Manufacturer: BlackBerry Part number: Z10
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.97 - $299.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 01/30/2013
- Released on: 03/22/2013
The good: RIM dug deep to give the slick-looking BlackBerry Z10 enough features to satisfy both consumers and professionals -- like a good camera and a sharp user interface.
The bad: The Z10's unintuitive gesture paradigm creates a learning curve, and a long list of OS inefficiencies and omissions sour the experience. The bare-bones maps app and a deficit of camera features are two examples.
The bottom line: Though it's not quite enough to draw committed iPhone or Android owners, the BlackBerry Z10's modern design and features give BlackBerry fans what they've hungered for.
Larger screen; Quick navigation.
by Akaboson on July 19, 2013
Pros: Larger screen than my Storm. Faster navigation between apps. Improved keyboard.
Cons: No auto on/off; Pre-loaded with Bing; Browsing history delete more complicated; Not as many pre-loaded tones; Battery life too short; Needs screen protectors; Bluetooth uncooperative.
Summary: Die hard Blackberry fan,but how much trouble is it to include an automatic on/off feature? This is a battery saving feature in itself, where battery life is already ...
Summary: Die hard Blackberry fan,but how much trouble is it to include an automatic on/off feature? This is a battery saving feature in itself, where battery life is already an issue.
I'm still a fan, but I know Blackberry can do better. If they start charging for all these additional apps, I'm gone.
Much better than expected. Look at it if buying a phone
by MobileBizDude on July 10, 2013
Pros: Amazing keyboard
Amazing auto suggest/correct
Amazing multi-language support
Gesture UI took a couple of days but now I love it
64GB microSD slot
Wifi link to PC with auto backup
HUB centralizing all communication in one place
Cons: Movie selection is poor but getting better (with Crackle)
Apps - Would like MS Lync client, a bit more selection in some areas
HUB only allows one twitter and FB ID (use apps to compensate)
Battery juice (seems about same as wife's iPhone4)
Summary: If you are a moderate or heavy communicator you need to check out this phone. I don't understand how it can learn and predict my typing so well. I ...
Summary: If you are a moderate or heavy communicator you need to check out this phone. I don't understand how it can learn and predict my typing so well. I often find I can complete whole small sentences with one hand (one thumb), such as things like "I'll be home soon" or "I'm running 5mins late but I'm on my way" can be flicked out quickly.A bit more about apps:
Multi-language! I type and work in French and English, but not that strong in French. It auto suggests and corrects in both languages, switching quickly as it figures it out. Further, I find it helps me pick the correct verb spelling in French. I find myself going to my phone to reply to my French emails, because the PC is so slow to pick up the language change, the spelling check is poor, and I have to manually switch back (Windows 7).
HDMI port is great. I have a KiDigi charge base with HDMI sitting next to my TV. I plop the phone it and charge it and can watch movies and TV shows. In the hotel when travelling for work, I connect my phone to the TV for movies and music, but also for work. I have sometimes brought my Bluetooth keyboard, and find I can do emails and other work using the hotel 46" screen. So I have two computing devices (with my notebook).
MicroSD - The phone comes with 16GB, but I bought a 64GB microSDXC card on amazon for $55, so now the phone is 80GB. The phone can currently only use the card in SDHC mode (meaning file size is limited to 4GB)
The gesture interface. This is probably the hardest when just evaluating in the store. I played with it, and this made me unsure. The problem is it takes a day or two to get used to, but once you do, I think you'll love it. I'm finding now that the interface on my Samsung Galaxy Tab is frustratingly inconsistent (sometimes buttons, sometimes gestures). I think that Android will eventually move to support some of the gestures Blackberry now defines (but will keep the buttons too). Even Apple is now considering more gestures.
Apps - Are probably another place where people will hesitate with the Z10. No Skype was an issue, and now it is there enough for me. Crackle was a great addition for more movie selection. Lots like Netflix which has to be loaded outside of the Blackberry store. I don't like Netflix because of their weird expiry of shows that suddenly disappear. The apps are getting better, and some are now native, which means they are smoother. I also wonder what will happen when Android JellyBean is supported in the fall. That should open things up a lot.
Battery life - Battery life is so-so, but I bought a slim battery charger with an extra battery. It is not much bigger than the battery itself and has a microUSB cable built in, so you can charge the phone directly, or replace the battery. So far I have only used it for charging, and I just fold it behind the phone, and it does not interfere with phone use. Its the best charger.
HUB is great - love the centralized place for all communication, and how you can look at it all, or narrow to just one thing (e.g. just look at emails, or just look at tweets or phone calls or texts). Wish it could support more, such as two twitter accounts. I end up having to go to the twitter app or Blaq for my lesser used account. Interestingly, WhatsApp appears in the Hub. Maybe if Blaq did that (since it supports multiple accounts) I would be set?
