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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).
The browser on board the Z10 includes a private browsing mode, tabs, bookmarks and Flash support, and is highly HTML5 compatible.
It also has options for pinning sites to the home screen and a Reader mode that strips out all the superfluous content, as shown in the before and after picture above.
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.