BlackBerry Z10: The phoenix phone

Mar 07 2013, 15:00 IST
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SummaryA full-touch device that will make you productive right from the word go with its fast browser, new features and a large app library

BlackBerry Z10: Evolution is disorderly. From its earlier underpinnings of code in C++ to QNX Neutrino, stock collapse to near oblivion in consumer market, Z10 is a remarkable story of dogged persistence and how RIM (renamed as BlackBerry) reinvented itself against all odds. Innovative disruption. Thats the immediate thought after holding the new BlackBerry device. Sporting a sleek all bezelled glass, this beauty has a sporty back with 3.5 mm standard jack on top and a volume rocker on the side. Z10 has truly announced its arrival on the world stage; as a phoenix.

At first, its important to appreciate the philosophy of its operating system. Why was a new platform chosen? Existing legacy OS is stunted. QNX, in contrast, runs every app in a reloadable isolated process; the micro kernel, residing in L1 cache of CPU, executes code in fractions of microseconds. Power multitasking is a reality. Effectively, QNX has the ability to run multi-core processors and even retrieve files spanning geographies which is called as plumbing. Disparate units self discover and become self aware. POSIX (Portable Operating System for UniX) compliance opens up the possibilities for integration with any platform. Sheer brilliance.

This reviewer critically depends on real time syndication. Earlier attempts to aggregate and merge the flow of information in one central service were stymied by lack of products with open APIs. The time ordered flow of information funnelled as an unique output offers a radical way to stay informed as well as leverage it as a human filter. BlackBerry has taken this to a new different level by creating a hub as an interactive digital diary. This reviewer, over a period of time, sees this as a seamless extension of your digital social life. Dropbox is integrated in the OS itself, extending the power of cloud to your handset.

The user navigates by easy to learn gestures; they are smooth, fluid and superlative without any home button. Keyboard is pure icing on the cake. Migrating from a physical keyboard on his Bold, I took time to adapt to the awesome touch screen counterpart. Once you get the hang of it, you literally flick the words in the input; as if automatically, BlackBerry reads your mind. This is sheer genius; way better than Swype that this author had used before.

BlackBerry messenger in its new avatar comes with screen sharing. Tested with a contact, his entire digital existence came

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