I once avoided getting a word in on BlackBerry 10, but a few days ago, I have bought this excellently reviewed and assessed handset and, now that I had the opportunity to play and test the device directly, I’m going to give a proper short review here.
As the BlackBerry’s first handset that runs BB10 OS, its hardware feels largely similar to those first-line Android/Windows Phone, with a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 16 GB of storage, and a 1280×768 pixel touch-screen.
On one hand, BlackBerry 10 is beautiful enough in designing. It takes users a few seconds to learn how to use the swipe UI – onscreen tips are provided – but once you learn the ropes of it, the operation is quite easy. On the other hand, the built-in apps are innovative and imaginatively developed and the messaging is as excellent as expected. However, the browser isn’t as good as others since it doesn’t actually navigate to full web pages and, copying text from the entry fields and elsewhere is fussy. Anyway, it’s a strong beginning for a brand new mobile operating system.
Apart from the overall functionality, the BB10 OS is derivative and far more different from the previous BlackBerry environment so that it may scare off some BlackBerry fans. The value of a phone with a keyboard is therefore subdued by Android Phones and iPhones as arguably more powerful and full-featured.
To be frank, BlackBerry 10 worked nicely in my tests, but it is, as far as I am concerned, still a work in progress. I appreciated some things a lot, including its newly designed virtual keyboard and camera, and the way it collects all your data into a single Hub. But it will run with just part of the applications available from its competitors, and is lack of some very popular titles. It also misses its own cloud-based eco-system for saving and sharing data, just like the Apple’s iCloud or Google Drive. And there are other missing or lagging features.