I have always believed that smartphones from BlackBerry (do they only serve phones and their peripherals?) are literally ‘good for business.’ With previous phones known for excellent features like remote data wiping, BlackBerry Balance, and some other extensive security features, people have always trusted the brand from RIM (by the way, it has been announced that the company will no longer be called as such but BlackBerry per se). However, do we know so much about the company’s uprising OS specifically designed for touch? Maximizing the new gesture-based OS as seen on BlackBerry 10, the company puts another bait for a solid unlocked price of $650: the new Z10.
Looking from afar, the BlackBerry Z10 is remarkably a bigger ‘copy’ of Apple’s iPhone 5, at least to the shape or figure. Though both smartphones support one-hand operations on a larger-than-4-inch display, the Z10 of Blackberry is however smoother on the feel; thanks to the slightly more rounded edges minus the over-metallic feel. Obviously, like we all know, the iPhone 5 has that solid finely-tuned material build, and if you put the BlackBerry Z10 in contrast, you’d surely see more differences: the Z10 feels a little plasticky, with some slippery ends and protruding buttons.
While as I know only Verizon offers the white version of the model, the BlackBerry Z10 is generally available at only a very dark-chrome model for some lots of carriers. More with the build, the Z10 is one rare kind of a smartphone to say because of its lack of capacitive or physical buttons for navigation; the Z10 resides solely on the gesture-based OS it caters. However, the Z10 does not mean an absolute absence to buttons: there’s the 3-buttoned volume control with the middle one good for play/pause for music, a microUSB port plus a almost-rare micro-HDMI port, a power/standby button, and a 3.5mm audio port. If you’re asking for a camera shutter button, you’d better know ahead that both the volume up and down buttons could do the job.
Competing with the iPhone 5 is the Z10’s lovely display with a higher pixel density at 355 ppi (the iPhone only has 326 ppi). Being a 4.2-incher, the BlackBerry Z10 sports a very love and lively color, though not really bright enough for under-the-sun viewing. Nevertheless, such a display portrays decent viewing angles with a little fade-off at extreme angles, and the native resolution of 1280x768p is good for HD movie viewing.
To complement such a good display, the BlackBerry Z10 even adds a highly acceptable camera at 8MP, not to mention the 2MP front-facing one. The main camera does not really support full HD movie recording if you’d like to test, but overall, picture quality is above-average at least when the subject’s under proper lighting. I honestly was frustrated to learn the mean lack of Z10 in terms to features and other controls such as ISO settings, making the camera more like a prop than an alternative to carrying a point-and-shoot unit.
While the BlackBerry Z10 possesses a powerful quad-core processor to run its brand new OS, the Z10 falls short nonetheless in terms to performance… or reliability when properly said. It supports 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, BT 4.0, plus a hi-speed Wi-Fi, but upon tests, the Z10 just lacked that enough sustenance to make all these running, hence single-tasked. Connections also failed more often than expected especially with the 4G, though the Z10 is reasonably zippy and snappy in terms to 3G. With the OS, like many others have reported, the Z10 possesses something that looked more like a ‘rushed’ product, with a lot of things in need of dramatic improvements such as the app for maps or navigation.
The BlackBerry Z10 is one piece of a prize for those users who have been looking for a fancy, more-friendly BB model in a touch design, while not letting go of the business-intuitiveness. However, for those of you who want to enjoy more apps while not pertaining to Android and Apple devices, you may want to wait for a more stable version of the OS, at least an official announcement of an OTA for existing BB OS 10 users.
BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 30,000.00
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