The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are the Canadian manufacturer’s last stand. Should this launch prove to be anything less than a hit, we will be very likely to see BlackBerry devices restricted to museums in the near future. Can the new phone hold its own against Android’s top devices? We have compared the Z10 to Nexus 4, Galaxy S3 and Sony’s brand new Xperia Z.
Everything is “touch” tailoredThe first immense difference is in the operating system. The upgrade from the black and white BlackBerry 7 to the new BlackBerry 10 is as dramatically significant as Nokia’s abandonment of Symbian in favor of the Windows phone. This is a wholly new operating system that has nothing in common with it’s predecessors. The system is good at multi-tasking, perfect for the touch experience and has an innovative touch-keyboard.
However, it doesn’t outperform any others, should it be Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows phone. One new feature that the Z10 has and the others don’t is the all new BlackBerry balance, a function that splits the operating system. One can have two separated user interfaces with different apps, widgets and settings. In theory a user could have a personal and a business UI which would be completely separated and would probably serve employers who could have their employees using their own devices without security risks.
So that’s a point in favor of BlackBerry but is it really enough? How many of us actually work in an atomic power plant, Langley or any other place that would make use of this option? Other factors are no less important than the OS, e.g. apps and hardware. Certainly “software rules” but what use is a great system when the phone can’t execute certain tasks or when the browser stutters? Again, we let the new BlackBerry flagship Z10 challenge the top Android phones and checked what else it can do better than the Nexus 4, Galaxy S3 and Xperia Z.
Better than the Nexus 4, Glaxy S3, Xperia Z?Well, not much really. Notable are only Z10’s HDMI port and exchangeable battery. But does an extra battery makes sense if it quickly runs out of juice? Concerning display and processor, neither earns a spot among the top of the top. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to slam the device’s functionality, but considering the extremely competitive world of smartphones and the projected price, one would expect something more unprecedented. At 600 USD the Z10 is in range with the very top-tier devices.
Meanwhile, more than 150 carriers have already signaled that they will host the new BlackBerrys in their catalog.