Ever since the various international BlackBerry Z10 release dates rolled around, feedback from all over the world has been pretty excellent to say the least. Even discounting to bizarre farce in the UK which saw the BlackBerry Z10 being apparently sold out and yet still in bountiful supply on the same day…foot in mouth for Mr. Heins…there has been little to say about the first BB10 handset in a negative context.
Sure, we’ve heard a few whispers of mediocre battery life and random reboots, but chances are we’re only looking at teething problems with the OS and software, rather than glaring errors with the handsets themselves.
Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic we’re still being forced to wait with bated collective breath for any official mention of the eventual US BlackBerry 10 release date – largely expected this March. And while it’s very much possible that the touchscreen Z10 could ultimately launch on the very same day as the QWERTY keyboard Q10, we still have to ask whether it’s realistic to expect the same success story as that ongoing in Europe and beyond.
We are, after all, a nation of Apple and Android-addicts, or so statistics would suggest.
In some of the regions where the BlackBerry Z10 has already been released, there is a much greater tendency toward unlocked Smartphones than here in the US. And what’s more, some of the developing markets the BB10 has launched in are well-known for their ongoing obsession with the BlackBerry brand, which in turn made the success of the Z10 a pretty sure-fire bet.
As far as specs and features go there are few in the US that would doubt the appeal of the Z10 and the upcoming Q10, but not only does BlackBerry face the unenviable task of once again winning over the most skeptical crowd on Earth, it also has the stiffest competition in history to go up against.
With the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and eventually the iPhone 5S / iPhone 6 to contend with, chances are the BlackBerry Z10 will not be in for quite as smooth a ride in the US as it’s enjoyed over on foreign shores.