So, in general, there are great improvements being made to fine tune the experience, and the ability to make it better (e.g. third party apps being able to integrate into the Hub) is there.
If you do much typing at all, then Apple is out (why is their keyboard still so bad with crappy suggestions?), and its probably between Android (with their third party keyboard apps) and Blackberry.
Updated on Jul 11, 2013
Blackberry Travel - Amazing app. Anyone who travels even a couple times a year NEED this app. You download it, login, and it scans your emails (including past emails when it first downloads) and builds your trip itinerary. It has services built in too. I booked a "limo" as I was taxying to the gate.
Maps - Basic but works. BB needs to work on this app. But it's fast and there are a couple of alternative apps available.
Kindle / Kobo - are both there
Native Browser - is fast and I have used it like a PC browser. I have booked Air Canada flights on it, shopped online (e.g. best buy / futureshop, read reviews, look at news, etc).
Best phone I have ever used
by joyce1023-25331680548230946026 on July 7, 2013
Pros: accurate touchscreen keyboard
Cons: lacking apps
Summary: I am a faithful bb user and have been using bb for the past 4 years. I was using the bold 9700, 9780 and then the 9900 before for 1 ...
Summary: I am a faithful bb user and have been using bb for the past 4 years. I was using the bold 9700, 9780 and then the 9900 before for 1 year and 8 months and I loved the keyboard on that, as I commute a lot by public transit, I actually used it to type up a lot of papers for school on it so I was quite worried about switching over to a touchscreen phone but have found the z10 keyboard to be AMAZING: it gives completely plausible and logical suggestions and the flicking feature is just so useful. It allows me to type so much faster as I am still getting used to typing on a touchscreen keyboard. The spacing on the keyboard is done extremely well. The first time I started typing on it I was amazed with how accurately I could type. I've played around with my friends' sg3s, sg4s, iphones and galaxy nexuses and I have always hated their keyboards. I made mistakes with typing merely a few words on those phones. But keep in mind that it is still a touchscreen, so it does not type as quickly as a physical keyboard in the end
The hub feature was something that I did not find attracted me in their advertising as it just seemed like their "messages" folder that they had previously in which all messages were grouped. But after using it for a few days I found that it was actually very useful because I would not have to leave an app or whatever else I was doing on my phone to enter into another feature to view the message. All I have to do is swipe up and to the left and I can see it right there. It saves me so much time.
I let my boyfriend play with my phone for a day (a big android fan), even he agrees it is a good phone but the only thing is it is lacking in apps such as google maps and google chrome.
But there are websites out there that have converted android apps to be able to run on the bb10 so google maps CAN be run on the z10 and it WORKS.
overall, i'm extremely satisfied and do not regret getting this phone AT ALL.
by skinose on July 4, 2013
Pros: Great phone, love the hub, everything in one place, browser is excellent, the whole package is excellent, feels, excellent in your hands, Well done Blackberry!!
Cons: Need to improve apps, Facebook.
Surprisingly, surpassed my already high expectations.
by scrannel on June 30, 2013
Pros: Unique, intuitive OS that redesigns the usual, touch-screen experience.
Cons: I guess it needs more apps. Though not for me.
Summary: It's really a beautiful device that looks sort of Android, sort of iOS. It's very intuitive. It does NOT have the very annoying "app tray" of Android phones, ...
Summary: It's really a beautiful device that looks sort of Android, sort of iOS. It's very intuitive. It does NOT have the very annoying "app tray" of Android phones, which I hate, as the "tray" is kind of like your bottom drawer where all your forgotten-about, lint covered toys get lost... using up space. The Z10 has, basically, a limitless number of screens w/o a home screen. At the bottom are a series of tiny numbers you touch to take you directly to the screen of your choice. So, you're not filling an app tray with crap, then replicating them with short cuts. Apps are all right there.
Then there's the Hub, where everything you want is all in one place -- I have two email accounts (Gmail & POP3); phone calls; voice mail; BBM; WhatsApp; text messages; general notifications for other apps in general. You can set the Hub to show them all or any one. (Apple is working over time to copy this, of course). It has a lightning fast browser; excellent maps; BBerry link that allows you to remotely connect to your home computer; some very novel photo stuff like "burst"; story maker and "time shift"... cool stuff.
Size... well, it's a big enough to be very useful, almost tablet-like. Though it's smaller, I think, than a Samsung G4.
Moreover, as I'm with T-Mo we will be getting an OTA wifi-calling update. Apps? I have what I need, I know the toy hungry set will want more. But you can "side-load" a bunch of Android apps if you want them.
Wow. Fast, intuitive, productive, secure
by whirty on June 28, 2013
Pros: Apps - you can revoke permissions at a granular level (e.g., to revoke access to contacts) and still install!
