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Road Testing the BlackBerry Z10: Always On

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Always On: Road Testing the BlackBerry Z10

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Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata take the BlackBerry Z10 for an epic Road Test in Barcelona, Spain, on the streets and through alleyways on a quest for exotic foods and incredible sights.

-Okay, it is time for the awesome and exciting competitive portion of our BlackBerry Z10 road test. -I am so excited about this. I have been excited about the idea of doing this road test since I heard about it, but also, very nervous because we have only the BlackBerry Z10 as our guide. -That's right. -And I have had very little time on it. And it's a brand new OS, full of-- lots of quirks and interesting-- -Quirks. -difficulties-- -Quirks is a generous word-- -like how to find the home screen. -for example, the home screen. And I don't think Vodafone, by the way, is doing this thing any favors, like the performance is very slow. So, basically, we're starting here. We're at the Plaça Catalunya in beautiful Barcelona and our producers have given us a list of objectives that we have to accomplish. So, we're gonna have to go places, buy things,-- -Yeah. -take a train. -All those things are pre-loaded onto my BlackBerry Z10 in my "Reminder" app. -And don't lose me, remember. -I will remember. -It's your "Remember" app. -"Remember" app, clicking it. Barcelona Road Test file. Objective one: Get to Mercat de la Boqueria, try an unusual food and tweet a photo of it. -Ooh. -Unusual food scares me. -Weird food! Weird food challenge! -Awesome. So, that's the gigantic, like awesome, market that I've heard about. -Food market. Okay, so, we have to find it. -So, we have to figure out how to get there. -From here, with just our phones. Okay. -Maps. -Maps. -Okay. -Let's see for information. -Oh, I see where we are. -I'm not even getting-- There's my map. Slowly loading. -Slowly loading, Boqueria. -So far, the slowest race ever. [unk] C-E-R-S -Seriously, it's a pretty big market, like why would it not just immediately be like, oh yeah, you're looking in. -[unk] What happened? Look, it just crashed. -I'm just gonna use Google, Google Custom Search. -How many objectives do we have on this-- -Just the one, right? -Oh, boy. -[unk] gets us to market by lunch time. All right. Oh my God. -[unk] -We need to go that way and then turn left. That's it. All that [unk]. -[unk] -Okay, let's go. -Let's do it. -Let's go. -Yehey, Google! -Molly, I don't think you understand the idea of a race. -Oh yeah. -We don't have time to shoot pictures of bunnies. I was racing, but there were bunnies. There were bunnies right there. -Stay on target. -I'm-- -Stay on target. -I'm testing the camera. Mercat-- -Right there? -Yeah, it's Mercat de la Boqueria. -I know Google could do it. -There is no shortage of weird-looking food. -I'm thinking this is gonna be faster if we split up. Each of us has 10 minutes to find a weird food. -Okay. -And then we meet back here, compare. -Oh, I'm gonna outweird you. -It's all-- It all comes down to guts mi amigo. -It's like I don't wanna win that. -I don't really like-- Ready? -Yeah. -Go. -[unk] -Oh, man. Chicken ala-- -[unk] So, I-- ooh, look at this. -Oh, wow, that is weird. Take a picture of it. Detecting faces. -Oh, God. -Oh, please don't detect the face. -Oh, little bunnies. -It's alive. We're all alive. -Hello. Tres. -[unk] -[unk] It's not that adventurous 'cause it comes with a spoon, but it is magenta on me. Jeff's turn. -Yeah. -How did you do? -It's okay. -I got pitaya. -Oh, my gosh. It's awesome. -And that looks beautiful fruit. I mean, it's unusual. It's not the scariest food here 'cause it comes with a spoon. -I really wanted to get something that would terrify you. -Yeah? -But I chickened out-- -Oh. -and I got churros, but not any churros like anything I've ever seen before. -Wooh. -It's got honey on it. So-- -We got churros and honey. Look at this. It has tentacles. I got a tentacle fruit-- -Yeah, I know it's fruit [unk]. -and you got churros. -I wanted to get a goat head and they have plenty of them for sale. -I want it too-- -But you know what, the market for-- -but instead I got a churro. -goat heads right now is really-- it's really overpriced. -All right. I'm gonna take a picture of my pitaya. You take a picture of your churro. All right, I'm gonna tweet it. Boqueria with-- I wonder if I can add