Key features: 4.2in, 1,280 x 720 screen; dual-core 1.5GHz processor; 8megapixel camera; BB10 OS
Even though the BlackBerry Z10 is only a few weeks old the company is already pushing out a firmware update, which has been promised to improve battery life along with a number of minor bug fixes as well as improving the camera on the smartphone. Shortly after becoming available many users were given feedback to the company, and based on this BlackBerry has come up with the first update for the Z10, and brings the device to BlackBerry 10 10.0.10.85.
Although Blackberry Z10 design is not going to win any design awards but its staid, utilitarian styling feels smart, functional and business like – just as you’d want from Blackberry. Perhaps more important than style is the feel of the phone. It isn’t the most efficient phone when it comes to space around the screen. With large top and bottom bezels the whole phone’s dimensions are 130 x 65.6 x 9mm, which puts it at the same height as the 4.5in screen touting Nokia Lumia 920. However, 9mm is reasonably impressive as slenderness goes and, at 137.5g.
Other improvements to the OS include some fixes for the Gmail calendars, and the company has said that the way users import contacts from online sources has been improved. There has also been an improvement in the performance of third party applications, and stated that during this month a number of big app releases will be available including the likes of WhatsApp. The camera has been improved for low light conditions along with improvements to the browser and video playback, but it’s the improvement to the handsets battery life that will be most welcomed by users with the company stating there has been over sixty battery saving enhancements.