Docs to Go - fully functional and ready to go
BB10 gesture navigation is fast and efficient
Blackberry hub - everything in one place
Cons: Missing a few apps I'd like to see, such as Concur (expenses) and Flipboard, and some banking apps.
Does not have widgets on home screens, which I find useful on Android GS3
Summary: The combination of BB10 features like hub and the gesture-based navigation make this an incredibly fast and efficient experience. I have a Galaxy S3 for personal use, and the Z10 ...
Summary: The combination of BB10 features like hub and the gesture-based navigation make this an incredibly fast and efficient experience. I have a Galaxy S3 for personal use, and the Z10 makes the Android interface look a little dated and clunky. (I was using the GS3 this morning briefly and was mildly annoyed to have to press a BUTTON to get to a home screen.)10.2 update on T-Mobile is finally here. Blackberry hub, notifications, quick settings, and other refinements make the z10 an even greater pleasure to use.
Installing apps on the device highlighted the difference between Blackberry and Google. On Android, if you want to install an app, you have to accept it's permissions - if it wants to access your contacts, your GPS, your this and your that, you have to accept this to install. With Blackberry, you are given the choice to accept or deny any of these requests, and the app installs. I can see this being especially attractive for business (who in their right mind provides access to one's contacts for business?). This would be enough justification to mandate use in business settings.
I have not had a chance to evaluate Blackberry balance (not set up on phone by IT), but it seems like a good idea.
The gesture-based navigation is a breeze to learn. The virtual keyboard is excellent - nearly on par with Samsung's excellent swipe keyboard. If considering this versus the Q10, note that the lack of the physical keyboard in the Z10 is more than made up for by the virtual keyboard and the additional screen real estate.
Blackberry World (their version of Play) has a surprising amount of apps, magazines, and movies. While not as many apps as Play, there are many of the usual suspects you would look for, and I assume this will build over time (BB10 is a few months old at writing).
Overall, this is a fast, intuitive, and secure phone. A pleasure to use.
Updated on Mar 18, 2014
A nifty O S that let's you move about with ease!
by 4rjk on June 26, 2013
Pros: The "flick" feature on the keyboard is an amazing time saver. Incredible response and outright fun! The browser is top notch.
Cons: I am not a big app user - maybe 10 in all. Granted some key ones are still missing. However this phone is about communications at it's best.
Summary: BlackBerry is back in a sure handed way. Their advertising needs to say so!
Summary: BlackBerry is back in a sure handed way. Their advertising needs to say so!
Excellent Smartphone for work & play.
by Gugui1969 on June 25, 2013
CPU / GPU
Screen / Resolution
Cons: Company should be more fast with upgrades / more apps
Summary: Super happy with OS 10 and the direction BB is heading. I give the Z10 a 10 out of 10 points, for ME it's a the perfect smartphone. Secure, ...
Summary: Super happy with OS 10 and the direction BB is heading. I give the Z10 a 10 out of 10 points, for ME it's a the perfect smartphone. Secure, robust, powerful and 100% ready for prime time and ready to be accompanied by the Q10 / Q5 BlackBerry fights on... THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
BlackBerry z10...awesome phone
by jmw888 on April 26, 2013
Pros: ease of use and set-up. syncing emails, contacts and calendar from different domains
Cons: battery life ok
Summary: In a nutshell.....its a bb, it just works. Seamless set up and syncing with my outlook and Google email, contacts and calendar. The hub is very simple & efficient......
Summary: In a nutshell.....its a bb, it just works. Seamless set up and syncing with my outlook and Google email, contacts and calendar. The hub is very simple & efficient...you can view all messages or just individual accounts. One very cool feature is the visual voice mail in the hub. You see your vm's just like a play list and can listen to them without calling and signing in to your vm.
I was going to wait for the q10 but after hearing about the great keyboard I opted for the bigger screen..was a good choice. Perfect size and weight for me as well.
Browser is fast and apps are adequate with more coming. Swiping becomes intuitive very quickly.
Most user reviews have been spot on.
Java^3>Bada>Android>iPhone^2>Blackberry Z 10 Worth it !
by jee2R on April 23, 2013
Pros: Once you get used to Gestures , its really Next Gen SuperPhone.
Blackberry Hub, flow , peak.
Battery is lot better when compared to other BB.
Dont compare with Android and iPhone >> BB Stands tall.
Cons: Lack of Apps in Blackberry world for sure.
Even the Apps in the Blackberry world should be updated.
- Manufacturer: BlackBerry
- Part number: Z10
- Bottom Line: Though it's not quite enough to draw committed iPhone or Android owners, the BlackBerry Z10's modern design and features give BlackBerry fans what they've hungered for.
- Height 5.11 in
- Service Provider AT&T
- Diagonal Size 4.2 in