you. Oh, God, really? I can't just type it. -No, it won't let you. -No, no. The Twitter app is truly terrible. -There you go. Tweeted. -Tweeted. Auto-upload to Twitter. Boom. -So, objective one down. -Buddy, I know we did it. -Nice. -We did it. Weird food completed. -All right, checked off. -Okay. -Now, objective two is, each take five photos of La Catedral, see if you can figure out "Burst" mode, upload one to Facebook. -Share via NFC. -Oh. -Also, objective two involves find La Catedral. -Oh. I saw a sign. I'm going old fashion, like no more mapping. -Wait, you saw a sign where to go? -I saw a sign that pointed to Catedral. -All right, cool. -Let's do that. -All right. Following you. -I didn't have anything more specific than this way, but now, I see another like set of blue signs. Shoes for 5 euros. Detour. -All right, stay on target. Stay on target. Catedral. -That way. Yes. -That looks like a cathedral to me. -More than clearly the Catedral. We made it. -Spire. -That is beautiful. -Cool. -That was one. -I figured out "Burst" mode. -Huh, you did? -Yeah. Yeah, "Burst" mode is a little [unk] water out of his face. -I'm gonna burst that kid. -Do you remember that time we got kicked out of Barcelona for bursting a kid? -And burst. -Tell me when you're gonna burst me. -Okay, ready, one, two, three. -Did you burst me? -"Burst" mode is rad. Okay, this is the first solid point that the Blackberry has gotten. -"Burst" mode for the win. Pretty cool. -Dude, all those tourists that you see who are always trying to do that photo? -Yeah. -They need BlackBerry "Burst" mode. -Oh, gosh. -Spires. All right. -[unk] -I need burst zoom. All right, let's keep going. -That's really pretty. -That's muy artistico. -Muy artistico! -And I have more than five photos. I have the-- -Oh, yeah, I went crazy. -But-- -But that's a good stuff, though. -I know, me too. Okay. -So, we have to do it. -So, I'm gonna try to edit my artistic lens flare shot. -I like that you can edit right natively in the app. -I know. You've got kind of a cool little edit button. All right, I'm just gonna enhance, so I'm not gonna do much. Oh, [unk] is cool. I'm going with that 'cause it's very gothic. Save. -I made mine looked like something out of Game of Thrones or Skyrim. -Oh. Go back to camera. Where's my link? Share. Facebook. Minor editing. Post. Auto-upload has started. Is it there? Oh, yeah, it's there. -It's there. -Sweet. -That's pretty great and it was luckily split too-- -It was luckily split actually. -and really easy just right from the camera app. -One little point for Vodafone too. -Yeah. -Okay, so, now, though, this is a tricky part. We have to share photos via NFC. -Okay. -So, I think I have an idea of how to do this. -Are you sharing me? -If we hit the share button-- -Okay. -Oh, look, NFC. -NFC. -To share files, please align the back of your device with another NFC device. Oh, it vibrated. -Wait, I heard a buzz. -Waiting. -Waiting. Receive data transfer, receive. It's coming. -Three seconds, 13 seconds. -21 seconds, 22, 21, 20, 18, 19. This is not as fast as in the commercial,-- -No, it is not. -at all. I thought we were like-- -If you do this with a stranger, it could get awkward-- -Yeah. -and feel like-- -It's actually a-- We're not strangers and it's a little awkward. -A little awkward. -What? -Received four files. -What? -So you gave me four and I gave you three. -I received three. Look. Okay. View. So, then, this is somewhere in my library. -It's not in my photo library. -I can't-- wherever they transferred to, I'll never know. -You go to File Manager, and on device, it's under Downloads. It's not under-- I guess, it wouldn't be under Camera 'cause I didn't take it with my camera, but it's also not under Photos. It's under Downloads. And then for some reason, I got the same photo four times. -And I got three. I got three. -So, maybe, it would be a lot faster if it was only sending it to us once. -Probably. -Also, we've determined that three of my photos are with four of your [unk]. -Right. That's not a fair trade. -The exchange rate for photos is really weird. -All right. Nevertheless, I would say we have completed this objective. -Oh, for sure. -Let's check that sucker off. -All right, checked off, boom. -Checked off. -Now, we're on to objective three,-- -Okay. -find the metro station and catch a train to the Arc de Triomf. -Okay. -All right, let's do it. -I'm sure there's a sign for that. -Metro station. -Yeah. -Yeah. -That's gotta be easy to find. -Sure. No particular place to be. We're doing good