/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

BlackBerry Z10: A new hope (pictures)

We take a look at RIM's BlackBerry Z10, its inaugural handset strutting the revamped OS.

Lynn_La2.jpg
Lynn La
35583323-8760.jpg
1 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

BlackBerry Z10 finally arrives

RIM's anticipated BlackBerry Z10 is the first device to run the new BlackBerry 10 OS. It may look like the iPhone 5, but don't be alarmed. With an emphasis on navigational gestures, an HD screen, and high-end specs, the handset is ordained to breathe new life into the struggling company. But can it rise to the challenge?
35583323-8764.jpg
2 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

A vibrant LCD display

The Z10 is equipped with a 4.2-inch LCD display. Get used to it, because you'll be running all over it to navigate the phone and close apps (pictured). Its 355ppi touch screen has a 1,280x768-pixel WXGA HD resolution. Above it, you'll find the notification LED light and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
35583323-8812.jpg
3 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Looking at the new OS

The BlackBerry 10 OS is heavily based on gestures and apps. Though it takes some getting used to, it is easy to get the hang of things. Here, you can bring up the dialer, search tool, and camera from every screen.
35583323-8793.jpg
4 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Powering under the hood

The Z10 has a soft-touch finish on its back cover that makes it comfortable to hold. The tall, thin body shape makes it easy to carry in your pocket and use with just one hand.
35583323-8798.jpg
5 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

An 8-megapixel cam for shutterbugs

The Z10's 8-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p HD video. Some features include a 5x digital zoom, burst mode, and TimeShift, which takes several photos quickly and arranges them in a timeline so you can choose your favorite.
35583323-8786.jpg
6 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

The inside and outside counts

The phone weighs 4.8 ounces and measures 5.1 inches tall, 2.6 inches wide, and has a 0.35-inch profile. Inside, you'll get 16GB of flash storage, 2GB RAM, and a microSD card slot that holds up to 64GB when formatted with the FAT32 file system.
35583323-8789.jpg
7 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Micro-HDMI equipped

On its left spine are Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports.
35583323-8818.jpg
8 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Volume rocker on steroids

The volume rocker is located on the right edge. In the center is a voice command button that also pauses music. To take a screenshot, press down both volume keys. When the camera is launched, either button works the shutter.
35583323-8832.jpg
9 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

The power's in the button

At the top of the handset, you'll see the sleep/power button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. To turn off the device, hold down the power button for a full 3 seconds.
35583323-8780.jpg
10 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Comparing the flagships

According to our own Jessica Dolcourt's review, it's easy to see why the Z10 (left) looks similar to the Apple iPhone 5 at first glance. However, the former is a bit thicker than the iPhone, and it's more comfortable to hold.
35583323-8771.jpg
11 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

Side-by-side comparison

Another comparison shot of the BlackBerry Z10 (left) and the iPhone 5. You can see here that the Z10 is slightly bigger, though the shape is very similar.
35583323-8804.jpg
12 of 12 Josh Miller/CNET

A polished look

Look closely at the back plate and you can see its rubberlike texture. Directly behind where the logo sits is the phone's NFC antenna. Clever!

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

63 Photos
The best Nintendo Switch games to play right now

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play right now

41 Photos
The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the EV of our dreams

More Galleries

The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the EV of our dreams

7 Photos
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

66 Photos
Subaru Solterra STI feels like a natural extension

More Galleries

Subaru Solterra STI feels like a natural extension

5 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos