BlackBerry Z10: Size and buildHold it in your hand and you’ll be forgiven for being less than overwhelmed with BlackBerry’s new smartphone. The understated design is available in either all-black or a slightly more eye-catching white on black.
A large glass front is then sandwiched by two plastic ends with a slightly rubberised back covering the rear. With the functional 'substance over style. stealth-like aesthetics, the Z10 is something that we would imagine to be as comfortable in the hand of a bat-obsessed crusader as a businessman.
Measuring in at 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm it might be considered ‘chunky’, however thanks to the build quality it instantly moves into the realms of ‘durable’ rather than ‘heavyweight’. It feels like a phone that was made for a marathon of suit trousers, coffee spills and desk-level drops.
BlackBerry Z10: ScreenWith a 4.2-inch 1280x768 display, the Z10 boasts a pixel density that exceeds the iPhone 5. While it may not be able to combat the sun as well as Apple’s handset, it makes up for it in sharpness.
BlackBerry Z10: BlackBerry 10The Z10 boasts a fairly sizable bezel, something other smartphone makers are hastily trying to remove. The reasoning for this is actually the software itself - BlackBerry 10. Many of the main gestures in BlackBerry’s new OS are done by swiping from off the screen onto the display. with a swipe up from the bottom acting as both the ‘Home’ action and also as a way to unlock the phone.
A swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen acts as both the ‘Home’ action and also as a way to unlock the phone.
Once unlocked you’re greeted with what looks to be BlackBerry business as usual - a series of app icons split up over windows with an unlimited number allowed.
BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5 video:
Apps can be minimised by swiping up, turning each one into an ‘Active Frame’ which then remains in a window next to the apps. Essentially minimised apps, the Active Frames can also function as live widgets showing realtime updates on news stories, giving you essential calendar information or even showing you the weather at your location. You can have up to 8 running at any one time.
You can see that BlackBerry has created these as an alternative to Android’s widgets however it’s more a halfway house at the moment with some apps like the Guardian showing a brilliant slideshow of news images while some others show an infuriatingly tiny version of the app screen.