dude. -Yeah. -We found the subway. Pretty soon, I expect we will find the train. -I hope we get on the right train. -[Foreign Language] -[Foreign Language] -[Foreign Language] -You did it. -[Foreign Language] -Proxima estacion. -Nice. -Arc de Triomf. We're here. -[unk] -I know. Wooh. -Look at that. -They have a huge arch here. That is amazing. We're getting a good tour. We're here. -We did it. We found the metro station and caught a train to Arc de Triomf which was objective three. -We totally did that. -So, we're checking that off. -Boom. -Now, objective four, find a nice place to enjoy lunch. -They really understand us. -There's a lot of options for that 'cause this is all nice. -I know. Let's go. -Let's do it. We did it. -We did it. -Cheers. -Cheers. We completed our challenge. -Sangria for both of us. -Yeah. -That's pretty good. So, what do you think? -Kind of nice. -Overall. Now, we did our challenge and we've had this for a little while. -Yeah. -What is your impression of the BlackBerry? -Yeah, I mean, we've been using this all throughout our European travels, and you know-- I mean, I think, so part of some of our issues could have come from Vodafone and the local service. But, you know, I have to say, as an operating system, BlackBerry OS 10 just is not there yet and that is not really acceptable in this day and age when iOS, Android, and Windows phone are all so good. -Yeah, there's some good things about it. I mean, we both really liked "Burst" mode and some of the accessibility of the common apps that you get being right there on the phone already,-- -That is cool, so-- -but, man, it is a clunky, hard to use, unintuitive experience, picking up this phone even for somebody that's used to, you know, using lots of different cellphones. And getting around, maneuvering, it just feels like I'm doing extra steps to do common activities. I didn't like it. -It's rough. It's gonna be hard for an advanced user and hard for a newbie. And then, on top of that, the app support is not there. It's heartbreaking to pick this up and have Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn built right in,-- -Yeah. -but not be able to download Instagram. So, I mean, I hate to say it, I was polling for this phone. I think the Q10 has a lot of potential 'cause people want the keyboard. But for me, right now, I have to say the Z10 is a do not buy. -I agree. Without the keyboard, there's really no reason to get this phone over other better smartphones. -Cookie. We have now thoroughly road tested the BlackBerry Z10 here in Barcelona. -So, now, we're going to destroy it as best we can. -I think Jeff has really been looking forward to this. -Yes, it's a little cathartic for me. -He's-- He got a really pretty buggy unit. So, I feel okay about, I don't know, throwing this one down the stairs. -All right, Molly, you do the honors. -Yeah, I get the first one. -First, toss. -Okay, ready? Here we go, one, two, three. -Oh, nice. -Oh, oh. -We lost the back of the case. Excellent. Just popped off really. -[unk] -It's just designed to deal with that. -It's still-- It's still on, though. -Yeah. -Here we go. Put together-- together. No problem. -Yeah. -Well, I think it handled that so well. We might as well do it again. -Wooh. -Yeah, I like this. -A nice roll, okay. Oh, I got some-- I saw some corners. -Yes. -Oh, no, I think the roll is not as cool as the-- -Yeah, toss was a little more violent. It did get a little edge action. There's no-- no problems. -Yeah. Hey, you know what I'm thinking? Let's take this drop test step a notch. -I like-- I like this idea. -So, the thing you're always doing at Scenic Vistas is taking pictures in high places. Accidents can happen. -Molly, this is gonna be a great shot of you-- Oh no! Oh. -All right. We-- Oh, oh, I see glass on the ground. Come on down. -Did I get a shot? Did I get-- Oh, oh. -Yeah. Oh, I get the little red light, like terminator. -You have a message. You have a message. The message is, "Why?" -The message is, "Why?" -Why? -And it's still going, blinking. That was amazing. -[unk] -Let's see. And now, this is a-- -Sharp edges. -This is a downright dangerous situation. No, I think that red light just came on for a second to be like, "What's wrong with you?" -[Foreign Language] -[Foreign Language]. Beautiful weather. -We gotta come to Barcelona more often. -Seriously? -[unk] -There's Mobile World Congress soon [unk]. I like the snacks. -Oh, [unk] -Come on. -Oh, actually, I wanna just let it go.
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