Blackberry 10 – Z10 and Q10 – It’s Either Make it, Or Break it!

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Its been a while since anybody ever heard about this ancient mobile. The company behind it, formerly known as Research In Motion, has now adopted its child product as its face. RIM has now become BlackBerry. From the looks of it, it is looking to be a promising venture.

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10

I, myself have been a BlackBerry user for many years. So if you feel as though this article is biased, then you need to tell me. But enough of that for now. On January 30th, 2013, BlackBerry unveiled its new flagship phones, The BB Z10 and the BB Q10. These phones were well received by most, with minor, though pressing, issues. Not everyone is as excited as England and Canada, but this phone is well worth a look.

From the developer inside me:

BlackBerry Z10 - Features - Screenshot

BlackBerry Z10 – Features – Screenshot

Its honestly about time that BlackBerry moved away from its Java-based OS. Java is notorious for being less than speedy. Its new OS is based on the QNX system (a UNIX-like OS). It supports App development in the languages C/C++, HTML5, AIR and Flash as well as Java.  The BlackBerry 10 OS, is based off of their BlackBerry PlayBook OS. While it is based on it, it contains alot of differences, both visual and technical.

BlackBerry Z10 Specifications

  • Display: 4.2-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels (356 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch screen only
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 32 gigabytes.
  • Price: Varies by carrier, some of which have yet to announce details. Verizon Wireless says it will sell it for $200 with a two-year service agreement.
  • Size: height: 5.12 inches; width: 2.58 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.78 ounces (135.4 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Up to 60 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In U.S. in mid-March. Varies elsewhere, including U.K. last Thursday, Canada on Tuesday and Latin America by end of March.
Blackberry Q10

Blackberry Q10

BlackBerry Q10 Specifications:

  • Display: 3.1-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 720 by 720 pixels (330 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch-screen and 35-key physical keyboards. Physical keyboard will have back light, with language-specific keyboards such as QWERTY and AZERTY depending on market.
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes.
  • Size: height: 4.71 inches; width: 2.63 inches; depth: 0.41 inch (119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)
  • Weight: 4.90 ounces (139 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: Not yet announced.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In some markets in April. RIM’s CEO suggests U.S. release won’t be until May or June.

As it stands, from the Specifications listed. It seems to be powerful. However, recent demos of App running inside of the BB10 showed some what sluggish response. This could be due to the fact that most of these were running in an Emulator on the mobile or the ported code wasn’t optimized.

BlackBerry Q10 Features

BlackBerry Q10 Features

Currently the BlackBerry App World, which is getting an over-haul for the new BlackBerry, also boasts a surprising 70,000+ Apps. However, most of these apps may or may not be optimized for the new BB10OS. So as time progresses we will find out more and more the power of the apps.

From the End-User in me:

This phone is looking spectacular, from its sleek design, to its new User Interface which allows for touch gestures to control many aspects of the phone’s working. The phone also comes with a newer predictive text. Which allows for quicker typing, as over time, BlackBerry promises that the phone will grow accustom to your typing and be able to generate predictive text to match your typing style.

White BlackBerry Z10 - Screenshot

White BlackBerry Z10 – Screenshot

The new BlackBerry 10, also promises to deliver on photos. You would be able to rewind time in pictures to the degree of a few frames forward and backwards, to ensure you get the optimal photos. This is activated by the use of hovering over somebody’s face.

The BlackBerry, like almost all BlackBerrys before it, also contain a speech assistant. From the information gathered the Assistant isn’t as powerful as Siri, but in some cases can perform as desired.

For the business users, BlackBerry also has a switch between Personal BlackBerry and work BlackBerry, in order to keep your digital lives separate.  However, your company must also have the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

In conclusion:

This phone may not be a must have for everyone, but I am sure it will be able to keep the hardcore BlackBerry users. For BlackBerry users, they should give this phone a hard look, it could be what you want. For the non-BlackBerry users, it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

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