BlackBerry Z10 Review Roundup

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While the BlackBerry Q10 will certainly cater well to legacy BlackBerry users, the device that everyone should truly care about today is the all-new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. The flagship BlackBerry packs a 4.2-inch screen at 356 PPI, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, MicroSD, NFC and more.

Now that the BlackBerry 10 Experience event has passed, the embargo has officially been lifted on BlackBerry Z10 reviews — and there are plenty. Don’t worry, though, as we’ve skimmed through all of the reviews and pulled out some of the best opinions that you should know. Is the BlackBerry Z10 worth looking into? How does it stack up next to the iPhone and Android? 

Joshua Topolsky, The Verge:

The Z10 is a good smartphone. Frankly, it’s a better smartphone than I expected from RIM at this stage in the game. It does everything a modern phone should do, usually without hesitation. [...] The problem with the Z10 is that it doesn’t necessarily do anything better than any of its competition.

Jonathan Geller, BGR:

As the software capabilities grow with a much better browser, all-touch keyboard and other features, it feels like RIM loses it’s [sic] core. The company is forced to try to reinvent the smartphone and in the process just seems to end up making an iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone competitor that isn’t as good as any of them. And in several ways, it isn’t even as good as the BlackBerry before it.

Tim Stevens, Engadget:

BlackBerry’s BlackBerry Z10 is genuinely a pretty nice phone. Performance, helped by the lightweight QNX-based OS, is more than acceptable. [...] But, tragically, there’s really nothing to love. Nothing in the Z10 stands out as class-leading and, while the BB10 OS does have a lot of charm and brings all the best productivity-focused attributes of BlackBerry to bear in a much more modern package, the app selection is poor and the gestures here aren’t so good that they make up for that major shortcoming.

Jessica Dolcourt, CNET:

Members of the BlackBerry Faithful, meet your new phone. The BlackBerry Z10 has everything you’ve been waiting for: a sleek, modern, and professional touchscreen body with an up-to-date OS to match and 4G LTE support. [...] Slip off the RIM-colored glasses, though, and you won’t be able to ignore the minor hardware and OS irritations that nevertheless pile up as you use the Z10 over time — like having to use an antiquated and unintuitive file system to create a new photo album, and a basic mapping app that can’t possibly stand up to Google’s best-in-show.

Kevin Michaluk, CrackBerry:

With the BlackBerry Z10, I can finally start walking around with just one device in my pocket without feeling like I’m missing out. BlackBerry 10 retains the best features of the BlackBerry of old, plays catch up in the OS and apps department to the competition, and with features like Hub and Flow actually push the smartphone experience further. It’s a BlackBerry that is equally good at getting work done and having fun too.

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