From Blackberry to Samsung to Apple devices, the list of mobile devices to choose from stretches as far as the Atlantic Ocean often leaving one with the question- “Which one should I buy?”.
Yes! So the new Blackberry 10 OS is finally out on several devices sold on different online shops in Nigeria and with tags like “saving OS” “best blackberry OS ever” “best OS on earth” “best OS for a smartphone” being given to it, it definitely has a lot to meet up to in terms of hype from tech lovers and the media.
Blackberry recently released that the first set of devices with the OS; Blackberry Z10, Blackberry q10 and Blackberry q5 with each device unique in its own way with a small differentiation being in taste and price of the devices.
In this review we will take a look at the first device released with the Blackberry 10 OS which is the Blackberry Z10.
The blackberry Z10 is a touch-based smartphone developed by Blackberry and released on January 30, 2013.
Let’s take a quick look at the Blackberry Z10 under a few headers;
The Blackberry Z10 is definitely not your typical Blackberry device, with features that differentiate it from any other Blackberry device ever built. It has a tall and narrow look, with straight edges that meet at rounded corners, and a roughly 4-inch screen, first look and you would mistake it for an Apple iPhone 5. The phone stands 5.1 inches tall, 2.6 inches wide, 0.35 inch thick and Its 4.8-ounce weight feels right with the phone’s proportions giving it a very comfortable grip.
It comes with the supercool Blackberry 10 OS which is gesture driven with gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the BB10 operating system and its multi-touch interface.
The Blackberry Z10 is a good device to look at (especially if you are getting the white coloured one)
Display and Processor:
The Z10’s 4.2-inch LCD display has a 1,280×768-pixel WXGA HD resolution giving it fine lettering, crisp edges, and deep colors. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1.5 GHz dual-core (STL100-1 & STL100-2 & STL100-3 & STL100-4) processor.
Memory and Camera Features:
The Z10 is the first BlackBerry with a forward-facing camera, which goes hand-in-hand with the new BBM video chat function. This front facing camera is 2 megapixel which shoots videos at 720p”. While the rear end standard camera is an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash capable of shooting 1080p video, A unique feature in the Z10’s camera app is TimeShift. “BlackBerry has been showing it off for a while, and it lets users dial back the time on certain pictures so that people aren’t making less-than-ideal faces in it (like blinking mid-shot). It comes with a built in memory of 16Gb microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC expandable up to 64 GB. And 2048mb of ram.
Carrier Network and Data:
It is supported on Airtel, Etisalat, Glo Mobile and MTN in Nigeria.
2G:GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G:HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G: LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600
Speed: HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps; LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps While the Data is EGPRS or EDGE EDGE and WiFi of802.11 a/b/g/n.
Battery and other general features
The BlackBerry Z10 has an 1800mAh battery, dubbed the LS1. It also comes with IEEE 802.11n-2009, Bluetooth4.0, NFC, Micro HDMI, Micro-USB connectivity.
The Z10 comes pre-loaded with: BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, BlackBerry Browser (with Flash Player), BlackBerry Calendar, BBM, Text Messages,BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Remember, Docs To Go (for PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Pictures, Music, Videos, Story Maker, Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, Foursquare, BlackBerry Maps, Games, YouTube, Voice Control, Weather, Active Frames, Clock, Calculator, Compass, File Manager,Box, BlackBerry Connect for Dropbox, Print To Go, Smart Tags, Settings, Android Runtime, Adobe Reader, Phone, Camera/Video Camera/Time Shift, Setup, Help, SIM Toolkit, Search
The blackberry Z10 price in Nigeria: As at the time of publishing this post, you can get the blackberry Z10 in Nigeria for N39,000 on Konga.com here and for slightly higher prices on Jumia and other websites.