(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Blackberry is pinning its hopes to its new Z10 smartphone. Most recently, the company revealed that it had shipped 1 million units of the device to suppliers – performing higher than some analyst predictions.
While a revamping from the former company known as RIM may be paying off, some remain skeptical.
Mercury News columnist Troy Wolverton on Friday noted the device was the best answer Blackberry had to competing products offered by Apple and Android – yet it lacked “pizazz.”
While noting many cool features of the Z10 – Wolverton said the system remained buggy, also pointing to something else it lacked. “But the bigger problem with the Z10 is the paucity of applications available for it. BlackBerry says that you’ll now find 100,000 apps in the BlackBerry World store. But from my observation, the vast majority of those apps are junk. And the store lacks many of the most popular smartphone apps, including: Pandora, Spotify, Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Skype and Gmail. In fact, of the top 10 paid apps in the iPhone App store, just two — WhatsApp Messenger and “Angry Birds: Star Wars” — are available for the Z10,” he commented.
Meanwhile, he did admit the Z10 could feature more apps within the future. Would Blackberry’s lack of apps deter you from buying a Z10? Let us know via our Facebook page.