All Hands on Tech: BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry 10 is finally here. The new operating system from the company that introduced us to smartphones. And we have the first hardware release for the BlackBerry revamp – the BlackBerry Z10.

The Z10 might has been in development for a long time. But its specs are up to par with the current generation of smartphones. 

Take the screen for example. Its got a high resolution of 1280 by 768. The pixel density is 356 pixels per inch. Not only is that better than the iPhone 5, it is just as good as your laptop’s resolution.  

Hands on with the BlackBerry Z10.

The Z10 is tuned for speed. The processor is a speedy dual core 1.5 gigahertz. That’s as fast as any other smartphone on the market. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory. 

The rear camera has auto-focus and renders 8 megapixel images or 1080p video recording. The front camera for videoconferencing supports 720p video. Again, that’s up to spec with the iPhone 5.

This BlackBerry feels good in the hand. Its textured back panel has a rubber-like feel and provides good grip. At 137 grams, it feels light to hold. Its also very thin and has curved edges to fit nicely into your palm. 

There’s no buttons on the front of the phone. Just a volume rocker on the side and a power button on the top. There’s a micro USB port to connect with your computer or charge the device, and a micro HDMI port to connect to a monitor.

Under the hood, you’ll see a long batter that is advertised as lasting up to 10 hours of talk time. There’s also your SIM card and a micro SD card slot for expanding your storage.

We saw most of the BlackBerry 10 features in our review of the alpha software. But there’s a couple of new tricks to know about. Evernote users will appreciate the service is integrated into BlackBerry 10. Just add your Evernote account in the phone’s settings menu. Then you’ll find your notes in the BlackBerry Remember app. 

There’s also Story Maker. This app allows you to combine movies, photos, and music for a multimedia presentation. 

Brian JacksonBrian Jackson is the Editor at ITBusiness.ca. E-mail him at bjackson@itbusiness.ca, follow him on Twitter, connect on , read his blog, and check out the IT Business Facebook Page.
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