Unboxing the BlackBerry Z10
It's a new era for BlackBerry. The company has a new name, a new mobile operating system and two new smartphones. The first is the BlackBerry Z10 and we've got our hands on a review unit a little early.
It's a new era for BlackBerry. The company has a new name, a new mobile operating system and two new smartphones. The first is the [[artnid:452545|BlackBerry Z10]] and it hits Australian shelves this month.
We've got our hands on a review unit a little early thanks to the peeps at Australian online store [[xref:http://www.mobicity.com.au/blackberry-z10.html|MobiCity]] so let's go hands-on.
The sales packaging of the BlackBerry Z10. Our review unit is an unbranded UK version, so the Australian packaging may differ.
The [[artnid:452421|BlackBerry Z10]] inside the sales box.
The Z10 packaging is very neat and tidy. Documentation at the top, the AC adapter at the bottom.
Here's what you get in the box. There's an AC adapter, a standard micro-USB to USB cable, a wired headset, the battery and all documentation. As our review unit is a UK model, it includes a UK power adapter.
There's a quick start guide along with some safety and product information included.
The BlackBerry Z10 is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and BlackBerry is keen to make sure everyone knows.
The Z10 out of the box. In our opinion it looks like a cross between the iPhone 5 and the new HTC One, though it's more compact than the latter. It's also thicker, larger and wider than the iPhone 5.
The Z10 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that doubles as a full HD 1080p video recorder.
The rear of the BlackBerry Z10 uses a grippy, non-slip surface that feels like soft rubber. It's comfortable to hold.
On the right side there's a volume rocker with a mute key in between. A long press of this key will activate the voice control feature.
On the top there's a built-in microphone, a power/lock key and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
The BlackBerry Z10 has a removable back cover so the battery is replaceable. The phone uses a micro SIM card.
Powering on the Z10 for the first time.
The Z10 is comfortable to hold and feels light. It's smaller than most flagship Android smartphones, so it will suit users who may find those phones too large.
The BlackBerry Z10 runs through an initial setup process when you turn it on.
Unlike previous BlackBerry smartphones, the Z10 doesn't need a special BlackBerry plan to work. You'll get full access to all features and functions with a standard SIM card.
On the left side there's a micro-HDMI port for connecting the Z10 to a television along with a standard micro-USB port for charging and synchronising.
The lock screen of the BlackBerry Z10. Notifications are displayed on the left side of the screen.
Here's the main screen of the Z10. It's a grid of up to eight currently open applications. Some of these are widgets, while others are static apps. There's minimal control over this list: if you open nine apps, an older app will be removed from the screen. There's also no way to re-order this list as its based on which app you've most recently opened.
Here's the list of apps installed on the Z10, available by swiping along the screen.
We'll publish a full review of the BlackBerry Z10 in the coming week, so keep an eye out!