Get a close, intimate look at RIM's pretty, new, and entirely gesture-based mobile platform.
Get a load of BlackBerry 10
When you boot up the BlackBerry Z10, or any other of RIM's newest vanguard of BlackBerry devices, the attractive BlackBerry 10 OS is what greets you. In BB10, navigation is all about gestures. Swipe left, right, up, and down to get around.
Closing an app is a little different with BlackBerry 10. Instead of X'ing out of an app, you drag your finger up from the bottom until it minimizes into a thumbnail (left). Up to eight of these apps sit in the multitasking screen (right). Strangely, you'll briefly see this screen any time you open an app, whether you recently ran it, or are launching it for the first time.
Keep swiping left to get to the Hub, also known as Communication Central. That's the storage and management space for all your e-mail, social networking messages, missed calls, and so on.
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Music players are pretty standard as things go: album art features prominently, you can create playlists on the fly, and you can loop, shuffle, and skip ahead. Tap the image to see other songs in the same album or list.
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Unfortunately, there's not much to the maps app beyond turn-by-turn voice navigation: no compass, no clickable points of interest, and no walking or transit directions. You can forget about 3D and satellite views.
I've long complained about scant photo-editing tools on other operating systems. Though RIM's camera app may not offer many options, the post-production software tackles red-eye, sharpness, rotation, cropping, and filters.
On the left you see the pull-down menu that gets you to the BlackBerry 10 OS settings. On the right, you see the actual visual design of the settings menu, which you might find yourself visiting often. Do they look like they belong to the same software system to you?
Your lock screen (or "standby screen") shown on the left. Slide up to wake your phone. Slide down from the top on the same screen to activate Bedtime Mode, which silences everything except your morning alarm.