Earlier this month BlackBerry Z10 hit the stores with a BANG! People were eager get their hands on this new technology which was being touted as the hope of this Canadian company’s future.
My introduction to the Z10 happened at the BlackBerry Z10 launch party in Toronto. While there I had the opportunity to play with the display models and learn the ins and outs from the BlackBerry reps.
As I stated in my article linked above there were some features I immediately liked.
Look and Feel
After using the device for a few weeks which was sent to me by Telus, I stand by my initial opinion, the BlackBerry Z10 is the perfect size for my hand. It’s stippled soft touch gripped back surface makes it easy to handle. I have noticed that the apps can hesitate at some intervals, there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason that I’ve found as of yet but it’s not enough of a lag to sway me from the Z10.
BlackBerry Z10 HUB
This is a great feature, it’s one spot where you can easily view all of your notifications, phone call alerts and more.
This is easily accessible by swiping across the screen to the right at any time, even if you’re already within an app.
As a blogger there are certain apps which I rely upon to engage on social media. I do most of my interactions remotely and the absence or difference of these on the Z10 is annoying.
Facebook on BlackBerry Z10
There is a Facebook app on the Z10 but it’s had me so annoyed I actually stopped using it. This app would be fine for the average Joe, assuming he’s not focused on keeping up with his Pages or Groups.
Personally I live in the Pages and Groups section of Facebook and have been able to keep up easily while using the Facebook apps on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Note II and my iPhone. BlackBerry has really dropped the ball on this one in comparison.
When you go to the Facebook HUB by hitting the icon on the upper left you’ll see your Favorites, Groups, Lists and Account info. This feature comes close to competitor’s Facebook apps but misses the mark in it’s details.
Other device applications allow you to see your Pages as well, the BB Z10’s FB app does not. It also doesn’t show your groups in a compressed or sort list. For a blogger who belongs to many groups this is a cumbersome way of keeping up. Time is important, and this my friends takes far too much.
If you click on a photo within the FB app there is no way to share or save it, yet another feature I rely upon.
I’m certain that RIM will be upgrading the FB app but it’s limitative at the moment.