Blackberry Z10 reviewed

RIM's long-awaited Blackberry Z10 was revealed today. Reviews are up, too: "good enough to buy time" seems to be the general consensus.

Joshua Topolsky : "The Z10 is a good smartphone. Frankly, it's a better smartphone than I expected from RIM at this stage in the game. It does everything a modern phone should do, usually without hesitation. It doesn't do everything perfectly, but it does many things — most things — reasonably well."

Tim Stevens : "As a replacement for older versions of BlackBerry OS, BB 10 is a huge step out of the dark ages of mobile OS design. It's something that finally feels intended for a modern, full-touch device, yet still offers the core productivity focus we think BBID-holders will like."

Adrian Covert: " Two things are immediately clear about BB10 and the Z10: They're good enough that BlackBerry shouldn't be embarrassed in any way, but they're only "good enough." Nothing seems drastically more innovative than the existing smartphone status quo."

Walter S. Mossberg : "The Z10 and BB10 represent a radical reinvention of the BlackBerry. The hardware is decent and the user interface is logical and generally easy to use. I believe it has a chance of getting RIM back into the game, if the company can attract a lot more apps."

Joanna Stern: " The Z10 is a fully modern BlackBerry. It's fast, has a mobile browser that beats many of the others and an outstanding software keyboard. No, its battery life and camera are not as strong as the competition, but its bigger issue lies with the fact that it runs a brand new operating system. The new software does offer something different than the others, but overall it (the maps and other features like voice control) and its app store lack the robustness of Apple's, Google's and even Microsoft's offerings."

Edward C. Baig: " RIM has produced an excellent cellphone based on what appears to be a solid foundation. I just don't know if it will be enough to turn things around."

Mark Spoonauer: " The BlackBerry Z10 offers a slick, multitasking-friendly interface, killer keyboard and one-stop shop for messaging and social networking, but BlackBerry needs to work out some kinks."



      1. Beat me to it. I love Swype, especially as I have a small phone and the keyboard on portrait is really small. It’s also easy to work between languages, which is very useful for me. The speech recognition isn’t bad either, and works in more than one language.

    1. In the age of thumb keyboards, onscreen keyboards, and voice recognition, what I really miss is Palm’s Graffiti. Man, could I enter text fast on a Palm. 

      1. I miss my Palm Tungsten T3. It’s a lot easier to work with a PDA separate from the phone, IMO. No matter what I try, I keep settling back into a communication device, an organizer, and an entertainment thing. Once Nokia candy bar, T3, and book. Now Blackberry, Filofax, Nook, and a wireless hotspot for the Nook. (And a sack of chargers. And an extension cord.)

  1. When you’re already on the way out, “good enough” isn’t good enough. You’ve got to give users reason to switch back from the new environments they’ve become accustomed to.

  2. And don’t forget, as CEO Thorsten Heins pronounced it in his announcement, it’s a ZED-10, not a ZEE-10!

  3. Well, looks like monolithic touchscreen and virtual keyboard have taken the contest. 

    You will have better luck with those fake keys if you just go for it. I have noticed that a certain type of person struggles with it, fussy typists. The spelling correction is maddening though.A competition amongst operating systems seems like a healthy thing. We are seeing the period of proliferation that occurs when a new technology pops up. Then comes the weeding out. One generalization you seem to be able to make is that the early bigshot is not the later big shot, so RIM has that going for them. 

    i would have to hold that phone in my hand to be sure, but it doesn’t look like RIM has figured out that the phone has morphed from something like a remote  control to something like a watch. Detailing has changed scale and decoration is left to the consumer ala the strap. You don’t want to be seen at the office holding a remote control to your head, for god’s sake. That is the place for something evocative of fine, but masculine, jewelry. Businesslike means confident and trim like a good suit, not blousey like a weekend in the islands.

    The phone is a very prominent personal detail. It carries a lot of significance. You have to give Apple credit for getting that right. The iPhone5 lives to be held by someone wearing a black pinstripe suit with a red tie, and is suitable for anyone who aspires to that. I thought that was Blackberries market also.

    And I wear black t-shirts all the time and don’t always smell that great so I am not talking about me, just decoding the semiotics.

    1. I think it’s because most people who aren’t technology nerds are constantly conflating company and product names. I’ve heard Apple called “Mac”, I’ve heard Microsoft called “Windows”, and I’ve heard Google called “Android”

        1. I’ve helped enough people to bite my tongue instead of saying well, if you just turned it on/plug it in/have a power cord/etc.
          [edit] Oh yes, and don’t repeat anything more than 3 times. They really aren’t trying to listen to you.

        2. The same people who, no matter how many times you try to explain, still don’t grasp the concept of a filesystem. Folders, files… it’s all so complicated. Or memory management… quit apps you’re not using? It’s just so time consuming.

  4. I miss my 2nd generation Curve. After it finally bit the dust, I went through the gamut of Android phones and then finally ended up with a 4s. I think I missed out on the best Androids, but the Iphone just annoys me. Sure it’s easy, but sometimes it feels like it’s made for morons and keeps you from doing simple things that smart people should be able to do.

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