I’ve always suspected that the Blackberry 10 platform would be better than Apple’s iPhone 5. Even with all the latest improvements and enhancements to Apple’s own platform, using an iPhone just doesn’t quite compare to a Blackberry.
This new video showcases that point perfectly. A brand new Blackberry Z10 goes head-to-head with an iPhone 5, and after watching the video, I can confidently say the Z10 pulls ahead. Of course, the real test will be after January 30th when the platform is actually available for the rest of the consumer market. Although, there’s unequivocally no reason that any of this would change by launch time.
Take a quick look at the video before we go on!
Blackberry Z10 vs iPhone 5
As you can see in the video (even if you couldn’t understand the dialogue), all of the most significant features were compared. In the video, we got to see comparisons of the voice search feature, viewing a received a text message, closing and switching between background apps, and changing between enterprise and personal profiles.
Throughout the entire video, the Blackberry Z10 remained responsive and quick. I certainly didn’t see any slowdown or hourglassing, and that’s stellar news. Older Blackberry devices can often suffer from such performance issues, and it is essentially the main reason why most users are migrating away from Blackberry to other platforms (among other things).
Comparing the Most Significant Features
Voice Search Feature
Starting with the voice search, the user asked both the iPhone 5 and the Blackberry Z10 to send a text message, with the same content, to a specific individual in the contact list. Both devices were tasked with composing a text message and sending it to the proper source; however, the content on the iPhone 5 was incorrectly entered. The Blackberry Z10, on the other hand, was perfectly able to carry out the instructions.
Blackberry enthusiasts will be happy to see this as voice dictation is one of the best features for increasing productivity and helping those on the go. If you want to send a text message while you’re rushing through the airport, the voice dictation will allow you to do so without stopping. Furthermore, on the Blackberry Z10, it’s accessible through a single hardware button. This makes the feature incredibly accessible and convenient.
Receiving a Text Message
When receiving a text message on the Blackberry Z10, the device doesn’t show a preview of the text message through a notification pop-up like on the iPhone 5. However, such a feature is hardly necessary because you always have access to the Blackberry Hub (where all of your account-wide messages are stored) at your fingertips. You just have to swipe up and to the side, and then the Blackberry Hub will appear. This can be done from within any screen, or any application. By just swiping slowly, you can see a preview of the message, and if it’s not urgent you can just slide the live application right back onto your screen. If the message is urgent, you can continue opening Blackberry Hub so that you may respond appropriately. Again, watch the video for a demonstration of what I’ve just described, it’s utterly phenomenal.
Managing Background Applications
When it comes to managing background applications, including switching between them and closing active ones, the Blackberry Z10 takes the lead. On the iPhone 5, you have to tap the hardware button twice, and then a small menu appears at the bottom of the screen. The menu displays icons for every application that is currently open. To close one, you have to long press on the icon and then select a red X that pops up. On the Blackberry Z10, however, you simply swipe up on the screen, starting from the bottom bezel of the phone, and the active applications will appear. Instead of just viewing icons, however, you get a full resized preview of the app as it currently stands. This allows you to see what is currently happening inside the app before you close it. To close an app in the list, you simply click a little X in the bottom right corner of the window.
Multiple Profiles: Business and Personal
Last, but certainly not least, we get to see the numerous profile option integrated into Blackberry 10. This allows consumers to differentiate their business and work life from their personal lives. Essentially, you can have two entirely different profiles, each with their own messaging and social media accounts, as well as their own apps and layouts. In the video, we also get to see just how easy it is to switch between the two profiles. All it takes is a quick button press, a password entry, and then you’re in!
As for the iPhone 5, it has no profile features, at all.
I don’t know about you, but everything in this video has plainly shown me that the Blackberry 10 platform is far superior to others currently on the market. RIM has clearly gone above and beyond expectations with the latest Blackberry iteration, and it’s likely to take off shortly after launch.
The Blackberry Launch on January 30th, by the way, is less than ten days away! We won’t have much longer to wait before we can try out all of the slick features showed off in the video above!