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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  • Firing up the device, you're not really greeted by a home screen, and there isn't a home button either. Instead, you'll see the screen with open/running apps displayed as an Active Frame (denoted by a slightly different icon to the left of the app screen indicators), similar to Windows Live tiles.

    Developers also have access to this functionality, and can build apps that use the live update aspect of Active Frames.

    The most recently used app is always top left of the screen and up to eight of the most recently running apps can be shown. In the image above, the app in the bottom left-hand corner is the system's File Manager, which gives a live display of how much space is left in each area: the SD card, the internal storage and in a linked Dropbox account. 

  • Swiping from right to left from this screen takes you to a traditional list of apps, similar to those found on iOS and Android. These are split into pages of 16 icons, and you can also create folders of apps by dropping them on top of each other.

    Ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry realised that it would need big-name apps in the BlackBerry World app store on day one. Out of the box, the Z10 comes with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, YouTube, Box, DropBox, Flixster and some news apps pre-installed. There's also the obligatory Angry Birds game (Star Wars edition, if it's a deal-breaker).

    It also comes with a new version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) that now includes video calling, bringing the service in line with similar offerings such as Skype or Apple's FaceTime. BlackBerry 10 users can make BBM video calls with other BlackBerry 10 users and PlayBook owners, but with older BlackBerry handsets, they'll only be able to make voice calls.

  • Hub is one of the three main concepts underpinning BlackBerry 10 (along with Peak and Flow).

    BlackBerry Hub is the integrated inbox with all your messages and communications including calls, text messages, work email, personal email, social networking updates or calendar notifications.

    If that all sounds a bit much, you can filter the inbox by service, so that you're only looking at one of those categories, for example.

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.
    mbratch
  • Keyboard

    Loving the way they've done the predictive text input. That looks like a winning solution.
    radsdau@...
  • 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.
    pnamajck
  • 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!
    KronJohn