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BlackBerry Z10 smartphone: Bloggers, tech sites praise hardware, mixed on software

John Cox | Feb. 4, 2013
Early testers don't see Android, iPhone users making leap to BlackBerry 10 in big numbers.

A comparison of pictures snapped with the Z10 and four other popular phones revealed the BlackBerry's camera at best matching and more often lagging the others. But, Michaluk concludes, "the BlackBerry Z10 will do a decent job meeting the photographic needs of most everyday users."

On battery life: "under normal use it looks like it should *hopefully* / maybe be able to get through the day, especially if you're around WiFi or in areas with strong coverage." Of course, "power CrackBerry users will always keep a spare [Z10] battery handy," he writes. The spare battery is $33 and the battery charger, which can charge the phone and the spare battery at the same time), is another $48.

There's an extensive treatment of BlackBerry Hub. "It's much more than a unified inbox," Michaluk writes. "If you're a heavy communicator, you're going to find yourself living in the Hub. It can bring in all your emails and notifications to one spot where you can interact with them."

The level of detail here lets Michaluk explore some of the "odd" behaviors that other reviewers found confusing or irritating and that he himself is "still getting used to." One example: "When you leave the Hub, it stays where you left it," he writes. "Sometimes this is great. Sometimes it's really annoying, as when you come back to the Hub you have to backtrack." Another example: "When you leave the Hub, you default back to Active Frames. When you're in an app and gesture into the Hub, then leave the Hub, you go back to the Active Frames view rather than the app you were in."

"With the BlackBerry Z10, I can finally start walking around with just one device in my pocket without feeling like I'm missing out," he concludes. "BlackBerry 10 retains the best features of the BlackBerry of old, plays catch up in the OS and apps department to the competition, and with features like Hub and Flow actually push the smartphone experience further."

BGR's Jonathan Geller is much less enthusiastic, concluding that the phone's drawbacks show a fundamental strategic mistake by RIM to pin its comeback hopes to a high-end smartphone rather than a low- or mid-range handset targeted to overseas markets.

"BlackBerry 10 is a great upgrade for BlackBerry users, but it's not unique or polished enough at this point to grab existing high-end smartphone users," Geller declares. "Not in the U.S. or in several other top-tier markets."

The new UI "experience feels messy at times and it seems like some things are different for the sake of being different," Geller writes. "RIM's gesture-based interface can be confusing and even maddening at times. While the home screen is dressed up just as any other smartphone platform at this point, with app icons and pages, the way you interact with the phone is just ... unconventional."


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