The BlackBerry Z10 looks sexy and feels good in the hand, and it has some powerful hardware under the hood, to boot. It is undoubtedly a quality device, and at $199 subsidized price, it’s worth the money. But really, it’s just carrier for the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 OS. Using a mobile OS has never felt so swift and natural; tasks are done in the blink of an eye and without the user even having to think. BlackBerry 10 steals the show.
That being said, the OS is still young, and that could pose some problems in its attempts to save the sinking ship that is BlackBerry. The “ecosystem” is small. There isn’t exactly a prolific selection of apps available in BlackBerry World right now. And there isn’t a whole lot of knowledge about the platform; it certainly isn’t big enough yet to make people want to make the switch. Without any guarantee that their favorite apps will be made available on BlackBerry 10, the incentive for customers to jump ship isn’t really there.
We do believe that the Z10 and, more importantly, its OS, deserve to be Blackberry’s saviors. Whether or not this actually proves to be the case is another story entirely.