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This review is from: Blackberry Z10 Sim Free Smartphone (Unlocked Phone)
I am in a lucky position to have three phones at the moment 1) Blackberry Z10 2) HTC 8X (Windows) 3) HTC One (Android). Why 3? I'm a gadget geek and love to test out the new mobile phone technology and operating systems, hence having 3 totally different phones.
So, back to the review - I am finding that I use the Blackberry more than the other two phones, which surprises me as I'm not a dedicated fan of Blackberry.
Everything feels nice about the Z10, the grip (rubberised back), the length, width and depth - it sits very comfortably in my hand. It is very light to hold and feels 'sturdy'. Its minimal design is classy and eloquent.
At the heart of the Z10 is its operating system 10.1 and it's star feature 'the hub' - all your notifications (Facebook, texts, calls, emails. BBM, whatsapp etc) in one viewing panel. the user experience is very clean and simple - swipe from one screen to another or while in a task (i.e. text), swipe from the bottom and minimise that function. You can keep the task open in the background and chose between them or simply press X to stop them. It takes a short while to get used to the swiping, but once you have it mastered, it becomes very fluent and natural, so much so that when i've switched to the my HTC One, I start swiping only to realise that it simply doesn't have this function (most things are controlled by the home or back keys - the Z10 doesn't have these and relies on swipes).
It has a decent dual core processor and 2mb of ram, tasks run smoothly and there is no lag in opening and closing apps or scrolling.
The screen has excellent outdoor visibility (unlike Samsung and HTC android screens) - walking around you notice people trying to cover their screens in order to read texts etc, they are always samsung users! The Z10 is perfectly clear, even in direct sunlight. It's colours are punchy and the contrast is great, it's resolution of 350PPI matches that of an iPhone 5, but not in the same league as the HTC One or Samsung S4 - then again, these are classed as HD screens. But don't be fooled by numbers, the human eye cant see any clearer detail beyond 350PPI.
Its camera is adequate it's 8mp with a powerful flash but the lack of settings and adjustments fall short. The photos are clear but it's auto focus is hit and miss at times and video recording suffers because of it.
It's external speaker for calls etc is very good - a full and rich sound which is also very good for playing music - something I never expected from a blackberry.
Another let down is the app market - compared to google and apple, it seriously lacks content! The popular apps simply aren't there (ie instagram, dropbox, Amazon MP3, Skydrive etc) but I recently discovered that blackberry now use a similar file format as Android, so popular apps can actually be 'side loaded' onto it - it requires a PC program to do it, but it's a very simple process, download the BAR file onto your PC, connect the blackberry via USB, open the program and upload the BAR file - it's done! The majority of android apps are compatible