1BlackBerry Z10—Another Dark Monolith
2Home Screen Displays Basic Info at a Glance
The home screen on the BlackBerry shows you the basics. You see the time and date, your next appointment and how many messages of what type are waiting to be read. There are also details of what sort of signals are available and your battery charge, as well as an icon that will take you directly to the camera.
3The App Screen Emerges
BlackBerry follows its practice of providing icons for installed apps as it did in the previous versions, but in the case of the Z10, they cover the whole screen instead of just a row or two at the bottom. Most of the apps on the first screen are included with the Z10. You swipe the screen to the left to see more screens and more apps.
4The BlackBerry Hub Is Always Readily Accessible
The idea with BlackBerry 10 is to let your work flow. This means that you can slide any screen aside to see what’s in the BlackBerry Hub, which is where you can have your email, BlackBerry Messenger and text messages collected, along with voice mails, phone calls and notifications. You can choose what you want in the Hub. To see it, you can just slide whatever screen you’re on over a little for a look, or you can slide it all the way to access the Hub. When you are done, just slide the screen or app you were using back into place to keep working.
5QNX Delivers Real Multitasking in BlackBerry Z10
Yes, those are four open apps you see, and they’re all open and running at the same time. You can switch between them at a touch, open and close apps as needed, and move the screens around to where you want them. BlackBerry 10 is a real-time multitasking operating system that lets you run in a split-screen mode, open multiple windows at once or run apps in the background while you focus on something on the screen. This is the most visible manifestation of QNX you are likely to see these days. But in reality, it’s everywhere. QNX probably runs the computer in your car, perhaps the avionics on the airliner you’re flying in, or any number of other systems that need stability and reliability along with multitasking.
6A Real Browser That Displays Real Pages
7View From the Top of BlackBerry Z10
The top of the Z10 features its sleep/power button and the headphone jack. The headphone jack will work with headphones designed for the iPhone, as well as those designed for BlackBerry and Android devices. One quick push of the button and you put the BlackBerry to sleep; a longer push and you can power it down.
8The Bottom View
9The BlackBerry Z10 Home Port
10The Volume Key
11The Back Has More Than Just a Fancy Logo
12A Look Inside the BlackBerry Z10
13Removable Battery Keeps You Charged Up
14Z10 Works With a Fixed SIM Tray
The SIM card slides out from a fixed SIM tray. This is slightly unusual and can be a little tricky if you don’t realize that the card slides into the actual tray rather than using a removable tray as is the case with many other phones. However, once you do it the first time, it’s easy.