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BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS

RIM rebrands itself as BlackBerry and unveils a new operating system and two new smartphones. Take a closer look at the company's last hope of regaining mobile glory.
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The Z10 design aims to impress consumers eyeing iPhones and Android devices. It's a touch-controlled smartphone with a 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 screen with 356 pixel-per-inch resolution. At 5.11 inches x 2.58 inches x 0.35 inches it's slightly larger than an iPhone 5. It's also slightly heavier than the iPhone, though with its rubberized plastic back the Z10 doesn't have quite the same solid feel as Apple's phone.

The Z10 is powered by a dual-core 1.5-Ghz processor and has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory with a hot-swappable microSD slot. There's an 8-MP rear-facing camera with 5X digital zoom, LED flash and 1080p HD video recording. The 2-MP front-facing camera has 3X zoom, 720p video recording and supports a new BlackBerry Messenger Video Chat Feature. Network connectivity includes 4G LTE. The removable battery supports 10 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 305 hours of standby time. The Z10 will sell for $149 in Canada with a three-year contract; it is expected to be available in the U.S. in March for around $200 under a two-year contract.

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Verdumont Monte
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1/31/2013 | 10:01:15 PM
re: BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
It would be nice to know what features of BB could be locked down by the enterprise. My previous employer provided me with a nice BB bold (or torch, I don't remember the model), but they disabled app world,BBM and all nice features of BB. This is where I love my Andriod device. I tried Good for enterprise a little bit, it creates a separate area in your phone for enterprise email, and if they do a wipe, it doesn't touch your personal stuff, which is nice. I would also like to know if the apps like maps comes with the base version of BB 10. Most likely the enterprise users will be "stuck " with the basic apps that comes with the OS.
Leo Regulus
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1/31/2013 | 9:36:57 PM
re: BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
D. Henschen
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1/31/2013 | 9:22:47 PM
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Both parties could be on WiFi. That's how I do most of my Facetime. The real problem, for now, is the old fax-machine catch-22: how can you video chat on your Z10 if few others have them yet? This is where corporate device purchases would help, but lots of companies are moving to BYOD.
D. Henschen
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1/31/2013 | 7:29:53 PM
re: BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
David Pogue of the NY Times reviewed the Z10 here http://nyti.ms/14vzvoc and explained the keyboard shortcut features at length. Very cool time saver on typing on a tiny keyboard. Best keyboard is one you don't have to use as much.
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1/31/2013 | 7:09:25 PM
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Video chat/screen sharing's nice but with the prevalence of limited data plans will they really be used?
D. Henschen
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1/31/2013 | 5:04:42 PM
re: BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
Most everybody at the NY launch got a Z10. I've been testing a bit. Touch-screen seemed balky at first, but either I'm learning it or the phone is learning me. Operation is getting smoother and it does seem to reduce the in-and-out of apps syndrome you experience on iPhone and -- guessing here cause I don't have one -- Android. You're still in and out of communication options from the Hub, but they're all in one place under your thumb.
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