Blackberry, world’s known “business phone”, takes it to a whole new level with their newly launched smart phone, the Blackberry Z10. Honestly, I had very little experience using Blackberry phones but this one wowed me at least ten times during its official presscon last Friday. Know why? Here’s the shizz:
*The BBZ10 is super responsive and dynamic. It has a “gesture based interface that is highly discoverable”. It’s designed, really, to adapt the the way we text, call and use our cell phones nowadays. Jumping out of their press release page, they claimed to have the best QWERTY interface around and boy, when I used it, it was true. Typing was so much faster and easier. Although I did not understand the nitty-gritties of this, the experience was different. I’m a staunch user of the Samsung S3 (and don’t get me wrong, I still love it to bits) and I have also used Iphones but the typing experience with Z10 was different. In a good way, of course.
*They put more muscle to Blackberry Hub, which is a single place to manage all your conversations, whether personal or work email, BBM Messages, social media updates or notifications. With this, you only have to swipe to the right so you can take a look at it and it summarizes all your updates and incoming media into one place.
*I’m sure the multi-tasker in you would love this next one. Blackberry Remember is the man-made personal assistant you wish you got from Santa last Christmas. It combines memos and tasks into one huge organizational board of website content, photos, documents and lets you make your own to-do list, create tasks, assign due dates and track your progress. Now you don’t have to listen to a nagging voice in your head everytime you find yourself procrastinating on something.
*Blackberry Balance lets you “own two phones”, that separates everything personal to everything work related. (Even headings are named “personal” and “work”. You can also program your “work phone” to switch off every weekend if you want to make quality personal time more enriching. Of course your business updates can keep coming. But they won’t bother you that much.
*This one’s another winner: Time Shift. It is BB’s camera features that lets you capture a group shot where everyone looks at their best. The camera records the image from the time it does autofocus, to the time you actually press the button. You can adjust every face to look at a certain time (for example, if they were blinking the whole time you can use their face from when the time their eyes were open).
*Built -in support for Microsoft Exchange Activesync also comes with the new Z10, so you can connect and manage your smartphone as other ActiveSync devices in a company, and, at the same time, enable Blackberry Enterprise Service 10, which lets you gain secure access to work email, “behind the firewall”applications and data, and other similar enterprise mobility and security management features.
*Lastly, the Blackberry Z10 operates with a brand new OS, the BB10, which makes its browser more powerful. We’re not just talking about speed here. We’re talking about HTML5 support, multiple tabs, private site browsing, easier content sharing and lightning fast zooming and scrolling. With this, you might just love your Blackberry too much you’d forget you had a laptop or a tablet.
Those are the features that really mattered. Hah! Kidding. Here are the other more mainstream specs:
– supports 2G, 3G and 4G
– dimensions: 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm (5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 in) [HAH, let me just say it’s like a square S3, about the same weight too)
– screen size at 4.2 inches, capacitive touch technology
– 16BG internal storage, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB expandable memory thru micro sd
– 8MP HD back camera, 2MP front cam
– dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
– 1800 mah battery
– Video at 1080p, 30fps
One downside of the BBZ10 though, is the battery life. The specs that I found online told me it can only withstand up to 46 hours of standby time but that’s understandable since this one’s doing a lot. I like the fact though, that you can change batteries anytime because the battery can be taken out of the unit, unlike Iphones, where your option is so close to the suggestion of suicide everytime you run out of battery.
Another downside, at least for me, is still not having Instagram. *sobs a little*
The price? It’s good too. Better than the prices of its other same-tier smartphones when they came out. Blackberry is letting this handsome one go at P29,990 as an introductory price. Also, the units are available in black and white. When these units start hitting the stores come 19th of March, Blackberry also promised a full range of accessories, so better clear your credit card balance if you’re gunning for this one.
If I didn’t have an S3, I might have considered buying this one. I really wanted to get a Blackberry because all my business friends rave about it. But I’m a huge multi-media and Android app user, so I kinda needed to see more of that in my phone. Now seeing BBZ10’s newest features, I’m sure it would trump its other smartphone contemporaries easily. It’s just that, preferences vary. You understand how a smartphone can be a heavily personal thing, don’t you? 🙂
So anyway, for those who already love the Blackberry platform, this one’s the upgrade you deserve.
Here are other pics from their launch last Friday (March 8, 2013) at Marco Polo Hotel Davao:
To check out the Blackberry Z10’s full phone specifications, you may CLICK THIS LINK.