RIM (Research In Motion), the BlackBerry maker has killed itself to live. Confused? Well in simple language RIM has now rebranded itself as whole BlackBerry saying "One Brand, One Promise". It is done to simplify the BlackBerry experience since a lot of people who own a BlackBerry device don't even know about RIM. This announcement was made during the press release of their 2 new BlackBerry 10 Devices, Z10 and Q10 which feature the all new BB OS10 which is said to have a fully re-invented UI and performance.
DesignThe Blackberry Z10 is a completely new device from BlackBerry. Its just totally different from it's previous full touch and touch-and-type phones since it has a no navigation buttons at all. The device has a gesture based navigation but everything has a positive and a negative aspect and this too has that. First of all the bad thing about the new full gesture based navigation is that WE ARE NOT USED TO IT. Learning a whole new way of navigating through a vast OS can be a pain and Smartphones are designed to lessen the pain of using a phone (I guess this is one of the reasons why they are called smartphones). The good thing about this is that after getting a hang of the gesture based navigation it can actually come out to be more efficient and easy-to-use than the touch navigation buttons on Android or Home Button in the iDevices. It also simplifies the design of the device and makes it much smoother and appealing.
HardwareZ10 has nothing much special in its hardware, just a basic device made to match the present day smartphones. It has a nice 1,280x768-pixel WXGA HD resolution display which is 350 pixels per inch (The iPhone has 326 ppi). Though the text and webpages are crisp enough but the iPhone still outshines the Z10 in terms of details and brightness. The board has a 2GB RAM and a 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor whose type is not yet known. It maybe probably a snapdragon but since there is no official notice we cannot say anything in this. The Dual Core processor seems to be a non-shiny thing when compared to the powerful quad core phones such as Google Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA but its actually just enough for the phone is optimized very well and runs smoothly. Z10 comes with only 16GB of storage and can be upgraded upto 32GB via MicroSD card.
SoftwareThe Z10 comes with the whole new BB OS10 which BlackBerry claims to be a totally new experience and it seems to be true when looking at the new things. There is nothing special in the OS but actually its just the gestures which make it an interesting OS. Some basic gestures of swiping can allow you to peek through apps at any point of time even when you are playing a game or watching a movie. I will be writing a separate article on this OS so for now we can conclude that this software is good but the absence of a nice Map App and lesser Application support is a let-down.
CameraAn 8MP HD camera capable of shooting above the average pictures and Full HD (1080p) videos is what the Z10 has. A 2MP front camera is just more than enough for video calls. It also has an LED Flash for shooting in places with lesser light but the new add-on here is the TimeShift Application which is similar to the Burst Shot features which has gained a hype in these years. What this basically does is that it shoots a many images at one instance and then let's you choose the best among the bunch.
Money.So this is what matters actually when a consumer buys a phone. A sensible smartphone is the one which actually shows the things for which the consumer should pay the price. Well, BlackBerry Z10 is a nice phone but at a price of $199 (on a two-year contract) is nothing special because at this price the Google Nexus 4/iPhone/Samsung Galaxy S3 would be a better option having a better brand value and mature OS. The release date is not specific in all countries such as it will be available in UK on 31st January which just one day after the release of the phone but other countries still have to wait......
This is a normal touch and type QWERTY phone almost the same hardware specs but a smaller screen. I will write about that later because I AM TIRED. So did you like the BlackBerry Z10? Just comment below to tell us what you think of it.