In a few days’ time, the public will be able to get their hands on RIM’s attempt at competing with Android and iOS (possibly Windows Phone 8 also), but as we await BlackBerry 10’s arrival let’s take a look at the BB Z10 and see how it matches up to the iPhone 5.
In a recent Telekom-Presse video, we found that the BB Z10 was able to demonstrate its mobile prowess with the iPhone at its side for comparison. The BB Z10 comes with a 4.2-inch screen with a pixel density of 356ppi, and the 1800mAh removable battery is standard (which Apple doesn’t practice, because… well, it’s Apple). Something that is a selling point for mobile users is the storage expandability, which the BB Z10 covers this nicely with its microSD slot, and as we all already know, the iPhone 5 has neither a storage expansion option nor a removable battery.
On the operating system front, it seems like (from the comparison video) BB 10’s optimization is a bit better than iOS. BB10 voice recognition appears as if it’s more accurate and faster than Siri. Switching between apps in BB10 is also slightly snappier compared to iOS in the iPhone 5. Moreover, surfing the web on a smartphone is a must if it’s actually a “smartphone,” and the Z10’s BB Browser might just be the deciding factor as it is shown to be faster than the mobile Safari browser.
Staying true to its enterprise roots, BB10 also comes with BlackBerry Balance—a feature that allows people to switch between home page and apps for business and personal use. Sensitive business data and apps must be enabled via RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) for full access.
People can say what they want about RIM’s outlook, but you have to give RIM credit for putting up a fight and hopefully BlackBerry will do what it is designed for—and that’s to save the Canadian handset maker from being blown to oblivion by its competitors.