Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blackberry Z10

Blackberry Z10 16GB Unlocked GSM Phone with BlackBerry 10 OS, Dual-Core Processor, 4.2" Touchscreen, 8MP Camera + Secondary 2MP Camera, Video, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and microSD
Slot - Black

Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features

  • Cellular Band - Quad-Band 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz
  • Size (LWH): 1 inches, 1 inches, 1 inches
  • Weight: 8 pounds
Product Features
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 10 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 312 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion

First the good – it looks very nice and the metallic feel gives a sense of overall quality.
The camera gives a decent image, and boasts about 1080p HD video recording.
The ability to replace the battery is fairly good, and I found even using it to browse the Internet the battery seems to last fairly well.
It claims to have about 11 hours talk time, and I can believe it. In my normal use I find most smartphones last about two days before needing charging, this one lasted about three to four.
The screen wins points for a nice clean image at 356 PPI on a 1280 by 768 resolution and reacting very quickly to my touch.
In other words it is very impressive – right up until you start making calls.
The first issue I found was with trying to input numbers with the voice command system. I didn’t realise that when I say ‘0, 8’ it sounds like the word ‘okay’.
The second issue I found was text messaging. Texting other people was actually very easy and fluid. I was not entirely clear how to go about retrieving the messages I received though.
That might be me being a dumbass, but idiot-proofing should be in place for this sort of product.
The layout I found reasonably intuitive, but it took me a minute to realise how to minimise and then close windows. This is probably just a matter of getting used to the Blackberry 10 operating system.
If you are a business user, the iPhone acts as a status symbol. Pulling one out of your pocket says you have arrived. If you want to get down to business, the open nature of the Android gives you a lot of options.
RIM’s decision to aim at the ‘business user’ unfortunately means it doesn’t quite scratch either need.
Overall, I wouldn’t call anybody wrong for loving this phone, at R4 000 it is a bit of a bargain, but I don’t see it as heralding Blackberry’s comeback.
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