Disclaimer: As a Verizon Insider Ambassador I receive certain benefits, phone provided for review courtesy of BlackBerry.
As I described in my review a few weeks ago my husband fell in love with the Verizon Blackberry Z10 but I didn’t feel the review would be complete without putting this phone to the test as my primary device. I am admittedly biased in favor of devices with a larger screen and was a bit fearful that I’d have trouble with the Z10′s small screen. Here’s a closer look at the pleasant features and device limitations I discovered during a normal working day.
BlackBerry Hub – With a single swipe I was able to check calls, texts, Gmail, Twitter & Facebook, search, reply,compose, file and even save or share attachments and display calendar events. Setting up accounts and customizing them was incredibly simple.
BlackBerry Email – Set up was a snap, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo mail, LinkedIn, Evernote, Email, Calendar and contacts all quickly configured. I did find the native mail app slow to load so instead relied upon the Hub to check my accounts.
The Keyboard – Typing on the 4.2 inch screen was fairly painless, the predictive text became more intuitive and I quickly mastered the ability to flick the words I wanted up. LOVE that the correct spelling of a word is located on the space bar !
Home Screen – Soft Menu buttons deliver phone, search and the camera, a quick swipe down from the top of the screen grants access to settings, Bluetooth, alarm, WI-Fi, rotation lock and notifications. The search function serves up multiple choices which is rather nice.
Battery Life - Used the device through a normal work day, checking email, twitter, Facebook periodically, WiFi was turned off for much of the day, except during an I hour long video streaming session. Result? Six hours without a charge, which is actually on par with several other flagship phones I’ve used in the past.
BlackBerry Balance – If your employer has BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 you can create separate profiles, keep your work and private life divided and shed the 2nd phone a lot of people need to carry.
4G LTE and WiFi – This phone gets great reception and coupled with the BB browser online tasks and web surfing was a pleasure.
Things That could be Improved
Apps- Basics are there, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Kindle and Dropbox. I also like the default file manager but sadly found myself repeatedly checking BlackBerry World praying that things like NetFlix, Instagram and Candy Crush would appear. I also had a bit of trouble with the YouTube app repeatedly freezing, despite uninstalling/reinstalling.
Screen- I found myself wishing that Blackberry had chosen to extend the screen by placing their logo on the bottom section of the front plastic bezel instead of directly on screen.
The Camera – The Story Maker app had me very excited at the prospect of being able to put together pics and music to create and share video on the go. I found the camera on the Z10 to be merely adequate though, I felt pics were a tad dark and not as clear as I would have liked.
I must be honest, the lack of native apps coupled with the 4.2 inch screen makes it impossible for me to give this phone top billing in my life. However, despite these flaws, I like a lot about the Z10, the phone enjoys strong support and I am confident developers will soon provide us with enough apps to make this a truly flagship device straight out of the box!
The BlackBerry Z10 is available for $199.99 with a 2 year contract over at Verizon Wireless
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