Getting to know my Blackberry z10 #VZWVoices #Save
|July 23, 2013||Posted by Deanna under Review, Verizon|
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Savers Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
Now that I have had my Blackberry Z10 from Verizon for almost a month I have had time to get to know the phone a little better. I'm not completely loving the phone but there are features that I do love about it. The things I'm not really loving about it aren't completely the devices fault either. Let's start with what I love about the phone.
I've already told you how much I love the camera and the time shift feature. I think ALL cameras should be made with this ability! It would make picture taking so much easier. I love that the phone's keyboard learns the way you type and adjusts to it. It also predicts what you are going to say and pops up suggestions that you can just "flick" up into your sentence. This has made it so much quicker to text. Plus, if you make a mistake or decide to change what you were typing you can quickly delete multiple words at a time by swiping your fingers across the screen. Makes texting quick and easy.
Another thing I love about the z10 is the mobile hotspot. Now if I am on the go and can't find a spot with WiFi I can use the mobile hotspot to give my computer an internet connection. This came in handy a few days ago while waiting for my husband to get done with an appointment. I was able to get some work done online while sitting in the car. I have a few events coming up that I will be traveling to and I will be able to work on the way using the mobile hotspot. How awesome is that?
When using the phone for calls, the sound quality is good and the speaker volume is decent too. My husband has used it a few times and was pleased with it. He is usually complaining that he has a hard time hearing on some phones. Living in a rural area, there are several areas that our other phones through a different carrier say they are "searching" for service. If they do happen to show a bar or two, I have found that I can never hear the person I'm on the phone with in those areas. While I don't get 4G LTE service in my area, I haven't had problems with dropped calls in problematic areas. While in those problematic areas, I have compared the number of bars on my iPhone (through a different carrier) and the z10. My z10 always has more bars and I'm able to continue my conversation while traveling through those areas. I find this super impressive! I do hope that one day Verizon will have the 4G LTE service in my area! I loved how fast the 4G LTE service was while in Chicago! Internet browsing was super fast!
I'm sure that there are a lot of features of the phone that I have yet to discover. One thing that I thought was cool was the ability to add a business side to the phone. If a company gave these phones to their employees, they could have a work side and a personal side. They are kept completely separate. The company can control things on the business side but can't touch or see anything on the personal side. If the phone happens to get lost or the person no longer works for the company, they can easily wipe the phone free from anything on the business side.
While keeping in mind that these really aren't the phone's fault, here's my complaints. One of the things that I'm not loving is the fact that many of the money saving apps that I use are not available in Blackberry world yet. Blackberry is quickly building up the number of apps available. I'm sure they will be eventually, but that doesn't do me a whole lot of good right now. Yes, I'm sure that there are some great ones that I could use instead but I have credits already built up in the ones that I use and can't just switch those over to a different app. So, I continue to use my iPhone for those apps. Which brings me to the second thing I'm not loving. Having to take two phones with me. While I love tech devices and all, it can be a bit of a pain to carry two phones with me. I also miss the 4G LTE service that I get when I'm in the bigger areas.