You know the old adage: “Good things come to those who wait.” If you’ve been waiting patiently for the latest BlackBerry release, you’ll no doubt fall in love with BlackBerry 10. Without abandoning what made BlackBerry such a universally sought device in the first place – fast typing and messaging, the best battery around and security that even banks and governments trust – BlackBerry upped the ante with features every smartphone owner loves and relies upon: blazing speed, smooth multi-tasking, a killer web browser, smart cameras and apps galore. Here’s a look at what makes the new BlackBerry so hot.
BlackBerry 10 Smartphone at a Glance
- LTE connectivity. That means super-fast downloads and seamless browsing
- 1.5 GHz processor: That means smooth and fast multi-tasking
- 8 MP camera: That means pro-level photos and video
- 4.2-IN 1280 x 768 screen: That means a gorgeous HD display, great for vids and pics
- 16GB storage: That means ample room for media and other files
You’re watching a video, browsing the web or playing a game and you notice a blinking red light on top of your phone – a new message awaits. Pause what you’re doing by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and over to the right to peek at BlackBerry Hub. It’s your command centre for all incoming messages, be it email, text (SMS), BlackBerry Messenger, social media updates, voicemail – you name it. The Hub lets you instantly choose whether or not to reply, or just let the screen snap back in place and seamlessly continue with what you were doing.
When you get your BlackBerry Z10 through Rogers, you’ll be on the Rogers LTE network – Canada’s fastest wireless internet. From downloading and streaming to video chatting and multi-tasking, you won’t believe how fast your Z10 operates on Rogers LTE. For more information, visit rogers.com/LTE.
BBM Video with Screen Share
Similar to BBM Voice, which lets you chat for free with other BBM users anywhere in the world over Wi-Fi, BBM Video lets you switch from a BBM chat to a BBM Video conversation with a simple tap. Not only can you catch up with someone face-to-face using the BlackBerry’s front-facing camera, but you can also initiate Screen Share, which lets the person you’re chatting with see what’s on your screen, be it a document, photo, game, web browser and so on. Or tap to share what your rear camera sees.
Time Shift and BlackBerry Story Maker
All smartphones take photos, but only BlackBerry 10 devices have Time Shift mode, which captures a few milliseconds before and after you snap the photo. Scroll back and forth to select the perfect shot – perhaps one where your eyes aren’t closed and another, a split second later, where your friend isn’t sticking his tongue out – and then combine them into the same photo. How crazy cool is that? Once you’ve created the perfect shot by turning a couple of dials with your fingertips, weave those moments together to create a movie in just a couple of swipes using Story Maker, and then share it online. BlackBerry 10 also shoots super-sharp HD video.
BlackBerry now has touchscreen typing. What’s more, the new virtual BlackBerry Keyboard learns how you type and cleverly adapts, so you can write faster, and with the least amount of effort. Your BlackBerry will suggest words as you type, and if you’d like to use them, simply swipe up on the screen and keep going.
We’re just scratching the surface on what else BlackBerry 10 devices are capable of. There’s also BlackBerry Remember, which lets you view and organize your interests, ideas and projects in one single location; BlackBerry Balance, to help you manage your personal and professional lives on your one device (all your personal apps and info are kept separate and private from work data); a redesigned BlackBerry Browser that’s fast, powerful and versatile enough to handle whatever you throw at it. Also noteworthy: the huge amount of apps, music and videos now available for download in the revamped and renamed BlackBerry World storefront. Or touch your NFC-enabled BlackBerry to another BlackBerry and share files.