Review: BlackBerry Z10 (Globe LTE) — 6 Months Later
Before starting, I want to lay down all the necessary “techy” information.
Chipset = Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU = Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU = Adreno 225
Dimensions = 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm (5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 in)
Weight = 137.5 g (4.83 oz)
Display Type = Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size = 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.2 inches (~355 ppi pixel density
Bluetooth = v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC = Yes
USB = Yes, microUSB v2.0
Primary Camera = 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
OS = BlackBerry 10 OS, upgradable to v10.1
BATTERY Li-Ion = 1800 mAh battery
One thing that you’ll definitely notice when you’re holding the Z10 is that it feels light. Unlike other premium phones, the Z10 feels a little “plasticky” but it’s not a cheap feeling. It feels plastic and yet it feels durable as well. The mesh at the back of the plastic cover will contribute to the grip of the phone. I have been using this phone for quite some time now and never did it slip out of my hand. My Z10 is not armed with any protection at the moment. There has been some accidental drop tests done to the thing and I cringe every time. However, it’s still in tip top shape. No micro scratches or whatever on the screen. Within the 4 months of use, I have protected it with a screen protector for first 4 months and with an original case. After that, I took it out from it’s protective shell and discarded the screen protector. I never used any protection on the device ever since and it’s still in pristine condition for the first few months without the screen protector except for mini-dents on the side due to the accidental drop tests. However, as I am nearing the 6th month, I noticed micro scratches on it and honestly I was disappointed. If you’re a little bit obsessive compulsive, a screen protector can cover that up easily. There were many suggestions that I use a BANANA on the screen but that just sounds absurd.
What I still don’t understand is the BlackBerry way of putting in charging ports. It’s quite annoying that the charging port of the device is on the side. I would really prefer it to be on the bottom.
With a pixel density of 355, everything on it looks amazing. Nothing more to add to that.
Having a 4G device is such a treat. But the battery does not agree. Honestly, I am quite disappointed about the 1800 mAh battery. If you’re connected to 4G, you’ll definitely lose way more battery over time. Upon testing the device, when you’re on moderate to heavy usage on 4G, you won’t last 1 day. In fact, you’ll only last for around 6-8 hours. If you’re a heavy internet user, remember to ready your external charger or always bring a charger for emergency.
As a blogger, it is pretty important that I have a camera with me at all times. However, despite the high megapixel count of the camera, it still doesn’t perform well in most circumstances. The pictures appear to be dark and it is a chore to use on low light conditions. The camera software is not helping as well. Because as far as mobile phone camera goes, BB cameras are not exactly an amazing performer. Still, it’s not the most horrible camera phone in the world. But hey, if you enjoy the built-in features, be my guest. But I did use it on some of my blogging events of which I will provide samples below. Click for a larger image.
One think that I have noticed is that the Blackberry 10 operating system is really smooth. As in buttery smooth. Most people might not appreciate this but I am very particular with the operation of the device. That’s the only gripe I have with most Android phones. Apple seems to have this buttery smoothness on their devices before (because iOS 7 is now frame skippy and annoying). Unfortunately, even though this might be the greatest OS released by BlackBerry, it has a steeper learning curve than the other mobile OS’s. But honestly, if you’ll take time to learn the gestures, it will help you a lot and moving from app to app is seamless and easy. I love everything about it. Unfortunately, if you’re running the 10.1 version, it might have some hiccups now but that is remedied with the 10.2 update. I currently have the 10.2 beta on my Z10 right now and it’s faster and smoother. And yes, you can install Android applications on your BB Z10 by side loading.
Over the course of 6 months, I learned to love my BlackBerry Z10 and because it is sporting a LTE radio (GLOBE Exclusive) the internet connection was really up to my standard. And if you are thinking that why don’t I try to use SMART’s LTE on this device, because I can’t. The BB Z10 does not support Smart’s 2100Mhz LTE band. As for Globe, I was reaching up to 20mbpsthrough HSPA+ connection and around 25mbps for 4G. On other areas here in Davao City, I was averaging from 6mbps to 10 mbps which is not bad. As for the experience on my device, I loved it. The operating system made me a little bit productive because of the gestures. But I do not think that other people will appreciate this as much as I do.
As for the price range, it has come to my attention that BlackBerry Z10 prices are severely crashing down. As a result, I can see mall prices as low as 12 thousand pesos. It’s original price was around 30 thousand pesos during it’s launch.