Blackberry 10 Launch and Critique Roundup
Just yesterday I reported that 77% of those in the UK show no interest in the newly released Blackberry 10. Despite those statistics many tech pundits have varying opinions about the device, and it's accompanying Operating System. The folks at 9to5mac have rounded up a handful of impressions from some of the largest new networks around, see below and enjoy.
The Z10 and BB10 represent a radical reinvention of the BlackBerry. The hardware is decent and the user interface is logical and generally easy to use. I believe it has a chance of getting RIM back into the game, if the company can attract a lot more apps…. Master BlackBerry thumb typists might not find it as fast as the traditional physical keyboard, but, for a one-finger typist like me, it was faster and more accurate than either the native keyboards on the iPhone or Android. This is partly because it features predictive typing.
The Z10 is a fine device, well made, reasonably priced, backed by a company with a long track record. But it’s not the only device of its kind, and it’s swimming against a massive wave of entrenched players with really, really good products… . It does everything a modern phone should do, usually without hesitation. It doesn’t do everything perfectly, but it does many things — most things — reasonably well. The problem with the Z10 is that it doesn’t necessarily do anything better than any of its competition.
As a replacement for older versions of BlackBerry OS, BB 10 is a huge step out of the dark ages of mobile OS design. It’s something that finally feels intended for a modern, full-touch device, yet still offers the core productivity focus we think BBID-holders will like. Does it have mainstream appeal? Yes, it does, but we’re not sure a great stock keyboard and some trick gestures are enough to unseat the current kings of mobile devices.
With the Z10, BlackBerry has created a smartphone that’s worthy of being mentioned in the same conversation as the latest Android devices and the iPhone. That alone is an accomplishment for a company that has seemed on the verge of extinction for quite a while now…. BlackBerry 10, and by extension the Z10, need to be Cinderella stories to bring BlackBerry back from where it is now, and while extremely solid and with a few very impressive features, I’d be hard-pressed to say there’s anything here that will necessarily convince an Android-loving BlackBerry convert to come back to platform.
With the BlackBerry Z10, I can finally start walking around with just one device in my pocket without feeling like I’m missing out. BlackBerry 10 retains the best features of the BlackBerry of old, plays catch up in the OS and apps department to the competition, and with features like Hub and Flow actually push the smartphone experience further. It’s a BlackBerry that is equally good at getting work done and having fun too.
As the software capabilities grow with a much better browser, all-touch keyboard and other features, it feels like RIM loses it’s core. The company is forced to try to reinvent the smartphone and in the process just seems to end up making an iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone competitor that isn’t as good as any of them. And in several ways, it isn’t even as good as the BlackBerry before it.
This is the best BlackBerry I’ve ever used. I think a lot of people will like it and some will absolutely love it… From the moment you turn this phone on, you can tell that RIM has put a lot of thought into every aspect of the device. The phone is sleek, certainly, but it isn’t that striking to look at.. But the fluid, flowing nature of the new BlackBerrys is really the main thing that sets it apart from other smartphone platforms.
The BlackBerry 10 OS, looks terrific, and comes with many of the world-class features you’d demand from a modern OS. So it adds a few of its own signature tools for security and business users… BlackBerry lovers who can get past the rookie mistakes will find a polished-looking OS that’s packed with interesting and useful features, but happy Android and iOS users will not find a reason to switch.
The Device is due to arrive in the US in March, white pre-orders starting at the four major carries including: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-mobile. Pricing, while yet to be confirmed; Verizon has said it will provide the Z10 at $199 w/ a 2yr contract.
In other news, the company said it will be dropping its "Research in Motion" name and would from today be known as Blackberry only to align its branding and company name. The new stock trading name is: BBRY on Nasqad, and BB on Toronto Stock.