Enough time has passed for BlackBerry 10 release date hype to die down and for us to get a genuine feel for what the Z10 delivers now the honeymoon period is over. This is therefore where we’d usually start picking it to pieces and finding every last imperfection going, but in a striking rarity, the BlackBerry Z10 is just as exciting a piece of kit now as it was when we thought its release date was never going to happen.
Add together the BlackBerry Z10’s stunning form factor, grunt under the hood and generally top-tier specs and feature and I really defy you not to be blown away…it really is everything we could have realistically hoped for.
Right off the bat, the new Flow system that the BlackBerry 10 OS was built around is an absolute joy to use and makes you wonder why it hadn’t already become standard across the like of Android and iOS. It becomes second-nature almost instantly and is as practical as it both fun and easy.
Next, BlackBerry Hub reminds you that whereas the likes of the iPhone and market-leading Android handsets could be dubbed media consumption devices, the BlackBerry Z10 like its predecessors are more firmly fixed on communication…something phones once specialized in, surprisingly. BB Hub is incredibly absorbing and makes keeping in touch and social interaction easier than you’ve ever know it…period.
Say what you want about the aforementioned market leaders, but when it comes to virtual keyboards that don’t have you tearing your hair out by sentence number three, the BlackBerry 10 takes the cake. And the biscuit. It’s another feature that takes just a few days to get used to but then has you wondering how you ever lived without it…the predictive text feature is in a class of its own.
Next up, switching between apps…BB10 allowing up to 8 to be open at once…is again easier and slicker than on any other Smartphone to date and an absolute Godsend for multitaskers.
And as far as the hardware driving the proceedings goes, what the BlackBerry Z10 lacks in terms of 16-core processors and more RAM than a sheep farm it more than makes up for in genuine performance, brightness and flawless one-hand usability.