It’s finally real! The company formally known as Research in Motion has made the newest alliteration of the BlackBerry OS official. There is a few things you will need to know about BlackBerry 10 so I figured instead of hunting all around the interwebs for info why not put it all in one place! So let’s get started.
First, the bad news for current BlackBerry owners
You will not be seeing BlackBerry 10 hit your Bold and Curve anytime soon. That doesn’t mean that BlackBerry will stop supporting users stuck on 7.1. But if you want to enjoy the fruits of RIM’s years of labor then you will have to make the move to one of the new devices
What is new with BlackBerry 10
So what has RIM BlackBerry done to make BlackBerry 10 stand out in a cornucopia of mobile operating systems? First is the gestures. BlackBerry 10 is a gesture based OS — relying on swipes from the bezel and sides to jump between apps, bring up notification, and other things. The BlackBerry Hub is(which can be reached with a swipe up and right) is the home of you unified inbox. So all of your different email accounts, text messaging, Facebook messages, missed calls, voice mails, and BBM messages are all centralized in one area. One of the features shown off last year is the new keyboard. It includes a predictive system that goes through everything from Your mail to social network messages to figure out phrases you use a lot. This makes it easier for the keyboard to predict what you what to write. Also, there is that swipe gesture. While you are typing the OS will show words that you could possibly be spelling above your finger where you can swipe them to add them to your messages.
For those worried about your new BlackBerry 10 device being stolen you have BlackBerry Protect. Much like the service offered on Windows Phone devices this allows you to find your lost phone. By heading to BlackBerry Protect website to track your device, cause it to scream, remote lock, and if all else fails then you can wipe it.
Apps like calculator, calender, and BBM all get a makeover. The camera apps is simple but still full of features. And most importantly for a modern mobile OS; it looks like BlackBerry got the web browser right. For one thing, they include Flash Support! Much like IE9 and 10 mobile the URL bar is on the bottom and like every other browsers there is quick access to your tabs.
Of course, to have a OS that consumers will like you must have apps. There is something around 70,000 planned to be available at(and around) launch. The big four of social networking — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare will be there at launch. Your social networking apps will also be able to integrate into Blackberry 10, showing notifications in the Hub.
A look at the BlackBerry 10 starting lineup
When a new OS comes new phones. And BlackBerry has two coming — one that’s all touch and one that keeps the QWERTY well all know and love. Let’s take a look at their all touch one first.
The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t BlackBerry’s first soiree with the world of all screen phones. But this looks like it could be its best. The Z10 sports a 4.2 inch HD display(1280 x 768 resolution) with a pixel density of 356 pixels per inch. So expect it to be great for watching movies and videos online. Powering it is a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with 2GB of RAM. For storage you have 16GB on-board and a microSD card slot to and up to 32GB more. In the rear is a 8 megapixel camera sensor that can capture 1080p HD video while upfront is a 2 megapixel cam that can capture 720p video. As far as ports go you have microUSB and microHDMI. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, and GPS.
When it comes to the Q10 there are very few differences. In fact, the biggest one here is the form factor. The Q10 sports the infamous BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard. If there is one thing I would like to think about RIM BlackBerry is that they make some of the best physical keyboards in the business. The screen on rhw Q10 is smaller to make room for that keyboard. So you have a 3.1 inch screen with a 720 x 720 display.
When, where, and how much?
So when can you get your mitts on these new phones? The Z10 will be the first one available at launch. It will start its world tour in the UK tomorrow with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Vodafone has set the price as free on the £47 a month plan, £29 with their £42 a month plan, and £69 on the £37 a month plan. It is are looking a EE for thise LTE speeds then you are looking at £50 with their £41 a month of 24 months plan
Next week you will be able to get your hands on it if you live in RIM’s backyard(Canada). The Z10 will be available there on February 5th with Bell, Rogers, Koodo, Telus and Virgin Mobile all onboard. No pricing yet though.
If you are in the US you will have to wait a bit longer to grab the new BlackBerry. Looks like it will not hit the US until March. It looks like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile are all going to carry it. The white Z10 looks to be a Verizon exclusive. AT&T and T-Mobile also will carry the Z10 while so far Sprint as only confirmed the Q10. AT&T and Verizon looks to be the only one confirming both.