THE VERGE: Buying The New BlackBerry 'Wouldn't Be A Mistake'

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Joshua Topolsky’s review of the new BlackBerry Z10 has landed.He scores the phone a 7 out of 10, which suggests it to be a perfectly usable phone with a strong OS. But it’s still not all peaches and cream for the new device.

Here’s how Topolsky drilled down on some of the details:

  • The physical appearance: “The Z10 will not look radical to any consumer, and I get the feeling BlackBerry wants it that way…This is a safe, refined look; classy but understated, not unlike BlackBerry’s previous efforts in smartphone design. If anything, the Z10 looks like a beefier, wider version of the iPhone 5.”
  • The screen is beautiful: “The display on the Z10 is a handsome 1280 x 768, 356 PPI LCD screen, and I found its colour reproduction, clarity, and touch response to be among the best I’ve used. That said, the screen’s backlight seemed noticeably darker than many devices I compared it to (particularly the iPhone) even at full brightness, and colour tone and saturation seemed to lean towards a yellowish / greenish hue.”
  • Battery life leaves something to be desired: “I regret to report that I’ve been deeply disappointed by the battery in the Z10.”
  • In summary: “The Z10 is a fine device, well made, reasonably priced, backed by a company with a long track record…buying a Z10 wouldn’t be a mistake. But I think there are better phones on the market, and I don’t yet see a compelling reason for most customers to choose this phone over those better ones.

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