Hands on with the first BlackBerry 10 handset: The Z10 in photos

Hands on with the first BlackBerry 10 handset: The Z10 in photos

Summary: BlackBerry 10 has officially launched, so ZDNet went hands-on with one of the first handsets off the production line to see what it has to offer.


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  • Think of BlackBerry and you think of a keyboard: while the Z10 doesn't have a physical QWERTY, it does have a smart onscreen one.

    Like other systems, it uses predictive text to suggest the next potential word in the sentence, but it does it in-line with the letters being used, rather than a bar at the top (although this is an option). In the example above, it is suggesting likely words beginning with 'h' as well as 'j' in case that first letter was a mistype.

    To insert one of the suggested words, you just swipe upwards; to delete, you just swipe backwards. The messaging application also accepts voice input.

    In order to make typing more accurate over time, not only does it learn by scanning emails and texts (all done locally) but it also has a virtual second keyboard underneath the on screen one. So, if as you use the device, it realises you always hit the outer edge of the 'S' button, for example, it will very slightly shift the alignment of the keys to make sure you hit the one you intended.

  • The Z10 itself measures 130mm tall, 65.6mm wide, 9mm thick and weighs just over 137g, making it about the same weight and slightly slimmer than the iPhone 4.

    The device also came with an unexpected surprise in the box — a Bluetooth speaker. Even better, it didn't require any kind of pairing, just switch on both devices and it should auto-pair and start streaming audio out of the white box. 

    The opening on the speaker clip was designed to be just large enough to fit on a sun visor in a car, BlackBerry told ZDNet.

    All images Ben Woods/ZDNet

Topics: BlackBerry, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Nice

    Nice looking phone. I'm sure the biggest risk BB has in selling it is peoples' fears that they won't last. An unfortunate potential self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Keyboard

    Loving the way they've done the predictive text input. That looks like a winning solution.
  • visually-stunning . . .

    i think the whole concept looks visually-stunning . . . hosting well-thought-out features . . . might upgrade from my iphone-3gs to the bb-z10.
  • OS Not the Problem w/ Blackberries!

    Actually software has been the least of their worries. It's always been more related to antiquated hardware designs, like the whole reason Palm blew chunks. That's what I see with this Z10. They're finally taking the notion that they're around 5 yrs behind the times seriously in hardware. This looks more like what a modern smartphone should look like. Whereas the others are Grandpa phones from yesteryear. Trying to keep bow ties (physical keyboards w/ small screens) in style, when they're simply..... NOT!!!

    Their Security and the OS has always up'd the anty on the competition and the competition still hasn't beaten them on Security level yet. It's a real RTOS....... meaning instant Boot Up! .....not fast or just super fast... but it's lights on, as soon as you push the button. That's why military, enterprise and industrial customers still.... PREFER Blackberry devices (and will always prefer).

    It all goes back to Swift Boats in Vietnam. When they had to fire up the generator just shoot guns that used electronic targeting. The enemy always knew where you were.... there was no surprise. Modern combat systems almost all run on some form of RTOS. Whether that be a modified RTOS Linux OS w/ SE (Secure Linux) Kernel or now even a modified version of Android w/ both RTOS capability and SE Kernel! .....NSA finished the SE Kernel for Android early last year! ......now if Blackberry would just get really smart and release Blackberry 10 to Open Source Community, they'd assure themselves a future matched up to this new more powerful hardware!