BlackBerry Z10 Review: Hands On with the First BlackBerry 10 Smartphone

The first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, packs some unique features and functionality, including an industry-best virtual keyboard. But while the Z10 is a huge step in the right direction for BlackBerry, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco, it alone won't save the struggling company. This BlackBerry Z10 review explains why.

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Wed, January 30, 2013

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Today BlackBerry officially announced its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the Z10 and Q10, at a series of elaborate press events across the globe. Like many BlackBerry users and smartphone enthusiasts, I have been waiting for BlackBerry 10 for a long time. The fate of BlackBerry depends on the success, or lack thereof, of the BlackBerry 10 platform. If both BlackBerry 10 and the two new handsets fail to wow potential users, it could be the final nail in the coffin for the company.
BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone
BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

I was fortunate enough to get a BlackBerry Z10 last week, and the device barely left my hands since I got it - except, of course, when I was sleeping, and even then it was only a foot or two away. I put the BlackBerry Z10 through all the paces and I found a lot to like, even love. But BlackBerry's new smartphone is not perfect, and one area in particular has me disappointed.

The question everyone wants answered: Can BlackBerry 10 save BlackBerry and get these new devices into the hands of the iOS-or-Android-toting masses? The following review breaks down everything you need to know about the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Z10, and answers that question.

The all-touch BlackBerry Z10 will be available first in the United Kingdom starting January 31 on a number of carriers. And the Z10 will be released in Canada on February 5. Unfortunately, the device will not be available in the United States until March, though BlackBerry did say all four major U.S. carriers will carry the Z10. Pricing information will vary based on carrier and country. (BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins also said the Q10, which has a physical QWERTY keyboard, is expected in April.)

First up, the good stuff about the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry 10 software.

(Note: This is an in-depth review that goes into great detail. If you don't care so much about the specifics, use the navigation bar at the top of each page to jump to the information you're most interested in or to jump right to the review's conclusion.)

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