BLACK­BERRY Z10

The Z10 is the only smart­phone that runs on the all new BB 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem, on which the Cana­dian com­pany has a lot hang­ing.

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De­sign & Built

In a clean break from the past, the Z10 doesn’t re­sem­ble any ex­ist­ing Black­Berry de­vice. It has a sleek look and a straight line de­sign with curves at the top. Hide the brand­ing at the bot­tom and it looks like a wider iPhone 5. The front is dom­i­nated by a sharp 4.2-inch ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play

sans keys. The power/sleep key goes to the top, vol­ume con­trols and charg­ing port re­mains on the side pan­els, bid­ding bye to the ded­i­cated cam­era key in ear­lier de­vices. The com­pany has, how­ever, re­tained a tex­tured back with its logo in the mid­dle and the cam­era and flash on the top. At 9mm the de­vice is really thick, but still quite light at 137.5 grams.

Work

All the hard work that has gone into re­design­ing Black­Berry 10 has some­how paid off. The com­pletely re­vamped user in­ter­face is built around some in­tu­itive ges­tures that make the Z10 easy to use. No­ti­fi­ca­tions can be ac­cessed with a sin­gle swipe to­wards the left or by draw­ing a curve from the bot­tom to­wards the right. The on­screen key­pad is among the best with word pre­dic­tion that saves time while typ­ing. It is still the best with emails, and now the Hub is as good with so­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tions. The browser with built-in flash opened heavy web pages quickly. Doc­u­ments To Go comes pre­loaded. But what im­pressed us most was the flaw­less mul­ti­task­ing where up to eight apps could run in the back­ground with­out any lag.

Apps

Black­Berry World al­ready of­fers over 70,000 ap­pli­ca­tions, but with the catch that some of the pop­u­lar apps found on the Ap­ple App Store and Google Play Store are miss­ing from this one. For in­stance, when we searched for An­gry Birds, we could only lo­cate one ver­sion of the game. Sim­i­larly, Ever­Note is pre

em­bed­ded in the Z10, but there is no Ever­note app on the store.

Bat­tery

The Z10 only has an 1800 mAh on­board. With two email ac­counts, Face­book, Twit­ter and BBM con­fig­ured the phone used to die on us be­fore the end of the day. How­ever, we solved this by dim­ming the bright­ness and reg­u­larly clos­ing all run­ning apps.

Fun

The Black­Berry Z10 packs in an 8 MP cam­era that does a de­cently good job in day­light or brightly-lit in­doors. How­ever, it is not so great at night and in some low-light con­di­tions. Some­times, the cam­era’s flash is good, but a bit too bright at times. The 4.2-inch dis­play was crisp and bright and we en­joyed watch­ing videos on it. The gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was fur­ther en­hanced by the su­perb sound out­put.

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