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I am hoping that by now, you have read our first impressions of the BlackBerry Z10 and all of the other reviews on this device. The device has officially been on the market in the U.S. for a couple weeks and adoption has been slow. That doesn’t tell the entire tale, but the U.S. usually leads the way with mobile adoption and is an indicator for the rest of the market. Now that I have spent about a month with the Z10, I have some more thoughts on the hardware and the future of BlackBerry.
BlackBerry (formerly known as “Research in Motion” or “RIM”) is trying to make a comeback with BlackBerry 10 and its first two flagship devices: The Z10 and Q10. The hardware keyboard-packing Q10 is expected to be released in the U.S. in the couple months, but the all-touch Z10 will be released on all major carriers (except for Sprint) later this week.
AT&T was kind enough to send us a retail version of the BlackBerry Z10 a week ahead of its launch and so far, we are pretty impressed with the work BlackBerry has put in to refine the operating system and bring the BlackBerry brand back into the foreground of consumers’ minds.
We will have a more in-depth review in the next week or so, but in the meantime, here are some of our findings after spending a weekend with the BlackBerry Z10:
The New BlackBerry 10 OS is about to grace the world, and it could very will be the final sink for RIMM, if not simply its greatest mark ever. There’s much speculation on what to expect, but all we can do is update as they tell us. Stay tuned for time-stamped updates and keep watching that stock ticker…
Update: The BlackBerry launch has come and gone with lots of news for folks who have been tracking the “Crackberry” comeback over the past year or so. All of the major blogs have weighed in on the new name, OS and devices and the reviews are mostly positive. While, Wall Street did not react the same way, many early reviews highlight competitive specs and a completely revamped OS. While we all need to wait to get a good hands-on with the device, let’s take a look at the devices and the OS that powers them.
The BlackBerry Z10, built on the same chassis as the BlackBerry Dev Alphas that developers have been testing their apps with, is an all-touch device with a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. The screen is said to be fair; not as good compared to the iPhone 5 or high end Android devices, but worthy of your average smartphone user. The phone is powered by the ever-popular, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and 2GB of RAM. In addition to 16GB of internal storage, the BlackBerry Z10 features removable memory (up to 32GB) and battery which will be appreciated by power users near and far. Battery life, however, is still yet to be determined. This will be an important factor when business users decide whether or not to switch (back) to BlackBerry. There is an 8mp rear shooter with a 2mp front camera capable of capturing 720p video. Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and WiFi radios are present, as is an LTE radio capable of connecting to AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint service. However, a favorite hardware feature is the all-to-familiar LED notification light. That infamous red light has ruined lives a many.
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