By: Anne M. Raso
I recently tested the BlackBerry Z10 with a three-week loaner device, and have to say that at first I was a little nervous about using it. I have always been a BlackBerry loyalist and it is the only brand of hand held I have used for the past eight years. I have had five different devices in those eight years and they all had the Qwerty keypad, which I worship and adore and will not give up even if someone offered me an iPhone for free. When I heard BlackBerry was launching the Z10, their first product with a touch screen, I had the urge to check it out. I wanted to see if the browser was faster than on the other models I have tried and to see if I could handle the virtual keypad in terms of how fast I could shoot out emails. I get more than 700 per day and I answer anything addressed to me by my first name, whether it is in my regular mail or spam folder! I am a journalist, but I am sure corporate clients are looking for an easy to use keypad as well.
The BlackBerry Z10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, making it super fast on the web. I am a YouTube addict and spend almost every night watching videos on there while I am trying to fall asleep. The picture quality is remarkable and even clearer than when I watch them on my desktop (which is an iMac).
After basic email function--and I am thrilled with fast I got use to the virtual keypad on the Z10--I care most about being able to function well on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook photos looked clearer on the Z10 than on my desktop and I could scroll up and down my friends' and my home pages like lightning. With Twitter, I was able to move equally fast and do searches very easily.
I still do have my obsession with Qwerty keypads, and hope to review the BlackBerry Q10--which has both a touch screen and Qwerty keypad--in the near future. But I will tell you that the BlackBerry Z10 is a winner. It's easy to use, feels nice in your hand, does the four or five tasks I need to do very easily (email, FB, Twitter, browse the web and take photos) and I picked up how to use the device for these things in about a half hour or less! So I think it's a great choice even if prior to owning one, you were someone who didn't even carry a Smart Phone and did everything except calls from your desktop. This is a brilliant device: simple, nice to look at and reliable. You can't ask for more!
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