BlackBerry Z10 review

Tasked with saving BlackBerry, can the first BB 10 handset deliver?

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BlackBerry Z10 review

You can add contacts from a variety of sources on the BlackBerry Z10 including Google, Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and of course BBM.

During initial set up, the Z10 encourages you to sign in to all your accounts and then provides you with toggles for each so you can set which information it pulls through.

We were easily able to pull through our Google and Twitter contacts without issue, which meant we could get straight to calling and texting our nearest and dearest straight out the box.

Our Z10 seemed to struggle a little more with the Facebook integration, taking a day or so before it properly synced out Facebook buddies with our contact list.

It managed to match up people who had exactly the same name on their social network as we had them listed in our address book, but any variations in name meant a manual link was required.

We didn't have any trouble linking a person's various accounts together, but it's a time consuming practice and certainly no where near as clever as HTC's system.

It wasn't a huge issue as we don't rely on the details from Facebook, it just made our contact list a little bit drab with all the missing images.

BlackBerry Z10 review

Click through onto a contact and you'll be able to view all their details, including various links to their social media accounts – tap on one of these and the Z10 will launch the native app to display their profile.

The Z10 can also help you when it comes to making new friends on your social media accounts, as it will notify you if you're both on the same network but are currently not connected, with a button to send them a friend request from within the contacts app.

There are two further tabs within a contact's profile after Details, labelled Updates and Activity, the former of which pulls through that person's latest status updates from their various connected networks.

Activity, on the other hand, shows your communication with that person, giving you the most recent calls, texts, emails, tweets, Facebook events or other messages you may have shared with them.

Adding a contact is simple, with an Add key along the bottom menu bar in the contacts app that takes you to a form where you can fill out a whole myriad of information on your new chum.


BlackBerry Z10 review

The Phone app is a little bit special in BlackBerry 10, as it's one of the few that gets a space in the toolbar displayed on the bottom of the homescreen and app list pages.

It lines up alongside the search and camera launchers, but there's also an app icon in the application list if you fancy prodding that instead.

Fire up the Phone app and you're taken to a screen displaying your call history and quick links to your favourite contacts and voicemail at the top of the screen.

There's no visual voicemail available on the Z10, so you'll need to make do with listening to that robotic mistress.

If the number you require isn't in your favourites or call history then you can hit the contacts tab, which will display all your chums stored on the BlackBerry Z10.

BlackBerry Z10 review

And instead of launching you into their contact cards when you tap, it simply just slides down with the numbers attached to that person.

It's a nice little effect and we found it pleasing to use, as well as being a nice time saver.

Of course you won't have every number stored on your phone, so the final tab is the faithful Dial Pad.

It's a pretty basic offering and doesn't feature anything fancy such as smart dialling, but it's functional and serves the purpose.

Call quality on the BlackBerry Z10 was acceptable as we could hear our mates on the other end pretty clearly and vice versa, but it wasn't crystal clear audio.

The Z10 found and held signal well, managing to pick up decent 3G (we didn't have a 4G SIM to hand) reception in most areas, and we didn't experience any issues with dropped calls.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA+, UMTS
SAR Value0.87 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedLTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2600, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourCharcoal Black
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelZ10
Screen Size10.7 cm (4.2")
Screen Resolution1280 x 768
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)137.5 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 10
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density355 ppi
Height130 mm
Width65.6 mm
Depth9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time312 Hour
Product NameZ10 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-49737-018
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationMeet the BlackBerry Z10

Experience BlackBerry Flow
Introducing a completely new way to use your smartphone. A new experience where features and apps work together seamlessly and share your train of thought to help you complete tasks faster and with ease. Discover BlackBerry® 10, designed to keep you moving.

Create. Organize. Act.
Managing a busy project? Planning this weekend's party? The BlackBerry Z10 has the tools you need to get things done on the move. Group relevant photos, lists, messages and web links into one place with BlackBerry® Remember - then sync tasks with your Microsoft® Outlook® calendar. Plus, with Documents To Go™ and Adobe® Reader® built in, you can update spreadsheets, documents and presentations on the move.

Powerful, responsive, fast
Discover a BlackBerry® Browser with speed, simplicity, powerful page rendering and built-in sharing to your favorite social networks. Found something you want to show your friends? Send a link through email or post it to the social app of your choice - all it takes is a couple of gestures.

Over time, your BlackBerry smartphone remembers how you like to share - just another example of how BlackBerry® 10 adapts to you and fits your life.

Turn words into action
Send a BBM™ message, schedule a meeting, update your social networks, or open an app when your hands are full - just by using your voice.

Voice Control recognizes natural speech patterns, so you can talk naturally and always be understood. You can use Voice Control anywhere you can type, so it's easy to dictate a document, compose an email or search your smartphone.

One device for work and play
Use your BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone for work, and access email, apps and documents without compromising your personal content.

BlackBerry® Balance™ keeps your personal information separate and private from your work data. Switch between your profiles with one simple gesture.

Stay secure
You don't want to worry about whether your stuff is safe. BlackBerry is famous for ensuring your messages, photos, apps and content stay private.

Plus, with built-in features like BlackBerry® Protect™, a lost or stolen smartphone doesn't have to be the end of the world. You can simply lock or wipe your smartphone remotely so your data can't be accessed.

Capture every moment
Take great shots with the super-sharp 8MP camera, or switch to the front facing camera and be part of the scene. Crop, enhance and apply artistic filters, then use the Story Maker app to weave those moments together and create the perfect movie.

Display your masterpiece on the big screen for all to see. Simply connect to your TV via HDMI or tap 'Play on' to link wirelessly through DLNA. You can share with your social networks too just by using a few simple gestures.

Do more. Manage less.
Spend less time managing schedules and tasks - BlackBerry® Calendar makes managing your busy schedule simple.

When you create a new appointment, BlackBerry Calendar suggests who to invite based on your existing events and who you invited last time. It will even show you friends' recent messages and social updates - so instead of 'How are you?' you'll know to say 'How was your holiday?'
Limited Warranty1 Year