It’s been a long time coming but the new BlackBerry 10 operating system has landed alongside RIM’s flagship device for 2013, the BlackBerry Z10.
Despite some delays in the development of the BB10 software it’s apparent from looks alone that the Z10 marks a whole new chapter for RIM, as it tries to turn its fortunes around and compete with the likes of Android and iOS.
The BlackBerry Z10 features a bright and vivid 4.2-inch multi-LCD display with a virtual keypad, stepping away from the familiar QWERTY keypads seen on older BlackBerry mobiles.
With multi-tasking at its heart BB10 is based around gesture controls. And with no homescreen to speak of as such, once apps are open, navigation falls down to swiping the screen.
The most intuitive keypad that we’ve seen to date is also brought along for the ride. This clever bit of kit learns the way a user taps each key, and adapts the way the keys on the screen are displayed according to the way they’re pressed.
BlackBerry Messenger has been revamped and now also includes BBM video, with the impressive built-in Screen Share functionality. This lets you share your phone screen while on a call – whether its showing off your holiday pictures or even work presentations.
Although camera prowess is far from something associated with previous BlackBerry devices, the Z10 comes readied with an 8 megapixel camera. It’s not only capable of producing crisp images with outstanding colour saturation, but comes with a host of great new features.
Time Shift is of particular note. If a subject has their eyes closed when a picture is taken, Time Shift lets you highlight their face, shift the image back a few frames until they’re open, and seamlessly merges it with your image, so you always get that perfect shot.
To find out more about the dual-core Z10 and its other headlining features, including BlackBerry Balance and BlackBerry Hub, then check out our full video review above.
Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the smart choice for smartphones.