BlackBerry 10 QWERTY keyboard gets "Fantastic" review and the software is unique

BlackBerry 10 QWERTY keyboard gets
BlackBerry 10 is expected to be launched early in 2013, but that hasn't stopped the Canadian manufacturer from trying to get a positive buzz going for the devices. CIO.com journalist Al Sacco was given a chance to try out two BlackBerry 10 models. One he characterized as being an evolution of RIM's BlackBerry Bold line, including a physical QWERTY keyboard that he couldn't stop raving about. Sacco called the keyboard "Fantastic" and said that RIM did not let down those fans of the BlackBerry QWERTY. The Bold-esque model also has a touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 720.

The other BlackBerry 10 model is a full touch screen device that Sacco says resembles the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device that RIM has been handing out to developers. He says that some cosmetic changes were made to enhance its looks and the phone is not as slim as some of today's Android models. The resolution of this model is 720 x 1280. Sacco is not allowed to give out the specs on the two phones outside of information that is already known, such as the fact that both models have removable batteries.

Sacco says the full touch model resembles the BB 10 Dev Alpha model

Sacco says the full touch model resembles the BB 10 Dev Alpha model

The full touch model will be launched a little before the BlackBerry 10 model with a physical QWERTY. The first two models to be released will be high-end devices. After that, two more BB 10 handsets will be launched, one more full touch unit and one more with a physical QWERTY. Those models will be for the low to mid-range market. Considering that RIM CEO Thorsten Heins called the lack of LTE connectivity one of the reasons why BlackBerry has been unable to compete with Apple and Android, expect to see LTE on BB10 handsets.

Turning to the software, Sacco says it is much more "polished" then when it was displayed at BlackBerry World. He called it "smooth and snappy," which sounds positive. But the most important thing that Sacco noted about the BlackBerry 10 OS is that it felt unique. He said that it didn't feel like iOS or Android although it did have a little of webOS in it. Overall, he called the unique qualities of the OS "refreshing".

It is just one man's opinion, but it sure sounds like BlackBerry might not be dead yet.

source: CIO.com via BerryReview

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25 Comments

1. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Of course the Alpha phone is gonna be thick. It's an Alpha phone for devs. Anyway, it's cool to know that RIM is attempting to make a comeback! I will definitely be there the day that BB10 phones come to market to try them out. Can't wait!

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont really get why people think that this dev alpha is the final products (these commenters below me) and will assume that apple will sue them coz of the design... this dev alpha sa so may 2012 people!!! why wont you just be happy that one company wanted to make a comback?! ths duopoly sucks... even WP is still hardly catching up.. but they will catch up... but i wish BB10 the best for success... i hope to see some killer specs BB10 device on 2013!! but cheaper.... good strategy should be consider!

2. webOSlove unregistered

I really am happy for BlackBerry owners because I know what position they're in where everyone says that their favorite OS IS GOING to fail

3. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

The phone looks good, it looks SGS2! Oh wait? A flat bezel with rounded corners?!!!

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Now that would be a novel concept - reincarnate webOS in BB10....

24. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I keep hearing good things about BB10, and I am with Doug: Give us a WebOS type experience, and watch the excitement grow. All WebOS lacked was great hardware and apps. BB generally make GREAT hardware, so that leaves app support. I am seriously tempted to give this thing a try.

5. DechyX

Posts: 155; Member since: May 16, 2011

it looks like an iPhone. Apple needs to take them to court... when they become successful.

6. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Looks like a Motorola DROID X.

