BlackBerry debuted devices running the spanking new BlackBerry OS 10 (BB10) late last month. Many people have been waiting a long time for this upgrade from the company which still makes the best QWERTY devices. BlackBerry had been showing off the beta version of the Z10, the all-touch device, in the months leading to the launch and had promised a QWERTY device as well.
First impressions of the OS have been positive, with many calling it a “fully-finished” device at launch. While both the devices are still some weeks (hopefully, not months) away from arriving on our shores, here’s what users can expect from BlackBerry 10.
The Peek feature, part of BB10’s Flow user interface, one just needs to swipe up to find out about the notifications and new messages, without exiting the app you’re on. Swipe down to go back to what you were doing.
With BlackBerry Hub, email, text messages, BBM and updates from social networks are integrated under one roof — no way you’ll miss a message now. One will not miss the physical keyboard at all, as the QWERTY keyboard is excellent.
The device ‘learns’ your typing style and predicts words accordingly.Time Shift camera app is another good feature because this app takes multiple shots of the same subject in one picture and lets you choose the best one.
BB10’s browser gives a completely different experience. Surfing the web on 3G/wireless was a pleasure. Wipe off the company’s data as the former employee walks off with his/her own device or get rid of all personal data after someone turns in a device.
The company claims around 70,000 apps are already present on the store — BB10 doesn’t work with apps made for older OSes, but the company has given developers a kit to easily convert their Android apps to BB10 ones.
This device can be successful if the battery life is good