Blackberry Z10 and Q10 unveiled – the dawn of a new era?

This is it, folks. This, right here, is one of those moments where history holds its breath, to see what’s going to happen next. Yes, today was the day when them swanky new Blackberry phones got announced, and we got our first proper look at what the future of the Blackberry is going to be.

The first big news is that company is now actually going to be called Blackberry, instead of RIM, and not before time, too! Seriously their phones are never, ever known as ‘RIM phones’, so it’s about time the company name was updated to reflect that. So whatever happens, it’s definitely a new era for RIM, ‘cos they’re not actually RIM any more. But that’s not, why we’re here. What we all want to know is what are the phones like?

Well, let’s start with the Blackberry Z10, the one that’s quite clearly meant to take on the likes of the iPhone 5. What ye’re looking at is a full touchscreen device, with a screen that comes in at 4.2 inches, and what has a resolution slightly higher than 720p. So, basically, a nice looking screen, even if it is, to my mind, a bit small; 4.2 inches strikes me as a bit diddy, in a world where the Samsung Galaxy Note II exists, but ah well. That’s what ye’re looking at, anyway. Oh, and in terms of performance, it’s going to be pretty chuffing nippy, since it’s got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and a nicely meaty 2GB of RAM.

So, that’s that one. But what about the other one?

Welp, the Blackberry Q10 looks a lot more like Blackberry phones of olde, since it’s got a full hardware keyboard. The big difference is that there’s no hardware soft keys, thanks Blackberry 10 using gesture controls for, well, everything. I can’t help but feel that the Blackberry Q10 looks like a bit of a throwback, but I suppose it could end up being popular amongst business users.

Speaking of which, business support is one of the bits of the new OS where there’s been some rather neat new additions. The first is the ability to completely wall off your personal life from your business life, segregating both into distinct bits of the phone, and making sure that never the twain shall meet. The other bit is that the device can be controlled, remotely, and upon hearing that, IT departments all round the world started rejoicing.

As for mainstream, consumer features, there’s one bit that I really, really love about Blackberry 10, and it’s that Timeshift feature in the camera; basically, you can take a pic of your friends, the camera goes into burst-fire mode to grab loads of shots and you can mix and match their faces, to make sure you get one pic with them all smiling.

That’s not technology, that’s witchcraft, and it’s awesome.

So yeah, pretty damn cool. Will they be enough to turn things around for RIM Blackberry? Well, I don’t know, they could still smurf things up royally, but the potential is there, without a doubt. I hope it pays off, though, I really do, ‘cos I want to see these things succeed, not least because us Brits are getting the phones first, before anyone else in the world.

It’s nice to see a phone manufacturer finally acknowledging Britain’s obvious superiority…

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