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Blackberry Z10 review

Fri Feb 08 2013, 14:05

Unfortunately we haven't yet had a chance to try the feature as our company doesn't run BES10. However, for enterprises with BES10, we're thinking Balance could be a key selling point.

Blackberry's also loaded the Z10 with a host of other more personal security features, and chief among these is Blackberry Protect.

Blackberry Protect is a free service available for all BB10 handset owners, offering a host of personal security features. One of the most useful of these is the ability to track lost or stolen handsets.

This can be done either by making the handset emit a distinctive beeping noise to let you know if it is in the immediate vicinity. Alternatively, its more technical View Location service lets users check an online map to see where there handset is.

Blackberry Protect also lets users remotely lock the lost device to display a message, meaning users can post a reward for their Blackberry's return or leave a personal note for the thief.

Despite Blackberry 10's impressive array of in-built security features the majority of the changes have a more consumer focus and are designed to make Blackberry 10 easier to use. The primary way it does this is by making Blackberry an almost entirely gesture-based interface.

The interface is even more gesture-focused than Android and iOS, demonstrated by the fact it doesn't even have a home button. Instead returning to the main menu window is done by swiping up from the bottom bezel.

BlackBerry Z10 app management

Swiping up doesn't actually stop the application running, instead it adds it to a window showcasing what apps are currently active. Blackberry 10 lets up to eight apps run at the same time, showing which are currently active in a separate window; these can be accessed by swiping right from the main app window.

One further swipe right from the open apps screen takes you to the Blackberry Hub. Blackberry hub is a particularly useful tool that collates information and messages from all the accounts on the phone. Using it you can see all your incoming email, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin messages in one place.

It also boasts filtering options that let you control which account is displaying at any one time. Despite the usefulness of the Hub though, we would note that there are still a number of issues with the Blackberry 10 OS, chief of which is its hit and miss app offering.

Blackberry has loaded the Z10 with a slew of apps. The good news is that many, if not all the useful Blackberry services, like Messenger and Screen Share are still there and are as good as ever. The bad news is that most of the third-party apps are either not available on Blackberry 10, useless, or so buggy they're not worth using.

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