The first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10 is now available in the United States, and overall, it has been relatively well-received -- both in North American and overseas. The device just went on sale in the U.S. last week, so U.S. wireless carriers have not yet released any official sales numbers. But if non-U.S. shipments during the first couple of months following the Z10's release are any indication, BlackBerry may see even more Z10 shipments than the million devices it shipped in the company's fiscal fourth quarter.
One solid sign that the Z10 is getting some attention in the United States is the number of inquiries I'm currently receiving from readers, colleagues, coworkers, friends, and family about the Z10. The inquiries usually go something like this: "You have the new BlackBerry, right? [Insert name of somebody they know here; Joe Schmo, for example] has one too, and he really likes it. But I don't know if I can switch from my iPhone. I'm due for an upgrade, but the new iPhone is coming out soon, and I might just play it safe. What can the new BlackBerry do that my iPhone can't?"
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I hear from a lot of Android users, too, but more people I've spoken with use iPhones. So for the purpose of this article, I'm going to stick with a comparison of the BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone. Instead of repeating the same old spiel to everybody who asks about why they should buy the Z10 instead of a new iPhone, here's a quick list of things the Z10 can do that the iPhone can't.
Before I get started, I'm no way saying the BlackBerry Z10 is "better" than the iPhone. You should do a lot more research before buying a new phone than just reading one article. (For more on the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, read my Z10 guide, which includes a review, tips, tricks, best apps, and more.)
1. MiniHDMI port and standard charging ports
One of my single favorite features found in the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is the MiniHDMI-out port, which lets you easily connect your device to any TV, monitor, or display with an HDMI port. The HDMI support lets you watch HD video, stream music, or share anything else on your device by mirroring its screen on your HD display. HDMI support is not an exclusive BlackBerry Z10 feature -- some Android phones have MiniHDMI ports -- but you won't see any such port on any Apple gadget.
Also unlike any of Apple's products, the BlackBerry Z10 has standard MicroUSB charging ports. That means you can use any MicroUSB power cord or sync cable you may have on hand. And you get access to a larger number of third-party accessories that aren't necessary built just for the Z10 and, therefore, are often cheaper than Apple-specific cords and accessories.