BlackBerry Glimpse lets you try BB10 on your current phone

BlackBerry offers Android and iOS users a "try before you buy" option on its BlackBerry 10 OS.

Simply changing to a new handset manufacturer can be a daunting prospect for many consumers, but when you're changing operating systems as well, the worry seems to increase exponentially.

BB10, but not on a BlackBerry.(Screenshot by CNET Australia)

BlackBerry's Z10 (and upcoming Q10) involves a whole new hardware and OS experience, even for old-school BlackBerry fans, so it's not surprising that the company wants people to get hands on with the software in any way they can.

BlackBerry Glimpse is a specially made mobile website that will replicate the BB10 experience on any phone.

It's more of a guided tour than anything else, but it does let Android and Apple fans get a sense of what BlackBerry 10 has to offer , including how its gestures work, and even the much-lauded Hub.

However, we were a little amused to see that it doesn't exactly scale perfectly for a screen the size of, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

If you'd like try BlackBerry Glimpse, point your phone's browser to blackberry.com/glimpse and follow the prompts.

BlackBerry Glimpse looking a little small on the Note II. (Screenshot by CNET Australia)
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Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.

 

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