Can the old king claw his way back in the smartphone era?
Price: $629 | Website: au.blackberry.com
The first new BlackBerry in a long time is also the first to be running BlackBerry’s OS 10. It’s an entirely new code base running on a 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768-pixel (356ppi) touchscreen device. The Z10 proves how good OS 10 can be, with a button-free design that keeps a central information hub present at all times, so it’s effortless to keep up to date with your email, SMS and social media networks.
BlackBerry’s famous for its keyboards and the OS 10 keyboard here works beautifully once you get the hang of its flick upwards autocomplete feature. There are downsides, though. App support is still limited at launch, with popular apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp notably absent.
Old school BlackBerry fans may like the Z10’s LTE speed, but the downside is that you no longer buy a BlackBerry service to go with the phone, which means no more unlimited browser internet — every session will count towards your quota. The camera’s overall performance is ordinary compared to the better cameras found on Android or iOS models.
The Z10 is certainly a solid phone. It’s also nice to have another smartphone OS option and those who love having quick direct action to their messaging and social media will love the Hub features. However, up against the heavyweights of the iOS, Windows Phone and Android worlds, it falls short.
Pros : Fast browser, gestures easy to learn, great for info junkies.
Cons : Camera is ordinary, lack of many consumer apps problematic.
Rating : 7 out of 10.