Disclosure: I’m participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors program and have been provided with a wireless device and service in exchange for my honest opinions. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.
I live online and I LOVE my tech toys but I’m not exactly “tech savvy.”
When I want to know about the latest laptop, phone or any other new gadget I don’t examine the operating system, how many bytes it might have or other technical jargon I don’t understand. I don’t want to know HOW it works – just that it does work and if it’ll meet my needs.
So, when people ask me how I like the new BlackBerry Z10 I was given to test out as a Verizon Wireless Ambassador my feedback is purely from a non-technical user-friendly (or not) perspective. I can provide the written specs about the phone but I’d much rather provide the answers to the questions that I’d like to know – specifically how it works for a social-media loving on-the-go mom like me.
Here are the top five things I’d ask about the phone and my answers …
Is it easy to use/navigate?
As a non-tech savvy person ease is important. Ahem. I don’t want to use anything that is going to make me have to think too hard to check my messages or fumble my way to find the camera. It’s easy to get around this phone – even one-handed with simple swipes of the thumb. The hub – which centralizes all of your notifications – is great; and moving through the apps and settings was very simple for me.
How’s the camera?
This probably should be my first question – that’s how important taking pictures is to me. Last week I did a post and shared some photos that I took when I first got the phone including this one above. I’m LOVING the camera. It has several settings to change the scene, stabilization, aspect ratio and all that jazz – but most importantly it takes crisp, clear pictures on auto-mode for those quick-life-is-happening-and-I-don’t-have-time-to-stop-and-set-my-camera moments. Oh, and the Time Shift feature is awesome.
Battery power details, please?
Having my battery die when I’m out and about is simply the worst. OK, worse things CAN happen but it sucks. I’ve found the battery life on this phone pretty average when it comes to mobile phones. I need to share that I haven’t fully tested out the battery life yet since it’s not my main phone. I still have my personal one which I use more simply because that number has been tied to my life for years. I plan to put it through some usage tests soon and let you know how it goes.
And, what about the almighty apps?
Apps are important. Period. While this phone can’t quite compete with the iPhone or Android in the app arena it’s not completely a wash. It’s got the big ones like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Dropbox, LinkedIn, YouTube, and many more. While it’s missing one of my favorites – Instagram – it does have the capability to side-load Android apps which means you can still get them on your phone. Score!
Is it pretty?
Yes, I am that girl who wants a good looking gadget. Don’t judge me. Ahem. I like them sleek, with a big vivid screen; and it helps if it’s lightweight, too. The BlackBerry Z10 is all of these things and made me smile when I saw it. While the black one I have is a little on the masculine side, it’s so light, has an awesome screen and is fun to use so I totally forgot about it’s boyish look.
Of course there are other things that are important in a phone – like service, speed, storage, and unique functional features – but the above five are my first round for approval.
Wait, I do have one more bonus question – does my husband like it? When you’re not a tech-savvy person it’s good to have someone in your life who is. My husband understands all of those important technical details and I can usually tell by his reaction to the phone if it’s a really a great device.
So does he like it?
Yes – he likes my BlackBerry Z10 and is waiting impatiently for my review period to be done because he wants to claim it for himself.
Winks & Smiles,