Research in Motion (RIM), excuse me, I mean Blackberry, previously knows as RIM, has announced its game changer, the Blackberry Z10. After RIM got through its protocol IT company name change from RIM to now just being called Blackberry, it tried to explain why the new Blackberry will be loved by all. Will it be able to compete with the iPhone though?
Visually, the Z10 is actually really appealing as the screen almost goes to the tippy-top corners of the screen. Better yet, the interface is completely different from the traditional, hard-to-find icons from past Blackberries. The Blackberry technician crew was very smart in enhancing its comforting keyboard. But, low and behold, it’s not a regular physical keyboard that Blackberry users are used to. Instead, it’s a virtual one that is on the glass like an iPhone, but the keyboard is the best and fastest one, hands-down. The keyboard has a smart technology created by SwiftKey that learns your typical mistakes, allows you to flick corrected spellings, and learns your abbreviations and proper names.
Sour points: The battery life is just as bad as the iPhone, not even making it through a full workday. The apps, as expected, are nothing close to the Apple store apps. More quantity than quality.
How’s it compare to the iPhone 5?
- Size – The Z10 is in between the sizes of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s 25 grams heavier than the iPhone, but you get a tad more viewing real estate.
- Display – Better at a 1,280 x 768 4-inch display. However, it’s tough to tell from the naked eye.
- Processor – The 1.5GHz dual-core processor is comparable to the Apple A6 chip speed.
- Camera – The 8-Megapixel rear-facing camera matches the iPhone.
- Wireless – LTE is offered which brings it into the conversation with the iPhone 5.
- Battery life – Just as bad (or good) as the Apple supported phone.
- Storage – Lacking at only 16GB, expandable with an additional 64GB microSD card. The iPhone can come out of the box with 64GB.
- Software – Yet to be determined is the Blackberry 10 operating system.
- Price – $150-200 on a 3-year term, but the 64GB is probably a pretty penny to upgrade to.
Should you buy the Blackberry Z10? I’m not sold. As my classic argument goes, the phone will need to ramp up its selection of apps. After all, what else do you do on your phone except play apps, email, and browse the Internet?!