For the last week I've been futzing with the new BlackBerry phone, the BlackBerry Z10. I can't make calls or send texts (no SIM card), but I have gotten a sense of it. Today we'll tour the Z10 and the BB 10 operating system; tomorrow, some thoughts on whether you should jump (back?) to the BB fold.
Possibly the most striking difference between the Z10 and other smartphones is the lack of any buttons, hard or soft, including a Home key. Instead, you navigate through BB10's various 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 pixel screens by sliding across, up or down, starting at the bezel. For instance, from this initial screen of app icons, slide from the left bezel (the black frame area around the screen) to the right to get to BlackBerry Tiles (see next slide). Slide left bezel-to-right again to get to the BlackBerry Hub message inbox (see later slide). Slide from the top bezel top to get a Settings menu. Slide from the bottom bezel up to get to the BlackBerry Tiles page. Interesting, but I still would have liked a default Home button just so I didn't have to spend the nano second required to remember which way to slide to get out of where I was.