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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good phone, nice break from Android unresponsiveness, 17 Jan 2014
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I've been using smartphones for more than 10 years now (starting with the Sony Ericsson P800, way back). In the mean time I've had many different smartphones and the last few I had were Android ones. While Android is a nice platform, my Android phones started to annoy me more and more recently. Specifically, the fact that my phone wasn't necessarily slow, the speed was generally fine, but it was unresponsive at times when you really needed it. For example, my Android phone often wouldn't respond when I was trying to pick up when someone called. Or it wouldn't respond when I clicked the camera button when taking a picture... Some of the real core features that I wanted from my Android phone simply didn't deliver - and that with a quad-core device!

So I decided to try the Z10. In the past I was always a BB-sceptic, didn't really like their old phones and I certainly don't like push email ;)
However I heard good stories about the Z10, especially since it was based on BB's recently acquired QNX real-time operating system.

Well I can say that I'm really pleased with my Z10. The experience is *very* smooth. When you click the camera button, there is hardly any lag for making a photo. Especially, when you select 'action' as the mode photos are instant. Also like the fact that the camera has built-in burst most and 'best pic' selection... So the camera is great, and I fine 8MP enough...

There aren't really that many BB apps that I use on the Blackberry Appmarket, which is certainly a bit limited. However the good news is that you can run most Android apps on this device too! Currently you have to convert them using a tool (either use a conversion site, or download the toolkit and DIY), but I have heard that in the very near future the Z10 will get an updated OS where you can install Android apps without even converting them yourself. I've had a lot of success with converting Android apps, e.g. Google Maps works, my VOIP client works, and even ScummVM works!

On the other hand, stock apps are really good! I like the music player, browser is excellent, calendar integration with google calendar works great too.
And of course the basic functionality: the phone works fine. Call quality is great. Additionally, if you're texting a lot, the BB comes with a good keyboard that autocorrects typos for you, kind of similar to the android swiftkey keyboard...

All in all - a breath of fresh air, would recommend to everyone!
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