BlackBerry 10: Why I'm genuinely excited for it

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.

Wow! It has been forever since I’ve had the opportunity of reviewing a BlackBerry device of some kind. In fact, the last one I managed to check out was the BlackBerry Curve 9360 – with the beloved Bold 9900 being the one before that. Having slumbered through most of the 2012 year, RIM is embarking on a new venture this year, as they intend to kick off 2013 later in the month with the official introduction of its brand spanking new BlackBerry 10 platform (and devices too, we hope).

Crazy to say, it’s been well over a year since I’ve last experience BlackBerry, but after getting a sneak peek at the upcoming platform over CES, I’m genuinely excited by what RIM has to offer. Above all, it’s the platform experience that’s going to pique my interest – though, it’d be nice to see some awesome flagship device to show off the equally anticipated platform. By now, many people throughout the industry is pinning BlackBerry 10 as the last hoorah for RIM, who has seemingly been in the back burner as the competition has passed them by. Despite the ominous tone that might surround it, RIM has a loyal following and a deep subscriber base that should keep them relevant throughout it all.

Buttery smoothness to the max

So why am I excited about BlackBerry 10? Well, for starters, I’m just enamored by how smooth the platform rolls along with various operations. At the center of it all, it seems as though the design language of the platform maintains its form from previous versions, but the execution of various functions have been modified. Better yet, there’s a certain level of eye candy sprinkled onto the platform – from the cool animation happening when unlocking the device to the smooth transitions littered all over the place, it has enough of them to appear modern. However, it’s just that level of consistency with its performance that raises my eyebrows the most. Seriously, when I think about Android’s project Butter, this is what I envision – something that maintains that responsiveness with everything!

Sure, we were given a small sample of what to expect from BlackBerry 10 – such as the various swipe gestures in play and how to gain access to BlackBerry Hub. In fact, RIM’s concept of BlackBerry Flow enables users to seamlessly go from one app to another without exiting the BlackBerry Hub entirely. Whereas other platforms might launch a separate application, everything is clearly integrated within the BlackBerry Hub, which means you can get all of your contacts, calendars, and notifications without exiting to another app. Easy? Of course! And that’s exactly how it should be done in the first place.

Still a great OS for messaging

Another cool aspect is how they’ve fine-tuned the messaging experience, since as we know, BlackBerry devices are known for their messaging prowess. In addition to the usual way of inputting text, by simply hitting characters independently, BlackBerry 10 relies on contextual clues from previous written sentences to predict what you’re going to type next. As you begin to type, you’ll see specific words that you can swipe up on to “throw” into your message – so yeah, it’s going to be even easier to type with an all-touch device.

Even better web browsing experience

Data is everything nowadays with our devices, so it’s really a bummer whenever I encounter a device that struggles to maintain that buttery smooth performance in the web browsing department. Heck, there are still some high-powered Android smartphones out there that exhibit some choppiness with the experience, which is mind-boggling considering they’re sporting some intense hardware under the hood. Although there’s no exact mention as to what’ll power these future BlackBerry 10 devices, one thing is absolutely certain from my quick look at the dev alpha unit – it’s that the performance is consistent! Loading pages wasn’t a problem with the dev alpha unit, since it’s connected via Wi-Fi, but as soon as I placed my finger on the screen to scroll, I’m just astounded by its fluidity. The best way to describe it is like moving your finger through water, as the ripples occur the moment our finger touches the water – simply, it’s that instant.

Of course, I can go on to a host of other things that justify the platform’s strength – such as the cool “time shift” feature with taking photos. Ultimately though, the biggest thing for me that’ll make, or possibly break the platform, is the kind of third party app support that’ll be available with the new OS. Indeed, it’s wonderful to know that there are over 65,000 developers on board with BlackBerry 10 so far, but it’s all about those quality apps for me that’ll truly justify whether or not the platform will have longevity. As we know, iOS and Android lay claim to the best third party apps, and even though Window Phone has a slick look with its modern UI, it’s still lagging in terms of functional apps that rival its competition.

