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 â€œfretsâ€ 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 â€œflickingâ€ 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 didnâ€™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 â€œmy useâ€ 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 wouldnâ€™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 isnâ€™t something I usually look for in a phone. I donâ€™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 donâ€™t think I will lump into this review. Iâ€™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.