BlackBerry Z10 Reviews Offer Early Hints to Race's Outcome

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-01-31 Print this article Print

The Z10's speak-to-type capability Pogue found to be rather lame—"you won't use it"—calendar views don't rotate when one turns the phone, and in the Mail app, one has to return to the inbox to view each next message, instead of going from message to message. But he found no major missteps, beyond how impossibly late the phone is to the party.

"Is the delightful BlackBerry Z10 enough to save its company?" Pogue asked. It could go either way, he answered, adding that the only thing for certain is that "its doom is no longer assured."

The Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg, always a rather reserved reviewer, noted that the Z10 lacks a cloud storage solution like Google Drive or Apple iCloud (though it can use Dropbox), and called the device itself a "chunky plastic slab" and the OS something that needs getting used to.

He also found it problematic that BlackBerry 10 now has 70,000 apps and will launch in the United States with likely 100,000—as Android exceeds 700,000 and Apple nears 800,000.

But the keyboard, he wrote, "is the best and fastest out-of-the-box virtual keyboard I've used."

If BlackBerry can work on that apps situation, concluded Mossberg, "I believe [the Z10] has a chance of getting RIM back into the game."

For BlackBerry—which with the introduction of the Z10 shed the RIM name—getting back into the game would be winning enough.

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