"Changes what we will expect from smartphones. Amazing."5.0 starson by winter_hat
Pros: The 'Hub', keyboard, time shift camera, browser, gesture based UI
Cons: Battery life
Summary: Finally, I have my Z10 from Canada!!
My phone history includes old windows phones, droid Incredible, Bold 9930, Galaxy Note, now Samsung Galaxy S3. I bought this because as a former programmer and database designer, I had followed the development of BB10 OS closely and realized it's potential. It doesn't disappoint.
Put this phone in your hands. It feels amazing. Play with the interface. It's butter smooth, so responsive, no lag. Open web pages, there is NO BROWSER ON ANY DEVICE this fast (google it.)
The keyboard is nothing short of groundbreaking. After a few days, I am typing better than I ever have. This is the best virtual keyboard on any device, bar none. Heat sensors track errors and BB subtly adjusts the virtual location of where your fat finger meant to press. Swipe left to delete words, swipe down to toggle symbols, swipe up to accept predictions that hover over the individual keys...
The 'Hub' is where it's at. They put communication at the center of this OS. Imagine that, a phone that decided to concentrate on communication? All interactions from all sources in one place and instantly accessible. SMS, BBM, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, emails, and other apps that want a Hub presence. You choose what shows up in the Hub. It's not droid 'notifications' or iOS rip-off of droid notifications, its different. Like all of you, on my S3 if I got a communication while using the phone, I would have to close the app I was in, open whatever app held the communication (text, Facebook, etc), respond from that app, then close that app, and reopen the original app. Wow, I can't believe how much better the 'Hub' is. I can peek to see if I need to respond. If not, continue with the app I'm in. If I do, I swipe over and respond from within the Hub. NEVER OPENING ANY OTHER APPS TO RESPOND. Then swipe back and the app I was in is still there running. Amazing. Just use it, you will see what I mean and you will never settle for anything less.
And the gesture based OS? Run your life with one thumb. No more looking for home keys or back arrows. ALL SWIPE. Once you get used to that, you will never accept anything else. Seriously, watch someone who owns one and how their 'phone life' is compared to yours with your clumsy fumbling about looking at the screen for where to put your finger, feeling for home keys. Lol.
Don't say Blackberry lacks apps. It has many of the major ones and the rest are coming. In the meantime, it has apps that no one else can compare to and they are all PART of the OS. Phones are not simply app players. They all can do that. No one else does what this phone does. The only similarity to iOS or Android are icons. That's it. Don't look at it as a slightly different version of those UIs....it's completely different.
Keep in mind...this is a completely new OS built from the ground up for communication, security, multitasking, and separation of work/personal. Those are at it's core. iOS and Android will have to copy many of this phones features, but they weren't programmed from the start with those things in mind. They were programmed to play apps, with those things as an afterthought. Whatever they do to 'catch up' will involve slapping patch code onto an OS that was designed for playing apps. I'm not sure if I can stress that enough. It's hard for a non-programmer to see the difference, but it's substantial enough that you should consider it. If communication and security and ease of use are what you want from your phone, there is no serious competition presently. If you can't wait a month for Instagram (it is coming to BB10) then you'll have to get one of the endless stream of Androids and pay for that choice a few seconds at a time, 100s of times per day, for the life of your phone.
Read the users reviews, the people who have to live with it. Not a fan boy of some other phone that gives it a quick whirl and goes back to the only phones they love.
Or better yet, take no one's word for it...use it.