too low for my tastes. The Z10 has a nice speaker that can be quiet, or booming if the need occurs.3. The KeyboardThis took a bit of adjustment from the way I normally type on phones. My style is always with the phone vertical, using two thumbs if possible, or if I only have one hand available, use the swiping method to compose.The BlackBerry 10 keyboard maintains the “frets” that separate rows of keys like on their Q10 and Bold line before it. This allows for greater accuracy of typing, at the expense of screen real estate when the keyboard is open. In my mind that is not too bad of a tradeoff. I also got used to the “flicking” of words into the message, and the predictive text is really good. I can even operate the keyboard well with only one hand.In fact, I think the BB10 virtual keyboard may be the best virtual keyboard I have used. Sometimes I wish I could still swipe, but I can get over it.4. LTEThis is my first phone with LTE, and wow I didn’t realize how great it is. All my future phones will need to have it. This may not be an advantage of the BB Z10 in this market, as most new phones have it, but my Nexus 4 lacked it.5. Battery Life.I have found the battery life much better than the Nexus 4 I have had before. I am estimating 20 hours on a charge of “my use” which I am thinking is medium. However, I find that Android apps can suck down the battery quite a bit faster if you are not cautious about it. The phone idles amazing well though.The battery in in fact removable, but I wouldn’t want to change it on a regular basis- the back door of the phone seems flimsy and it frightens me to remove it.6. Voice qualityThe first time I picked up a call from my dad, it sounded so clear I actually was taken aback. Nowadays, call quality isn’t something I usually look for in a phone. I don’t make a huge amount of calls, and my minimum requirements are that the other side can understand me, and I can understand them. However, it is nice when the conversation sounds a bit more natural.7. Vibrate motorThe vibrate motor on this phone is awesome. Some people might find it too vicious, but I think it gets the job done better than the paltry motor on the nexus 4.ConclusionsSo, I have been trying to find some gripes with the hardware of the BlackBerry Z10, and I am having a hard time to. Yeah, the phone is plastic and glass, but the plastic feels okay to me. The screen may not be AMOLED, but it is quite good. Both those issues have been solved by the Z30, which is $400 more than the $200 I paid for my Z10.The couple issues I have tend to lie within the BlackBerry 10 OS which I don’t think I will lump into this review. I’ll create a separate BlackBerry 10 review, but the highlight of the issues is that I wish Android apps ran better, and wish menus were a bit more descriptive.In conclusion, the Z10 is a fantastic piece of hardware, and if you can find one new for $200 or less, I think its a great deal. Competition in this area comes from the lower end Nokia Lumias and the Motorola Moto G. Those phones were designed as budget phones. The Z10 was a $700 flagship that has been marked down in price with age.
 
70
sathishkannaxxx
04.19.14
I own a #Limited_Edition Z10 ferrari redWhen compared to other black & white editons,those phone's battery backup are goodBut this one s for only show-off Nxt I think to upgrade to #Porsche_9982 limited edition gold