Blackberry z10

Blackberry is yet to launch its latest smartphone, the Blackberry z10, in the Indian market but it is already available in the western shores of the world and the news say that it is looking to compete with any iOS or Android phone.

Screen: 1280×768 , 4.2″ (356 ppi), IPS touchscreen
OS: BlackBerry 10
CPU: Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Storage: 16GB NAND flash, expandable via microSD
Networking: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, headphones
Camera 8.0MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
Size: 5.12″ x 2.58″ x 0.35″ (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)
Weight: 135 g
Battery: 1800 mAh
Sensor: Ambient light sensor, GPS
Other Perks: Power adapter, case, screen cleaner
Display and Body: Blackberry z10 has a 4.2 inch screen with a display resolution of 1280X768. Its body is made of matte finished (black or white) plastic but this does not give it a cheap finish like it does to some other smartphones. It’s neither too big nor too small and in terms of thickness Blackberry gets it just right. It moves away from the concept of big-to -bigger screens which is Samsung Galaxy’s approach to smartphones, and this feature makes it friendly to extended one-hand held usage. The phone is quite light.
Camera: the Blackberry z10 has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. Though pretty good as a point-and-shoot camera, it does not do much to stand apart.
Operating system and User Interface: what Blackberry z10 does standout in is the use of gestures. While unlocking the system with a swipe has become common by now, Blackberry has upped the game to new level and hence Blackberry z10 has no buttons. Everything can be done by a set of gestures. Swiping up from the bottom of the phone will unlock it, and take you to a grid of your last eight most recently used apps. If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen while using an app, it will be minimized into this grid but will not stop. In other words, the phone is good at multi-tasking. Swiping left to right at the bottom of the screen, swiping left to right at the middle of the screen, swiping down from the top of the screen all give a different options. Like the iPhone has Siri, the BB z10 OS users can dial numbers with voice commands. A lot of apps which are in great demand are already available. There is also the Blackberry Hub that is a unified inbox contains all texts, e-mails, Blackberry Messages (BBMs), notifications from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and reminders. It can be a bit cluttered as once the notifications had been read they do not just go away as they do in Android. So it needs an occasional cleaning up of the inbox and this also has to be done through a combination of swiping gestures. This can sometimes become slightly tedious.
Battery: the battery back of the Blackberry z10 does justice to its smartphone status. It has an 1800 mAh battery and even with continuous web browsing, watching videos, listening to audio etc. the battery can last for about 8 hours, which can be considered one whole working day.
Blackberry z10 has not come to India yet so what it should cost here is not yet known. The price of the phone will ultimately decide whether it is worth buying or not because so far the z10 hardly does anything that other smartphones don’t. In fact, people who are already used to the windows or android phones may find the gesture based user interface of the z10 complicated enough to avoid it. Chances are, one may have to sit through several tutorials before mastering all the gestures. There are good feature as well such as the very useful Hub, the multi-tasking facility, the keyboard that makes one less dependent on the ever malfunctioning auto-correct option, but even all of these put together can’t be enough to pull one out of the familiar environment already created by windows and android.



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