To infinity and beyond

As much as I’d like to dwell about the great stuff I’ve seen with BlackBerry OS 10 so far, I can’t help but reminisce about webOS. Looking back at it, Palm had something that was ahead of the times, but they failed to branch out its third party app support in a timely manner. Actually, I was a staunch defender of the platform, since I was sold on how “Synergy” would take things to the next level. Knowing that Apple and Google have Siri and Google Now respectively as their personal digital assistant services, it’ll be interesting to see if RIM will have something similar right from the onset. Then again, since this is version 1.0 of a new platform we’re seeing, it might be in the works down the road. Whatever the outcome, all eyes are on January 30th when they officially take the cat out of the bag.

It’s do or die time, or maybe not? So far, I’m convinced that RIM has taken the time to make sure the initial launch is going to be something grand. Unlike Microsoft and Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 seems like a more defined and extensive platform right from the gates. From its take on the whole multi-tasking procedure, to the new predictive text feature it has to offer, it’s comforting to realize that they’re making sure to have a developed OS from the beginning – rather than trickling it down over a period of time. Finally, the biggest question left is what magical device will be the go-to one that’ll epitomize the freshness of RIM’s reboot. When it comes to messaging devices, I’ve always been a fan of the beloved Bold series, and I hope dearly that we won’t be disappointed by the next incarnation. So with that, I say welcome back RIM! You’ve been missed greatly.



1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I'm glad I'm not the only who is excited for it, I have lots of close friends with BlackBerries and wouldn't mind at all at hopping onto the bandwagon. Best thing is the browser in my opinion, hopefully they got it right this time.

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Indeed it is a pretty good OS with very good performance. I wish them luck and hope BB make a good come back with this masterpiece. I am excited too actually. #Respect BB#

9. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

It's just an OS and it'll catch on fire soon (sing my sentence in Alicia Keys "Girl On Fire" tone)

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Get a life son :p

3. JC557

Posts: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'm pretty interested in it as well. It's finally something fresh from RIM unlike the Bold 9930 or Torch 9850 from last gen. The OS looks to be smooth with a clean layout and the device is professional looking and would go great with business and casual attire. If the battery life is good as is software developement I don't see why it can't succeed. RIM should also do what they do best and make a camera-less version for those who work in restrictive enviornments.

4. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I like how you can wake the phone from swiping up, just wonder if it will have a tendency to unlock in your pocket.

5. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I wish it well. iOS is basically stuck in 2007 and one still needs a pilot's license to run Android.

6. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Crazy to say, I saw TONS of people still using BlackBerries throughout CES. So yeah, they still have a huge following

10. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

I'm excited for it too, John

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

A lot of bb fans/owners are excited they have a qwerty version bb10 & comes with nfc.

17. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

but some of them dont really like that the home button and the trackpad is gone... but as for me, who needs them anyways? with BB10, its all about the flow!

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Was and still am a Blackberry fan, so I really look forward to getting one in my hands. But I really, really, really hope to not see the same old 3.2 or 5 megapixel camera they're still using. And I hope they reconsider making the "clickable" screen from the Storm 2. The first Storm left a bad taste in consumer's mouths, but my experience with the second version was hands down the BEST touch screen I have ever used. Please bring it back!

11. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

BB10 and BB definitely deserves the third spot IMO. Everywhere i look, aside from IPhones and Galaxies i still see a LOT of teens and suits don a Blackberry from 2009 and 2010, tablets are predominantly IPad to no one's surprise. Even celebs in the UK are notorious for still hanging onto their blackberries!

12. molina0512

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What's the excitement about when wp8...does the same functions from the "people hub"..interesting how fake and hypocritical this reviewers can be...they down talk an OS and then when see it has potential they start praising it.

23. Sw120

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

WP8 does have a people hub but blackberry just does it better. WP is an awful looking platform that could be good if Microsoft improved the overall look of it. Blackberry 10 looks amazing!

13. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I'm also very interested in BB 10 as well. They took a long time to develop this OS for a reason, so I hope we all won't be disappointed!

