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BlackBerry Z10 review: Swipe clean

15 February 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
BlackBerry Z10 review: Swipe clean - read the full textThe BlackBerry Z10 heralds the rebirth of a fallen leader in the smartphone market. Its a clean break from the past with a big touchscreen and novel OS, but the same business mentality that made it the favorite of office dwellers around the world...


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The Z10 battery life is excellent.

To get it to last long, please do the following:

Make sure you have the latest BlackBerry World update;

Disable music updates in BBM (because it is constantly connecting to the internet to receive them);

Use ONLY the 750 ma charger that came with the phone, as opposed to older BB chargers;

Turn off NFC and;

Turn off WiFi if not in use or if not needed.

Trust me folks, you will notice a huge difference.

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  • 2013-02-23 14:03
  • Mqfx

I have been waiting anxiously for Z10 because my 4 years old Storm(which I steel love)really needed to be put in rest. As a loyal BB user finally I have got my Z10 two days ago and I'm bit disappointed. All the joy of getting new toy is gone.
1.I have spent 2 days trying to transfer my contacts - no problem with email accounts, but phone book - good luck. Somehow the new desktop software doesn't support my Storm. Anyway I have managed to transfer contacts to Outlook 2007 and what? OS10 doesn't support it. I had to use tricky method do work it around - import contacts from Outlook to one of the email account and sync it with Z10. Really pain in the neck.
2.There is no auto on/off option which was a great battery saver feature.
3.Amount of preloaded ringtones and notification tunes is a joke compare to the old Storm
4.Let's hope I would be able to customize the screen (move icons around or get rid of not needed ones). I liked very much the ability of making the BlackBerry phones really "mine phones".
I think BB still has a long way to catch up with the competitors.

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  • 2013-02-22 09:14
  • 866D

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-21 19:58 from Hkqq - click to readNope it's a blackberry with latest bb OS 10.

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  • 2013-02-22 00:53
  • J7U7

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-21 11:46 from J7U7 - click to readIs z10 is android phone

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  • 2013-02-21 19:58
  • Hkqq

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-21 08:37 from Kinb - click to readWatch it on your PC or your Mac in 1080p don't watch it on your phone you'll understand what I meant it's better than S3 and xperia z in colors and details.

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  • 2013-02-21 11:46
  • J7U7

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-21 01:36 from 3Y2c - click to readNo it doesn't. Detail is pretty sharp, but color accuracy, NO! Almost as bad as my old 9650. Hopefully an OS update can fix it.

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  • 2013-02-21 08:37
  • Kinb

How come bb z10 has better camera than xperia z and s3!

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  • 2013-02-21 01:36
  • 3Y2c

> In reply to abay @ 2013-02-20 01:39 from nC7a - click to readSkype is coming. :)

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  • 2013-02-20 20:34
  • JJj$

thanks for the review, but where is the battery life test? just waiting for this before heading to the next gsm shop!!

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  • 2013-02-20 19:46
  • x1$@

No mention about skype? So the video call only for bbm i assumed..

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  • 2013-02-20 01:39
  • nC7a

To see how a Blackberry 10 flow looks like on your Android and iPhone.

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  • 2013-02-19 19:33
  • Qxpm

User interface looks a lot like Meego :)

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  • 2013-02-19 15:03
  • X}sc

The z10 battery is poor and apps are rubbish what's the point having 70,000 rubbish apps!! Where is whatsapp, Skype, a proper Facebook that works! Very disappointed so far with my z10. blackberry let down.

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  • 2013-02-19 01:43
  • myUD

I'm Canadian so I hope this device does well. I think it might be the answer for alot of people who would never ever ever find a site like gsmarena, but who want to upgrade their old (old) phones to something more contemporary and so far have been afraid of the whole touch-screen thing. Blackberry screams realiability and buisness like level headedness, and that might comfort many. Really adventureous people who love technology and the challenge it presents, have androids, those slightly less adventurous but who still care about their technology have iPhones. That really doesn't cover everyone at all. Hopefully this finds solid reception in the market of all those people who happen to be neither young, nor geeky, (nor trendy), nor living under a rock, and are looking for what to do next about their cell phone situation.

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  • 2013-02-19 00:44
  • 4xYm

> In reply to CharlesR @ 2013-02-18 09:33 from Hxc0 - click to readU obviously know nothing Charles. All apps u mention are here on us release. Battery is good, mine lasts a good 17 hours but charge it nightly. It's a 1.0 o's give it a chance and the updates are gonna pump out.

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  • 2013-02-18 10:02
  • 9F}0

No SKYPE, No WHATSAPP. No SOUNDHOUND, Not compatible with older Blackberry apps from OS7. Battery drains quickly with wifi bluetooth off, brightness is 50%, and only using EDGE. There is no option in gallery to hide folders so all ur pictures show up from all the files in your Phone and SD card. Video player needs more options like being able to rotate videos if the orientation is wrong. Facebook needs more polishing and more options like the one for iphone or android, FOURSQUARE app never worked, MUSIC PLAYER has no equalizer. BBM messenger doesnt show all profile pictures of BBM contacts. Overall the whole OS needs more apps and polishing. No instagram for those people who needs it. Inspite all of this the phone is lightweight and beautiful. But it just cant deliver. My Note 2 beats it in all aspects and for the same price it can do more, aside from BBM. I am optimistic RIM will polish the OS and add more apps. It was quite a disappointment as I came from NOTE 2. Again I want to mention that the battery drains quickly even after you tweaked everything already. For the premium price I paid, we deserve something good. RIM do something.

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  • 2013-02-18 09:33
  • Hxc0

You can visited any **** you'd like without WORRY about. To not leave any history of web browsing, tap the overflow menu button in the bottom right, tap Settings, then Privacy and Security and toggle Private Browsing. Just simple as that. Your MIND like full glass of water. You must CLEARED your mind from what any other phone used to be .. Until then, you can't go any further with Blackberry 10.

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  • 2013-02-18 08:30
  • Qxpm

I have to be honest about the race for the latest and the greatest. I still use the iPhone 4 and have tried the SGS3, Note 2, iPhone 5 and the Z10 and don't see how I will ever need this much power. I would enjoy a little bit bigger screen but to me it's not a game breaker. I wonder how much of these features truly benefit us as the every day smart phone user. Sometimes I wish the industry would tote and invest in more efficiency based features then power and size features - I would like a smartphone that does what my iphone does but can go without charging for much longer periods of times.

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  • 2013-02-17 17:18
  • ThhN

No more BIS & "Free" EMail & On Device Browsing.
It was what enabled Blackberry to establish a hold in the past with their below par handsets. Perhaps the Z10 may change this, but data costs will now be in effect, & here in South Africa we get ripped off for data costs!

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  • 2013-02-17 13:30
  • fjxU

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