Finally... the Canadians got something right....
Right now I'm doing the impossible. I am writing a blog post... with one thumb. let's see you do that with your iphone.
I have had the blackberry z10 for a week now so I thought it was time to fill y'all in. I think the fact that I am using it to write this when perfectly good laptops are available says plenty. Don't you?
Let me start by saying this... I used to lose my razr maxx at least once a day. I have yet to lose the z10... because I simply can't make myself put it down.
A smartphone is a tool... well several tools actually... so I will break the review down like that. How does it perform in its various roles?
As a communication device:
It is likely the best in the world bar none. The typing experience is amazing. I hate on screen keyboards and yet here I typing up a blog post on one. Everything is fast. A text or call or email comes in and no matter where you are or what you're doing with the phone a single swipe let's you handle it... or you can just give a quick peek and ignore it. Everything flows. I don't mean you exit your app or game or whatever and respond to the text or email. I mean you swipe... reply... and swipe again and you're right back where you were doing what you were doing. You don't exit the browser to respond to an email. You just flow into the email then to the calendar... then to contacts... then to twitter... and eventually flow right back into the browser where you were. No stupid home button crap.
As a browser:
It is crazy good. And crazy fast. I hate browsing on mobile devices... ok well I used to. Now I do it a lot. another cool tidbit... I have multiple wireless networks set up around my house. as I walk around it automatically switches between the networks without even telling me. It just happens. Like it is all one big network. As signal strength weakens on one network and gains on another... it switches. like magic. HTML5 performance is fantastic... and oh look! I can view flash pages. I can actually use youtube.com. So thanks... but I don't need an app for that.
Fantastic. I read my Kindle books.. rock my tunes.. watch my movies... everything. No netflix yet. There is a workaround but its not a big deal to me.
I have never had to top it off. I use it hard all day
I don't know what else to say. Charge it at night. That's all.
I am not a huge app guy. Why do I need apps with a browser this good? Example... there is no Blogger app. android has a Blogger app. Yet here I am blogging. That said there are lots of good apps and good games... but it is a new ecosystem. On the other hand... you can side load android apps and run them just fine. I mentioned that right? It runs android apps.
I am not sure its as good as the one on my old blackberry 9810... but I really like it. The timeshift feature just rocks. The camera has a learning curve and we're still making friends. Sometimes there are low light issues. Haven't quite figured it out yet.
It's what God intended cellphones to be. Seriously. If you're into getting shit done... this is your phone. Whatever it is that I have to get done... gets done faster with the Z10.
Try it. Maybe it isn't for you. Maybe it is.
I've decided to demonstrate with a concrete example what I mean about speeding things up. An iPhone5 is here on my desk next to my Z10. The iPhone5 goes ***DING***. I pick it up... hit the home button like its 1995... and the lock screen comes up. I put in the code... and suddenly I am in the browser. I hit the home button again... because I love me some 1995... now I am at the home screen and I am looking around at a bunch icons to see why it went ding. Then I hit "messages" and only then do I see what is going on.
Constrast this with the Z10. It goes ding. I pick it up and swipe from bottom to top. At the lock screen I'm shown that I have a new text message. one more swipe and I'm in the text message that was just sent to me. So much for 1995.
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