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