RIM has finally unveiled its BlackBerry 10 operating system and new handsets sporting the software, after numerous postponements last year had set the launch back. The full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 is arguably the most intriguing of the new offerings, as it is the least recognisable as a BlackBerry. Yes, the guys over at RIM have finally decided to move with the times and do away with the QWERTY for the Z10, resulting in a device which doesn’t look too dissimilar to the iPhone 5.
The new flagship smartphone features a 4.2-inch multi-LCD display that dominates the front of the device, and a 1.5GHz processor under the hood keeps all that new BlackBerry 10 functionality running as smooth as silk. So, the handset looks pretty modern and stylish, but what does BlackBerry 10 have to offer that can entice people away from the likes of Android and iOS?
Go with the ‘Flow’
The main focus of BlackBerry 10 is multitasking – RIM has coined the term ‘Flow’ to describe how the platform goes about this – and users are able to switch between different features with fluidity and ease. RIM has done away with a traditional homescreen, instead having different screens that can be pulled in using swipe gestures from the edges of the display. This gives the feeling that everything is happening simultaneously, with users able to quickly pop in and out of any applications with minimal fuss.
Another key feature of BlackBerry 10 is BlackBerry Hub
Now, anyone who has ever owned a BlackBerry will know that camera prowess is not something BlackBerrys have in abundance. However, the Z10 is a revelation when it comes to the snapper, featuring an 8 megapixel camera that produces crisp and colourful images that rival those created by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Where the Z10’s camera sets itself apart is with its Time Shift feature. This allows users to isolate part of a photo where a person has blinked, and rewind a couple of frames until their eyes are open. Time Shift is really handy for capturing the best shot possible every time.
From what we’ve seen RIM is certainly going to give the top manufacturers a run for their money with the Z10. And if the Canadian manufacturer can get its existing BlackBerry advocates on board and attract new followers, we think there’s no reason why the Z10 shouldn’t be one of the best-selling smartphones of 2013.
To discover loads more BlackBerry 10 functionality present on the Z10, check out our video review (below).
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