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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  • 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.

  • Peek refers to the way in which you can 'peek' at your Hub and notifications without leaving whatever you were already doing.

    For example, in the picture above, swiping up from the centre-middle of the screen to the middle-right hand side of the screen activates Peek and shows notifications waiting in the Hub. The platform also uses a Peek-like dissolve animation as you swipe from the bottom to the top of the device to unlock it.

    Flow, on the other hand, is BlackBerry's name for the way in which people navigate the BlackBerry 10 OS, flowing from task to task, peeking at things along the way.

  • Quick, uniform access to features is something BlackBerry has paid particular attention to with BlackBerry 10, and as such, swiping from the left-hand side, bottom or top of the screen results in a predictable action.

    For example, swiping down from the top gives you access quick access to system shortcuts, regardless of whether you're using an app or on the home screen (pictured above).

    Similarly, swiping from the left-hand side brings up feature options of any open app, for example, allowing you to select between local, SD card and Dropbox storage within the File Manager app.

    And swiping up from the bottom centre of the screen always returns you to the Active Frames screen and displays the shortcuts to the phone dialler, camera and universal search box (visible at the bottom of the screen in the picture above).

Topics: BlackBerry, Mobility, Smartphones

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With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

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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