7. kingty773

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

until I the consumer see it for myself and get to play around it... Blackberry is dead,... I been waiting for years for this Blackberry 10.... excited, but dead until its out for sale

8. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

i will let you know how good it is when it get ported to android lol

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

the rise of the BlackBerry... well they actually catch up and making a huge step forward with this BB10 OS!!! it really look great... but RIM only problem now is consumers love.. yes they will be love by devs coz its easy to make apps to the platform now and easy porting apps from android..but their problem now is consumers love coz if they have good hardware, good look, good everything but a very expensive device.. they will surely flop... they should not forgot that they need to be back, they need to be love by one of the biggest market, the US! coz now the US market is made up of android and iOS and the whole world is also most likely the same... but a good marketing strategy, they will surely be ok... but that strategy need to include cheap device but high end specs..offer the high end to flagship devices to carrier but cheaper (like lumia 900 did..now its on plan $50)... the tablets..Playbook should be cheaper too in order to sell.. even the PB now only cost $200 but the heck why RIM offer PB 4G to carrier at plan $350? its hilarious! people will just get galaxy tab at plan $199 instead!!! in order for them to sell these BB7 devices.. they need to cut down the prices of these devices... why dont they go like HP did to TouchPad? let it go on sale since it wont be updated to BB10 right?! coz these bb7 devices still cost too much!!! people can buy a galaxy s2 with ICS installed but cheaper... and it has a strong ecosystem... and im pretty much sure that international version of s2 will get a Jelly Bean update.. coz it has a capable device... and it is a flagship after all.. again, everything will be all right if they will offer it to general market.. they shouldn't go high price and compete with iPhone 5 and the next big android..but if they do the lumia 900 way to US market, it will work out!!.. they need high specs device at cheap price!! long live BlackBerry.. may the odds be with you forever in your favor!!

10. redmd

Posts: 1890; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They just have to lower their prices.

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

indeed... cheaper but high end specs... like the lumia 900 did... a flagship but offer on a price of a mid range... in order for them to get love, they need a good marketing strategy... and in order for those BB7 devices to sell they need to go the HP TOuchPad way... im pretty sure people will go crazy about that huge sale!!

11. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I seriously hope this can bring RIM a huge amount of success. Its sad seeing companies that were their when I was younger fail.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... they should really need to have a comeback... they deserve to be on top with iPhone, androids(and Windows Phone in the near future).. if Heins was justthe CEO 3 tears ago... BB might be on top... its Heins idea to acquire QNX and make PlayBook OS.. its past CEOs are so blind to see the competition and the rise of touch screens!!! they actually catch up to competition!! they have a siri esque voice assistant (not quite similar app like siri but i hope they will work hard on that) support of latest hardware (they will use s4 chips and now with LTE) and a lot more... but its up to the marketing strategy... if they will go to the price where the iPhone and Android Royalties rule, they are dead... but if they go the lumia 900 way to the US market, then they will get some consumers love... they need a good strategy for BB10..coz its future rely on decisions now... but they need to sell these BB7 devices too right? why wont they go what HP did to TouchPad? it will sure be a hit.. since i think those BB7 devices wont be upgraded to BB10 coz BB10 is QNX and BB7 is java base..

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

this is even great... BB10 is delayed but when it is release we will be happy about the app catalog!!!http://crackberry.com/blackberry-app-world-filling-blackberry-10-apps

15. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Smile.

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Uhh oh. It has rounded corners and a clear panel on top of the display. Stay tuned for the Apple lawsuit. That's obviously a copy of an Iphone.

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

its an alpha device.. and its a prototype... its developer exclusive device... its not commercial so apple's suing muscle wont be activated to this one!!!

20. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

i can not wait for BB10 i love my android phone but what RIM is doing with BB is every interesting. i wouldnt mind my next device to be that full touch BB

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah...its time for BlackBerry to return!!!

21. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nothing will beat android, its a master of its art

22. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Wheres that guy with a profile pic of a bb logo with a red cross on it? Damned.. i wanna tease him real bad... hes being a jerk posting hates on all bb related news.... this can prove that.. he is WRONG that bb os is a fail.

23. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

BlackBerry OS still sucks

26. cigarhigh

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

BB needs to do whatever it takes to keep up with iphone and android as long as they keep the qwerty keyboard....that's been the selling point with me, but it is disappointing to see their software falling behind their rivals. They nned to get more apps and speed up their sofeware definately.....hopefully this latest release will bring them back tothe forfront where they belong!!! As long as there are BB querty keyboards around...I will be happy!!!!

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