The BlackBerry Z10 was recently released and provided a much-needed update to the BlackBerry line. The Z10 is available on AT&T for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. With changes to the camera and a solid TFT display, the BlackBerry Z10 is a definite upgrade for business users.
The device has a 4.2-inch display with a 1280X768 resolution. At 356 pixels per inch, the BlackBerry Z10 screen provides a very solid user-experience whether you are reading email, browsing the web, or watching a movie. The text and graphics are crisp and easy to read on the touch screen.
Even though the device is mostly plastic, it felt solid and comfortable to hold. Looking at the device from a little further away, it resembled a thicker iPhone. However, the lack of a home button and the addition of a silver speaker grill set it apart. The glass screen was responsive to touches whether from an index finger or thumb.
The camera on the back of the Z10 is 8-megapixels and is capable of capturing videos at 1080p. It is fairly easy to capture pictures through the camera app. Simply tapping on the screen will snap a photo. This was an interesting change from other devices that focus when you tap on the screen and are required to tap a specific portion of the screen. If you are looking for a more tactile approach, you can use the volume buttons to take the picture as well.
The quality of the pictures is OK. The biggest challenge was around consistency. In similar lighting, especially in lower light, pictures would come out good. In others, they would be a little blurry even after focusing and appearing steady on the screen prior to snapping the picture. At times, the length of time to focus was a little slower. However, with some help from the settings such as Time Shift, it became easier just to take many shots at once and choose from the best ones.
The video on the BlackBerry Z10 was crisp and consistent. The interface was very easy to use. With the Story Maker app, editing the higher quality video is easy and comfortable. Adding transitions, titles, and soundtracks was fairly self-explanatory and created a positive user-experience.
Stop by your local AT&T store to check out the new BlackBerry Z10. Further reviews can be read on the interface, keyboard, battery life and apps.
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