Australian Financial Review on BlackBerry 10: “I really wanted to touch it, too, because it looks so very good. The user experience on BlackBerry 10 is much more modern, crisper and more engaging, than that of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. It even feels a little newer than Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8” – John Davidson. Great stuff as more and more people get their hands on BlackBerry 10 and really hold the differences it allows RIM, and the versatility it can maintain over the competition as the firm attacks vertical markets like automotive, medical, and ever military applications. As we head into an ever growing world where out brains are being held in our phones and mobile computing engines empower us anywhere we are, security will always be paramount. Security is RIMs forte and they have been securing enterprise and consumers for a long time. With BlackBerry 10 they bring the front to a whole new user paradigm and people are really staring to fall in love. Great read from John Davidson with awesome quotes after the break.
It’s almost completely gesture-based, and its gestures are so natural that, when you go back to another phone, you find yourself trying to use the same gestures like some idiot.
Its universal inbox, which combines emails, SMSs, IMs, social media status updates and, in fact, any messages from any app running on the phone, looks terrific, though I must say that was one feature I was able to see but not touch.
Its contacts database, which combines all information about a contact with a history of all messages and meetings with that contact, and automatically downloads mug shots from sites like LinkedIn, likewise looks terrific from a safe distance.
The message notification system, based around a “peek” gesture where you swipe your open app up and to the right to see the messages, is more informative yet less intrusive than those on other phones.
Its multi-tasking is much better and more PC-like, with apps shrinking down to still-functioning postage stamps just like they do in recent versions of Windows.
The onscreen keyboard on the full-touch version of the phone is the best I’ve seen (more on that presently).
The camera software is a lot of fun, allowing you to individually adjust multiple faces in one shot to make sure everyone has their eyes open, though whether the camera itself is any good remains to be seen.
Now, the on-screen keyboard is worth a little more scrutiny because keyboards are the heart and soul of BlackBerrys. The only people I know who have voluntarily stuck with BlackBerry these past two years have done so because they love to type.