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In 2013, Blackberry, which was formerly RIM (Research In Motion Limited), has unveiled their range of latest 10 series phones- Blackberry Z10, Blackberry Q10, and Blackberry R10. Blackberry R10 is a mid-range phone of the three. For quite a few months, leaked photos and various kinds of speculations had surfaced about this handset. When it had hit the markets, it won the hearts of one and all. The Blackberry R10 runs on the brand new Blackberry 10.1 operating system, which Blackberry hoped to give tough competition to iOS, Android, and Windows Phones. It was a risky move by building their OS, rather than using other manufacturer's’ software like Samsung/Nokia/HTC did, and it threw Blackberry out of the business as well. They repeated the same mistake which Nokia did. They failed to evolve with time and changing market ethos. The Blackberry R10 is an excellent phone, though. Let us take a deeper look at it.
Straight out of the box; the Blackberry R10 gives a good first impression. It is not an award winning design, but it does look awesome. It has a beautiful design, endowed with an entirely plastic body. The Blackberry R10 seems to have borrowed its looks from the iPhone 3G/3Gs. It has a curved and glossy rear panel. It has a camera lens situated at the top left, along with the flash. At the front, there is a QWERTY keypad, which is also glossy and is laid down in an island fashion manner. There is a front camera near the calling speaker.
This smartphone features a 720 x 720 pixels resolution on a 3.1 inch LCD screen. You can watch HD videos, movies and play 3D games on this phone as the display is brilliant, colourful and graphical. And with Blackberry 10.1 operating system, which features modern and beautiful icons, colourful themes are always on the cards. The display of Blackberry R10 is top notch.
All the latest applications and software installed in this Blackberry R10. The phone runs on Blackberry 10.1 operating system which is a good operating system from Blackberry 10 series. The interface of Blackberry OS 10.1 is pretty good. The OS looks smart and feels responsive. At first, the OS might look to you rather confusing, but after using it for a day or two, you will get the hang of it. The pages of apps are presented quite well in this OS. The icons and text stand out which makes it easier to see and distinguish them. The phone comes with 2 GB RAM, and this makes multitasking easier. You can openly keep many apps minimized and the phone will still work like a charm. You get a microUSB port for connecting it to a charger, and you can also use this port for data transfer.
The web browsing performance of Blackberry R10 is quite impressive. The browser is seriously fast when it comes to rendering pages. The browser is very easy to use. The address bar runs along the bottom of the page, and it is very quick and easy to access. You can easily keep multiple pages open as the tab button is just around the bottom left corner. The refresh button however stuck inside a menu, which is a bit inconvenient. It supports Flash too, which is by default turned OFF as the Flash can cause phones to become very slow or even crash. The other important apps like Facebook, Twitter and Maps are also excellent and easy to use.
Overall, the performance of Blackberry R10 is above average. You can assert that it is good for a QWERTY keypad phone.
The phone packs inside a 2GB RAM and internal memory of 8 GB, which is expandable with a microSD slot up to 32 GB.
The Blackberry R 10 features a 5-megapixel primary camera for capturing pictures 2560 x 1920 pixels. The picture resolution is of very high quality and it also records videos in full HD quality. Alongside the camera, there is flash for capturing images in low light. At the front, there is a VGA secondary camera. This camera can be used for taking selfies and for video calling as well. You can easily make Skype video calls and can communicate with your friends and colleagues face-to-face with this camera easily. The images captured has geo-tagging, and the primary camera features face and smile detectors. The picture quality of the primary camera is a notch beyond the average. We cannot say that it is an excellent camera, as the Blackberry has used just a 5-megapixel camera. But for a camera of such quality, it takes good pictures. The front camera is a VGA camera, so much cannot be said about that either. You can use it for video calling, but for clicking selfies, it doesn’t have much to offer.
The phone can play all types of regular audio formats such as mp4, mp3, WMV, WMA, h.263, h.264, eaac+.
The Blackberry R10 has a 2180 mAh battery inside the back panel, which is nonremovable. The battery life is quite decent, and it gives talk time up to 6 hours on 3G and has a standby time of 344 hours. It lasts up for a day easily on normal usage, and if you use it for some internet browsing and gaming, the battery runs out in 8 hours.
For connectivity, the phone has a Bluetooth v2.1 and a2dp for faster file transferring. It is a single SIM phone, and it has WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Uma, and it also runs on GPRS, EDGE, and 3G. Preloaded Blackberry maps and navigation system for convenience and tracking are present in the phone. A hub created inside where all the social feeds and social networking can be accessed quickly.
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