BlackBerry Z10 Delivers Slick Features That Set It Apart From Rivals

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2013-03-26 Print this article Print
BlackBerry Z10—Another Dark Monolith

BlackBerry Z10—Another Dark Monolith

The BlackBerry is simply a black rectangle when the screen isn't on. There's nothing flashy here. But there is that red LED in the upper right corner. Yes, BlackBerry still includes its famous message LED.


The long-awaited BlackBerry Z10, the first of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line that will eventually include the Q10, is on the shelves at AT&T and T-Mobile stores in the United States. BlackBerry had launched this device pretty much everywhere else in the world already, starting in January. The Z10 is a touch-screen device that fits nicely into the hand. The phone has a 4.2-inch display and is almost exactly the same size as Nokia's Lumia 810 and 900. The back has a rubberized textured coating that makes it easy to hold. When the Q10 comes out, it will have the familiar BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard. The Z10 doesn't have a physical keyboard, but it does have what may be the best on-screen keyboard available on any phone. BlackBerry also designed the device with a removable back and battery. BlackBerry makes a separate charger so that you can keep a fresh battery ready and charge the phone at the same time. However, that's an option. The device ships with the usual USB wall plug and USB cable. There's also a space for an internally mounted microSD card. And yes, when you stand the phone on end, it really does look like the mysterious black monolith from "2001: A Space Odyssey." All photos by Wayne Rash/eWEEK


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