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I hope that this turns RIM around. It never hurts to have more options and I almost went with BB when getting my first smartphone. Glad I didn't at the time because that was the Storm2 and we all remember how that worked out. I think if they would've forgone the "Touchpress" stuff it might've bought them some time. It sounded good in theory, but didn't translate in the execution. But I liked a lot of the stuff with their OS. So if they've made BB better, I'll definitely give them a strong look for my next phone.

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

a greatly written article..nice job john v! BlackBerry is BACK!!!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

im really excited.. i cant even visualize how BB10 will neutralize the competition. in my opinoin BB10 has its promise of its own truly is they take time and effort to redesign and reinvent their stuff and this is not just a minor update its something big

19. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

A lot of my friends who were hardcore Blackberry users are also excited for BB10. I'm not surprised, the new look is finally fresh and RIM is finally trying something new with their hardware. I'm definitely looking forward to see what BB10 brings to the table.

20. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It's 2013 - second gen quad core processors. Why they used only a dual core? I don't think that it is as powerful as Apple's one. But I'm still interested in bb10

22. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

Why would you think that? It has been covered all over the internet the only Android is pushing Quad Core processors. iOS, WP8, & soon BB10 will all be running Dual Core. Clearly the OS is buttery smooth from the article above. So again, I ask, why would you think it wouldn't be as powerful as iOS....? I'll wait.....

24. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I mean that some people won't buy this phone only because of quantity of cores, especially basic users, who want a premium smartphone. That's why Samsung have done an 8-core processor. I didn't say that it is worse than iOS, I sad that their dual core processor isn't as powerful as that, which Apple is using (by some specs even Tegra 4 loses to Apple). My association with dual core processors is 2011, now it's 2013. I'm disappointed that z10 doesn't have a 1080p screen as well. So I hope to see superphones from bb)

21. cheeseaddict

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

at last the only PA news that is not biased! way to go john! smartphone market are for free people, we want freedom and choice that's why rim will bring us blackberry 10! can't wait! im excited!

25. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

not to criticize it but how is this article not biased? this is an opinion article on how jooooooooooooooooohn V is excited about blackberry10. The whole thing is practically biased, but not in a bad way please go to wikipedia or soemwhere and look up bias and nonbias and what they really mean. Just because it agrees with you doesn't mean it isn't biased Just because it is an apple product doesn't make it biased either Just because it lists some fault of an android device doesn't mean it is biased Just because it praises an android product doesn't mean it isn't biased And if you think iphone reviews(or all reviews in general) are biased then.... GUESS WHAT... THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BIASED so the next time you flame Ray or John or whoever, by calling them biased, well........ you are absolutley correct in your claim you call a Phone review unbiased? you are f*cking wrong you want nonbiased phone reviews? then look at the tech specs! Coming out of the mouth of a proud Nexus One/Optimus T owner I'm tired of reading this biased nonbiased sh*ttalk. the fact that these articles are biased add the the entertainment or reading it. otherwise, they would be bland As I said earlier, if you want completly nonbiased things, then you should take a look at phone/whatnot technical specifications

26. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Could RIM have learned something from their past mistakes, where they felt their loyal fans would always be there even if they put out, while still dependable and decent, less then exciting products? Could RIM have learned from Windows Phones launch, which in all honesty was a "soft start", kinda half effort which barely registered a blip in the sales until 2 and a half years later? Could RIM have learned it's lesson on apps, and truly be ready to offer a competitive slate at launch? Could all the doomsayers who have buried RIM in the last two years be ready to be taught their own lesson?? I am cheering for them. As a WP user, I have lots of good memories of BlackBerry. I have not bought a WP8, and am ready to give them a shot. I am your audience, RIM, show me you have learned and want to earn my cash....

27. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

John.. have you tried Dolphin browser with the Jetpack engine?? I've repeatedly mentioned how incredibly smooth and fast it feels !! And here's a shocker! That's THE HIGHEST SCORE OUT OF ANY BROWSER out there (including BB10 and desktops!!) Please try it out and do an article about it

28. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Here's the highest out of 5 tries:

29. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

well i think i would get one to my collection...

30. whoyton

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have to admit I am very dissapointed in the new BB10 as neither does it look as unnoticed or fresh than the old BBs which I'm afraid is what BB need right now if they want to stay in the game.

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