The return of RIM (BlackBerry renamed) on the smartphone market has generated so much enthusiasm that skepticism. Featuring a brand new operating system, BlackBerry smartphone Z10 is a high-end is not entitled to make mistakes. We tested the device for several days, and our verdict is very positive. reality
Yes, the BlackBerry Z10 resembles the Apple iPhone 5! However, it is a little heavier, a touch thicker, but especially larger. With a finish worthy of a high-end device, it displays a sober design, faithful to the traditions of its manufacturer. And from the outset, it differs from its main competitor to Apple on several significant points: it incorporates a memory card reader, a removable battery, better screen resolution (1280 x 768 pixels) ... all for a more reasonable price! BlackBerry 10: an innovative and effective
The visual interface of the smartphone is very responsive. The fluidity of entertainment generally did nothing to envy the competition. As a bonus, the system is stable, we have not encountered any crash during our tests. BlackBerry Z10 boasts a generous amount of RAM, and can run easily up to eight multi-tasking applications. The ergonomics of the system - very original - based on some gestures natural and easy to learn. In short, the system BlackBerry 10 is a great first version that will not "teething" users. That's a lot! Messaging keyboard and magic
The Z10 takes full advantage of new BlackBerry 10, starting with the Hub. This universal messaging includes all messages that the user can receive. Its organization is flawless and very practical use. In addition, the virtual keyboard system also touches perfection. It offers an excellent typing accuracy, and automatic correction predictions very relevant, provided him time to adapt to your way of writing. The words are displayed in prediction, however, very small and difficult to read. Some imperfections due to first-gen
All is not perfect yet, but BlackBerry has managed to limit the damage: the imperfections of the system are minor, and should be quick to fix. The interface requires some small optimizations fluidity in some menus (eg the configuration). Another detail is that when you disable the "push" of an Outlook account, the emails manual refresh is not working consistently.
But the biggest handicap BlackBerry 10 is its navitageur Web. Rapid and relatively smooth (except when some Flash modules are enabled), it displays characters too small web pages. The BlackBerry Browser also lacks features compared to the competition, it will quickly improve the well ... Or hope that Google, Opera, or Mozilla arrive in the gallery BlackBerry World. Applications to improve
BlackBerry World still lacks content. A few weeks after the official launch of Z10, some applications still lack announced the call (Skype, Kindle, etc.). Many other conversions are fast coming to Android running on the BlackBerry with a Z10 emulation system. These programs (Team Liberation, ParisGo, etc.) are working properly, but are less fluid than Android are cut and features related to Google services, such as geolocation. It does the editors to program applications for BlackBerry 10 as Allocin very comprehensive and enjoyable to use. Finally, note that the integrated geolocation BlackBerry 10 also lacks features compared to Google Maps (no public transport for example). His cards (supplied by TomTom), however accurate, and voice guidance (hesitating) remains functional. An even brighter screen than the iPhone
The screen of the BlackBerry Z10 impressed first by his powerful brightness: up to 680 cd / m! Automatic adjustment of its back-lightning is impossible to disable, but you can adjust its behavior. Despite this, blacks are very deep, providing excellent contrast ratio of 1737:1, according to our measurements.
Regarding photos and videos, the sensor 8 megapixel Z10 reproduces the colors and details when the ambient light is correct. But in low light shots are noisier. On the other hand, the software also lacks settings compared to the competition. Autonomy: no better than high-end Android smartphone
Compared to older BlackBerry smartphones, considered as very durable, the Z10 will inevitably disappoint the aficionados of the Canadian brand. Yet it rises in the average of high-end smartphones today: 10 hours talk time, 6 hours of web browsing and 8 hours video, according to our tests. In practice, the camera can not hold a long day with an Outlook account set to receive emails in real time ("push"). By disabling the push mode, it can, like other good smartphones, late into the night after a day's work, even with Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and LinkedIn activated. the verdict
In short, the Z10 is an excellent BlackBerry smartphone, which comes - at the outset - to climb to second place in our comparison of high-end smartphones, just before the Samsung Galaxy SIII. A performance that is hard to ignore!