The long awaiting BlackBerry Z10 is finally here! After applying for the device last week, it did not take long for SingTel to revert back and confirm the availability of the product. Finally, I received the “state-of-the-art” fully-revamped BlackBerry device on Thursday (earlier this week). I understand from various past research that Lithium ion batteries do not require first-time charge to hold a longer and better battery life. There were also conflicting reports that users should still charge them for 12-14 hours for the first time. I am not going to take the chance to compromise my battery lifespan, so I chose to do the latter. In the midst of the process, I continued to explore my new “toy”.
I used to own a BlackBerry Bold device; so with Z10, the feeling of non-physical keyboard typing is really new for a BlackBerry owner. However, it did not take long for me to get adapted to typing on the new device. Because of this reason, the benefit is that I get to see more information on the screen, whereas the physical keyboard literally took up almost half the device, limiting the amount of content to be displayed. So, that is clearly a win over its predecessor. Unfortunately, as much as I applauded BlackBerry for creating a virtual keyboard that is so comfortable to the end user; in comparison to iPhone’s keyboard, iPhone still wins. Psychologically, typing on an iPhone feels much at ease than on BlackBerry Z10.
On battery life, I have not played long enough to really get the feel of battery life. As BlackBerry Z10 supports 4G LTE network, this undoubtedly drained more battery life than 3G or EDGE. A full charge, so far, has allowed me to run for a day. My advise is to turn off Wifi when not using (such as when you are on the move). Alternatively, use of Wifi is advised when data plan is going to cost you a bomb. Right now, I have 12GB monthly data plan – I have yet to analysed how much more I will be using, especially OS 10 is completely new redesign over its previous BlackBerry OSes.
My peers commented that it looks very similar to iPhone 5! I could not disagree more – it does have that look, from a distance, except it weighs lighter than iPhone 5 (unconfirmed). In the box, the phone comes with a USB cable, a earpiece and a 3-pin adaptor (which requires the USB cable) for charging. On the device, there is a microSD expandable slot, but it does not come with the box.
Right now, there is limited range of applications that I can download from BlackBerry World (similar to App Store for iPhone). In terms of numbers, it only has 10% of what App Store currently offers. This could be an issue for BlackBerry, as a company, because as users move towards mobility, apps will be what users are looking for. All I can say right now is, OS 10 is new and there are rooms to grow, but time is short. People are going to realised that elsewhere (Android and iOS) are going to offer more options for users.
Worldwide, BlackBerry Z10 is sold one million pieces (supposedly I got the facts right), I actually saw the company share rise over the last few days – this is good news for BlackBerry (previously known as Research in Motion (RIM)), where uncertainties were out there a year ago – with the possibility of buyout by another company.
Anyway, I am happy with the device – and I think this is the right choice for business users – the ability to split between work and personal space on the device is truly a plus point!